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What is lazy keto diet, and how is it different from keto? | Indian Express

Aakriti Arora, Nutritionist explains Lazy Keto, a new diet in the market that has now become a trend among people.

Introducing Lazy Keto, an easier and less healthy version of our good old Keto Diet.

As the name suggests, Lazy Keto is the lazier cousin of the infamous Keto Diet. It focuses on just consuming 20 gm Carbohydrates in a day as compared to a regular Keto Diet which focuses on consuming 20-40 gm Carbohydrates per day, a moderate protein intake of 20% of daily calories and a high fat intake of at least 70% of daily calories, all coming from nutrient-dense whole foods.

People on lazy keto tend to lean towards highly processed easily available packaged foods, which are loaded with Sodium, Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG) and trans fat, making it a mindless approach towards the regular keto diet.

For example, a person on a Lazy Keto diet is allowed to order an easily available fast food meaty burger with processed cheese without the buns for a meal, on the other hand, a person on the regular Keto Diet will make itself a meal of grilled meat with healthy cheese sauce along with some super-nutritious greens.

The main aim of going on a Keto Diet is to go into Ketosis, where the body burns consumed or stored Fat for energy instead of Carbohydrates, resulting in Weight Loss and management of Type 2 Diabetes. Lazy Keto completely ignores other scientific aspects of the Keto Diet and just focuses on the consumption of Carbohydrates, Yes, Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for the body and without their presence, your body will look for other sources of energy.

If one isn’t watchful of the other macronutrients, Protein can become that source of glucose. This could be the death of the Lazy Keto diet because the body will take itself out of Ketosis. Side effects of this may include constant hunger, inflammation and poor metabolism.

If one is willing to stick to the Lazy Keto Diet, they should focus on the quality and quantity of foods they are consuming to get their body into Ketosis, suggests Aakriti Arora

Aakriti signs off by saying, “These diets should be done under the care of a nutritionist, in a therapeutic setting, as they are highly scientific in nature and come with many guidelines that need to be followed in order for it to be safe and effective.”

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