Alcohol To Drink On The Keto Diet

It’s inevitable. There comes along every once in a while a diet fad that becomes so popular that it becomes part of our culture. It could be a lifestyle diet for people like vegetarians and Vegans, or it could be about what is eaten like the Paleo diet or the Clean Eating Diet. Let’s face it, diets are a big part of our society. We’re not hunters and gatherers anymore, we’re not really even farmers anymore as a society. The U.S. is technology driven with most of us working industrial or office driven jobs. We’re not out in nature finding food or growing it all day. So it’s only natural that we would need new ways to keep ourselves fit and in shape. One of the newest ways that has found its way into our culture is the Keto Diet.

A History Of The Keto Diet

If you didn’t know, Keto is short for Ketogenic. The Keto diet is all about cutting out carbohydrates and replacing or eating more fats. 75 percent of calories come from fat, while 20 percent come from protein, and only 5 percent comes from carbs. This diet is meant to reprogram your body in a way. The goal is to achieve ketosis.  Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body that burn fats.

Diets in general are a tricky landscape. They often times ignore medical science and try to achieve a goal by manipulating your body into thinking it does not have enough calories, which then sends your body into a process of burning off fat for energy. In the case of the Keto diet, the idea is that you can still actively burn energy from current food you are eating and not just the stored fats. This allows for a weight loss option and a weight gain option for those who are trying to bulk up. 

The Keto diet was originally not intended for weight loss at all. In the 1920’s it was designed to help Pediatric Epilepsy patients. The idea was that the diet would help minimize seizures and it proved to be effective. Somewhere along the line, someone tailored this diet for weight loss and introduced it to the public as the newest way to lose weight.

“It’s a hot topic,” said Leah Cassella, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian and member of the Penn Bariatrics team. “But the question is, ‘is it sustainable?’” as stated for Pennmedicine.org. “I think as a culture, we tend to demonize one food group and praise another at different times, and right now we’re demonizing carbs and praising protein. Tracking your progress and your goals is a great way to stay accountable and motivated,” Cassella said. “It can be difficult to break that ‘diet mentality,’ but developing habits that you can realistically keep up with, can result in long-term success.”

There are those who swear by this diet though. One way you can tell a diet has really taken hold in your society is if there are specific products made for such a diet. Keto has achieved that as there are numerous products devoted to helping you maintain the Keto lifestyle. 

Planning Your Way To A Fun Day

If you’ve ever total immersed yourself in a diet then you know that it takes careful planning when you go out to eat, go to the bar, or go on vacation. Sticking to the rules and restrictions you have chosen is easier said than done. That is why carefully planning and researching your diet choices before you go is vitally important to the success of your diet.

Of course not everyone can do that or sometimes things happen that are out of our control. So here is a guide to the best drink you can choose if you don’t have any information to go on ahead of time.

  • Rum 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams carbs
  • Vodka 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams carbs
  • Gin 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams carbs
  • Tequila 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams carbs
  • Whiskey 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams carbs
  • Red wine 5 ounces (148 ml) 3–4 grams carbs
  • White wine 5 ounces (148 ml) 3–4 grams carbs
  • Light beer 12 ounces (355 ml) 3 grams carbs

This list shows a major opportunity for you to indulge in some libations while on the Keto diet. Liquors contain 0 carbs so you can still drink. There are plenty of 0 carb mixers that you can take advantage of as well. If you are so inclined you could even have some drink neat or on the rocks. However, for those of us who are not Humphrey Bogart or James Bond, here is a list of mixers to help you out.

  • Seltzer
  • Sugar-Free Tonic Water
  • Diet Soda
  • Crystal Light Drink Mix
  • Mio Water Enhancer

Then, there are those of us who are just through and through beer drinkers. The thought of drinking anything else is just inconceivable. So here are the lowest carb beers out there to help you satisfy that craving.

  • Corona Premier – 2.6 carbs
  • Michelob Ultra – 2.6 carbs
  • Budweiser Select 55 – 1.8 carbs
  • Labatt Premier – 2.4 carbs
  • Miller Lite – 3.2 carbs

Finally, and I think you all knew this one was coming. Here are the drinks that you absolutely should avoid while out at the bar or over at a friends place. It is possible to make some of these low carb but without knowing for sure, it’s a big risk. If you want to make your own low carb cocktails then check out this book from Amazon. You can also pick up these delicious low carb mixers on Amazon as well.

  • Margarita – 13 carbs
  • Bloody Mary – 10 Carbs
  • Whiskey Sour – 14 carbs
  • Sangria – 27 carbs
  • Piña colada – 32 grams
  • Cosmo – 22 grams

Everything In Moderation Is Key

Just like anything in life, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. If you are on a diet you may know this better than anyone. The Keto diet, while new, has shown some promise and has a devoted group of followers. The best way to stay on track is to prepare for things that may come up. Sometimes your friends or family will call up and say “Hey! It’s Friday! Let’s go to the bar!” You can’t say no to that! Well, I mean you can but that’s not much fun. So, what I’m saying is knowing what you can have, and what you can’t have is going to be a big advantage for you and your diet goals.  

You can also try asking questions. There are some people who know this already, but there are some who are shy about asking questions to people they don’t know. If it comes to asking questions or ruining your diet, then just ask a simple question. It never hurts and the worst answer you’re likely to receive is “We don’t have that info”, but chances are, they will. So pre-plan, have fun, and for crying out loud, get a DD. Cheers!

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