Originally Posted by coloradogirl
Also... someone is probably going to get super pissed off at me for saying this - but I've had the occasional drink on IP! I used to be a daily drinker (couldn't wait to get off work and have my margi!)but I've really cut down to once every two weeks or so. And when I do drink, I make sure it's diet coke and whiskey. This drink has no carbs or sugar. However, I have had the worst hangovers of my life on IP so beware of that! Make sure you are drinking lots of extra water! I'm not encouraging you to drink but if you must, that's what has worked for me. I've have still lost on the day/day after drinking so it doesn't knock you out of keto. But that's being totally 100% OP other than the drinks. So take that as you will!
Nobody is gonna get PO'd.
A lot of our social activities involve drinking, as well. We are huge craft beer lovers, foodies (with wine), and I love high-end tequilas and good vodka. That being said, IP is a no-alchocol protocol and I've managed every trip, weekend, tailgate, party, holiday, beach vacation, wedding, etc sans alcohol for over a year.
All of my friends keep asking me when I'll drink again. Since I've picked a date to phase off, I'm now telling them Halloween (15 months and 3 days, but who is keeping track?
Bottom line: it depends on how quickly you want to lose weight. IP is designed for quick weight loss. The same people who cheat are the ones who come in & complain about low weigh-ins, expecting sympathy, often leaving out the info about the cheat.
It cannot be both ways. With any knowledge of ketogenic diets, you learn you will burn alchohol before you burn fat. If you drink alcohol, you choose to put the fat loss on hold. I choose fat loss. The not-drinking is temporary. Sticking to protocol is completely up to you. Believe me, nobody is PO'd here. Do what you want. But at least be honest about it when reporting weight losses.