Alcohol has a negative effect when it comes to weight loss. When on the keto diet, your main aim is to minimize carbs and get the body to burn fat. However, alcohol is high in carbs. Thus, most ketogenic cookbooks do not contain a list of alcoholic drinks.
Just because it is high in carbs doesn’t mean you need to cut it out. Below, we will discuss the various categories of alcoholic drinks and the best choices for people doing keto under each group.
A strict keto diet allows you to take only 20 grams of carbohydrates a day. Therefore, you are free to take some sips of wine once in a while moderately. We recommend dry wines since a glass contains 0.5 grams or less of sugar.
The other grams of carbohydrates are negligible since they came about due to the fermentation process. Thus, it has minimal effect on insulin and blood levels.
Avoid sweet dessert wines which are high in sugar. While on keto, feel free to sip any dry wine once in a while. Green list wines include champagne or the dry sparkling wine. A glass of each has 1 gram of carbs. Sparkling wines include Prosecco, Brut, and Cava. You can also try any red or white dry wine. A glass of dry wine has 2 grams of carbs.
Also known as alcopops, wine coolers are very high in sugars. Their content is similar to regular soda, only with additional alcohol content. Drinking wine coolers will kick you out of ketosis.
You must have been told to stay off beer while on keto. Whenever there is a beer discussion, beer bellies come up. Beer has a ton of digestible carbs, and its carbs are similar to those in bread.
Although the carbs in beer vary depending on the brand, almost all are high in carbs. Light beers have nutritional content, but make sure to check them out before drinking. We recommend you stay off beer if you’re on a keto diet.
While on keto, the best alcoholic drink you can have is spirits. Pure spirits such as brandy, whiskey, tequila, and vodka have no carbs. However, people tend to add sugar-sweetened beverages to make the spirits tasty.
To stay on keto, avoid mixing spirits with juice, soda, or other high-calorie drinks. Note that Gin & Tonic is high in sugar and a bar contains 16 grams of carbs.
Some beverages that you can try out while sticking to your diet include “skinny bitch” which has 0 grams per serving. Do you like Martini? Try the dry martini. It has zero carbs per serving. You can add flavor, too, by using an olive, pearl onion, or lemon twist. Its diversity makes it a favorite drink among many.
Whiskey is also free of carbs and of gluten. Some of the best options include Canadian, Rye, and Bourbon.
With our recommended options under each alcoholic drink, having a social life while on a keto diet will no longer be hard to do.