15 Dec Your Guide to Keto and Alcohol: How to Not Let the Holiday Season Ruin Your Weight Loss
Do You Want to Drink, or Do You Want Results?
Almost Anything Can Be Preserved in Alcohol, Except Health, Happiness, and Money. Mary Wilson Little
The above cartoon used to be my strategy when I was still drinking. I wonder why I always woke up hungover the next day, thinking: “WTF just happened?!”
I haven’t drunk alcohol for many years now. I started drinking when I was 15 and realized already at age 18 that I had an issue with the substance. It took me three more years of madness to finally stop trying to make drinking work. Now, thanks to some amazing people who taught me how to live sober, I haven’t had a drink for 11.5 years.
I’m happy to be without alcohol because it is a toxin. It contains sugar, which hinders ketosis and weight loss. So no wonder that so many of the questions that I receive as a keto coach concern alcohol!
Especially now when the festive season has started. Keto eaters worry: “Can I drink alcohol and still lose weight?” So for you lucky ones who don’t risk ending up in an asylum or jail from having a drink, I’m here to guide you through the alcohol jungle this festive season!
Firstly, I want to say: you always have a choice whether to drink or not. I need to offer a reminder since I so often talk to adults who say, “But I have to drink at birthday parties/office events/any random celebration!” Again: no, you don’t.
If you’re around people who won’t take no for an answer, consider changing your social circle. You have a free choice to drink, but take responsibility for your action and your result or lack thereof. (And if you can’t stop drinking or guarantee the consequences when you do, like in my case, please seek help.)
I always recommend my clients to avoid alcohol for their first few weeks on keto, to let the body become metabolically flexible. Then, some can enjoy a little alcohol now and then without it impacting ketosis too much (but we’re all different).
My client Stephanie is a good example of how much better a fit body can process alcohol. Stephanie is an expat in Dubai who, after years of events with food and drinks, had put on some stubborn kilos. She couldn’t get rid of them, despite working out five times a week.
I guided Stephanie to enter fat-burning mode on keto so that she quickly hit the ideal target that she’d enjoyed eight years ago. And Stephanie didn’t have to give up her socializing, nor her alcohol!
Stephanie shares: “Before keto, I used to drop weight during the week by eating healthily, only to put it back on after the weekend’s outings. Now, I can still enjoy a few glasses of alcohol but without gaining weight!”
Learn more about Stephanie’s experience with keto and alcohol, and check out her transformation here.
You already know that my recommendation for optimal results on keto is to not drink at all. But life is life, and I understand that many people choose to drink. It’s better to be realistic about the sacrifices that you’re willing to make than to aim for something farfetched and constantly beat yourself up about falling short.
So if you do choose to drink alcohol this holiday season and moving forward, here is how to minimize the impact on your weight loss!
How to Drink Alcohol on Keto:
1. Study the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap to Alcohol.
Alcoholic drinks are on a spectrum, depending on their toxicity. Although all alcohol does damage, vodka is the least toxic drink.
2. Take Bulletproof’s Coconut Charcoal.
Charcoal is a natural supplement that has been used in medicine for ages to absorb toxins. Take the pills when you’re drinking to detox. My clients who do this tell that it helps with avoiding a hangover.
Don’t take the supplement with medication since the detox can cause overdosing of tablets. Too many charcoal pills can also lead to constipation.
3. Measure Ketosis Before and After Drinking.
First, get a ketone meter to measure the level of ketones in your blood. Reflect on alcohol’s effect on your ketosis and weight loss: are the benefits of drinking worth the cost?
With this blog post’s cartoon, I’ve given you expert advice on what alcohol strategy to NOT choose. So my question is: what are you going to do about alcohol this holiday season? Let me know!