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Low Carb Alcoholics

Posted on 10/03/2010 3:51:44 PM PDT by Free Descendant

I know a lot of you guys do lo-carb diets and as I know people I assume a lot of you drink (in moderation, of course) I am wondering if you can answer my questions regarding drinking on a lo-carb diet.

Is it true that hard liquer is the best choice when on a lo-carb diet? I am avoiding beer (cries)...I've been drinking rum and diet(cries) coke. Your knowledge and experience is appreciated.


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1 posted on 10/03/2010 3:51:48 PM PDT by Free Descendant
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To: Free Descendant
I don't know about the carbs. But I can highly recommend Bushmills.

Cheers

2 posted on 10/03/2010 3:54:33 PM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: Free Descendant

Everclear 190


3 posted on 10/03/2010 3:55:34 PM PDT by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: Free Descendant

I drink vodka.


4 posted on 10/03/2010 3:55:56 PM PDT by gattaca (Great things can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Free Descendant
Most wines are pretty low in carbs. When I went on a low carb diet I gave up beer (high carb, German beer) for wine. It seemed to work.
5 posted on 10/03/2010 3:57:16 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Free Descendant

What is this low-carb diet thingy? I drink beer simply because I wanna get buzzed...and the ugly girl in front of me becomes a Victoria Secret supermodel.


6 posted on 10/03/2010 3:57:26 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Free Descendant
Drink beer, it makes you smart.....it made Bud wiser didn't it??!!

Seriously, Glenn Fiddich or Glenn Levit should do it.

7 posted on 10/03/2010 3:59:11 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Moderates manipulate, extremest use violence, but the goal is the same.)
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To: Free Descendant

Good bourbon is lower in calories.

If you are going to mix liquor with diet coke, drink cheap liquor.


8 posted on 10/03/2010 4:00:49 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: Free Descendant

If you are trying to lose weight DON’T drink any alcoholic beverages at all. Hard liquor has no carbs, but converts to carbs once you drink it. Your body will use up this energy first before attacking any food calories you have eaten. That said, with respect to weight loss, there is no difference between the hard liquors, they all have about the same calories per shot, I think about 90.


9 posted on 10/03/2010 4:01:01 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: Free Descendant

I don’t believe that spirits are the way to go, largely because the alcohol messes with blood sugar levels.

However, (under Atkins, anyway, different low-carb diets have different approaches) a single glass of wine (taking the place of fruit) after induction should be okay. At maintenance, any low carb beer should be good, if it replaces a grain (Michaelob Ultra and Miller Lite being the best ones I’ve noticed for low carb).

At maintenance, you can introduce spirits (stay away from anything with added sugar, especially liqueurs).

Also, rather than Rum and Diet Coke go with Rm and Diet RC/Diet Rite, as Diet Coke is aspartame based, and is frowned upon because aspartame messes with blood sugar levels in a way that sucralose/Splenda do not.

Preferred sweeteners are sucralose and stevia.


10 posted on 10/03/2010 4:01:19 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: HerrBlucher

Michelob Ultra

2.6 grams of carbs


11 posted on 10/03/2010 4:02:26 PM PDT by t-dude
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To: Free Descendant
Unflavored distilled spirits in general are a low-carbers dream.
12 posted on 10/03/2010 4:03:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: Free Descendant
Basically all the calories in hard alcohol are either alcohol or sugars. So it is a question of which hard liquor has the fewest calories - since the alcohol content is pretty consistent, the only variable is how many calories there are in the other 120 proof that is not alcohol. Gin is generally the lowest.

Of course, the higher the alcohol content the more calories, but the less you need to get buzzed. So 151 and Wild Turkey might be the best bet, if consumed straight. But they're often combined with sugary mixers.

13 posted on 10/03/2010 4:04:15 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Free Descendant

If you’re having a problem trying to think of a way to lose weight and continue to drink, maybe you should consider limiting your drinking. Sounds like you might have a potential drinking problem if drinking is so important to you.


14 posted on 10/03/2010 4:04:15 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: Free Descendant
I drink beer, but not your everyday cheep beer. I drink many different beers that I can't get here in Mississippi. I go to KY 2 times a year and buy all my beer, most is high gravity beer and don't have to drink much. If I don't drink Beer I like Jack Daniel's “Single Barrel” with a little water if anything.
15 posted on 10/03/2010 4:04:25 PM PDT by Hotmetal (Support the castle, defend the flag. 858TH Engineering Battalion)
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To: Free Descendant

Distilled spirits are accepted in the Atkins diet, as there are no carbohydrates present in the distillate. Beer on the other hand is infused with carbs. Go with Bushmills, Glenmorangie or Aberlauer and, by all means, eschew Budweiser. Experience speaks. Single malt Scotch will set you free. Trust me on this point. sd


16 posted on 10/03/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT by shotdog
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To: Free Descendant
I can't stand liqueur...I drink wine...



The "express" ....not coach.
17 posted on 10/03/2010 4:04:35 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Free Descendant

Shochu on the rocks or with hot water , etc...All my Japanese in-laws are skinny and they drink it ! ; )

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/806437/how-to-make-japanese-shochu-cocktails


18 posted on 10/03/2010 4:04:40 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: t-dude

ditto that Michelob Ultra


19 posted on 10/03/2010 4:05:06 PM PDT by smartymarty (When you know why you believe what you believe, leadership is inevitable.)
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To: max americana

Once I get a few down I don’t even think I need to lose weight.


20 posted on 10/03/2010 4:06:08 PM PDT by Free Descendant (Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.)
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To: Free Descendant
Any booze will slow down your metabolism and force you to retain water, so avoid it when trying to lose weight.

If that can be done, "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die".

21 posted on 10/03/2010 4:07:30 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: t-dude

Michelob Ultra

2.6 grams of carbs

0 taste.


22 posted on 10/03/2010 4:07:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Free Descendant

I can’t help you with the alcoholic side of your drink recipe. All I have to say is, drop the diet coke and drink the real thing. The diet stuff is worse for you than the real stuff. You may fool your brain, never your body.


23 posted on 10/03/2010 4:08:25 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Free Descendant

I tried an series of experiment for a year in which I kept meticulous weight records, varied what I drank, and always order the same post drinking Royal Two Tiger Palace Banquet Meal For Eight at my Chinese food joint. Statistically, with in the margin of error, nothing varied my weight, except for the month long pints of whole milk White Russians. But, ah, I threw that data set out as it was so off.


24 posted on 10/03/2010 4:09:06 PM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: Xenalyte
"Low Carb Alcoholics"

Rock band name ping.

25 posted on 10/03/2010 4:10:32 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: t-dude
Bud Selet 55

55 cals, 1.9 grams

26 posted on 10/03/2010 4:12:52 PM PDT by EVO X
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To: EVO X

Make that Select 55


27 posted on 10/03/2010 4:14:02 PM PDT by EVO X
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To: Free Descendant

“Is it true that hard liquer is the best choice when on a lo-carb diet?”

I recommend water


28 posted on 10/03/2010 4:16:45 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Free Descendant

A friend once told me that she drinks scotch and water because it is only 50 calories.


29 posted on 10/03/2010 4:16:45 PM PDT by GinaLolaB
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To: Free Descendant
Wine!!

some say red is healthier but I really like white better.

30 posted on 10/03/2010 4:18:38 PM PDT by CAluvdubya ("Sarah Palin fights, we cannot spare her."--GonzoGOP)
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To: Dallas59

Now if they would make the trains like that I would be for Hi speed rail. Alas! Alas!
But what’s the word, Thunderbird?
BOURBON AND DIET COKE? YUCKOMATIC!!!


31 posted on 10/03/2010 4:19:15 PM PDT by barb-tex (BAN DIET DRINKS!)
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To: t-dude

Mic Ultra, I agree, been drinking that for a few years and it works in the cal low carb dept. I add in a few corona lights but overall I am slimer than I was 10 years ago and I eat the same, so I figure its the mic ultra lights.


32 posted on 10/03/2010 4:19:51 PM PDT by VastRWCon (Taxed to Death)
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To: Dr. Sivana

FYI, Diet Coke does have a variety that is available with Splenda rather than aspartame. I’ve only seen it in cans, and it is clearly marked on the label with an oval with the word Splenda in it. It’s not bad...

DH & I have been drinking a Skinny Pirate - Diet Coke and Captain Morgan


33 posted on 10/03/2010 4:21:34 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat ((Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*))
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To: shotdog; Free Descendant
Single malt Scotch will set you free.

Nectar of the gods. As a teetotaler by necessity, single malt is one thing I truly miss, but hey, at least I knew it when!

Free Descendant (great screenname!), I'm a teetotaler, and I don't hold with teetotalling, and wouldn't recommend it unless you, like me, are allergic to alcohol. Some people eat strawberries and they break out in a rash: I drink (yes, even the sainted single malt), and I break out in handcuffs, arrests, and derangement.

THAT SAID, when I stopped drinking altogether (this was many moons ago), I dropped weight dramatically.

I'm an old-fashioned person who comes from a long line of people who just naturally ate by what folks call "the Atkins" approach, it sounds to me. A healthy way to eat: unless you're expending a lot of physical energy, go easy on the starches (rice, corn, potatoes, pasta, bread) and carbs but be sure to eat some, like one with each meal or skip it and have something starchy as a snack; all the protein, vegies, and fruit you want; and if you feel like having a candy bar, have one! ;^) That last one is probaby why I was pudgy enough to lose weight when I quit drinking! And why I've still got a nice pillow around my middle. *sigh*

34 posted on 10/03/2010 4:26:43 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Free Descendant

Any alcohol stops the carb-burning. You don’t gain weight, but you won’t lose either. For the most part, I skip the booze.


35 posted on 10/03/2010 4:32:42 PM PDT by Jemian (52 - 3)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Or Glenmorangie on the rocks.


36 posted on 10/03/2010 4:42:52 PM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: mylife
Michelob Ultra
2.6 grams of carbs
0 taste

-4 alcohol. Drink it to get sober, if you absolutely must.

37 posted on 10/03/2010 4:43:15 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: smartymarty
ditto that Michelob Ultra

I do low-carb, and I drink Miller Lite. IMO, Michelob Ultra has no taste; and Miller Lite only has 3.2 carbs.

38 posted on 10/03/2010 4:45:06 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Free Descendant

I drink in moderation, but when I do it is either a darker beer such as Alaskan Amber or Dos Exxes.
For harder drinks I tend towards Scotches or Whiskeys like Glenmorangie or Crown Royal. On the rocks, of course.

I eat a low carb diet because of diabetes, and an occasional drink doesn’t cause too much of an issue.


39 posted on 10/03/2010 4:46:43 PM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: Free Descendant
I have lost just over 30 pounds in the last 10 weeks on the "South Beach" diet so I can share my experience.

I completely cut out alcohol for the first 3 weeks and lost around 20 pounds during that time.

Then for the next 3 weeks I started enjoying red wine again, not every day but enough to make a difference. During those few weeks I would say I lost another 8 pounds.

After that I started with gin and diet tonic and even an occasional beer. Have lost another few pounds since but my weight loss has leveled off. Which is what I wanted to happen because I was about 25 pounds fat at the start and didn't want to loose much more than that.

40 posted on 10/03/2010 4:48:15 PM PDT by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: Free Descendant

http://www.laphroaig.com/distillery/virtual_tour/index.asp?expanded=our_distillery.virtual_tour


41 posted on 10/03/2010 4:54:14 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Even the earth is bipolar.)
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To: Free Descendant

I was told that Gin and Tonic is the lowest carb drink that is common. Don’t know if it is true.
Also, if having a drink is so important to you that you need to start a thread ,maybe you should try to go without.
Just a thought.


42 posted on 10/03/2010 4:56:42 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Free Descendant

Beer is out clearly, on a low carb diet. Althought they do have low carb beers out there they are pretty crappy.

I must discourage the drinking of hard liquor. It is not the same. Maybe you can handle it, but if you are not sure, or don’t usually drink it, give it a pass.

Wine is really the healthiest thing to drink, I think white wine has the lowest carbs (that’s part of why girls always drink it, also I think there is a concern about spillage going on there) but I think red is the best for you.

I don’t like wine, I am a beer drinker, but if you are flexible and looking to cut down on carbs I’d recommend wine.


43 posted on 10/03/2010 5:00:57 PM PDT by jocon307 (Loser Merjerksi broke my tagline.)
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To: Free Descendant

I yoyo’d up and down with weight for years. I stopped drinking, lost 55 pounds and it’s been off for 5 years now. Alcohol is more than empty calories and carbs, I think it also slows down my metabolism. It also made me crave snacks.


44 posted on 10/03/2010 5:07:12 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Free Descendant

Have you considered crack? Don’t see many overweight crackheads.


45 posted on 10/03/2010 5:39:30 PM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Free Descendant

How low carb are you doing? Are you doing this for weight loss purposes? Are you trying to eat healthier?


46 posted on 10/03/2010 5:43:51 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud wife of a military pilot ~ Please pray for him (he's deployed!))
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To: cornfedcowboy

“Also, if having a drink is so important to you that you need to start a thread ,maybe you should try to go without.Just a thought”

Maybe you need a drink...


47 posted on 10/03/2010 5:48:29 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Free Descendant

Hi FD, I’m a Type II diabetic - Rum & Diet Coke is my drink of choice - cuts my morning blood sugar if I have a nightcap (or two) the night before. If I do have a beer Michelob Ultra is my preferred choice but I think a R&DC is better for you in the long run.


48 posted on 10/03/2010 5:48:33 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: cornfedcowboy

“Also, if having a drink is so important to you that you need to start a thread ,maybe you should try to go without.Just a thought”

Maybe you need a drink...


49 posted on 10/03/2010 5:48:50 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Free Descendant

I was doing P90X a few months ago and one of the beachbody newsletters said if you must drink beer, drink a microbrew or Guinness stout. Limit yourself to one Guinness though.


50 posted on 10/03/2010 5:53:03 PM PDT by zkbeta51
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