The Ketogenic Alcoholic Beverage Guide: Best & Worst

Let’s start this off by simply stating that drinking alcohol on a ketogenic diet isn’t the best idea for a few reasons. It tends to make most people want to eat more, a lot of alcoholic drinks have plenty of carbs per serving which could easily kick you out of ketosis and there is typically a slowing down of weight loss when someone consumes alcohol on a regular basis as the body will burn the alcohol before anything else.

There is a big difference between various types and brands of alcohol, whines and a few hard liquors tend to be far better on a keto diet than beer, so keep that in mind. There is a variety of beer out there which is okay to drink on occasion when in ketosis, just be sure you keep it all in moderation as those carbohydrates can really rack up quickly with just a few cool brews.

Wine & Champagne

Let’s start with these in greater detail. When on a carb-restrictive keto diet it’s safe to assume you might be aiming for as low as 20 grams of carbs per day, which is fine. Wine and champagne will usually contain just 2 grams of carbs per serving, this means you can afford to drink a couple glasses/servings without giving too much thought about “too much carbs”.

Dry wines tend to be even better suited at only half a gram of sugar per glass. What this means is you can shop around for your prefered dry wine and feel more safe drinking it when compared to something like beer which is often times called “liquid bread” because of its higher dose of carbs. Just be cautious when looking at those sweet dessert wines because they will oftentimes contain a high dose of sugar per serving.


Beer

This one is a bit tricky while on a keto diet because of the whole “liquid bread” factor. The best advice anyone could get when it comes to beer and keto is to just avoid it. However, we know that not everyone is going to do that, success be damned! So let’s just go over your options when it comes to finding a reasonable brew you can sip and enjoy that’s not going to hamper your state of ketosis… provided you mind the serving size suggestions.

Greens Trailblazer

  • Carbs: 0.5
  • Cals: 119
  • ABV: 4.7

Budweiser Select 55

  • Carbs: 1.9
  • Cals: 55
  • ABV: 2.4

Miller 64

  • Carbs: 2.4
  • Cals: 64
  • ABV: 2.8

Rolling Rock Green Light

  • Carbs: 2.4
  • Cals: 83
  • ABV: 3.7

Michelob Ultra

  • Carbs: 2.6
  • Cals: 95
  • ABV: 4.2

Budweiser Select

  • Carbs: 3.1
  • Cals: 99
  • ABV: 4.3

Beck’s Premier Light

  • Carbs: 3.2
  • Cals: 64
  • ABV: 2.3

Miller Lite

  • Carbs: 3.2
  • Cals: 96
  • ABV: 4.2

Busch Light

  • Carbs: 3.2
  • Cals: 95
  • ABV: 4.1

Natural Light

  • Carbs: 3.2
  • Cals: 95
  • ABV: 4.2

There are more options out there but it’s going to be up to you to go out there and shop around for the brand that’ll suit you best. Be sure you check those labels and be very mindful of your serving sizes.

Drinks such as:

  • Whiskey
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Tequila

The drinks listed above in their pure forms all contain no carbs and won’t really touch your ketogenic state but again it’s important to be mindful of the other factors whenever consuming alcohol such as what it may do to your judgment when eating food.

Wine Coolers & Alcopops

These are the candy of the bunch. They contain a truck load of sugar in most cases, plenty of carbs per serving and often times taste good enough to make you forget that you’re drinking alcohol!

A quick list of some popular options in alcopop drinks are as follows:

  • WKD Blue / Red
  • Smirnoff Ice
  • Bacardi Breezer
  • Fat Frog
  • Bacardi Breezer
  • Woody’s
  • Hooch
  • VK  Vodka

We want you to have fun and enjoy yourself when you’re in a social setting but there are some things to be mindful of when alcohol is involved. Often times people report that when on a keto diet it takes less alcohol to get intoxicated. This may have something to do with the way your live is used to produce ketones or glucose and has less capacity to burn alcohol which makes the process move slower.

Alcohol impairs judgment as you well know, this means you might end up chowing down on food you’d otherwise stay away from. There’s also evidence to suggest that consuming alcohol may slow down the process of producing ketones which is necessary to have your body in ketosis, this may not be detrimental but it’s something to consider.

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