Well to make you feel better most people don’t know that alcohol is a carb. And beyond that, beer itself contains other carbohydrates via the production process. And they all have different types and amounts!
First let me explain that by carbohydrate we mean simply it’s a starch or sugar that our body breaks down to glucose in the body. Although beer does contain some trace amounts of fat or protein, it’s so small I wouldn’t even consider it as part of your diet.
So does that mean we are all banned from this delicious nectar of the gods? Are we to settle with only vodka water for the rest of all time?
Nay, say I. Nay.
But we do have to understand and plan. First things first decide what and how much you’re drinking. And although I know this can sometimes be an unreasonable request when throwing a couple back. This will make this entire difference in holding that Fitness and Fun lifestyle.
If you’re going out for a couple of bud lights at a baseball game, each one only contains about 25 grams of carbs and roughly 100 calories. This is give or take the same for all light, mass produced beer. If this is the case you may just want to make sure that you’re not eating any additional carbs while out. So cheese and almonds make for a great low carb snack. If you’re at a bar usually they have chicken wings with no breading. This is a great option as well. Now your total carb load is not very high and you’re not going to be spiking your insulin sky high!!
Now let’s talk the extreme other end. You’re craft beer drinker. You like a saison, a rich ipa, and dabble in some porters. Well this is where we can get ourselves in a little trouble. Some of these beers have upwards of 400 calories and 100 grams of carbohydrates. And that’s per beer. Now to be fair that’s on the high end but definitely not unheard of. So how do we remedy this. Well like anything it takes a little planning. Ever heard of a ketosis diet? That’s what you’re gonna do for two days before. We are gonna run at close to zero carbs for 48 hours before this drinking event. Sticking to healthy fats like avocado and almonds and lean animal protein like beef, chicken, and pork. This will make the total consumption for that week of carbs nothing to crazy.
Now that we’ve covered the how to battle beer drinking. Let’s discuss some science. Get your nerd glasses on here we go. First alcohol that we digest has 7 calories per gram. As where normal carbs in like in bread only have 4. So if you do the math it can quickly add up have 100 grams of carbs from beer. Also alcohol is a neurotoxin. That means we are in part damaging neurons. Also to scare you even more, alcohol is hepatotoxic, which is doctor lingo for toxic to the liver.
Now that I have sufficiently made booze sound terrible I can reel you back in with this. These negative effects of alcohol only effect you in large quantities. The old adage “with poison, death is in the dosage” stands very true. Booze is a poison but only if taking in large numbers. If you have a or two once or twice a week these effects are negligible. You do more damage eating shit food.
So my advice is to actually enjoy your booze. Have it paired with food. Savor the taste. Take your time with it. Shots are for frat boys. Taste is for men. Use you poison in a well rounded manner. You’ll get more out of it. And be healthier for it. Also, you won’t get hangovers drinking this way!
One last little tip to walk away with if you find yourself drinking quite frequently. Like you work in the industry or you enjoy a beer at home at night. Use a smaller glass. I know this sounds to simple to be true. But by using a smaller glass, say 8 oz pour, numerous studies have show this keeps people from drinking as much, while still remaining satisfied. So enjoy and EARN YOUR BOOZE!!!
About the Author:
James Stratman is the owner of Peak Nutrition in Scottsdale, AZ. He is a true encycolpedia of all things nurtrition, fitness and body science (and drinking). Check out his business on IG: Peak Arizona and his personal page @theviking__.