If you’re on a ketogenic diet, you probably know that you cannot consume high-carb treats. And same is the case with high-carb beverages especially alcohol. It is generally said that alcohol is not recommended in a ketogenic diet but some say that not all alcoholic drinks have high carbs unlike beer and sugary cocktails. So a drink with low carb content can be consumed while following the keto diet.
Is alcohol necessary for a living?
Alcohol is considered the fourth macronutrient as it contains almost 7 calories per gram but it does not have any carbs. This may sound great but calories still count in a keto diet. Unlike proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, alcohol is not essential for survival because it does not do any good to your health.
Can you drink alcohol on a keto diet?
Well, the answer is Yes. You can enjoy an occasional drink but choose a low-carb drink. Always remember! moderation is the key. Here are some of the guidelines that you should remember while drinking on keto.
- Limit your alcohol intake to one or two shots. This will not only keep a strict check on carbs and calorie intake but also decrease the chance of a hangover the next day.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. It is advised that you should drink a glass of water after every drink.
- Always choose low-carb drink options to keep your body in ketosis.
Does alcohol Drink stop ketosis?
No, alcohol does not kick you out of ketosis but it somehow slows down the fat-burning process. As long as you are not going overboard with your net carb intake, alcohol does not cause any major concern to your ketosis.
Why keto diet makes you drunk faster?
The whole metabolism takes place in the liver. When you eat a high-carb meal, your liver stores an excessive amount of glucose in the form of glycogen, and the metabolism processes glucose quickly. As a result, alcohol metabolism slows down and you feel less drunk even after drinking a lot of alcohol. But when you’re in ketosis, the liver stores very little glucose hence metabolizing alcohol a bit faster. In this way, alcohol enters the bloodstream more quickly and reduces your tolerance to alcohol.
What are the best alcohols on keto?
Luckily, there are plenty of low-carb alcohol options that you can consume occasionally by keeping a watchful eye on the number of shots and carbs.
Hard liquor: Unflavored hard liquors like vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, scotch contains zero carbs. Certain rums and brandies contain 0.5 to 3 gm when mixed with sweeteners or spices.
Dry wine: Dry red wine contains 3 or 4 gm of carbs, dry white wine ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 gm, sparkling white wine contains less than 2 gm of carbs, and Champagne contains less than 3 gm of carbs per glass.
Beer: Light beer has 3 gm of carbs, low-carb beer has less than 2.5 gm of carbs while gluten-free beer has 5 gm of carbs per bottle.
Hard seltzers: Not only they are lower in carbs i-e, 2 to 6 gm of carbs per can but also lower in alcohol content. It is quite simple and easy to choose drinks without a mixer. But you can make keto mixed drinks by adding a splash of lemon or lime juice, diet soda or club soda, and sugar-free tonic water to make a zero-carb cocktail.
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One of the main concerns for people who start a low-carb or a keto diet is: Can you drink alcohol? Well, the answer is, it depends on what kind of drink are you drinking and how many carbs are you consuming while drinking a specific type of alcoholic drink.
Beer is one of the most popular drinks in the world but the carb content in beer is comparatively high as compared to other drinks like wine, vodka or whiskey, etc.