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January 15, 2019 at 14:47 | WEIGHT LOSS

Risks and Dangers. Things you need to know about alcohol and the keto diet


Clay started the keto diet in 2014 because he wanted to lose weight. And it worked. He took 70 lbs (32 kg) off his 6’1′ (185 cm) frame in six months. During that time he drank alcohol every day — straight vodka, or vodka mixed with diet coke, often until he blacked out. Still, the weight came off. He actually liked the fact that the ketogenic diet lowered his alcohol tolerance: he’d get drunk faster.

About six months into his keto journey, however, Clay knew alcohol was causing too much havoc in his life, harming his health and hurting people he loved. He had to stop drinking.

“I realized the way I ate and the way I consumed alcohol were very similar. Once I started I couldn’t stop. It was hard for me to do anything in moderation,” says Clay, 28, who is in the military.

He has been sober now for 2.5 years and on the keto diet for three years (except for 8 weeks in boot camp). He feels wonderful, both because of his diet and his sobriety. He is a lean, muscular 185 lbs (84 kg) and feels fit, strong and clear-headed. He enjoys working out regularly. The cravings for both his trigger foods and for alcohol are gone. He sees the two as being very closely related. And he will not risk, ever, bringing up those cravings again.

“A few potato chips from time-to-time might not kick me out of ketosis, but it could very well awaken the cravings in me… so that saves me from taking the first bite. And I stay away from alcohol entirely. It is not worth taking a single sip, knowing where my mind goes when I drink.”

Alcohol consumption and the keto diet is a hot topic. Many people who want to shed pounds come to ketogenic eating and are delighted that, unlike almost all diets, alcohol is not strictly forbidden when going low carb/high fat. While it may slow weight loss for many people and lower tolerance, the occasional glass of dry white or red wine, champagne, or even distilled liquor is okay — as long as it has no sugar.1

In fact, back in 1964 a slim bestseller called The Drinking Man’s Diet, by Robert Cameron, was one of the first to tout a low-carb diet as a way, in that Mad Men era, to have one’s steak and martini, too. Cut out the sugar and carbs, Cameron said, and moderate alcohol was not a problem.

But is that true for everyone? Well, not exactly. The relationship between sugar, carbs and alcohol, and the caveats around smart consumption when on the ketogenic diet, alas, are not as simple and straightforward as Cameron’s 1960s advice.

Source: Diet Doctor

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