Alcohol and LCD

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  • vikashsinha
    vikashsinha Posts: 79 Member
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    Hi all, can you share what you go for as your fav low carb alcohol?
  • auntstephie321
    auntstephie321 Posts: 3,586 Member
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    i like flavored vodkas though they are higher in carbs than plain vodka. I usually do vodka/soda water when I'm out, at home I do vodka, flavored or not, mixed with either polar seltzer or sparkling ice for more flavor. the sparkling ice has artificial sweeteners, but offers a ton of different flavors. sometimes i'll do dry white wine or cabernet, but that's usually more in the winter months. for beer, Michelob ultra has kinda grown on me but I don't love it. I do find that once in a while i'll have a regular or craft brew and I don't feel really great afterwards
  • Fvaisey
    Fvaisey Posts: 5,506 Member
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    I like Jack Daniels but as some have mentioned my tolerance for alcohol dropped dramatically. I find that if I drink a glass of water with each couple of shots then there are no aftereffects. Going out is cheaper for sure now. I like it.
  • jayne12469
    jayne12469 Posts: 52 Member
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    After being LCHF for about two weeks, I didn't find myself feeling the effects of alcohol any faster, so I drank my usual quantity of Jack Daniels. However, the aftereffects sure were different! I've never had a hangover in all my 46 years, so imagine my surprise when I wake up the next morning and I cannot even function. I just wanted to crawl in a hole and die.

    Lesson learned, diet Coke with a splash of Jack, stopped after the second drink at the office happy hour last night. Zero aftereffects this morning!
  • deksgrl
    deksgrl Posts: 7,237 Member
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    Hi all, can you share what you go for as your fav low carb alcohol?

    I drink vodka and diet coke. My significant other drinks rum and diet coke. If we are home I might have some other flavor diet soda but when we go out it is most common that places have diet cola available.

  • CJ0821
    CJ0821 Posts: 51 Member
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    I usually just have a glass of dry red wine. Like others mentioned, my tolerance is pretty low since doing LC. I love Merlot, Cab, or Shiraz.
  • vikashsinha
    vikashsinha Posts: 79 Member
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    I like whiskey. Having moved from Europe to US last year, I transitioned from scotch to bourbons. I like both. I take my whiskey with few ice cubes. In general 2-3 drinks of 1.5 ounce each. I also love beer. Belgium where I lived for 9 years had 400 plus varieties of beer, all great. In US, I like few like Yuengling, and gradually developing the taste for IPA, Lagunitas being my fav among IPA. My the most fav is omegang though. Having started LCD 5 weeks back, I am watchful about my beer and wine. I may drink beer once in a week, but usually 1 bottle miller lite kind which has 3 gms of carbs. It's Friday evening, no better time to talk about alcohol ;)
  • CoffeeNBooze
    CoffeeNBooze Posts: 966 Member
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    I always get vodka tonics. Sometimes rum and diet coke
  • nvmomketo
    nvmomketo Posts: 12,019 Member
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    I used to be a beer lover, but then when I discovered I was a celiac, the beer had to go. There is gluten free beer, but beer made from sorghum is NOT the same. :( Now that I'm in ketosis, even that isn't very doable.

    I don't drink wine since it makes my roseacea act up. Rudolf the red nose wine drinker. Nice. :p

    I generally stick to water and lime now a days. There aren't many pluses to alcohol for me, and I strongly dislike feeling hung over at all. It just isn't worth it anymore.
  • mlinton_mesapark
    mlinton_mesapark Posts: 517 Member
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    Really enjoyed a glass and a half of Pinot Grigio this evening... until I woke up and could not get back to sleep at 12:30AM. Doh!

    I guess my glass-and-a-half limit is now a one-glass (6oz) limit. Maybe I should switch to spirits and see if they agree with my system better.
  • pondsbb
    pondsbb Posts: 172 Member
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    I take spells where I drink wine, but I usually overdrink so I binge about once a month.
    It does cause me to put on 2 to 4 pounds
    that I have to work off afterwards.
    Some days I figure it isn't worth it, but then I'll have a good day and figure I can handle it.
    Enjoying our little travel trailer makes my wine binges taste so good.
  • vikashsinha
    vikashsinha Posts: 79 Member
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    TiaBia9 wrote: »
    Liquors seem to have no effect on ketosis for me but I notice with wine I tend to slow down on weight loss and bloat up. Probably the quantity :-O

    In your experience, how much of slow down alcohol can have on weight loss process? Have you folks experimented and compared weight loss progress with and without alcohol diet if the carbs intake remains the same?
  • wabmester
    wabmester Posts: 2,748 Member
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    I don't drink much, but I google a lot. :)

    http://www.builtlean.com/2012/11/26/alcohol-weight-loss/

    After your first drink, your body starts to get rid of the alcohol quickly using the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) pathway.1 In this pathway, ADH converts the alcohol into acetaldehyde, which gets further broken down to acetate. These by-products (acetaldehyde and acetate) are considered to be highly reactive and can increase oxidation throughout the body, but especially in the liver.

    Because your body sees these by-products as dangerous, it wants to use them as fuel. This means your body will significantly blunt fat-burning close to 75% after just one and a half drinks.2 And it will stop using carbs for energy. Therefore, although very little alcohol will be stored as fat (less than 5%), the fat and carbs you are eating have an increased risk of being stored as fat.


    My impression is that it can boost ketones, but not in a good way. It can also cause some temporary weight loss via dehydration.
  • CoffeeNBooze
    CoffeeNBooze Posts: 966 Member
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    TiaBia9 wrote: »
    Liquors seem to have no effect on ketosis for me but I notice with wine I tend to slow down on weight loss and bloat up. Probably the quantity :-O

    In your experience, how much of slow down alcohol can have on weight loss process? Have you folks experimented and compared weight loss progress with and without alcohol diet if the carbs intake remains the same?

    Everything was back to normal in one to two weeks, provided I didn't have any more wine. Worth it for me though, gotta take time to enjoy some good drinks and good times!

  • vikashsinha
    vikashsinha Posts: 79 Member
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    TiaBia9 wrote: »
    TiaBia9 wrote: »
    Liquors seem to have no effect on ketosis for me but I notice with wine I tend to slow down on weight loss and bloat up. Probably the quantity :-O

    In your experience, how much of slow down alcohol can have on weight loss process? Have you folks experimented and compared weight loss progress with and without alcohol diet if the carbs intake remains the same?

    Everything was back to normal in one to two weeks, provided I didn't have any more wine. Worth it for me though, gotta take time to enjoy some good drinks and good times!

    One to two weeks? What came to normal? Your prealcohol weight? Or rate of weight loss?
  • CoffeeNBooze
    CoffeeNBooze Posts: 966 Member
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    TiaBia9 wrote: »
    TiaBia9 wrote: »
    Liquors seem to have no effect on ketosis for me but I notice with wine I tend to slow down on weight loss and bloat up. Probably the quantity :-O

    In your experience, how much of slow down alcohol can have on weight loss process? Have you folks experimented and compared weight loss progress with and without alcohol diet if the carbs intake remains the same?

    Everything was back to normal in one to two weeks, provided I didn't have any more wine. Worth it for me though, gotta take time to enjoy some good drinks and good times!

    One to two weeks? What came to normal? Your prealcohol weight? Or rate of weight loss?

    Both. Was retaining water and weight loss stalled
  • KarlaYP
    KarlaYP Posts: 4,439 Member
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    I'm with the general consensus, it takes much less than it did before! Just be careful with it! It can lead to some terrible food choices sometimes too, by inhibiting those inhibitions! Extra for thought: stay off MFP when consuming alcohol. It can make one post some weird stuff, that makes no sense (refer to late May on the group forum). Left me feeling foolish, but everyone was great about it. Amazing Support here with NO judgement!
  • ladipoet
    ladipoet Posts: 4,180 Member
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    I'm not a big drinker myself and never have been. I typically tend to drink 15 or less alcoholic drinks per year IF that...but...since switching over to a LCHF lifestyle I find that even though I crave a drink now and then I just can't do it. Every time I think about having a drink I also get to thinking about how I've worked so hard at this and that I don't want to be kicked out of nutritonal ketosis for a silly drink! It's been over a year and I haven't had a single drink. I'm over 2/3rds of the way to my final goal. Once I reach that goal, then and only then will I allow myself to indulge in the occasional drink and not worry about getting knocked out of ketosis.
  • slimzandra
    slimzandra Posts: 955 Member
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    HAHA -stay off MFP when consuming alcohol. - LOL. Luv U Karlotta :) Good advice to put your cell phone away, stay off all social media, remove all electronic devices until the next day.

    Two or three 6 oz. glasses of wine one night, throws me off for 5 days. No weight loss during those days. I typically average .6-.8 lbs. loss a week, if I drink during the week I seem to plateau. I found the after effects are much worse, feeling tired and dehydrated. Formerly, I had a nightly cocktail, now for the last 5 months I've curbed alcohol to once a month, if even. Just not worth it with all the other work I've been doing to get to goal.
  • nikoba
    nikoba Posts: 291 Member
    edited September 2015
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    I have learned the hard way that when I try to drink like I used to, it results in what I call "walking black outs"...not fun not remembering pockets or whole sections of an evening. So I have to learn to really pace myself, especially since I tend to drink hard liquor on the rocks (whiskey, bourbon, tequila). I try to make sure that I'm putting down a glass of water between drinks.

    I've also learned that lately drinking has lead to poor eating choices either the same night...or the next day when I'm recovering.