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Alcohol consumption and ketosis

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Created May 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Hello all, I'm starting a strict ketogenic diet, I need to know if having 2-3 drinks of Scotch will stop the process of ketosis?

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on May 19, 2013
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Most likely, yes. I believe the "set back" is simply the time it takes to once again produce as many ketones as you need to live comfortably. Realistically, many people can have a small amount of carbs and remain in ketosis, but enough carbs or alcohol that stops ketone production will require some type to "reset".

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on May 19, 2013
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:) ... \ /*\ /..salut

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on May 18, 2013
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Hahahaha, One of each please

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on May 18, 2013
at 05:14 AM

Rocks and neat ;)

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depends.. on the rocks or neat? :)

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on May 17, 2013
at 11:32 PM

But would it set me back as eating carbs would do?

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Thank you, excellent answer.

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Solid answer, as per usual.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 17, 2013
at 07:07 PM

Yes, and it will stop it almost immediately.

Alcohol is not a macronutrient (because we don't dervice nutrition from it in quantity on purpose), but it is burned for energy. It has the distinction of being digested preferentially over the macronutrients. Because it is digested by the liver, all ketogenic activity in the liver stops; i.e ketosis stops.

Now, this doesn't mean that you probably won't enter back into ketosis after detoxifying all the alcohol, considering everything else notwithstanding, but it will take a while. Regardless: does alcohol stop ketosis? That's an unequivocal yes.

If you are a beginner at ketosis, or low or zero carb diets, I strongly suggest you proceed very carefully -- drinking on a low or zero carb diet is a great way to have a hypoglycemic event. While alcohol often is inside a sugary or carb-rich drink (beer, mixed drinks, sweet wines), alcohol tends to have the opposite effect of what you'd think: it makes you more likely to have low blood sugar, and coupled with diminished ketones from detoxifying the alcohol, you may be in for a word of trouble i.e. no available energy sources in your blood.

My advice: just be careful. Consider breaking out of ketosis earlier in the day, carb'ng up, enjoying your Scotch, and then easing yourself back into ketosis over the next couple days.

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on May 17, 2013
at 11:32 PM

But would it set me back as eating carbs would do?

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on May 17, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Thank you, excellent answer.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:19 PM

Most likely, yes. I believe the "set back" is simply the time it takes to once again produce as many ketones as you need to live comfortably. Realistically, many people can have a small amount of carbs and remain in ketosis, but enough carbs or alcohol that stops ketone production will require some type to "reset".

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on May 17, 2013
at 08:34 PM

Solid answer, as per usual.

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