How To Do Lazy Keto â€“ What is it? Cooking Lazy Low Carb Meals, food list and my plan explained for how I get results without tracking macros or following a strict Ketogenic Diet.Â
How To Do Lazy Keto
When youâ€™re following a diet like the low carb, Ketogenic diet, you can choose to follow it strict or go for a lazy keto approach.
Generally strict Keto means tracking your macros and calories to make sure youâ€™re consuming macros to get into Ketosis. Whereas, lazy keto is following a low carb lifestyle without counting or tracking what youâ€™re eating.
As an aside my Husband thought that Lazy Keto meant me getting him to make meals for me, and while I guess that is accurate, in this blog post, Iâ€™ll share what Lazy Keto actually means to me!
Lazy Keto Means No Tracking
To me, Lazy Keto involves NOT tracking. I donâ€™t track my calories, macros or carbs. In the very beginning of my Keto Diet journey, I looked up the foods I was eating in google and then made note of what macros are in common foods I have.
So, I googled â€“ macros in sour cream or macros in mushrooms and then wrote them down in a notebook. I used that to track initially for a couple of weeks to understand the macros of foods which I enjoyed over and over again.
Once I knew what made up a typical Keto meal, I stopped tracking and just made sure my plates were as low carb as possible and full of healthy fats. (Check out my recipe index for lazy keto meal ideas!)
For an idea of what I buy when grocery shopping, hereâ€™s a video of a typical Keto Diet food haul. By filling my kitchen with Keto foods, it makes it easy to create easy keto meals.
How Do You Know Lazy Keto Is Working?
To check that Iâ€™m in Ketosis, and stay there, I measure using Keto sticks. (These are the ones I use.) I find that confirming that Iâ€™m in Ketosis shows that what Iâ€™m doing is working.
Also, when Iâ€™m in Ketosis I have a wonderful level of energy and vitality which usually is also a clue that what Iâ€™m doing is working.
Throw Out The Scale
Through my last Keto stint, I weighed myself most days. The number on the scale had way more impact on my day and overall feelings than it should have.
If the number went sideways or up, then I tried to analyse the previous day and would feel down and despondent.
I decided that for Keto this time around, Iâ€™m not going to weigh myself. (It helps that we have just moved to Ireland and donâ€™t have scale, so we just wonâ€™t be buying one. )
I have to say that itâ€™s incredibly liberating. Feeling my weight loss rather in my clothing and seeing it on my face in the mirror, instead of a number on a scale telling me whether Iâ€™m successful or not.
Keto Without Stress
I find that this way of following Keto is so much less stressful than strict Keto. Just enjoy the food and the health benefits without the stress associated with numbers on the scale or in a calorie tracker.
There can be so much stress associated with accurately tracking your food and then the silly number on the scale can create even more stress. Taking out those elements just means that you can just get on with this way of life without numbers holding you back.
Lazy Keto Diet Explained
Iâ€™m publishing this blog post at the 2 week mark in my journey back to Keto.
I shared a video talking you through how I do Lazy Keto and my experience being back on Keto. Hit play below to watch or click here to watch on YouTube.
And, hereâ€™s a grocery haul to mix and match ingredients to create easy lazy keto meals. Hit play below or click here to watch on YouTube.Â
Lazy Keto Food List
Iâ€™m a firm believer in keeping it simple when following a low carb diet. So, hereâ€™s my lazy keto food list of essentials I always keep to hand to create quick, easy and simple meals. Eggs
Coconut Oil â€“ for cooking meals in and also adding to smoothies.
Butter â€“ for cooking and adding to low carb baked treats.
Cream and sour cream â€“ to add healthy fats to meals, mix through while cooking or add on the side.
Cheese â€“ grated cheese, feta and brie are a few of my favorite cheeses.
Low Carb Vegetables â€“ I aim to have a portion of vegetables each meal and go for a variety through the week. Hereâ€™s a list of keto vegetables to choose from:
Tuna â€“ in a tuna salad, tuna breakfast scramble and the above pictured tuna cauliflower casserole. (Hereâ€™s the full list of lazy keto breakfast foods.)
Beef Mince â€“ there are loads of keto friendly way to enjoy old favorites like spaghetti bolognese, egg roll in a bowl and moussaka.
Chicken â€“ you can roast a whole chicken, make fried chicken or a chicken bake.
Salmon â€“ in a salad, as a side with scrambled egg for breakfast or rolled up with cream cheese.
Nuts â€“ nuts and seeds are high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. You can enjoy a handful as a snack or enjoy the above pictured candied walnuts.
Almond Milk â€“ tends to be the lowest carb milk option, just make sure itâ€™s unsweetened and doesnâ€™t have any sugars or carbs added. You can enjoy almond milk in a keto smoothie, shake or hot chocolate.
Berries â€“ strawberries, raspberries and blueberries tend to be the lowest carb fruits, enjoy them fresh or frozen in keto jam, smoothies or the above pictured strawberry cheesecake mousse.
Yogurt â€“ plain, natural or Greek yogurt tends to be the lowest in carbs.
Dark Chocolate â€“ 85% plus is usually the lowest in sugars and carbs.
More Keto Inspiration
If youâ€™d like to join me and get started with Keto, or back onto it again, then here are some posts to inspire you:
Keto Tips For Beginners â€“ tried and tested tips to get started with the Keto Diet.
How To Get Into Ketosis â€“ the steps I take to get into Ketosis.
How To Start The Keto Diet â€“ the steps to take to get started with the Keto Way.
7 Day Keto Diet Plan â€“ a week of meal ideas to inspire you with low carb breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
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