Keto remains the dieting trend of 2019. If you've never heard of it, keto is essentially an extremely low-carb (less than 50 grams per day to be exact), high-fat diet. Gone are fresh fruit, spuds, beans and starches and in their place are meat, fish, and dairy. Keto has been said to have all kinds of health benefits, including weight loss and help for fighting diabetes and other major ailments.
The benefits are obvious, it's just a massive pity that the diet is so hard to sustain.
There is a keto alternative. It's called lazy keto. Lazy keto frees dieters from counting carbs with the aim of pursuing a simple low carb diet.
Dietician Pamela Nisevich Bede explained the phenomenon to USA Today:
“True keto requires followers to intently monitor their macro-nutrient consumption round 75% of energy from fats, 20% of energy from protein, and 5% of energy from carbs – a ratio that has been tied to weight reduction, particularly weight reduction from fats moderately than muscle,” says Pamela Nisevich Bede, a registered dietitian with Abbott’s ZonePerfect. “Lazy keto is open to extra interpretation. It permits a person to remove cautious monitoring of all macros and easily monitor their carbohydrate consumption.”
Here are some easy to make Lazy Keto meals:
It's interesting to note there have been a few dissenters to the keto craze. This blog post by Eric Bach on T-Nation gives a pretty robust explanation why keto is waste of time if you're serious about building muscle
The most important part of building muscle is what you do after you train. When you work out, you break down muscle tissue and deplete glycogen stores in the muscle. In order for your muscles to grow, you need to fill those muscles back up with glucose.
That's where carbs come in. Carbs enhance the speed of muscle recovery and actually keep you from becoming catabolic. Catabolism is a fancy term for muscle loss. And the journal, Nutrition Today, shows that following up a workout with carbs is the surest way to prevent muscle loss from happening.
Read the whole post to get a sense of Bach's bigger argument. If you're going keto - or even lazy keto - be sure to consult with a dietitian first.