It is fantastic that more people are choosing lower carb options when they are drinking (and I’ll give you some ideas below) however alcohol can slow or stall your weight loss progress.
The body burns alcohol before anything else (even sugar!), which means fat burning stops and fat storage starts, making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it.
Alcohol and fructose are processed by the liver, so with both, you’re getting the fatty liver kind of fat, which can cause permanent damage – a very common crisis affecting Americans of all ages.
High carb drinks are double trouble because insulin has to wait to bring your blood glucose down until the alcohol is dealt with.
Drinking alcohol may also make you want to eat more and you can bet it’s not broccoli you crave. 🥦
You can still enjoy a drink or two on special occasions. Eat first which may help slow the absorption. If you haven’t been drinking for a while and have been eating Meaty Low Carb, you might find you get a buzz much quicker, so take it easy.
If you prefer mixed drinks, you can substitute stevia sweetened sodas or zero carb flavored waters to reduce the carbs. Zevia ginger-ale goes lovely with Jameson Irish Whiskey and a splash of lime. Hard ciders can be mixed with sparkling water for a refreshing option.
Here are my top 5 suggestions for low carb alcoholic drinks:
🥂 Champagne or sparkling wine (extra dry or brut): 2 gm per glass
🍷 Dry wine, red or white: 2 gm per glass
🍹 Vodka, club soda, and lemon or lime: 0 gm per glass
🥃 Whiskey: 0 gm per glass
🍸 Dry martini: 0 gm per glass
For many of my Menopausal Health Reset clients, they’ve reported that they simply don’t enjoy drinking alcohol like they used to. When they drink, the notice that their sleep is disrupted or of poor quality, they snack on things they don’t usually crave and they wake up feeling off, like they were poisoned.
Only you can make the drink or no drink choice for yourself, in any given situation. Go easy, enjoy your festivities and trust that you know what’s right for you.