The traditional keto diet is strict. Twenty carbs per day max. Artificial sweeteners like Splenda are frowned upon by the keto police, so fat bombs, Diet Coke, and HALO ice cream are definitely out of the question (who invited THAT guy to the party?) Of course, I’m speaking generally here. I’m sure there are exceptions, but that’s pretty much the gist of keto. Traditionalists take their keto commitment to the next level by monitoring not only their intake of fat, carbohydrate, and protein grams, but also count calories. Most utilize apps that generate tidy graphs to show off meeting personalized nutritional goals. Needless to say, this sounds like a lot of work (not to mention those graphs are super annoying by people bragging on Facebook). While some find this way of eating to be effective, for me, it would be a nightmare. I tend to rebel against too many rules.

Sometimes a girl just needs a Diet Coke. Please don’t call the keto police!

Lazy keto followers believe in the keto lifestyle but say to hell with all that tracking business. Before you rush to any judgment, understand these folks can be just as successful as strict keto. Lazy keto doesn’t mean they are relaxing by the pool somewhere. Rather, “lazy” is just a coined term that describes a way of focusing on carb count only (not fat, protein or calories). Lazy keto dieters usually aren’t documenting every bite they eat with some little calculator or app. In general, lazy keto followers choose lower carb, higher fat foods to enjoy while staying “under” or “around” their carb goals/limits for the day. Lazy ketos can swing either way when it comes to ingredient choices. Some enjoy natural/organic choices loved by most strict keto dieters, but others lean toward the dirty, eating artificial ingredients or sweeteners.

So, what is all this “dirty” business about? Is there some X-rated version of keto out there in cyberspace? (Probably). Oh, we are a fun group, but not THAT kind of fun. Dirty keto dieters like to break the rules now and again with our ingredient choices. We are open to using sugar and grain substitutes to make a recipe feel more “like we are used to” and not afraid of artificial anything. We are wild and crazy in that regard! We may not be strict, but… SURPRISE, we are sustainable and successful!

Learn how you can “have your keto cake and eat it too” in DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Get Started Losing Weight While Breaking the Rules by Stephanie Laska (St. Martin’s Essentials, 2020).

Also to help support you on your journey… The DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Cookbook: Bend the Rules to Lose the Weight! and DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Fast Food Guide: 10 Carbs or Less.


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