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! 🙁
Drinking 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, here’s some 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 diet soda as I prefer to not use artificial sweeteners, and diet soda is horrible. But I can’t drink straight rum, so when I am out, unfortunately, this is what I have to do. I don’t do it often. But when I’m home, I use Zevia mixed with Rum. It tastes amazing and is all natural.
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. Also, you will want to make sure you are getting enough electrolytes including sodium.
So stay hydrated by drinking lots of clean filtered water.