The difference between “lazy keto” and “strict keto”

I’ve been doing “lazy keto” for a long time. That means that I haven’t been counting calories, only carbs, and have made sure I stay under 20 grams of carbs a day.

Why switch from lazy keto to strict keto?

After stalling for a few months I decided to try counting calories to lose the last few pounds. It’s working like a charm! I know it’s not rocket science and I was simply eating too many calories. But some of us have been brainwashed over the years into thinking lazy keto is enough and that while in ketosis we will naturally eat less and lose weight. I think this is true in the beginning and if a person has a lot of weight to lose.

I was actually surprised to see that I was way over my calorie limit doing lazy keto. So I guess that’s great for maintaining my weight but not for losing it. Please note that I’m only speaking for myself. I know plenty of people who lose steadily doing lazy keto, especially if they have a lot of weight to lose, and men seem to drop it more easily than women (grrr..)

Lazy keto vs. strict keto – what’s the difference?

Let me break it down for you:

  • Lazy keto: Not counting calories, only counting carbs, usually staying under 20 grams of carbs per day.
  • Strict keto: Counting calories while following a keto diet (low carb, high fat).

So should you switch from lazy keto to strict keto?

If you’re anything like me and are stalled in your weight loss while eating low carb and not counting calories, I say you go for it. At least try it for a week and see if you can spot anything that’s easy to skip (like heavy cream in your coffee) that has a lot of calories. I found, for example, that I put too much oil, butter and cream in everything. So it was relatively easy for me to cut back on that.

What I also saw is that I tend to eat too much protein and that I could fit more veggies into my diet without going over on carbs if I skip dairy. Making small modifications meant that I’m losing weight again without feeling deprived of anything. Strict keto is cool for me. I admit, some days I skip counting calories but I’ve learned a lot from it so it’s been ok so far.



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