Consuming Alcohol On Low-Carb Is About As Dumb As Eating Sugar

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ April 15, 2007

Alcoholic beverages may keep your low-carb diet from working

I was lucky when I started livin’ la vida low-carb in 2004 because I am not a drinker. I tried beer once and it totally grossed me out. On my honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas back in 1995, I tried champagne for the first time. Blech! And I even had a chance to drink some wine earlier this year, but the smell was enough to knock me down.

Yep, I’m pretty weak when it comes to drinking alcohol, but I realize there are others who are just starting out on their low-carb lifestyle who do enjoy the occasional adult beverage from time to time. Unfortunately, frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages, especially in the early stages of livin’ la vida low-carb, is about as foolish as drinking a sugary beverage.

Why? Well, let me share with you a recent e-mail from one of my readers and my response to illustrate.

Here’s what she wrote:

I started Atkins two weeks ago and have adhered to it religiously–almost. Bit of a contradiction there, I admit, so perhaps this is where I’m going wrong.

I’ve got 40 pounds to lose, and am trying (hoping!) to do so over the next 13 weeks for my sister-in-law’s wedding. During the first two weeks, I’ve been using the Induction Phase chapter of Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution as my reference guide and following the eating plan.

I’m having a creamcheese and smoked salmon filled celery sticks for breakfast, decaffeinated coffee with cream once a day, lunch of roast chicken and small salad with olive oil dressing, and dinner of fresh salmon with spinach–for example. I’m weighing all vegetables and am not going over the recommended amount.

I know that I’m in ketosis because I’ve been using the sticks and they tell me so. But I’ve only lost 2 pounds. I’m drinking water, walking to work and doing everything else that I think is right, but it just doesn’t seem to be working.

So now to my confession–I’ve had a few alcoholic drinks during the first two weeks; vodka and club soda, which is carb-free, but perhaps not sugar-free? Could this be impacting my weight loss?

I’d really appreciate any guidance you can give as I’m considering giving up and trying a low fat diet instead; the wedding date is looming!

Hmmm, it sounds like she answered her own question even before I responded. But let’s see what the late great Dr. Robert C. Atkins had to say about the subject of alcoholic beverage consumption while on the Atkins low-carb diet by clicking here.


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