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Alcohol on a Keto Diet: What Is Safe to Drink While in Ketosis?

Can you drink alcohol on a keto diet? Yes.

It’s okay if you like to go out on the town and party it up. A lot of us do. It’s a part of our lives that we don’t want to stop.

But you’re on a keto diet and you know that alcohol isn’t necessarily part of your diet. Don’t hesitate to go out and have a good time just because you’re on a keto diet.

You can go out.

You can drink.

You just have to be smart about your choices when you’re drinking.

Note: If you’re just learning about the keto diet then check out our free Guide to the Ketogenic Diet.

Alcohol on Keto Diet

Alcohol on a keto diet

It may seem like a daunting task, but if you start watching everything you’re drinking, you won’t have to worry about your body getting out of ketosis. Your body will still be able to stay the fat burner it was meant to be.

If you don’t keep a close eye on your drinking habits, then you will slip back into your old ways and your body will once again be just a sugar burner and you may slowly see the weight creeping back onto your body.

Aren’t sure if your body is in ketosis? Here are 7 Signs You’re in Ketosis.

The Breakdown

When you drink alcohol, your body is going to start breaking it down immediately because your body sees it as toxic.

Go figure.

As soon as your body recognizes that alcohol has entered your system, it begins to metabolize it and break it down.

When drinking alcohol in excess, you will probably find that your weight loss will start to slow down. It could even stall completely. This is something that you definitely don’t want to happen, especially when you’re starting to see a lot of results.

I’m assuming that you are already in ketosis, so your body will start to feel the drinks quicker. Your body is used to burning fats first now, so when you add alcohol, your body is going to start prioritizing the breakdown of this, thus possibly causing you to feel the drinks much quicker than you may be used to.

The liver is ready to process alcohol more efficiently because you are in ketosis.

Small Problems

Obviously, after the drinks start flowing and you start feeling a little tipsier by the minute, your inhibitions are lowered and your body may want to start craving those foods that you used to have on all those drunk nights.

Mindless snacking is another problem when you’re drinking. It’s something that can definitely happen without you noticing, hence the term mindless. This is why you need to try and stay conscious of everything you’re doing while drinking.

While you’re in ketosis, make sure you eat before drinking. This will help you be less hungry during the night out.

Which Alcohols Can You Have?

The alcohols that can be considered “keto alcohols” are any clear liquors that are around 40% alcohol.

alcohol on the ketogenic diet

Here’s a list:

  • Tequila
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Brandy
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Cognac

As you can see this list gives you a ton of options with regards to what you can drink. The problem is, as you’ll see in a bit, is that you’re limited on what you can mix them with.

There are also some light beers and wines that you can enjoy as well, but be conscious of how much you’re drinking and pay attention to the labels to understand exactly what you’re consuming. In general, if you want to drink beer be aware of how much you’re drinking and understand the beer’s contents.

How do you do that?

Research.

Watch Out for Those Mixers

Most mixers for your alcohols are going to be extremely high in sugar content which is something that you do not need when you’re on a keto diet.

This is why you need to know what’s in your mixers before you consume them.

Some mixers that you can have and not worry about any sugar are seltzer water (soda), sugar-free sodas, and diet tonic water. You don’t have to limit yourself to these options and I don’t think you should. You just need to be aware of what you’re putting in your body as if you were with any food you are consuming on the diet.

A favorite drink of many people on Keto is a simple Vodka Soda. Depending on the vodka this can be a fairly smooth drink.

If you enjoy a little bit of flavor in your beverages then you can actually bring a small thing of Mio or something similar and mix that into your drink.

It’s better than any flavored mixer that the bartender can offer you unless you just want some lemon or lime flavor.

It’s Okay to Drink Alcohol on Keto

If there is anything that you should take from this post is that it is okay to drink alcohol while on the Ketogenic Diet.

It’s more about understanding what you are drinking which is no different than understanding what you are eating.

Drinking on a keto diet is something that can be very simple.

Don’t worry about the diet so much that you forget to have a little fun and have a few drinks every once in a while. Allow yourself to relax and follow the rules above so you can enjoy a night out without having to compromise the hard work you’ve done with the diet.

Most importantly, if you know you are going to go out and have some drinks, try to plan ahead on what you are going to order.

If you aren’t sure and you don’t mind the taste of lemon or lime then do a vodka soda with a ton of lemon in it. That always seems to do the job for me.

If you find that a night of drinking has knocked you out of ketosis then here are 6 tips to get you back into ketosis.

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