Can I have two glasses of white wine on a low carb diet?

My mom says that on a low carb diet you can’t have ANY alcohol, but my friend Sarah says you can have a couple of glasses as long as you are only watching carbs, not calories. I’m only planning to have one, maybe two small glasses. Will it mess up my diet?

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2 Responses to “Can I have two glasses of white wine on a low carb diet?”

  1. Eric said:

    yep. look at the nutrition data on wine, its all carbs.

  2. cyn_texas said:

    I highly recommend that you take advantage of the first 6 weeks weight loss opportunity.

    Calories come from 4 sources – protein, carbs, fats AND alcohol.

    The body absorbs first Alcohol and then carbs & they are processed almost instantaneously. Protein & fat has to be processed by the body.

    There is no protein or fat worth counting in wine, tequila, vodka, or whiskey to figure the carb equivalent, take the calories & divide by 4. I am guessing this should approximate an equal measure of carb grams.

    Alcohol in moderation is allowed after 7 weeks in the program, but it will probably stop weight loss.

    There is no reason to ever go off a low carb way of eating, you slowly re introduce carbs to your way of eating and as long as you don’t exceed 9grams of carbs an hour (144 carbs a day) you won’t trigger insulin (the fat storage hormone) no matter the calories. Most of us do low carb most of the time & if we cheat & slip back into low carb the next day. I still cheat with sugar occasionally. It’s just not a regular part of my life (as it was preAtkins, 6 years ago, when I felt it controlled me & I had no control)

    The rungs to reintroduction of carbs in 5 gram units – all available to very active people in as little as 11 weeks. Make sure you do them in order & you can skip a rung if you do not intend to include it in your permanent way of eating, such as the alcohol rung.:
    * (minimum week 3 – maximum 25grams day) Acceptable vegetables, larger quantities
    * (minimum week 4 – maximum 30grams day) Add 5grams Fresh cheese
    * (minimum week 5 – maximum 35grams day) Add 5grams Nuts and seeds
    * (minimum week 6 – maximum 40grams day) Add 5grams Berries
    * (minimum week 7 – maximum 45grams day) Alcohol can be added if desired
    * (minimum week 8 – maximum 50grams day) Add 5grams Legumes
    * (minimum week 9 – maximum 55grams day) Add 5grams Other fruits
    * (minimum week10 – maximum 60grams day) Add 5grams Starchy vegetables
    * (minimum week11 – maximum 65grams day) Add 5grams Whole grains
    If you are continuing to lose or maintain (whichever is goal) in week 12 and beyond, you continue to add 5grams a day per week til you reach your personal carb level.

    Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. (Isn’t insanity defined as doing the exact same thing, in the exact same way and expecting different results??) Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

    You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

    Your body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

    Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

    The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don’t your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

    Carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice, beans) trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

    High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise.

    Ground flax seed (2-4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

    The first 2 weeks you can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different a




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