Yes, we all know that alcohol and diets can be a bad combination – but yes, you can drink alcohol on the keto diet. However, moderation is important. After all, you are on a physical mission to improve the food that you put in your body, in an effort to improve your body as a whole. Whilst we have previously discussed the best recipes for a keto diet lets see what you are able to drink that won’t knock you out of ketosis.
If your idea of drinking alcohol on a keto diet is a glass of wine here and there, there’s great news for you: you are probably fine. Of course, if this turns into a couple of bottles of week being downed every week, that’s another thing.
The truth is that wine usually doesn’t contain many calories. If you are a fan of sweet wine – you might want to monitor a little closer, because that means more carbs. If you are a big dessert wine fan, and love your ports and moscatos – you might want to take it a little more easy than usual, and keep it to one glass every once in a while.
For dry wine lovers: you are probably fine.
There’s probably no way you haven’t heard of a “beer belly”, and there’s a valid reason: they certainly exist, and beer can definitely be an obstacle when it comes to overall weight management.
Have you heard beer being referred to as “liquid bread”? That’s because it is absolutely packed with carbs. When you consider that the keto diet is specifically a low-carb diet, it’s easy to see how this doesn’t exactly mesh with keto principles. Ultimately, beer might be the worst alcohol to consume on a keto diet.
Does that mean that you can never drink beer on a keto diet? Of course not. Here are some options that might work when you are catching up with some friends and truly feel the need to grab a cold one for a change:
- Budweiser Select 55: For those who are Budweiser fans, try to find out whether there’s a bar that serves Select 55 around you. This is one of the best options for those on the keto diet – it only contains 1.8 g carbs.
- Corona Premier: Coronas can be quite refreshing, and if you’re like me, you’re a fan of how they taste with a lime. Since you’re on the keto diet, go for the Premier option, because it only contains 2.6 g carbs.
- Heineken Light: There are plenty of people that prefer Heineken over the more “mainstream” brands, but be careful: a Heineken Light contains 7 g carbs, so you’re pushing it a bit here.
While there are many that prefer a beer over liquor, the truth is that liquor is often better for those on a keto diet than beer. Again, it is important to state that even though this is true, liquor has more alcohol by volume (ABV). While liquor might be better in terms of carb intake, it might affect your overall discipline in a much more negative way than beer, which can lead to you derailing off your keto diet.
There are some options that absolutely work when it comes to the occasional work happy hour, romantic date, or catching up with a friend. For those who are wondering what kind of drinks to order, remember this: soda and juice are not your friends! If you are a fan of sweet brunch cocktails, like I can be, remember that those options simply aren’t worth it if you are on a keto diet.
There are plenty of flavored alcoholic beverages that are known as “alcopops” or “malternatives”, depending on the part of the world that you are in. These beverages might be low on alcohol, but they certainly involve a whole lot of “added flavors”, which aren’t exactly healthy for you.
You might believe that alcopops are the smart choice, because you’re responsible and downing one or two of these won’t necessarily lead to binge drinking. However, the sugar is just way too much for the keto diet. Avoid these at all costs.
Best Drinks To Consume On A Keto Diet
We’re going to level with you: the best thing to do is avoid the beer and alcopops, period. Of course, these might not contain the kind of alcohol that will make you slack, but consuming them basically is going against the core principles of your diet.
The same could be said if you are obsessed with sweet wine, but a glass or two of dry wine is perfectly within bounds, if you’re the wine type. If you’re the beer type – go for the ones with the lowest carbs, and be mindful.
Let’s say you are out and about, trying to have a good time with friends, or a significant other, or networking at a professional event.
What drinks do work? Glad you asked. There are some obvious options for cocktails that aren’t so big on carbs, and here are some of them:
- Dry Martini: There are some people that might consider dry martinis a “sophisticated” drink, and not for them, but if you love martinis, you are safe in terms of the keto diet.
- Tequila Shot: Just because you are on a keto diet, that doesn’t mean that you can’t party. One great option when it comes to taking a night out up a level or celebrating a friend’s birthday is a simple tequila shot. Your keto diet is safe!
- Vodka and Soda Water: Vodka and soda water is a great way to enjoy a cocktail without having to worry about the carbs that come from soda or juice.
We hope that you have an idea of how to maneuver on a keto diet. Remember always that moderation is the best policy, and don’t let your alcohol consumption get you off track!
Hi I’m James and I’m a self confessed fitness fanatic. When I’m not personal training I enjoy multi discipline endurance events, mma and hitting the gym. I also love to write about my passion and I’m a firm believer in healthy body healthy mind.