Drinking On A Low Carb Diet

drinking alcohol on a low carb diet
drinking beer on a low carb diet

I am not a big drinker but I do enjoy beer or wine occasionally. So one of the first things I wanted to know was could I drink beer on a low carb diet? And the answer was NO!

It isn’t recommended because beer is very high in sugar and carbs.

Well, that stinks! Ā šŸ™

DrinkingĀ Beer really isn’t an option if you want to lose weight on a high fat, low carb diet. Also, sadly many wines and mixed drinks are high in carbs as well.

But,Ā here’sĀ someĀ good news:

You can drink on a low carb diet.

Most spirits are very low in carbs. So you can have an alcoholic beverage from time to time. There is no need to go without when you are at a party or family get together.

Drinking on a low carb diet is something that you can do occasionally and still lose weight.

My go to mixed drink is a Rum and diet coke. Now normally I would never drink a diet coke as I prefer to not using artificial sweeteners, but I can’t drink straight rum, so this is an alternative.

I find that I can deal with it and I actually find it very satisfying.

My boyfriend prefers gin and soda water with a twist of lime. Tonic is high in carbs so he does the soda water (club soda). He says it isn’t beer, but it does give him a bit of a buzz.

But sometimes you just gotta have a craft beer. (At least I do)

I really enjoy a nice IPA beer especially at social gatherings so I knew this would be a challenge. But losing weight and getting healthy was the most important thing to me.

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to the beach for a week and we decided that we would drink beer on one or two days. And we limited it to only two drinks each.

What I did that day was to totally limit my carbs to very strict. Normally I stay at around 30% but since I knew I would be drinking beer in the afternoon, I ate very clean the entire day prior. I had bullet-proof coffee in the morning, and 2 eggs for lunch. Then for dinner along with the beer, I had a green salad with a steak. I added a pad of butter to the steak.

At the end of the week, I still ended up losing 1 pound even with drinking the beer. But it isn’t something that I will do often as I really enjoy seeing a 2-pound loss on a normal week.

So my recommendation is this. If you want to drink, I recommend spirits or very dry wine.

And if you do choose an alcoholic beverage that is high in sugar, adjust the rest of your carbs and plan on what you will eat that day.

Important Tip: I learned a hard lesson the night after drinking alcohol and that was leg cramps. It wasn’t fun waking up with severe Charley horses in my legs. I learned that when you drink alcohol you need to really increase your water intake as you can easily become dehydrated. I learned this the hard way.

So stay hydrated by drinking lots of clean filtered water.

16 thoughts on “Drinking On A Low Carb Diet”

  1. Drinking on a low carb diet? Wow ! that looks promising. I liked your article very much because it gives an alternative without disturbing the carb diet. I am not on a diet (A healthy person, workout and all that) but I have many friends that are kind of fat and trying to start a diet and drink a beer. Very helpful guide – Thanks for puttin it together for us!

    1. Thank you so much. You are so kind. I love beer so much but right now as I’m losing weight, I am going to have to stick with the spirits.

  2. That’s some great information. I’ll make sure I pass this along to my parents. I was wondering if you had any guidance on which beer is the lowest in carbs and calories. I’m reading around the internet but I can’t seem to find consistent information. Or could you recommend a low calorie mixed drink that I can pass along to them?

    1. Here is a list of low carb beers I found on Google. I’m a IPA girl and love the hops. I don’t think I would ever go any of these most of these on this list. I may possibly enjoy a Yuengling Light but still 6.6 carbs is a lot considering I try to keep below 30 for the day. If they can skip the beer, I suggest any kind of spirits on the rocks or mixed with a diet soda or water.

  3. Great post, Wendy! I prefer gin and diet tonic. Of course, most bars do not carry diet tonic, but gin also goes with diet ginger ale and diet 7up. Looking forward to hearing more from you!

    1. I might like gin with diet 7 up and a twist of lime. Usually I just get a rum and diet coke. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m actually heading over to your site now. Have a great day!

  4. Hi Wendy

    Hope all is well

    Yes the Beer is just AWESOME..But i had to cut it out..i love your post. but my reason for stopping was i njoyed the beer so much i started njoing it from 5am befor work..aaaaah it was soo goood..2 ice cold beers in the morning..Wow ..that was good..

    i stopped totally with alcohol ..i saw a potential problem coming..

    Thanks for a interesting post ..i look forward to some more informative reading..

    Have a nice day

    from Jaco

    1. Good for you Jaco. Thank goodness I have never had the desire to have a beer at 5 am. I’m pretty much just a social drinker, but I do like my beer especially on a hot day. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I enjoyed reading your post! A lot of stuff I’ve read actually talks about sugars being far worse than other kinds of carbs when it comes to weight loss. Limiting sugar specifically in my diet has been very beneficial for me.

    Beer is generally pretty low in sugars so I’m not surprised you were able to lose weight while drinking a couple of beers per day. Red wine on the other hand does indeed have a lot of sugar so these days, that’s a rare treat for me.

    1. Yeah you would think beer didn’t have that much sugar but it really does. So if I must have some I stick to just one or if I do a light than maybe I’ll have a couple or I just stick to spirits. Thanks for stopping by, Mike.

  6. Hi Wendy: Being a Primal-Paleo advocate myself I could most definitely relate to your article. Moderate drinking is definitely allowed if you are just maintaining your current weight. Everything from wine, beer and spirits are allowed in a low carb diet, but the key factor as you mentioned it is moderation. Thank you so much for sharing this article with us.

  7. Thank You

    Your information on drinking alcoholic beverages on a low carb diet sounds to be very useful for many people on this type of diet.

    Is beer so high in carbs because beer is made from grains, grains in moderation seems to be a good strategy to lose weight and maintain your weight from what I have read.

    What is your opinion on grains on a low carb diet?

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