Anything that has calories, even if it is a tiny amount, breaks your fast. Therefore while fasting you shouldn’t consume any food or drinks that contain calories.
Since all alcoholic beverages have calories, drinking alcohol during your fasting window will break a fast. This is why you shouldn’t drink alcohol during your fasting window.
If your main goal is to lose weight, being in an overall caloric deficit is the main reason why you lose weight with intermittent fasting. Hence, some intermittent fasting fans allow up to 20 kcal during the fasting window if that helps them keep away from food for longer.
Should you go for an alcoholic drink then? We highly suggest against it.
Firstly, it is unlikely alcohol will help to extend your fast. It’s not filling and won’t make you less hungry. Quite the opposite, most alcohols are high in carbs, which cause a spike in insulin levels, making you even hungrier than before.
Secondly, contrary to what many people think, alcohol is quite high in calories. Here’s how much alcohol would make up around 20 calories:
- 2 tablespoons of red wine
- 3 tablespoons of beer
- ⅔ tablespoon of whiskey, vodka, rum or gin
Doesn’t really seem worth breaking the fast, right? If anything, a tiny splash of cream in your coffee or tea could do a far better job at keeping hunger at bay.
Now when we’ve made sure that alcohol during a fasting window is not the right choice, let’s see whether you can drink alcohol during intermittent fasting eating hours.