The DO's [and DON'Ts] of Alcohol On The Ketogenic Diet Explained

“Can You Drink Alcohol On The Keto Diet?” is a question I get asked all the time!
YES, you can drink alcohol on a ketogenic diet – but there is a little bit more to it than that.

In this video I explain:

1. How alcohol affects us differently when we’re in ketosis
2. How alcohol affects ketosis
3. How alcohol affects weight loss while on a ketogenic diet
4. The best options for alcohol to drink on a keto diet

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Please note that this video is not promoting the consumption of alcohol. If you feel like you’re struggling with your alcohol consumption then please, please seek professional help!

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  1. Very very informative. You are an interesting and knowledgeable man. And I appreciate your information. I am just starting the keto diet and I enjoy a drink every now and then. So this is really important information. Thank you

  2. What a great video. Well presented. I really love the taste of a good craft beer, but I think I'll wait until I get to the end of my journey 😢. I've worked too hard to get to this point … and I have a LONG journey! Thank you for an excellent video and discussion Dr. Maggs!

  3. Weirdly my tolerance to both alcohol and it's after effects has improved dramatically on Ketosis, it's harder for me to even get tipsy ;).. it may be that my organs like the liver are working better, but I don't know

  4. I'm doing a ketogenic diet and a intermediate daily fasting program and decided to try drinking tequila one day during my 8 daily eating hours… and I actually found a much higher tolerance (which really surprised me because I hadn't eaten for 16hours prior!) Plus I didn't experience any hangover what so ever at all! However I did notice that my daily weight loss decreased a bit and I was hungrier in the evening during my normal fasting hours! I'm on a ketogenic diet and intermediate daily fasting because of insulin intolerance and a heart condition which is complicated by my overweight condition which I started developing after my first heart attack because I could not longer exercise… that was over two years ago and I've suffered a total of four heart attacks in the past two years! And the extra weight is extremely hard for my heart! The ketogenic diet and intermediate daily fasting program is the only diet that has worked for me with my now sedentary lifestyle! In fact it has increased my energy level enough that I can now finally start going for walks again! (Farther than just walking across the room!)

  5. Honest question here…not knocking the keto diet. Do you have a video or info of what to tell people when they say you need carbs in your diet to get certain vitamins or that eating so much fat clogs your arteries? I know that it doesn’t but that seems to be the main opposing argument out there to eat this way…thanks

  6. Thanks ! You talk very clearly and slowly so you are easy to understand 👍 And your contents are very valuable 👍😔I had a look at the range of recipes you have downloaded.. I like the fact they are filed by ingredients it’s very helpful Thanks again !

  7. I love that u said dry wines. Thank god… I love to have a glass or 2 on a weekend. So far in the ketogenic diet I lost almost 40 lbs in 6 months. I did come off the diet for a month and I had lots of cheats because of my social life but I try to get back on right after

  8. Thanks Dr. Dan! I just found you today. Quite interesting. I am a 20 year long Type 2 Diabetic, and I am 45 years old. I am wondering while fasting or living the keto lifestyle, which I have not committed to yet, but I am trying to work up to it (so far I have been trying to fast more and for longer frequencies. In your experience, do patients who are in a similar situation to mine, do better by going off insulin or staying with long acting insulin. Clearly I am asking for your clinical experience and not any advice for me! 🙂

  9. I quit drinking for 2 months when I started Keto. I'm a beer drinker and used to drink micros. Especially IPAs. When I restarted drinking I went with Miller Lite. (It only has about 3 carbs) After taking that 2 months off, I was pleasantly surprised by how good that Miller Lite tasted. I now have 3-5 Miller Lites once or twice a week. I'm down 70 lbs in just over a year now and am continuing to lose weight. I have about 30 more lbs to go to reach my goal of 185lbs.

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