Low-carbohydrate diets have become increasingly popular in the last years, as they help get slimmer and boost your health at the same time.
Most versions of this diet encourage you to renounce foods with high carbohydrate content, such as refined grains, some fruits, vegetables that are rich in starch and choose food that is high in the protein department like some types of meat.
Consumption of alcohol on a low-carb diet may not be the best idea, and below you will find the reasons for our opinion.
- Most types of alcohol are rich in carbs
Some alcoholic drinks are so rich in carbs that they overtake soda and sweets. One of them is beer, which is rich in starch. Mixed drinks are also dangerous, as they contain high-carb ingredients like juice, sugar and other ingredients.
- It is filled with empty calories
The bad thing about empty calories is that they come with no additional benefits, No vitamins, no minerals, nothing that can help your body, unless gaining weight is one of your objectives in the long run. The fact that it is the second most calorie-rich substance after pure fat should be a hint.
- Fat burning can be slowed down
Several studies have showed that alcohol consumption can reduce the speed of your metabolism. Along with the extra calorie, it will encourage your body to store fat and gain weight. Increased alcohol consumption can also damage your liver over time, leading to the fatty liver disease and future complications.
- It may be good, but only if consumed moderately
Certain studies have shown that a moderate consumption of certain types of alcohol may reduce weight gain, but abuse will reverse it into weight gain.
- If you really want to drink, there are options
Certain drinks have a moderate amount of carbs, and wine along with light beer is suitable. Pure drinks, like whiskey, gin and vodka, are carb free.
In conclusion, you may enjoy a certain drink, bit keep in mind that moderation is the key to success.
Patrick Supernaw is the lead editor for Great Lakes Ledger. Patrick has written for many publications including The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Patrick is based in Ottawa and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe hockey addiction, Pat also enjoys kayaking and can often be found paddling the Rideau Canal. Contact Pat here