The Keto Diet: Is it Social Suicide?
Losing your friends shouldn’t be a reason stopping you from getting healthy and losing weight.
You might have heard the horror stories of those who have traded their very family and friend-oriented schedules for a gym-rat lifestyle, losing sometimes lifelong friends in search of the perfect rep.
However, adapting to the Keto Diet—and the Keto lifestyle—doesn’t have to mean social suicide. Although you might have heard about the unlikely partnership of the Keto Diet and alcohol, there are ways around the regulations—so you can have your beer and drink it, too.
In this article, we’re going to go through not only a few tips to help you stay socially in-touch without getting off track of your diet but also a few beverages that you should learn to love if you want to drink on Keto.
House Hermit or Social Keto Butterfly?
If eating out is the way you hang out with a partner, friends, coworkers or family members, following a seemingly strict diet plan may put you off to dining out.
However, these tips can help you stay on top of your diet without having to sacrifice your social calendar:
1. Eat before you eat out. Although this may sound counter-productive, you’ll generally only find that salads are your safest bet at most restaurants—which unfortunately won’t leave you feeling very full.
So, whether you eat a small, keto-approved meal or larger keto-approved snack before you leave the house, supplementing your body with a fat-centered food item can help you feel full before you even step into the restaurant.
For your salad—let’s face it, you’ll probably order a salad—you can also order a side of olive oil to help the taste and up the fat content a bit more.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions. You don’t always get your way like Burger King but it doesn’t hurt to ask—for substitutions, that is.
Changing out rice for veggies or swapping out the bun on a burger for a less traditional style naked burger can be a simple switch to help you stay on track with your diet (and be less of a burden on your waiter).
3. Check the menu beforehand. If you know where you’re going before you go out, you can take a look at their menu online.
Especially since most kitchens are getting used to the sensitive diets of their customers, there are almost always keto-friendly options—they simply might not be at the top of the menu.
If you want to be informed as possible to what you’re putting in your body (and how it’ll affect your ketosis), you can ask the staff about the dish itself—even ask them flat out if it’s keto-friendly!
Drinks on Drinks on…Diet?
Now that we’ve covered the eating portion of your meal, you should familiarize yourself with your beverage options.
Especially if it’s a social call, you don’t want to be naive in thinking that you’ll be able to get away with being sober—all the time.
Let’s face it, drinking is a huge part of your social circle’s social plans! Being in the know (and honest) about what you can and can’t drink on the Keto Diet can help you be healthy without being a hermit.
What You Can Drink:
While on Keto, you’re technically allowed to drink all kinds of alcohol—from whiskey to vodka to gin, rum, and tequila!
However, just know that you’re going to be feeling it a LOT faster than you normally would.
If mixed drinks are more your thing, you can order them with water and diet soda.
Don’t like giving up your wine? Most dry wine is keto-okay!
Here is a list of the types of alcohol that are not exactly one hundred percent Keto approved but can be borderline acceptable while on the diet:
- Beer: If you’re a beer drinker, your main goal is to stray away from most beers that are high in carbs. Even though you may feel out of character at the bar ordering a light beer, the lighter choice is definitely more fun than no beer at all—and of course, it can help you stay on track with your diet.
- Wine: As we just mentioned, a dry wine should do you fine. As long as the wine is unflavored or unsweetened, it means that it should be pretty low carb (which is a “necessary” check to stay on track). Of course, however, no matter how low carb the wine is—the more you consume, the higher that carb count will rise.
- Liquor: With the same rules as the wine, as long as the liquor is unflavored and unsweetened, you should be relatively safe. However, it’s always best to check the carb count before you take a shot. Before going out, check the nutrition info of your favorite liquors.
The Bad News:
Even though you technically can get away with drinking on the Keto Diet, just know that it might have a slowing impact on your fat-burning progress.
Also, with the lack of carbs going into your system, you’ll most likely feel your hangover—to the extreme. Not only will this lack of carbs contribute to a stronger hangover the next morning, but it also can lead to a quicker intoxication.
This is because a carb-heavy meal will fill up those glycogen stores in your system, making it much harder to get drunk. Without those carbs (while you’re on the Keto Diet), you won’t have those filled glycogen storages to rely on! This means you’ll get drunker at a much faster rate.
Another bit of bad news? You’ll need to have a much stronger willpower when those late-night cravings kick in.
When you’re drinking, you’re normally tempted to reach for the higher-caloried, unhealthy, late-night fast food choices. With your inhibitions lowered, you’re more likely to make these quick choices out of habit and out of, well, drunkenness.
So, although the Keto Diet seems relatively strict when it comes to food and drink options, you don’t have to commit social suicide because you’re focusing on your ketosis.
We hope this article has helped you stay in your inner social circle without getting kicked off the Keto wagon. ]
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