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Friday, 2 September 2016

How Many Carbs In Alcohol : The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This post is from Libby at Ditch The Carbs Site

" This is my ultimate guide to carbs in alcohol – the good, the bad and the ugly. You can still enjoy alcohol when living low carb, but by making better choices and in moderation. Alcohol can be a tonic or toxic – it depends on how much and how often.


One of the most frequent questions I am asked by newcomers who are contemplating living low carb and sugar free, is “can I still drink alcohol?” “How many carbs in alcohol?” For many readers, it is a deal breaker whether they will even contemplate starting. And readers who have been living low carb for some time want to know why their weight has stalled, could it be their Friday night cocktails?


Firstly let me say, I love my wine and and I love bubbles. I love a drink with friends as much as the next person, but I know not to drink to excess, and not to drink too often. Occasional drinks with friends and family is a wonderful way to celebrate, relax, unwind and socialise. As long as alcohol is consumed in moderation and you choose low carb options, you can still enjoy alcohol.

Do you know how many drinks you have each week? You need to be completely honest with yourself, and if even the thought of cutting back on alcohol is frightening, you need to get serious about how much and how often you drink.

I know plenty of people that could not entertain the idea of having a night with friends without excessive alcohol yet they complain they can’t lose weight or have medical problems that are associated with alcohol use. They would never associate the two but make no mistake, excessive alcohol is damaging. It is linked to cancer (especially breast, liver and colon), weight gain, alcoholic liver disease, anaemia and heart disease.



Alcohol will always be metabolised before anything else in the liver because it is a toxin.
Alcohol is not your friend if you are trying to lose belly fat.
You may be able to drink in moderation but make no mistake, it will stop weight loss and even cause weight gain.
If you want to breakthrough a weight loss plateau, stop alcohol completely until 
you see the results you want.
Alcohol lowers your self control when it comes to eating healthy foods.
Alcohol will increase your cravings and appetite (you get the ‘munchies’).
Alcohol can cause fatty liver disease.


Alcohol may be good for heart health, but only if consumed in moderation (otherwise it may adversely affect heart health).
Red wine can be a great source of reservatrol, an antioxidant. But not in excess.
Alcohol is a relaxant. "

The rest of her article with links etc can be found here

All the best Jan

1 comment:

Phil Slade said...

I do worry a little about my red wine intake. Can't resist a glass of tempranillo or chianti with a nice plate of food. I do as the continentals do, drink water with it which hopefully helps to reduce any bad effects. Rareley drink beer now and whisky on special occasions or winter cold and flu time.

Thanks for the good advice as usual