If it seems like everyone and their mother is doing intermittent fasting (IF), you’re not wrong. It was the most-searched diet term of 2019, according to a trend report from Google. But before you start your own fasting plan, there’s a few things for you to consider. For anyone who loves a good glass of wine or a beer, that includes the question: Can you drink alcohol while doing intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting can be super restrictive and centers around eating and fasting periods where you can only eat during specific windows of time. Depending on the kind of plan you pick (think: 16:8 versus the 5:2 diet), you might have to go hours without food all morning or start pushing lunch back to 4 p.m.
Not to mention, the whole fasting aspect brings up a lot of questions about what you can eat and when. Luckily, must-haves like water (and coffee!), for example, are fine to drink. But alcohol is a whole other animal when it comes to weight loss. First, drinking on a fasting stomach—a.k.a. an empty one—is *never* a good idea. And sipping your go-to cocktails too often can impede weight loss in general, disrupt your sleep cycle, and make it more difficult to stick to your overall fasting plan.
Excerpted from Women’s Health