"Lazy keto" is the latest low carb diet around. (Photo: armano777 / Getty Images)
For those of us who do not seem to board the keto trend because of how restrictive it is, there is another option: lazy keto.
A traditional keto diet strengthens the body to enter ketosis, which is a metabolic state that uses fat for energy instead of glucose (carbs). To get into ketosis, dieters should eat less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day for a few days while maintaining a high-fat diet.
Lazy keto is a more flexible utilization of dietary development and focuses only on being low carb. Generally, lazy keto supporters limit their carb intake to between 20 and 50 grams, but do not need to control their consumption.
Examples of some of the foods that make up a good keto diet. (Photo: vaaseenaa, Getty Images)
"Genuine keto requires followers to closely track their macronutrient intake about 75% calories from fat, 20% calories from protein and 5% calories from carbs – a relationship that has been bound to weight loss, specifically weight loss from fat rather than muscle, "says Pamela Nisevich Bede, a registered dietitian with Abbot's ZonePerfect. "Lazy keto is open to more interpretation. It allows a person to eliminate careful tracking of all macros and simply monitor their carbohydrate intake."
Lazy keto's salmon trait may mean that you will never reach a state of ketosis, but that does not mean that it is completely worthless, according to Kris Sollid, a registered dietician at Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Fund.
"For some people, there may be an advantage. Maybe not tracking food intake releases mental energy that is positively geared to other health and life goals," she says. "Others may need more discipline and find out that accurate food selection tracking helps them stay focused."
Although lazy keto does not call for counting calories and macros, Bede recommends that those who follow the lazy keto trend make sure they are getting enough protein in their diet. She says that if you don't track your macros and eat enough fat then your body will start using up muscle for fuel, which is something you don't want.
While there are still questions about whether keto diet is healthy or unsustainable because of its high fat content, Sollid suggests sticking to a diet that best suits you than following the latest trend.
"Lazy keto is simply a practical calorie control mechanism that has been labeled as the latest lifeblood to achieve ketosis," says Sollid. "The truth is that the best diet for sustained weight loss has very little to do with the macro nutrient ratio – that's what you can hold on to in the long run."
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