Let's Talk Carb Cycling and Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks

Did you know that champagne is one of the BEST low carb drink options out there? It is only about 1g carbs per glass (if you drink a standard sized glass, that is 🤪)!

I know low carb diets are popular, but did you know that long-term restriction of carbohydrates and calories can lower your metabolic rate and negatively affect your hormone levels? This is a big reason women find themselves at one of those weight loss plateaus. For a short period of time a significantly restrictive diet will bring you results. However, over time it will cause your metabolic rate to decrease. Once that happens you will see your weight loss stop and will need to restrict calories even further to lose more weight, thus lowering your metabolic rate once again. Not only is this a terribly unhealthy way to live, it is also incredibly frustrating. 

Enter a more sustainable lifestyle: carb cycling Carb cycling allows for planned high carb days that increase your thyroid output and help you control hunger. Because you are cycling your carbs, you will also have low carb days that offset your high carb days. With this type of cycle you will continue to see fat loss, increased energy levels, and improvements to your overall body composition. Carb cycling improves insulin levels, helping your body to store less fat. When paired with intermittent fasting and effective workouts, carb cycling can help you break through those dreaded plateaus so you can truly look and feel your very best. 

Alright, back to alcohol!

For all of my FASTer Way Ladies who are celebrating New Year’s Eve on a low carb day, the biggest thing to look for in your beverage is SUGAR! 🧐Sugar is hidden everywhere! 🍸 Even a gin and tonic can have over 30g of carbs. Did you know that tonic water is very high in sugar? PS, iff the bartender adds artificial lime juice and simple syrup, you’re likely over 50g of sugar in one glass. If you’re drinking bottled drinks, don’t forget to read those labels!!

🍷Avoid sweet wines such as Moscato, Sangria, and Zinfandel to keep carbs and sugar low!

Also, avoid the following popular drinks and mix-ins::

- Triplesec
- Whiskey sour mix
- Blue Curacao
- Sugary Syrups
- Frozen margarita mixes
- Flavored alcohol
- Juices

 

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