Yes, you can drink alcohol on the keto diet— but there’s a catch
drink alcohol in keto diet There are some important things to know before you drink alcohol while on the keto diet.
- Drinking alcohol won’t stop ketosis, but it will impact it.
- Wine is more keto-friendly than beer because of the carb content.
- Drinking while on the keto diet can make your hangovers worse.
- Drinking alcohol might make it more difficult to resist non-keto temptations.
If you’re following a ketogenic diet, you probably know that high-carb treats are off-limits. But can you drink alcohol while keto?
The short answer: yes. However, there are certain alcoholic drinks you might want to avoid if you’re looking to stay in ketosis. Drinking while following a keto diet can also have some unexpected side effects.
Here’s what you should know about drinking alcohol if you’re keto.
First of all, you can drink alcohol and stay in ketosis. But there’s a catch. keto diet
Though one glass of something strong won’t knock your body out of ketosis, drinking alcohol while following a keto diet will affect your progress. Specifically, it will slow down your rate of ketosis.
“The liver can make ketones out of alcohol,” Atkins nutritionist Colette Heimowitz told Elite Daily. “So technically, when you drink, you’ll continue to produce ketones and [thus] will remain in ketosis.”
However, your body treats ethanol (i.e. alcohol) as a toxin and will work to get rid of it ASAP.
“The liver will start to process alcohol as quickly as possible, which means it is used by the body before all other nutrients, including fat, so it slows the process of converting fatty acids to ketones,” explains health and wellness practitioner Richard Purvis to Elite Daily.
Drinking alcohol won’t erase all your progress, but it will impact ketosis.
Some alcoholic drinks are carbohydrate bombs, while others are relatively keto-friendly. keto diet
Wine is a popular alcohol choice for those on the keto diet.Le Vin Parfait/Flickr
When it comes to staying in ketosis, not all alcoholic options are equal.