I felt like I need to write about this topic as I enjoy a wine or two to unwind at the end of a day. I do consciously make that decision to not drink everyday though, as I know that I need to refrain from doing so, because it is not conducive for my Keto goals that I have set for myself and I know it is not an overall healthy choice to make. But I still like my wine. So this logically leads to the question……
What are the Keto friendly alcoholic options?
Here is a list of the most common alcoholic beverages and an indication of the amount of carbs in each. Keep in mind that different brands will vary in their carb levels.
- Wine – 4 grams
- Low Carb Beer – 4 grams
- White Spirits – 0 grams
- Seltzers – 0 grams
- Sugar free/Diet Sodas – 0 grams
Ultimately look for the low carb beers, non-sweetened wine and the pure alcohols such as good whiskey, clear spirits including gin, vodka, rum and even a shot or two of tequila.
Drinks to stay away from include cocktails, regular beer, added sweetness, juices and strips and most definitely stay away from the vodka and energy drink mixes
So a drink can be okay but take into consideration
You can see from the abbreviated list that it is not the end of the world to indulge in a beverage or two know and again. The bottom line basically is moderation, choosing the lower carb options and understanding that when we do indulge and increase our carb intake from alcohol that we make sure that we are limiting any carbs from other parts of our diet.
There has been studies showing that drinking regularly and in excess has resulted in weight gain, hindering the fat burning process of a Keto Diet because the body starts to store the extra calories in your body as excess fat tissue.
You may also find that the morning after drinking, that infamous hangover, could be worse.
At the end of the day
We want to be happy too, we want to enjoy ourselves, a diet that is not enjoyable will never last, these are those fade diets, and what we are striving for is a lifestyle, an enjoyable lifestyle and one that doesn’t feel like we are missing out. So do enjoy the odd beverage if you like it, just keep your goals body and health goals in mind and choose the better alcoholic options and drink responsibly.