Following the Keto diet is more than a good way of reaching your health goals; it’s a way of filling better, healthier, and, most importantly, hunger-free. This is no trend anymore, but a lifestyle.
The simple premise of ditching carbs to get your body into a ketogenic state is pure genius; you push your body, in a way, to get its energy from stored fat. Where does alcohol fit into the equation?
Sadly, most alcoholic drinks are high on carbs, but there’s a loophole. Some alcohol consumption is perfectly okay when on a keto diet if you make the right choices.
Is alcohol keto?
Alcohol adds about 7 grams of calories per gram in the form of carbohydrates, which means you should generally avoid it while on keto. Yet, most keto guidelines allow for between 15 and 30 grams of carbs every day, which should correspond to around 5-10% of your calorie intake. (You can consume a bit more if you exercise often.)
In a nutshell, alcohol is not keto-friendly, but allowable in moderation without repercussions. Here’s the catch: not all alcoholic drinks are created equal, so what is the best alcohol type for a keto diet?
The Right Alcohol for Keto
Let’s start with the alcoholic drinks you must avoid. All kinds of sweet cocktails, fruit-based beverages, and margaritas are big no-no’s — there’s too much sugar in them. Sodas and sweetened mixers like coke, orange, or cranberry juice are not suitable either. In most drinks, the problem isn’t alcohol but all the sugar, so keep an eye on the ‘other’ ingredients in a drink.
For keto-friendly alcoholic drinks, look for high-proof spirits, and choose your poison — vodka, rum, tequila, gin, whiskey, and the gang, they’re all wonderful. A 1.5-ounce pour adds to your diet cero carbs, but about 100 calories, which is manageable.
There’s more good news. A 5-ounce pour of red and white wine adds between 3-4 grams of carbohydrates and between 100 and 120 calories to your diet, so they are okay too. Even light beers are suitable for keto. A 12-ounce beer adds around 3 grams of carbs and close to 150 calories.
And how about the right mixers? Seltzer, sugar-free tonic water, and diet soda are superb alternatives, and a wedge of lime always helps.
All In Moderation People
Although the alcoholic options above will not kick you out of the ketogenic state, keep in mind the amount you drink is as important as what you actually consume. One glass of wine, one beer, or one shot a day is still manageable, two at the most. More than that, and you might lose all your progress.
If you think you can’t manage with just one or two drinks, avoid drinking altogether, and try to stay clear of inviting situations where everyone else is drinking around you. Your health matters a lot, and everything comes with some sacrifices.
Give the keto diet a chance and meet your weight goals. Looking and feeling good is much more important than getting buzzed. Cheers!