The Best Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks
Staying on a low carb diet and still wanting to go out and socially drink or party can be a tough situation to manage. Everyone thinks beers are carb-laden drinks, and yes this may be true for some beers, but there is a way around this.
First off, it’s a good rule of thumb to remember that light American made beers typically have fewer carbohydrates than those of darker beer brands. It also takes fewer beers for someone to get intoxicated if they are on a low carb diet, so you need to watch your drinking levels if you’re on a low carb diet.
Some studies have shown beer to be almost twice as intoxicating when using a low carb diet due to the change in kidney functions and how kidneys process alcohol. If beer isn’t your style, then no worries, because wine and most liquors have even fewer carbs per serving than those of beers.
Champaign and wine would be the best choices for a night out, and red wine has even been known to have many powerful antioxidants. Straight shots such as Whiskey, Brandy, Tequila, and even a Martini have almost no carbohydrates in them as long as there is no sugar added, so feel free to take some shots or drink those with no to low carb additions.
Sugars in an alcoholic drink might not only mean sugar around the rim, but sugar in the base if made with juice, or any extra fruits that have been added as well. Now all of this information isn’t a free pass to drink nightly, because too much alcohol on a regular basis will hinder your hard earned progress, so just make sure you keep everything in moderation when drinking.
If you’re ever unsure about what a mixed drink’s macro nutrients are such as the carbohydrates, just keep a calorie app tracker on your phone so that you can check it out before you decide to purchase it.
If you have a cheat day added to your weekly or monthly regimen, then it might be a better idea to plan on drinking that day, or using that as an opportunity to make sure you don’t get too off track with your dieting.
Lastly, make sure you keep track of how many drinks that you’ve had if you plan on drinking a heavier amount or over a longer period of time one evening. You don’t want to risk losing track of your carb count for the day.