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?
asked byAlvaro (3213)
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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.