Which alcoholic drinks are low carb? Can you still drink alcohol and lose weight on a low-carb diet? What are the best drinks to choose? What are some common mistakes? This guide will tell you what you need to know.
First, in part because of the way it’s processed by your body, too much alcohol may slow down your weight loss and undermine your health gains on a low-carb diet.
Alcohol is an energy source – with almost no nutrition – that is used by your body before it burns other sources of energy, such as body fat. In short, alcoholic drinks contain “empty calories.”
Most alcoholic drinks, no matter how low in carbs, contain at least 100 calories; some mixed cocktails contain more than 500 calories in one serving.
In ddition, alcohol can further impede weight loss by stimulating appetite and decreasing inhibitions, thereby increasing food intake.
However, if you can drink alcohol in moderation, it might not be a major issue as long as it’s low in carbs and calories.
Low-carb options include wine, champagne, and pure spirits like whiskey and vodka. High-carb and high-calorie drinks? Beer and sugary cocktails.
Beware: Alcohol packs more punch on low carb
When on a strict low-carb diet, many people require significantly less alcohol to become intoxicated.12 So be careful the first time you drink alcohol on low carb. You may need only half as many drinks as usual to enjoy yourself, saving you money and from a hangover.
Recognizing this issue of reduced tolerance is even more critical if you plan on driving. When eating low carb, you may have a higher blood alcohol level after fewer drinks, impairing your abilities to a much greater extent than usual.
Below you’ll find all the details; the options with fewer carbs and calories are to the left. In general, the lower the carbs in alcohol, the lower the calories, too.
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