Today we will look at types of Keto from a different perspective, essentially the 3 different types are: Clean, Dirty and Lazy Keto. The Ketogenic diet is a way of eating to lose weight that limits carbohydrates and includes plenty of healthy fats. People following Keto are strict with their food intake. They eat whole, unprocessed foods and monitor their macros (their fat, protein and carbohydrate intake ratios). Their aim is to force or keep their body in a state of Ketosis.
If you follow the Keto diet, your body burns fat instead of glucose for its energy needs. Those who strictly follow the diet attest to losing weight fast in just a few days of drastically reducing their carbohydrates.
However, as with any diet there are some rules that some follow and other people follow different rules. Even the Keto diet has followers that do the ‘Clean Keto’ version, while others do the ‘Dirty Keto’ version, and some swear by the ‘Lazy Keto’ version.
The Clean Keto diet follows the principle of eating foods with low carbohydrate content, but those that keep you feeling fuller longer due to their high fiber content, such as green leafy vegetables.
The clean Keto diet is often referred to as the ‘strict’ Keto diet. You only eat healthy, whole foods. You do not eat any processed foods at all. Although the Keto diet allows nuts and dairy, there are some advocates who avoid these foods as well as they believe they will not help them with fast weight loss.
If you are on the clean Keto diet, then drinking alcohol is a definite no-no. It all boils down to eating a clean diet, focusing on whole foods, without eating anything processed or even drinking an occasional glass of wine.
If you decide you want to go Keto, but don’t particularly want to follow the restrictions religiously, then your diet will no doubt be branded as being the ‘dirty Keto’ diet.
Following this diet means you can eat anything as long as your carb intake remains low and it’s still high in fat. This way of eating does not focus as stringently on where you source your food and nutrients, just as long as you follow the Keto principle. In other words, this diet puts a premium on convenience, so you can eat whatever is available or on hand, provided you keep the carbo-fat percentage intact.
The one rule to Lazy Keto focuses only keeping the carbohydrate intake to no more than 20 grams per day. Unlike clean Keto, you don’t have to track your calories, nor do you have to count the other macronutrients (fat and protein).
This method is appealing to people who find tracking to be a chore. And who want quick results without much work. Just focusing on counting the carbohydrates is way simpler. But simple does not always mean easy. While it is a fact that you will lose weight doing a Lazy Keto diet (at the end of it, it is a low-carb eating plan, and we know those work), the chances of hitting a weight-loss plateau (likely fairly soon) are very high.
Clean, Dirty and Lazy Keto – A Summary
The Golden Rule of a regular Keto diet (also called ‘strict’ or ‘clean’ Keto) is to focus on the Fats and keep your daily Carb intake to less than 20-30 grams per day. With the dirty version, the macronutrient ratio remains the same, but the quality of the foods you eat matters a whole lot less.
With Lazy Keto, neither are you tracking calories, nor are you counting the other macronutrients (fat and protein).
It is easy to understand why some people prefer to go for the Dirty Keto or Lazy Keto diet if they lead a busy lifestyle and can’t organize their meals in advance. It’s a lot easier to throw a ready-made frozen meal in the microwave than it is to plan your meals, chop and peel vegetables and find healthy cuts of meat.
If you enjoy being in the kitchen, then you won’t find cooking Keto meals a chore at all. Weighing your foods, watching the portions, counting the ratios etc., may all be fun for one person, but not for someone else. Usually the one it’s not fun for is the dirty Keto or lazy Keto dieter, who may find the convenience of other foods better for them. They will look for foods that are as low in carb as possible, but the meat may be processed, and the vegetables may not be organically grown.
Let’s take a look at an example. A fast food chain may be selling a chicken burger, complete with salad. The clean dieter won’t eat it all, however, the dirty dieter will eat most of it, processed meat and all, but throw away the bun. At the end of the day their macros may not look too bad, however, the clean Keto dieter’s nutrients and overall long term health will look a whole lot better!
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