Here is something you probably didnt know before:
Alcohol is not treated as a carb in your body. FIrst of all, carb has only 4 calories per gram, but alcohol has 7 calories per gram. And when carb is broken down into glycose, then alcohol metabolism is a lot differently, alcohol can be easily converted into ketones bodies, therefore it is aloud to drink alcohol in ketogenic diet, it will not knock you out of ketosis, it will actually deepen your level of ketosis (but it doesnt mean that you are loosing more weight). Alcohol cannot be stored in your body, it means it will be never converted into body fat, therefore it will always be metabolized first, before carbs, fat and protein.
Here are few more things you need to know about alcohol and ketosis:
Alcohol will slow down your weight loss.
Mainly because your body will prefer the ketones from alcohol for energy more than those from body fat. THerefore your body uses up those ketones from alcohol and then goes to body fat, so your weight loss slows down. Of course it depends of how much alcohol you are consuming and how much energy you need. But occational glass of wine will not harm you.
You will get tipsy faster and more easily.
When you are in ketosis, it is very easy to get tipsy. First, because you are dieting and you are more likely eating less, meaning you have less food to slow down the alcohol absorbing. The other reason why you get intoxicated faster is because you alcohol affects your body systems a lot more when your body is in ketosis.
Therefore BE VERY CAREFUL when drinking alcohol while you are in ketosis. Besides, being intoxicated usually decreases your willpower. And always make sure, you have eaten first, drinking with an empty stomach will causes even faster intoxication.
Some people cannot tolarate alcohol at all while in ketosis, or can tolerate it only in very small doses. Therefore please, to your own sake, drink half as much as you usually would, and drink slow so you can monitor what is happening to your body and how are you feeling overall. Plus it can make you disorientated and therefore driving might be a lot harder task. Just this weekend i had 3 drinks and 5 hours later i felt absolutely unable to drive, because i felt so confused and disorientated. So please please be careful with drinking!
Not every alcohol is suitable
Alcohol means pure alcohol, not coctails and flavored liqour sweetened drinks, because they have sugar in it. Therefore here are a list of ketosis friendly drinks:
- pure rum and diet coke
- dry champaigne
- dry wine (red and white)
- dry wine with selzer
- mojito without the sugar
- sugarfree margarita mix (Baja Bob) and pure tequila
- sugarfree daquiry mix with pure rum
- pure vodka with sugarfree martini mix
- whiskey or cognac
- diet sprite with vodka
Pretty much you can have any pure liqours mixed with sugarfree mixes, diet sodas and selzer, also DRY wine and DRY Champaigne. You can also add lime or lemon to make them taste better, but no other fruit is aloud.
To rescue the ones who just looove coctails, the company called Baja Bob makes many different sugarfree coctail mixes, they have zero carbs and zero calories, read more and find the stores near you from here: http://www.bajabob.com.
PS!!! Make sure the alcohol you are drinking is not flavored or has NO SUGAR in it. Otherwise you will be thrown out of ketosis.