If it’s hard to go out on a Friday after work and not have a drink on the ketogenic diet you may want to think about low carb alcohol. Or summer get-togethers while everyone else is having a refreshing crisp Gin and Tonic and you are drinking ice water with lemon.
Can you drink adult beverages and still stay in ketosis? Are there any keto-friendly alcoholic beverages?
There’s an excellent article available for people who want to know why even though some alcoholic beverages are better than others if you want to drink while on the keto diet, it’s a lot better for your keto dieting results to just skip the alcohol altogether.
A few reasons why:
Being tipsy makes you vulnerable to carbohydrate-rich food cravings. It’s much harder to make those keto-friendly choices when your blood-alcohol level is begging for some carbs to soak everything up.
Easier to Get Tipsy
When your body has no carbs to burn, it’s especially easy to get drunk. Carbs act like a cushion for alcohol in your blood, so when there are very few of them your liver takes a hard hit and you’re basically an instant lightweight no matter how many times you drank everyone else under the table.
Keto dieters tend to develop far worse hangovers than people who eat a typical serving of carbs and other food before heading out to imbibe. It’s often the same kind of drunken nightmare as skipping dinner and then heading out to the bar.
Drinking takes your body out of ketosis and fat-burning mode. Your liver treats alcohol as a toxin and will put all of its efforts into filtering it out of your blood. While this is happening, your body is unable to focus on burning fat for fuel. So if you’re going out to tie one on, you may as well not be eating keto at all, for all the good it’s doing you.
Each time you drink, you’re essentially “off” the keto diet. Sure, we all have our weaknesses and we all need to unwind from time to time. But if you’re serious about losing weight by way of the keto diet, you’ll keep happy hour to a minimum.
However, if you would like to indulge occasionally or it fits into your ketogenic lifestyle there are a few options that will help you stay in ketosis.
Keto-Friendly Alcoholic Beverages
Feeling like enjoying a cocktail or adult beverage while doing the keto thing? For ketogenic dieters who still want to drink despite this warning, here are some low-carb adult beverage choices. Keep in mind, it’s better to have a few than to get lit and throw the whole diet off.
Here’s a list of “lower carb” adult beverages to try when you’re feeling like you need a drink or two:
Flute of Champagne – 1 carb
Dry Red and White Wine – 2 carbs per glass
Typical dry red wines include Cabernet, Merlot, Chianti
Typical dry white wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc
Sweet White and Red Wine – 4-5 carbs per glass
Sweet white wines include Riesling
Sweet red wines include Muscato, Port, Sherry, and Madeira
12 oz. of Beer – 13 carbs
Michelob Ultra – 3 carbs
Miller Lite – 3.2 carbs
Busch Lite – 3.2 carbs
Please keep in mind that beer is made with the very same ingredients as bread, and is notorious for increasing yeast in the body and increasing belly fat. If you’re planning on keeping in ketosis, beer is generally a bad choice. It’s a low carb alcohol option, but it’s not your best choice.
If you do slip up once in a while and go for a beer (essentially derailing your ketosis effort), at least make some attempt to keep it lower-carb if you can. Be aware, though, that the low-carb beers tend to be rather watery.
Hard Alcohol has Zero Carbs
Whiskey – 0 carbs
Tequila – 0 carbs
Rum – 0 carbs
Vodka – 0 carbs
Keto-Friendly Mixed Drinks
Sugar-Free Mojito – made with rum, lime juice, mint and club soda. Add Swerve keto-friendly sweetener if you fancy that simple syrup.
Martini – 0 carbs. Made with gin and vermouth, olives
Low-Carb Moscow Mule: Diet ginger beer, lime, vodka, ice
“Skinny bitch” – vodka, club soda, lime, served in a tall glass
Low-carb Bloody Mary – V8, vodka, horseradish, lime juice, Worcestershire, black pepper, hot sauce
Skipping the drinks might help you to have better results with your Keto diet, but there are low carb alcohol substitutes that you can implement for those special occasions or those days that you really just need something with a little kick!