If you’re on the keto diet, you’ve probably wondered whether or not you’re allowed to drink alcohol. Since it’s a popular aspect of St. Patrick’s Day, what better time to clear up the confusion?!
First and foremost, drinking alcohol will not knock you out of ketosis, however it may delay your results. Your body is not equipped to store the energy present in alcohol, so it metabolizes the calories in the alcohol before any other energy sources, such as food. That means that while your body is metabolizing alcohol, it is NOT metabolizing fat.
Another consideration is all of the empty calories in alcohol. On a diet as strict as the keto diet, you have to be hyper aware of everything you put in your body, and alcohol provides absolutely zero nutritional value. Depending on your drink of choice, you could be consuming an excess amount of sugar and carbs too – an easy way to put on weight.
If you do decide to give in to temptation, be responsible and drink in moderation. Your body will return to a ketogenic state once it has burned up all the alcohol.
In conclusion, just because you can drink on a keto diet, doesn’t mean you should. Alcohol is generally unhealthy and inhibits your judgment, making it more likely that you’ll make decisions that could compromise your diet and progress.
But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities! Below we’ve included a keto-friendly, non-alcoholic Irish Coffee recipe. It’s the flavor you love, without the goal-jeopardizing alcohol.
- 3 shots of espresso
- 8 oz. almond milk
- 1 scoop Keto Bomb™ in French Vanilla Latte
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- Whipped cream
- Sugar-free caramel syrup
Blend the first four ingredients until smooth and pour into your favorite coffee mug. Top with whipped cream and caramel. Enjoy!