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Alcohol and Paleo

Answered on January 18, 2014
Created January 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I've been eating Paleo for about 5 months, train hard and trying to get lean. I occasionally have a couple of beverages socially on weekends. Can someone explain or lead me to some info on how beer negatively affects my goals. And, if I do have a couple of drinks should I have something other than a beer. I usually have a light beer to restrict calories. Thx for the input

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I think the best info I've found on alcohol as it relates to metabolism & fat gain, is from Graeme Thomas and websites to which he refers.

His information verified YEARS of self-experimentation, both have lead me to solidly settle on:

Vodka & soda water (no sugar) w/ lime or lemon, dry red wine, dry white wine as the alcoholic drinks with the least detrimental impact.

Yeah, kinda boring.

Regular beers are some of the worst, light beers are 'better'.....

consuming carbs (really, just about any food) along with alcohol is a recipe for fat storage. :(

Unfortunately leanness & alcohol consumption are pretty much opposed objectives.

Here is a cut & paste of my answer to a related thread

Answer by BobK 1844 · Oct 25 '13 at 05:45 PM

I think one of the hardest things to handle / resist is the nightlife activities of being a young person. Esp the drinking and attendant snacking / eating. When I first headed towards paleo, I used a blood sugar meter to gauge my reaction to meals, foods & drinks. (yeah, I know, more than a bit geeky and painful too).

After a night of heavy drinking & eating, my meter gave crazy reading & error messages. Internet research lead me to:

http://graemethomasonline.com/beach-body-or-beer-belly-alcohol-and-your-physique/

and

http://www.efficientdrinker.com/

per the suggestions of these websites I really changed my drinking behavior, in the last year I've had maybe a dozen beers. My wife & I limit our drinks to red wine or vodka with sparkling water & a twist (lime or lemon) and maybe white wine. No sugar, no soft drink or diet mixers, no fruit juice.

Yeah, kinda boring.

She limits to one per day, I limit to two per day, max. On occasion we might bump by one extra drink at a party. If you're going out to the bars multiple nights per week, the number of drinks can add up quickly. With the wrong drinks or mixers you can really derail your paleo. Plus drinking disinhibits eating behavior.

check out efficient vs inefficitn drinking results :)

http://www.efficientdrinker.com/images/inefficient-guy.jpg

http://www.efficientdrinker.com/images/efficientgirl2.jpg

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