The million dollar question, right? Should you drink alcohol on a low carb diet?
If you enjoy a drink every now and then, you probably won’t like this blog because the answer is generally no. Let’s talk about why.
When you’re on a LC diet, your body mobilizes fat from your fat tissue in preparation of energy production. Your liver is responsible for converting the fat into ketones, which is the energy source your body needs to use in a absence of carbohydrates.
All of your organs require ketones to function properly when you drop the carbohydrates – this includes your brain.
Here comes Friday night, or if you’re like me football Sunday, and you want to enjoy several alcoholic beverages with your friends. You’ve cut the carbs all week and you’d just like to relax a bit and have some fun.
The problems is that your liver is occupied with ketone production.
So you’re probably aware already that your liver is also responsible for removing alcohol from blood. This means the ultimate question is what happens when your organs rely on ketone production and decide to consume alcohol.
The answer is your liver will deal with the alcohol first. This means your body will stop producing the ketones it needs to fuel itself.
And from my own personal experience, it can be very painful to drink a lot of alcohol while in deep ketosis!
It’s best to avoid alcohol while on a LC diet, but if you just have to have it, make sure you limit it to one beverage and drink plenty of water. A morning headache is inevitable, but the pain will be much more reduced if you drink a lot of water.
The final tip is if you absolutely have to have alcohol, you should try a ketogenic diet that incorporates carbs 1-2 nights a week. This way, you can consume alcohol, especially in a social environment, without having to worry about starving your vital organs (obviously, drink with moderation).Carb Nite Solution is a perfect diet for this. You can schedule your drinking/social nights and keep dropping fat without guilt. For more information, check out some of my other blog post. I’m a huge fan of anything John Kiefer so I talk about CNS quite a bit.