Alcohol

Published: 4/17/2016
51 minutes

Carl and Richard discuss alcohol, how it is metabolized, particularly by those eating a ketogenic diet. They discuss the carbohydrate content of typical drinks, and share a couple yummy keto-friendly cocktail recipes.

Errata:

Richard said he'd had 3 Bottles of Moët before the show - but it was actually 3 GLASSES of Moët.

Also Richard said he didn't know of research substantiating Alcohol inhibiting gluconeogenesis and 5 minutes after we finished recording he found one from Hans Krebs (linked below).

Update:

May 11, 2016: Carl did an n=1 study on himself by following a 22/2 intermittent fasting pattern for 3 weeks. He ate only dinner, but had drinks with and after dinner. The result was a big plateau. No major weight loss. He then did a 2 day fast and started eating his one meal at lunch time (with no alcohol) saving the drinks for the evening. The results were positive. He started losing a pound a day. His hypothesis: When you drink alcohol your liver stops metabolizing food and focuses on the alcohol. Once all the calories are extracted from the alcohol the liver goes right back to metabolizing food, but now your caloric intake has increased and some of the calories from the food will not be used, and some of the fat will be stored in the fat cells. By giving the body time to process the food intake, you allow the liver to do it's job. More fat gets burned. By the time you introduce alcohol a bigger chunk of your lunch has already been metabolized.

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Links

The Drinking Man's Diet

Carotid ultrasound

Statins cause increased risk of developing diabetes by 46%

Inhibition of hepatic gluconeogenesis by ethanol

Big Head no carb beer

Reveratrol

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Harvard: Resveratrol hype

Maker's Mark 46

Whiskey Stones

Whiskey Balls

Carbs in beer

Moderate amounts of alcohol good for arteries


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