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Effects of Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Intake on Bodybuilders

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517

Summary:
This article attempts to go further into the more elusive, underlying
problems that

                  a regular smoker or drinker would face durin g the
addiction phase up to the point where a decision is made to quit the
habit. Several key points are also mentioned about bodybuilders and the
effects of smoking to their bodies.


Keywords:
effects of smoking


Article Body:
Both drinking and smoking can have several negative effects on one's
body. The adverse impact on one’s health may lead a person to consider
or, in the best case scenario, totally quit the habit. Unfortunately,
several metabolic problems emerge when long-time smokers or drinkers
decided to quit the habit. In regular male drinkers, lowering the alcohol
intake causes a decrease in High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol and
systolic blood pressure, whereas the effects of smoking in men is
associated with significant increases in insulin, triglycerides, glucose,
waist line measure, and overall body mass index (BMI). Regular women
smokers also experience an increase in their HDL -cholesterol, BMI, and
waist circumference after quitting smoking. From this information, it is
clear that it would be much better not to start smoking in the first
place since it is really much harder to quit the habit than to refrain
from having such an addiction.

The effects of smoking could also have an impact on one’s diet and normal
metabolism. One’s diet can influence the effects of nicotine on body
weight regulation. Chronic nicotine exposure results in adaptive changes
in both the central and peripheral molecules which regulate a person’s
eating behavior and energy metabolism. This applies especially to
bodybuilders looking to put on or hold onto muscle mass. Nicotine is
known to decrease body weight in individual smokers, whereas nicotine
withdrawal is accompanied by increased expression of the orexigenic
peptides neuropeptide Y and Agouti-related protein in the hypothalamus;
and decreased expression of the metabolic protein uncoupling protein-3 in
brown adipose tissues.

In relation to this, a conclusion can be made that for a bodybuilder
looking to hold onto muscle mass, or get lean, there is some difficulty
getting involved with smoking in the first place. In extreme cases, a
smoking cessation clinic may be the best place to go. A French study was
made to assess the effectiveness at one year of a hospital clinic that
provides individual management of persons seeking to stop smoking and the
factors predictive of failure. This descriptive study included smokers
seeking assistance at this hospital clinic over a one year period. This
analysis excludes people with schizophrenia and those who came on ly to
one consultation.

All in all, however, as with everything else, the addiction to smoking
begins in one's own mind. Food, cigarettes, alcohol and various drugs can
all leave a mental imprint on one's brain, and it is up to the person to
control his or her habits in a positive way in order to achieve whatever
goals they have set for themselves. A bodybuilder's life is one where
extreme control must be exercised on one's desires, if adequate progress
is to be made. We need to be very careful in choos ing what to put into
our own bodies. But what really comes first is the necessity with being
careful with what we choose to place into our minds. The effects of
smoking such as bad breath, cancer, lowered testosterone, increased
caloric intake from alcohol and accompanying poor eating habits when
drunk, will eventually harm a bodybuilder's health and performance.

				
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