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Is Whiskey Keto-Friendly?

Whiskey is keto-friendly if limited in its consumption. Like all unflavored distilled spirits such as vodka, gin, and tequila, whiskey also has zero net carbs. There is 105 kcal in a jigger of whiskey, which consists standard alcohol concentration of 40% ABV. While being carb-free, regular consumption of whiskey might undermine staying in ketosis.

Keto if Limited

  • Whiskey is a carb-free alcoholic drink, but you shouldn’t consume it too often if you’re trying to lose weight.  
  • As a hard drink, especially if you’re running very low on carbs, it will make you feel drunk very fast and increase your cravings for processed food.
  • Be cautious of flavored whiskey, which has different kinds of carbs.
  • Avoid mixers except for sugar-free tonic water and club soda. Diet sodas will increase your insulin levels, resulting in more carb intake and an appetite for carb-loaded meals.
  • Opt for dressing your unflavored whiskey with orange bitters or a grapefruit peel.
  • Once a week, whiskey on the rocks might be the best medicine after a long work week.


  • When in ketosis, alcohol discontinues the metabolism of fat. Your body uses the enzymes that it breaks down from the alcohol. So, you’ll stop burning fat for energy. 
  • This way, whiskey will decrease your chances of achieving your weight loss goals.
  • If you are a social drinker, you can still opt for a dry whiskey rather than carb-loaded cocktails or beer.
  • Remember that sugar-free sweeteners will increase your cravings, so you shouldn’t have them regularly.
  • Whiskey will also make you feel very hungover and tired afterward, which might trigger your appetite.
  • When in doubt if an alcoholic drink is keto-friendly, stick to dry hard alcohol on the rocks with a no-carb mixer.
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