For years, I’ve read countless dieting books that prohibited me from drinking alcohol.  Actually, it’s probably the first thing that many “diet gurus” say to cut out of your diet and for (somewhat) good reason.
The beauty of a ketogenic, low carb diet is that you can still enjoy yourself from time-to-time with alcohol and still lose weight! On average, one shot is the equivalent to about 1.5oz and for these spirits have a nutritional value of 0 carbs and roughly 64 calories.  Of course, this will vary depending on how much is actually in your beverage (order a double?
My spirit of choice is generally a nice gin (with soda water& lime) or cognac (with diet cola). While beer doesn’t tend to mess with my digestive system (must be that fermentation!), I generally avoid beer unless I really want it.  It is, after all, made from wheat and I try my best to avoid gluten altogether. Avoid fruit juice, shots with fruity tastes (peach schnapps, blue curacao, etc.) as they’re just generally concentrated sources of sugar and carbohydrates.
I’d probably recommend clear spirits over wine, but choose what you like best and stay under 20grams!
It’s my understanding that your liver will prioritize burning the alcohol instead of fat so you might stall. Some people claim alcohol alone can knock them out of ketosis, I tend to think I am one of these people. Keep in mind that ALL alcohol is created by fermentation, which is allowing yeast to feed on CARBS (sugars and grain) and the yeast converts it into alcohol and CO2.
Tonight I will be meeting up with a old buddy at a local watering hole and I was worried about breaking my keto state. But now I feel more confident about what I can and can’t have to keep my chemistry happy. Dominic thank you for all this information, I’ve been losing pounds and inches like crazy in just 3 weeks.
Your best bet us to contact the company, they aren’t usually that great about listing their ingredients.
I have done low-carb before and 0 carb alcohol never stalled me, and I drink several times a week.
This list of low carb foods is divided into several groups, including meats, vegetables, fruits, oils, dairy products, whole grain foods, beverages, and dressings. There is a wide selection of foods and ingredients for preparing healthy, nutritious recipes. Fats and oils –cod liver, olive, lard, butter and coconut oil are your best low carb options to be consumed once in a while for a complete balanced diet. Nuts and seeds – sunflower seeds, walnuts and almonds will give you the strength to sustain the low carb lifestyle and be healthy. Dressing – mustard, mayonnaise, tartar Sauce, Blue Cheese, French and Italian salad dressing, sour cream, vinegar, barbecue sauce, and soy sauce are great examples for low carb dressing. You can have these intact whole grains – such as barley and brown rice – as part of a slightly low carb diet. The starch found in whole, intact grains is broken down more gradually into glucose, making it less likely to cause the sharp spikes in blood sugar levels than that found in refined grains – such as white rice – or grains ground into flour – including whole wheat flour. Fruits can also be tricky because lots of fruits tend to have lots of carbohydrates in them, primarily the simple sugars glucose and fructose. In fact, some of the more popular low-carb diets differ in their opinion of fruit, depending on whether they rely upon glycemic index or glycemic load – South Beach, Zone – or the total carbohydrate content – Atkins. However, if you stick to the fruits listed above, you’ll get an extra boost of vitamin C, antioxidants and phytonutrients while remaining relatively low carb. There are foods available with no carbohydrate content that regulate your blood sugar levels and help keep them stable.

Adding these zero carb foods to your diet can help manage your weight and control your blood sugar levels.
Water, black coffee (without the creamer)  and most diet sodas are good examples. Water, however, is the best no-carb drink option. Studies show that consuming diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, saccharin or aspartame, may increase your risk for weight gain, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, there are some guidelines as to what alcohols you can enjoy and those you should avoid.
It’s really hard to drink really great beers on a keto, low carb diet.  No more craft beers or IPAs. I had always figured that since it was made from grapes it would be crawling in sugar, but luckily this isn’t the case! Since the body prioritizes breaking down the alcohol over fat would it break down the carbs over fat and this be beneficial in remaining in ketosis of wine consumption is kept under 20g that day?? I listed my email but if a response is not automatically generated I would appreciate that as well. So my heavy drinking days are over, and I would suggest to anyone serious about keto diet to avoid regular alcohol use.
If you are consuming artificial sweeteners, I would cut down them on them drastically as they can still have a sugar-craving effect. If you find yourself craving sweets, it would be the first thing I try to eliminate and see if that works. However, a couple months ago I started low carbing again as I put on a lot of weight in a very short time, oddly without any significant change in eating habits. Low carb diets are becoming very popular and with this popularity comes the conundrum of what foods you can eat and which foods to avoid. This list is also helpful in that you can use it to modify classic recipes and make your own low carbohydrate versions.
Strawberries, blueberries, pears, oranges and apple are fruits that will give you an extra boost of vitamin C without the carbohydrates.
You may ask why bread is on the list, but remember that certain carbs are acceptable on a low carb diet.
The type of bread that you can eat on a low carb diet should be 100% whole grain with lots of fiber because this has a reduced carbohydrate content and fewer calories.
This is important as eating carbohydrates causes blood sugar levels to rise, which could lead to weight gain and obesity if excess amounts are consumed.
Sugars, sweets and other foods that have artificial or added sugar and flavorings should be avoided, as well as pastas and breads (unless they are 100% whole grain). You’re doomed to mostly light beers which generally just leave me longing for something more. I drink regularly and while I have been cutting down, wonder how vodka would do to ketosis. I would echo what others have said, basically your body can respond unpredictably to alcohol.
But as the author stated, it can be a nearly unavoidable part of your lifestyle and if it’s something you want to include in your life I think this article offers some great ideas on how to do so with least damage. The fact that alcohol begins as sugar kind of leads one to believe that while it technically isn’t carbs, it may cause trouble for some on keto diet. I’m 23 years old and I very much enjoy a tasty alcoholic beverage (or 5) and a wild night out on the town with my friends. My first experience was wasted and terrible hangover on a 12 pack, that is an amount which would normally only produce a buzz for me.

But if you can handle it and stay in ketosis or want to use it occasionally (I do) even though it may bump you out of ketosis, just know the risks and see how your body responds. I’m on a 1200 cal per day lchf diet which, when I was younger I would loose 2-3 lbs per day. Been on medication for that for a couple months now and am less than a week back in to the diet.
The other 3.5 grams of carbs are miscellaneous remains from the fermentation process, that should have only small effects on blood sugar or insulin levels.
As I said I’ve done low carb before and lost 50 pounds easily, all while drinking vodka or rum mixed with a sugar free, 0 carb beverage on a more than regular basis. At first I was scared to eat so much fat, but after the first week of feeling a bit funky, I feel awesome! For that reason, unfortunately, most beers are a disaster for weight control and should be avoided on low carb.Notice that the amount of carbs in beer vary depending on the brand. I love craft beers, but made the drastic switch to vodka and zero carb flavored sparkling water. I make sure to take highly bio-available magnesium and potassium if I feel fatigued (maybe 1-2 times a week).
I keep up with leafy greens (mostly turnip greens, spinach and kale-which I use uncooked in place of bread).
Pure spirits like whiskey, brandy, cognac, vodka, tequila contains zero carbs and they are all fine on low carb.However, avoid sugar-sweetened drinks. I munch on fatty, precooked meat like untrimmed pork chops or steak when I feel ravenously hungry, or maybe a couple hard boiled eggs. Note that the popular drink Gin & Tonic is full of sugar, 16 grams – a common mistake on low carb. Switch to vodka, soda water and lime instead, and you get zero carbs.The worst option of all is to mix alcohol with soda or juice. But I think the key for me has been to start every day with a cup of coffee- no food, this IS my breakfast- with about 2 tsp to 2 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil in it, with some vanilla or perhaps heavy cream. Always try to add as much healthy fats to a meal as possible, especially if my weight loss stalls or I gain a little.
Even on a more liberal diet it would be wise to keep beer drinking as an occasional thing.The exception is very light American beers.
Sticking with keto for good, and I feel loads better than I did while eating tons of carbs and gluten!
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This is because proper wine lovers who are likely drinking the stuff with almost no residual sugar in it are scared off from enjoying a few because it sounds relatively high when it's more like <1g and completely inconsequential.
Caipirinha, the Brazilian National Drink (Cachaca,0 carbs) with lime and sweetener, Stevia, etc.

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