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effects of alcohol on fitness goals

Our Personal Trainer Dimitrios Deliopoulos talks about the effects of alcohol and how to limit its effects on your workouts.

“We usually go out and have a drink or a meal with a glass of wine. But how exactly does our body respond to this weekly alcohol consumption?

First of all, our body reacts to the alcohol the same way it reacts to poison. I am not trying to demonise alcohol. I am simply describing the procedure that our body follows in order to metabolise alcohol.

Our body doesn’t know how to break down and store alcohol. It stores carbohydrates in the form of glucose, protein in the form of amino acids and fat as fatty acids. As soon as alcohol gets into the system, our body stops all the other procedures of metabolism, like fat burning, in order to “deal” with this unknown factor.

But what does this mean exactly? Should we stop drinking? The rule of moderation applies to everything and alcohol is not an exception. We can drink, even if we are trying to lose weight. As our body stops burning fat as soon as alcohol is in the system, the best way to have a drink is with a meal high in protein and low in fat. As the fat burning stops when we drink, it is more likely that the fat content of the meal we consume along with the drink will be stored as fat in our body. You can have your drink with a chicken salad, high in protein and vegetables and low in fat. This is a nice way to have your drink and stay on top of your goals. You can also eat less carbohydrates and fat sources that day, in order to make up for your drinks’ calories.

As long as you keep everything in check and in moderation, you can have the things you enjoy in life and still work towards your goals!”

Dimitrios is available for nutrition advice (nutrition package on sale now) and personal training. Contact him at more-energy@brunel.ac.uk or call 01895 265 307.

More Energy Brunel Uxbridge

More Energy Brunel wants you to keep that New Year’s resolution going!

Sign up to the gym this month on a Direct Debit membership and get 50% off the joining fee AND 50% off your first 3 Direct Debit payments.

Commit to your health this year and sign up before the offer ends on February 24th!

If you would like to take up this offer please call us on 01895 265 307 or drop by reception (in the Sports Centre). Terms and conditions apply*.

 

*applies to Brunel staff & public only, silver Direct Debit memberships only, joining fees apply, offer ends 9.45pm 24th Feb 2017. Minimum contract and termination T&Cs apply.

mvm pam bagley

More Energy Brunel is pleased to announce that our member Pam Bagley has won the inaugural vote to be named Most Valued Member of the Quarter!

More Energy Brunel will be naming a different member every quarter – based on nominations put forward by the whole More Energy team. Pam received the most nominations from the gym staff this quarter and is therefore our Most Valued Member! Starting her fitness journey attending Women Only Workouts at ME Brunel, we felt Pam deserved this award due to her consistent attendance in classes and progression with fitness/health goals.

As a reward for her hard work, Pam now gets a free personal training session with a trainer of her choice. Who will it be next quarter? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Congratulations to Pam from the More Energy team!

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More Energy Brunel is helping public and Brunel staff start the New Year right!

Sign up to the gym this month on a prepaid 12-month membership and get 6 months added on for free. If you’re not thinking that long-term, then pay for a 6-month prepaid membership and receive 3 months extra for free.

Now is the time to put that New Year’s resolution into place!

If you would like to take up this offer please call us on 01895 265 307 or drop by reception (in the Sports Centre). Terms and conditions apply*.

 

*applies to Brunel staff & public only, 12-month prepay silver staff memberships only, joining fees apply, offer ends 9.45pm 31st Jan 2017. Prepay memberships are non-refundable.

Women Only Workouts at More Energy

More Energy Brunel will be resuming their 6-week run of Women Only Workouts from November 10th 2016.

Price: 6 weeks for £60

When: Up to 2 exercise sessions a week*
10th Nov – 15th Dec 2016

Register your interest by Oct 31st!

Email more-energy@brunel.ac.uk

or call 01895 265 307

Terms: Subject to availability, advance booking & payment required, non refundable & transferrable, sessions limited to 8 participants. *2 sessions includes 1 personal trainer-led session & 1 free anytime gym session