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What kind of drinks almost instantly breaks a Intermittent Fasting?

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Published by : Data Research Analyst, Worldofchemicals.com

There are several fitness trends that have been consistent over recent years. Out of those popular health and fitness trends, one of the fitness phenomenon and which is spreading like a slow poison is Intermittent Fasting.

Intermittent fasting pattern is not a new thing, it is the ancient secret of health. This pattern has been practised throughout all of human history and remained a secret because this powerful habit has been virtually forgotten.

But now many people are re-discovering this dietary pattern. This may be because people are facing a lot of health issues arising from unhealthy lifestyles, junk foods consumption, giving more importance to personal lifestyles and so on.

Intermittent fasting is the simple phenomenon of practising eating, stop eating (fasting), eating and this cycle will continue based on how many days that you have decided to do this activity and how much weight that you would like to loss through this process.

This fasting is also having certain benefits like slow down ageing, protecting the brain (this will happen when you will take foods like ketogenic diet), reduces the risk of cancer, reduces blood sugar levels – this will be a big boon for people who are suffering from type 2 diabetic disease.

One should be conscious while selecting the food during intermittent fasting. Because there are chances of spoiling intermittent fasting pattern with the intake of carbohydrates rich, sugary food items.

So in this scenario, if you're not taking any solid food to break the fast, as an alternative there are some low-calorie drinks available to break the fast or you can have during the intermittent fasting.

Few options as follows:

Coffee - wait a minute! it must be black - no sugar, milk or cream, which contain more calories.

Water – without any second thought you can have because has no calories, so it doesn’t cause any metabolic response.

Carbonated water – it will contain few calories [through artificial sweeteners, caffeine etc] but this is a great appetite suppressant

Finally, I’m going to discuss the most interesting thing that is about alcohol consumption during intermittent fasting.

To start a discussion of alcohol consumption during intermittent fasting we need to know basic things like how many calories alcohol contains? what happens when we ingest alcohol, and where does it go after we ingest it? how our metabolism deal with this?

Alcohol is labeled as 7 calories per gram, which lesser than fats (9 calories per gram), which is higher than proteins (4 calories per gram) and Carbohydrates (4 calories per gram).

How the human body metabolism handles alcohol during fasting?

There are certain types of metabolisms illustrated here and these mechanisms are done in the presence of enzymes


1] Generally after drinking alcohol, it is readily absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract. About 20 percent of the absorption of alcohol takes place by passive diffusion through the stomach wall with the rest absorbed through the duodenum and the walls of the small intestine.

In other words, this can be explained by – After consumption of alcohol it travels to capillaries of the liver. So that alcohol can able to reach a total volume of the liver.

Here the liver can produce 2 different kinds of enzymes

  1. Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH)

  2. Aldehyde dehydrogenase


The basic function of ADH is to breaking alcohol to Acetaldehyde which is a smaller molecule with more toxic in nature. Which in turn aldehyde dehydrogenase enters into this mechanism and break acetaldehyde to Acetate - which is a harmless molecule.

Finally, acetate will break down to water and carbon dioxide. Overall alcohol is converting to water and carbon dioxide.

And this is what happens when you drink during your fast. It’s not that you will gain more fat (unless you are drinking excessively), but you will stop releasing body fat, stop burning body fat, and burn acetate instead. This occurs without any change in insulin levels.

There are other enzymes which can break alcohol into various products. These enzymes are Cytochrome p450, Catalase, Glutathione

So finally, it is tested that alcohol can immediately stop any fat burning because it’s always prioritized by the liver. However, if you don’t combine it with food and drink only keto-compliant types of alcohol (dry wine, gin, vodka or whisky), the world will not end. Both whiskey, gin and vodka have no carbs, which means they don’t affect blood sugars or spike insulin. They will throw you out of fat burning only for as long as they are being metabolized by the liver.

It is recommended that you need to make sure not to exceed one or two glasses of alcohol and prior to this, you can have smaller amounts of carbohydrate foods [rich in glutathione].

The main function of glutathione is to protect cells against oxidative stress by eliminating free radicals, aka reactive oxygen species; it is the body’s most important internal antioxidant. In aging, oxidative stress increases, and glutathione levels decrease, and this is so characteristic of aging.

Now that you can understand the effect of alcohol on substrate metabolism. But don't forget to follow below-mentioned precautions

Limit carbs to 1.5 g/kg body weight. Get all carbs from veggies and the tag-along carbs in some protein sources.

Good choices of alcohol include dry wines which are very low carb, clocking in at about 0.5-1 g per glass (4 fl oz/115ml).

Basically, alcohol can suppress fat oxidation, but by depriving yourself of dietary fat during alcohol consumption, you won’t be storing anything.

Remember, this a short-term strategy for those that want to be able to drink freely without significantly impacting fat loss progress or causing the unwanted fat gain. It’s not something I encourage people to do on a daily basis.

Luckily, with Eat Stop Eat style fasts you only fast once or twice a week. Leaving 5 or 6 days where you can have a drink you choose. Hence, I even recommend easy diet hacks that use alcohol as a way to lose weight.