While this approach will reduce carbohydrate intake and may lead to increased ketosis and weight loss, this does not necessarily mean that it is healthy. “You may delude yourself with important nutrients (such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber) that play important roles in metabolic, neural, and hormonal balance,” Brownlow says.
She also emphasizes that “there is extensive scientific and clinical support for the benefits of ketogenic methods in patient groups with neurological and metabolic disorders. If you are considering a ketogenic diet for this reason, keep in mind that food is much more than just the fuel for our cells; it provides information Important for all biochemical reactions in living organisms. In order to optimize your ketogenic approach, you should consider eating a well-rounded ketogenic diet that contains micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.”
Moral of the story: Lazy keto isn’t about being lazy about what you eat.
If you find yourself choosing fast food burger patties for fear of overindulging in carbs from fibrous vegetables and plant foods, that’s a red flag. It’s important not to sacrifice overall diet quality in order to achieve your carb goals.
It’s also worth noting that a lazy keto approach may also end up being a very low carb diet, which isn’t always a ketogenic diet. Technically, you are on a keto diet if you are in ketosis. This means that your liver has gotten the signal that your glucose and insulin levels are low, and your fat metabolism is speeding up to the point where ketones are now being produced.