Alcohol and Keto: Can I drink on the Keto Diet?

Can I drink on the keto diet?
Yes, AND it can slow down weight loss. Alcohol provides calories without any added nutritional benefit, no vitamins or minerals like we get from other keto foods included in our Keto meal plan.  hard liquor. Assuming we are talking gin, tequila, vodka, whiskey, or rum, these do not affect your insulin levels and, more than likely, do not affect your ability to stay in ketosis. Having a couple of cocktails, provided they do NOT contain sugary additives, is perfectly fine.

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Can I drink on the keto diet?

Why does drinking alcohol on the keto diet slow down weight loss?
When you drink the liver will start to process alcohol as quickly as possible. If the liver is processing alcohol instead of creating ketones you will burn less fat. When you drink alcohol, your body is getting the signal that there is a toxic substance present. It will then send all it’s resources to the liver to process the toxin as quickly as possible, taking resources from other processes, one of which, ketone production.

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I heard drinking liquor can increase ketone production is this true?
Yes drinking hard alcohol can affect your level of ketosis, but remember it will slow weight loss down. 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.

Caution
You may notice your alcohol tolerance is lower when eating a keto diet, Many people get drunk at a quicker rate than usual on the Keto Diet. Thus moderation is important when on a ketogenic diet and consuming alcohol.
Many people also experience excruciating hangovers while on a ketogenic diet, so make sure you stay hydrated. The typical advice is to drink 1 glass of water per drink.

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