If you've made the decision that you'd like to start up on the intermittent fasting protocol, one thing that you might be wondering about is: what about drinking alcohol?

Many people don't want to give up drinking alcohol as they go about their diet as it's nice to enjoy a night out and socialize with their friends.

But, will this harm them in the long term? Will it cause them to lose the results that they otherwise would have seen?

Let's take a look at a few of the key things that you need to keep in mind with regards to alcohol's effects on your intermittent fasting protocol.

Alcohol And Your Ability To Withstand Hunger

The very first thing to take into account is how alcohol is going to impact your ability to actually stick with the fast. If you plan on indulging outside of your eating window, this essentially means you aren't fasting any longer and it could be difficult to control your hunger afterwards.

Part of what makes Intermittent fasting so successful is the fact that the entire set-up itself tends to be superior for hunger control. Without that in place, will you be able to stick to the diet?

That's something to consider.

The Intoxification Effects

The second thing that you'll definitely want to take note of is that if you do drink outside of the eating window after a period of time fasting, there is a good chance that it will take far less alcohol for you to become intoxicated.

Now, some people may view this as a very good thing, but it is an important point to note so that you don't end up overdoing it significantly.

If you drink too much, you could find yourself very sick shortly afterwards. It's like having to relearn your body again now that you've started the intermittent fasting protocol.

Alcohol And Calorie Intake

Finally, the last thing that you need to be taking into account is the fact that consuming alcohol is also going to influence your total calorie intake.

Just like any other diet plan, these calories still do have to be accounted for. If you're downing just a few too many drinks and this cancels out the calorie surplus that you're in, you won't see the fat loss results you were hoping for.

There's nothing magical about the intermittent fasting protocol that will remove the effects of the calories consumed when drinking, so you can't overlook that.

So there you have the most important points to note about drinking alcohol while using the intermittent fasting protocol. You can still certainly have the odd drink from time to time, but if you're looking for maximum success, it's best keeping alcohol out of the picture as often as you can.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.

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