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Can You Go Into Ketosis If You Drink Alcohol?

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The Ketogenic Diet And Alcohol

Having a social life on a ketogenic diet is something that many find hard to do. There are carbs pretty much everywhere you look, and that’s especially the case when you’re in a bar. Cutting out all the beer and wine is a great start, but sticking with hard liquor is usually the best choice. Even though hard liquor is made from natural sugars, grains, potatoes, and fruits – during the fermentation and distillation process that sugar is converted into ethyl alcohol. Drinking liquor can in fact deepen your level of ketosis, but will slow weight loss down. Ingestion of alcohol has effects on liver metabolism, in which more ketones are produced as you drink more. When your liver is taking care of the alcohol you drink, it’s being converted to a triglyceride which can also positively affect the production of ketones. Be aware that many people experience a heightened level of being drunk and at a quicker rate than usual. While that may be a great thing for some, you need to be careful – especially if you’re driving. Do not drink and drive. Be very careful when on a ketogenic diet and consuming alcohol. There are plenty of people that also experience worse hangover while on a Continue reading >>

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  1. Pat Kelly

    > Drinking Alcohol and Atkins -- Can it be Done??

    I have been very good about keeping to my induction phase strictly. I never cheat. However, I am a young person and I like to out drinking with my friends. I find that my drinking sprees are killing my Atkins diet and ruining the results.
    If I switch from beer to, say, rum and diet coke, will that be zero carbs? There are no carbs in diet coke, and as far as I know, there are no carbs in vodka, whiskey, rum, etc.
    Also, once you blow the Atkins induction by, say, getting drunk one night, how long does it take to get back into ketosis. I mean, I run 3 miles every day, so will that make me go back into ketosis more quickly?
    Thanks!

  2. yvonne326

    One of the reasons I chose Atkins against other LC plans is the allowance of an occassional (and that's the key word) low-carb beer, glass of wine or drink. I will tell you from my experience last summer....I was drinking 2-3 drinks 2-3X a week and was losing a pathetic 2 lbs a month...this without cheating. This time, I am only having a few every so often (1x a week at most) and I am losing rather well - 3 lbs a week. So the gist of it is this: The more you drink, the slower your weight loss....Period. ANd it depends on what you drink too. I find that when I indulge in wine or lite beer....its worse than if I drink Vodka w/diet soda or crystal lite.

  3. mb99

    This issue is disscussed a lot at the students/teen board so maybe you would like to do a search there..
    Drinking alchol both contributes carbs and means that your body will burn the alcohol first before fat - meaning weight loss is delayed. I think the number one thing is to stay away from beer - becuase of serving sizes etc the number of carbs you are drinking add up quickly. If you can't handle giving up beer I would reccomend progressing through OWL and then reducing your carbs the days you intend to go out for a beer.
    You are right that rum and diet coke is a better option carb-wise, but it will still delay weight loss while your body is burning alchol. I would say just try to keep it in moderation, and avoid the bar snacks...
    I don't know about running and keotosis, but the positive effects of running on the metabolism can't be denied me thinks... :)

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