Depending on how much alcohol you drink, it can block fat burning for two days or more and most alcohol has added carbohydrates.
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A carbohydrate is only four calories per gram and that will block your weight loss and that will block your ketosis. Ethanol, pure alcohol, has seven calories per gram.
Ethanol does not spike the insulin directly.
It is not stored in the body.
It has to be removed by enzymes made by the liver.
The body considers it a toxin. It is highly oxidative (it creates a lot of stress in the liver) – it also causes inflammation that could lead to cirrhosis and a fatty liver.
It BLOCKS fat burning. If there is alcohol in the body, it is going to stop burning the fat and it switches focus to clearing the danger situation through the use of enzymes.
Your entire metabolism is going to be focused on getting rid of that alcohol not burning fat.
So depending on how much alcohol you drink it can literally block that burning for a day two days, even three or four days since most alcohol has added carbohydrates.
Most people do not just drink pure ethanol (alcohol); they drink beer, wine or other types of alcohol with a lot of sugar in it.
If you research the recommendation for drinking alcohol and all the benefits of drinking alcohol our government will tell you to drink two drinks per day if you are a man and one drink a day, if you are a woman and they will tell you that you will actually benefit the cardiovascular system.
Recently there has been a new recommendation based on another look at some of the studies that are already out there and they found that the benefits from alcohol actually are not there.
In fact, it will increase your risk of death.
Why the switch? When you see government research, realize that it is not as independent as you might think. They usually partner with someone who is helping fund the research and they actually partner with the actual industry that is related to that research. Realize that an alcohol-producing partner will not pay for research that says alcohol will increase your risk of death.
There are no health benefits from ethanol. It will knock you out ketosis for days. If you are going to drink do not do it frequently and realize it slows down your progress.
Dr. Berg suggests you consume alcohol without the added carbs (sugar added drinks and snacks). If you do you would be knocked out of fat burning for less time especially if you are not going to overdo drinking.
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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