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The ketogenic diet is a diet very high in fat, moderate in protein and very low in carbohydrates, used to lose weight quickly and safely. Recommended for those who are very overweight and for those who want to define their musculature. It is also a diet recommended for diabetics, hypertension and for the treatment of diseases such as epilepsy and some types of cancer.

The ketogenic diet helps you to lose weight without losing muscle mass and filling you with energy, that's, converting your own body into a fat burning machine by using fat reserves as an energy source in the form of ketones. This is called ketosis.

This can be translated as a zero sugar diet, consequently zero alcohol.

Can You Drink Alcohol on The Keto Diet


CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL ON THE KETOGENIC DIET?


The most accurate answer is NO, you should not drink alcohol while you are following a ketogenic program.

Alcohol is a substance produced by the fermentation of sugar derived from fruits, wheat or barley that affects the burning of fat in our body.

Therefore, after all the effort you have made to enter ketosis, which is that process of burning fat accumulated in the body and fat we are ingesting during the ketogenic diet, just one glass is enough to interrupt the metabolic situation that is occurring within you.

In addition, under the influence of alcohol you may lose control of your diet and no longer mind consuming any type of food, even if it is not compatible with the keto or keto diet.

DO I GET KETOSIS FROM CONSUMING ALCOHOL?

There are several factors to consider before drinking alcohol during a ketogenic or nonketogenic weight loss diet.

The first thing is to estimate the caloric value of these drinks, as a general rule every gram of an alcoholic beverage is 7 calories, almost equal to the fats that provide 9 per gram.

On the other hand, women are more likely to emerge from ketosis than men, even if they are of the same weight.

I mean, yes, you will get out of ketosis.

Your body will try to metabolize the alcohol you are ingesting, thus disrupting the metabolization of other nutrients such as fats and proteins. Therefore, it will not burn fat and ketosis is interrupted; also do not forget to add the amount of carbohydrates contained in that drink.

I mean that if you drink a drink containing sugar or drink a lot of alcohol you will get out of ketosis, since the process of burning fat is interrupted.

It's also important to keep in mind that being in ketosis will make any alcoholic beverage work faster no matter what your alcohol tolerance is.

BACK INTO KETOSIS


After the body has discarded the alcohol ingested and therefore has emerged from ketosis, it may only take you a day, even hours, to get back. However, just as there are people for whom this return is easy and quick, for others it will be a slower process and will take several days to recover the lost state.

To help you in this process I recommend:


  • That you enter fully again in the ketogenic diet.
  • Fasting


The time of fasting will depend on each person, that is, until you enter ketosis, but without neglecting your health.

RECOMMENDED DRINKS IF YOU ARE ON A KETO DIET


Alcohol is a cellular toxin that does not provide you with any nutrient, however it does fill you with empty calories, hence the recommendation is not to consume alcohol. However, we all know how difficult it is not to have a single drink if you have to attend a social gathering, a working lunch or an after office.

Well, here are some recommendations on alcoholic beverages:

Forget all sweet drinks, for example cocktails are totally forbidden as well as wines, especially sweets, and of course all drinks that contain sugar (carbohydrate) in their preparation.

Intercalate each drink you consume with a glass of water, in addition to reducing the amount of alcohol you are drinking will prevent dehydration.

If possible drink pure vodka, without flavors, because those that have flavor also have added sugar.

Another option is high quality whisky. The higher the quality of the whisky, the less sugar added.

Gin should be consumed in small quantities and avoid completely those that have flavors.

Tequila, as well as whisky, must be of very good quality and of course without flavors.

You must also consider what you add to your drink to accompany it, I advance you that the only thing allowed is ice, soda or lemon.

If you're a wine lover and can't give them up even if you're on a weight-loss plan, you should choose a dry wine that contains no sugar or sweeteners. You can only drink one glass.

This is just a sample of what can be consumed, as opinions do not always coincide on what drinks are allowed during the ketogenic diet, in any case, some of the followers of this diet insist that you can drink, but in very moderate amounts.

Considering that alcohol is a social disinhibitor, as I said, it is very possible that you start to ignore your keto program and eat what you shouldn't, then you have to be very strong not to alter your ketogenic regime.

Remember that it is best NOT to consume alcoholic beverages if you are looking to lose weight, because these drinks are very caloric and do not provide any nutrients, but if you can not avoid it, keep in mind the importance of being very moderate in consumption whatever drink you decide to take.

HOW MANY DRINKS CAN I HAVE ON KETO DIET?


This will basically depend on your tolerance for alcoholic beverages. Most experts recommend one drink for women and two for men, because men tolerate alcohol intake a little more than women.

If you're one of those people who can't control themselves once they start drinking, it's best to try to avoid it.

On the other hand, if you are looking to lose weight, it is best not to drink any alcoholic beverages, at least while you reach your nutritional goal.

Similarly, if you have fatty liver whether or not from alcohol consumption, the suggestion is to avoid alcoholic beverages.

As for the exact number of drinks you can have, the best answer is moderation.

WILL THE KETOGENIC DIET HELP ME TO STOP DRINKING?


The truth is that there are no scientific studies that corroborate a claim about the positive influence of the ketogenic diet on those who have given up drinking liquor.

However, there are numerous followers of this form of diet who claim that the ketogenic diet helped them to control their craving for alcohol.

These people leave their testimonies in different blogs stating how the ketogenic diet helped them to reduce their anxiety about sugar and alcohol.

The keto diet has diminished the impulse and the need to drink of many people, perhaps this is possible because the ketogenic diet balances the fluctuations of sugar in the blood.

ALCOHOL AFFECTS THE KETOGENIC DIET


Following a ketogenic diet is quite complicated and hard in itself, dealing with social demands can make the process even more difficult. Alcohol consumption is part of everyone's social life, which is why you should be very clear about your priorities when it comes to circumventing all the temptations that will be presented as saboteurs of your program.

Alcoholic beverages are one of those saboteurs, most contain large amounts of carbohydrate or are high in calories, in any case if you are following a ketogenic diet you run the risk of coming out of ketosis, interrupting all the progress you have obtained.

That's why it's best to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages; but if you can't avoid it, consume those that don't contain carbohydrates, although they do contain a lot of calories, like the ones I pointed out to you (vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila) in moderation.

Can You Drink Alcohol on The Keto Diet?

This article is for people who have doubts about what a ketogenic diet menu would look like.

Keep in mind that every body is different, and that once you lose weight you must adjust your diet to your new needs and goals.

Example of Keto Diet Menu for Beginners


Remember to keep your macronutrients at 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbohydrates. If you do a lot of sport you can raise a little carbohydrates (but remember that you will not lose so much weight if you increase more than 10% the percentage of carbohydrates).

How to calculate macronutrients in the ketogenic diet


Macronutrients are the amount of grams of fat, protein, and carbohydrates you should eat in a day. Use ketogenic diet calculator to calculate the macronutrients you eat in a day.

How many calories do you take in daily?


To define how many calories you occupy from carbohydrates first you need to know how many calories you occupy daily, use this calculator to know your daily calorie requirement: Click Here

For example, if I weigh 65 kg and have moderate activity, I would occupy 2528 calories per day.

How do you know how much 5% carbohydrates are?


For simplicity you can use ketogenic diet calculator.

Below is the explanation:

To lose weight you can only eat 5% carbohydrates.

1 gram of carbohydrates is 4 calories.

Take out 5% of your daily calorie requirement, then divide that by 4, and that's how many grams of carbohydrates you can eat a day.

Example: In a daily requirement of 2000 calories 5% would be 100 calories. 100 calories / 4 = 25 grams of carbohydrates per day.

For example, if you ate 100 grams of broccoli, that's 5.2 grams, which means you could eat 500 grams of broccoli a day.

A simple way to reach the high percentages of good fat that is involved in this diet and especially avoid constipation is to eat almonds. 1 cup of almonds has 45 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber.

Ketogenic Diet Menu Example


Breakfast

spinach bacon omelette keto breakfast
Spinach Bacon Omelette


If you're going to eat carbohydrates, some people prefer to do it for breakfast. Remember not to eat fruits at breakfast because of the high amount of carbohydrates.

Option 1: Bacon Eggs

Option 2: Spinach Omelet with Sausage

Option 3: Protein shake mixed with two tablespoons of Coconut Oil.

Add 10 to 30 almonds to meet the fat goal and avoid constipation, depending on your weight.

Lunch

Creamed Spinach with ground beef Keto lunch
Creamed Spinach with ground beef


For the Lunch try to make it easy and fast. Accompany it with a spinach salad, as spinach has a lot of fiber, more than lettuce.

Option 1: Chicken breast salad with spinach and bacon. (Add 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Option 2: Meat with spinach and green sauce.

Option 3: Tilapia fish with garlic mojo, spinach and butter.

Dinner

Cajun salmon with avocado salsa keto dinner
Cajun salmon with avocado salsa


Option 1: Tuna with jalapeños (The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper), mixed with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, with onion and lemon.

Option 2: Tilapia fish with green sauce and broccoli (4 tablespoons of dressing can be added to the vinaigrette or 2 tablespoons of olive oil).

Option 3: Italian sausage with green sauce

Desserts

Cucumber with chili powder keto dessert


Cucumber with chili powder

The most important thing to follow the ketogenic diet is to make it easy, simple and delicious.

Example of Keto Diet Menu for Beginners

No-Carb is the new low-carb! Everyone is talking about ketogenic nutrition. Celebrities such as Adriana Lima, Tim Ferriss and Lebron James are fans of this high-fat diet.

Keto for Beginners - An Introduction to Ketogenic Nutrition


"Lebron James makes keto too? Then there must be something to it!" When I heard about my former fellow player and NBA scout for the Philadelphia 76ers Danny, the world's best basketball player and star athlete, I was ready for a new experiment. When I first tried to live ketogenic, I didn't really know how Keto works. I lost too much weight and felt suboptimal. In the meantime I have intensively studied this high-fat diet, conducted further experiments with continuous blood measurements and interviewed top-class keto experts such as Dave Asprey, Ben Greenfield, Marina Lommel and Todd White in the podcast. Keto has become a real trend not only among professional athletes, actors and other artists. There is also activity in our community.

Why Keto? 428 answers from our readers.


A few days ago I sent our readers an email with the following two questions:

  • What is your primary goal with the ketogenic diet?
  • Which one question about the ketogenic diet do you really want answered?

The interim result (answers are still coming in) shows a clear interest in the subject of ketogenic diets. We have received 428 valuable answers so far. On the survey have clicked more than 700 people. Accordingly, our readers primarily want to achieve three different goals with Keto: Burn fat, have more energy and generally be healthier. The great thing is, Keto is very promising in all three areas! But first, let's look at the basics.

What is the condition of ketosis?


Ketosis is a metabolic condition that leads to an increased conversion of fatty acids into so-called ketone bodies in the liver. Ketone bodies are molecules formed in the liver from fatty acids. They are a transportable form of acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA for short), an acetic acid residue that mitochondria can use to produce energy. Ketone bodies thus serve the body as an alternative source of energy to glucose, which is obtained from the digestion of carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates or simplified sugar (glucose) are the main source of energy for our body. The body's energy supply is essentially ensured by the glucose dissolved in the blood and each body cell can process glucose directly. If we stop supplying carbohydrates, the glucose stores are used up after 24 to 72 hours, depending on the person. Wait, that's pretty short! If our brain were really only running on carbohydrates, would we starve to death after three days at the latest? This would have been fatal for our ancestors in many cases. So from an evolutionary perspective alone, our body must have thought of something else.

In the absence of glucose, our body has learned a cool trick during evolution. If the body stops receiving sugar for several hours, the blood sugar level drops and the pancreas secretes a hormone called glucagon, which in turn causes fatty acids to be converted into transportable ketone bodies. The cells can then generate energy from these ketone bodies, just like from glucose. The reason why a person can survive 50 to 60 days without food is therefore belly bacon. Unbridled feasting actually makes sense from an evolutionary point of view!

What are the scientifically proven advantages of Keto?


Summarized again: The state of ketosis is achieved when the body switches from sugar to fat as the primary source of energy due to a significantly reduced carbohydrate intake (less than 50 grams per day). This condition usually brings with it a whole series of changes.

Weight loss: The ketogenic diet is very good for getting rid of überschüssige pounds. The many fats saturate and unused ketone bodies can easily be poured out again without setting.

Sleep and energy: Ketone bodies offer your Körper an ideal source of energy, which balances the blood sugar level stable hält and various hormones. This will make you sleep better and make you feel rested and fit every morning.

Concentration and mental performance: Some well-known followers of the ketogenic diet, such as Peter Attia, Dave Asprey and Lyle McDonald swear by the mental performance leaps that come with ketosis. I also feel a strongly increased ability to concentrate in the morning. However, I have not yet been able to identify a scientific basis for this and there are critical voices every now and then. The reduced carbohydrates stabilize the blood sugar and the feeling of hunger normalizes. In addition, ketones have an anti-inflammatory effect, giving the body more energy für mental challenges to Verfügung Goodbye Brainfog!

Disease prevention: Ketone bodies protect our body from oxidative stress and are already used in various therapy cycles and for prevention. Positive effects of keto are associated with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, some cancers, hypertension and Hashimoto's, among others. Only recently, the promising effect of keto on migraine was again highlighted.

Sports: Although many athletes fear the initial drop in performance with fewer carbohydrates, Keto is also promising in competitive sports in the long term. After fat adaptation of the body, many athletes, including basketball player Lebron James and tennis player Novak Djokovic, report longer periods of concentration and faster recovery.

Slowing down the aging process: In the coming years, the use of ketosis and ketone bodies in therapy cycles could revolutionize the treatment of some serious neurological diseases. Ketone bodies protect our body from oxidative stress and are very likely to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. To do this, they slow down the natural aging process of the body. If you want to understand the advantages of ketosis more precisely, I can only recommend Peter Attia's really interesting lecture.

Are there any risks with Keto?


Risk of ketoacidosis with insulin deficiency: Ketoacidosis describes an excessive concentration of ketone bodies in the blood. In contrast to ketosis, in ketoacidosis blood gases, blood salts and hormones are life-threatening and must be treated. Since this condition is mainly caused by an acute insulin deficiency, diabetics in particular must be very careful. However, a correctly applied ketogenic diet has enormous potential, especially for diabetics. However, this should be well informed and started in company of a nutritionist or doctor.

Nutrient deficiency: People on a ketogenic diet often do not get enough of some essential minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, sodium and vitamin D (as fat-soluble), which contribute to a quick recovery of the body after high exertion. Especially people who are dependent on many different nutrients, such as pregnant women and competitive athletes, should be careful and definitely consult an expert if they want to eat a ketogenic diet. Especially in ketosis you should try to keep your electrolyte balance stable. My tip: Add one more spoonful of Himalayan salt to your food or a glass of water in the morning.

Dry eyes: Many people who start ketosis report dry eyes after a few days. This is probably due to the strong dewatering, which goes hand in hand with the strong reduction of carbohydrates. Eye drops from the pharmacy help here.

Conclusion: After a first experiment I was not yet convinced of no carbohydrates on my plate. However, a new experiment with much more background knowledge has so far been very promising. I don't want to miss the long ability to concentrate after my favourite coffee in the morning! I also upgraded this recipe and developed a real Biohacker Coffee to bring you even more flow into your life.

Get started with the 5-step protocol for fast keto entry


For everyone who wants to start with the ketogenic diet right now, we have our 5-step protocol. With it you can easily and quickly achieve your first successes with Keto. However, if you are already advanced and want to delve further into the ketogenic diet, then we have an offer for you below.

1. Reduce the sugar to under 50 grams per day!

The body prefers glucose to ketones and runs on sugar as long as you leave it. Therefore reduce the sugar content in your diet to a minimum (maximum 50 grams per day). This is indeed enormously little and corresponds to just two apples or a cereal bar.

2. Drastically increase the fat content!

Without sugar, you need energy from other sources. That's why you need good quality fatty foods like meat from pasture, fresh fish, regional vegetables, willow butter, olive and coconut oil, avocados and nuts (no peanuts, they're not really nuts either). Many keto beginners do not know what to eat. For this we have created an ingenious Keto-Recipes Ebook, which you can download for free.

3. Start the day perfectly with the Biohacker Coffee!

In order to get over the first withdrawal symptoms with the omission of the usual carbohydrates better, a fat-containing drink is suitable in the morning. The Biohacker Coffee is the most effective and fastest way to recharge your batteries and boost your fat metabolism. The blend of high-quality coffee, willow butter and C8 oil provides energy, sharpens the mental focus and keeps you full for a long time. Products to support a ketogenic diet can be found in our Flowgrade Shop.

4. Accelerate the process with intermittent fasting!

For quick initial success, include two intermittent fasting days, for example Tuesdays and Thursdays, in your diet plan. This gives your body enough time to renew cells and get into ketosis faster. An example keto day with intermittent fasting can be found here! In our recipe book you will find tasty ideas for the post-fasting meal.

5. Stay disciplined until the fat adaptation!

At the beginning of a change to a ketogenic diet, many people feel weak and tired. This is also called "keto flu" or "keto fever" and describes the phase in which enzymes are formed and the body learns to use ketone bodies effectively as an energy source. Once the body has learned to run on fat, it is keto or fat-adapted. This usually takes between 1 and 3 months. Therefore stay disciplined for at least 4 weeks and keep your carbohydrate consumption as low as possible. It will pay off! After the adaptation you can jump back and forth quite simply and also insert an exception day or "Cheat Day".

My 4-week Keto self-experiment


In my sporting past I had little success with Low Carb. I lost weight, but muscle strength and my hormone levels were also totally mixed up. I blamed it on low glycogen stores in the muscles that did not replenish quickly enough after exercise without carbohydrates. Meanwhile I am aware that I simply didn't know my way around enough at that time. I set up a new experiment, got a blood ketone meter (I use the Glucomen LX Plus with these test strips, which you have to buy separately). Even though I've been in good shape all my life due to the many sports, I've always had a hard time getting a six-pack and, above all, keeping it. After my four-week Keto experiment I was very satisfied with the results.

What have I done?

Over 4 weeks I have reduced my carbohydrate intake (with a few exceptions) to below 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. I fasted several times a week (usually 3 to 4 times) for about 16 hours at a time. This method is called intermittent fasting, in which nothing is eaten for a period of 14 to 18 hours. So I didn't eat from 10 pm to about 2 pm, usually even longer. In the morning I had a biohacker coffee. Strictly speaking, coffee interrupts the fasting period. Since I drink the coffee with butter and C8 oil, it even helps to reach the state of ketosis. I measured the ketotic state using my blood ketone levels.

What were my results?

After about 4 days I was in ketosis for the first time with a blood value of 1.8 mmol per liter. I measured beta-ketone or beta-hydroxybutyrate, the most prominent ketone body.

Besides an increased energy level, a more balanced mood and less need for sleep, I made the following observations:

  • From 20.4% to 16.8% body fat (via my Withings Body Fat Monitor)
  • decreased from 105,4 to 99,8 kilos (even if that wasn't my goal)
  • A significantly better HDL / LDL ratio
  • magnesium deficiency (washed out of the body with less carbohydrate intake)
  • About 5 % loss of strength

My body also lost quite a lot of water, as can be seen from the concise veins on my right arm.

My conclusion: Keto is heavy and brings enormous advantages

It was quite difficult for me to stick to the rigorous, low-sugar diet plan. But once I was in ketosis, the announced changes were quickly noticeable. I felt more energetic, needed less sleep and burned noticeably more fat. I also lost water (which accounts for a considerable part of the weight loss) and minerals were probably washed out with it.

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