The Ketogenic Diet and Alcohol: The Ultimate Guide to What You Can Drink!


Are you starting the keto diet in hopes of reaping its many health benefits? Then you're probably wondering if you'll still be able to consume your favorite drinks, mainly alcohol. After all, alcohol has a bad rap for being a calorie-dense drink and can slow down weight loss.

But that depends on the type of alcohol you drink. If you're wondering how the ketogenic diet and alcohol mix, I'll be showing you all about how this drink can affect your weight loss goals and overall health.


The Ketogenic Diet and Alcohol: The Ultimate Guide to What You Can Drink!

Ketogenic Diet and Alcohol: Is It Okay?


The first question in mind: Is alcohol bad for weight loss?

Well, it is if you choose the wrong drinks. Before we get into what you should and shouldn't drink, let's see how consuming alcohol would affect your body when on a keto diet.

When you consume alcohol on a low-carb diet, your body will burn the alcohol first, prioritizing it before fat. Because of this, drinking will stall the process of ketosis temporarily.

Furthermore, if you choose to drink high-carb alcoholic drinks, this may even stop the ketosis process altogether, with you having to start all over again.

If you consume alcohol in moderation, you won't need to worry about the temporary stall. But if you do drink too much, it will end up hindering your weight loss progress.

Also, take note that your alcohol tolerance will change. Because your body absorbs and burns alcohol faster <since it doesn't have a lot of carbs to use first>, you will have decreased alcohol tolerance.

This is a good thing in a way, as you will drink less to feel any effects of alcohol, so you consume fewer carbs and calories. However, since alcohol affects you quickly, there's the risk of overdoing it, and lowered inhibitions may end up with poor food and drink choices.

That's why it's best to consume a keto-friendly snack before heading out and drinking a lot of water to avoid drinking on an empty stomach.

What You CAN Drink


Yes, it's possible to drink alcohol on the keto diet, as long as you know what to choose in the bar. With that being said, you should obviously choose low-carb drinks, such as:

Hard liquors are pure alcohol and water; they do not affect your insulin and sugar levels. You can have the following <without any added sweeteners or flavor>:

  • Tequila
  • Whiskey or scotch
  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Gin

You can have the following chasers:

  • Seltzer water
  • Stevia or other low-calorie sweeteners
  • Mio Liquid Water Enhancer
  • Sugar-free and diet sodas or energy drinks
  • Sugar-free carbonated water
  • Diet tonic water

Wines are good to drink in moderation, as long as you choose dry or semi-dry choices like:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Chardonnay
  • Champagne
  • Pinot Grigio

You can enjoy a bottle of beer but take note of its high-carb count. Go for light options such as:

  • Bud Select
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Natural Light
  • Miller Light
  • MGD

But take note that alcohol is calorie-dense without much nutrition (plus, think of the hangover in the morning!), so it should be considered in moderation. If you do plan on drinking, remember to stay hydrated the whole time and avoid over drinking for both your overall health and weight loss goals.

What You Shouldn't Drink

Ketogenic Diet and Alcohol

Now that you know what you can drink on the keto diet, here are the drinks and mixers you should avoid as much as possible because of its high-calorie content:

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  • Avoid Port or Sherry, which are dessert wines that have high sugar alcohol. Do not go for sweet wines as well, which are lighter than port or sherry.
  • Sangria and margarita mixes are a top no-no, as they contain a ton of carbs in just one shot.
  • Wine coolers or alcopops are merely soda and alcohol, which have a high sugar content and should be avoided.
  • Liqueurs, which is alcohol and syrup mixed, are incredibly high in carbs.
  • Additionally, when ordering from the bar, you can tweak your cocktail and request for no-sugar drinks. Watch out for fruit juices, syrups, or fruit toppings that may be added to your drink.

If you are interested in other smart tips, refer here: Smart Tips

Wrapping It Up

When you're on the keto diet, there are certain foods and drinks you should avoid. Sure, you'll have to lay low on the alcohol, but that doesn't mean you can't have it forever. Through choosing the right drinks and consuming it in moderation, you'll still be able to enjoy a night out without compromising your diet.

Hopefully, this article on the ketogenic diet and alcohol gave you an idea of what you can and can't drink to still reach your weight loss goals. Let this be a starting point to knowing what you should be consuming for health.

Have any questions? Share them below! Your thoughts, tips, and advice are much appreciated.

Author’s Bio:



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