Clean Keto And Lazy/Dirty Keto: What’s The Difference?
Published: 1 year ago
So you're on keto. Is it clean or lazy, though?
There are two ways to do keto: (1) clean keto or (2) dirty or lazy keto. The difference lies in the food quality and your priorities in making food choices. Clean keto focuses on natural whole foods, while dirty or lazy keto depends on the values that help you decide what foods to buy (e.g., your religious beliefs, environmental/animal welfare concerns, budget, etc.)
Let's break this down even further, shall we?
What is Clean Keto?
Clean Keto focuses on high-fat, nutrient-dense whole foods that emphasize the micronutrients your body needs in the foods you eat. It follows the traditional keto diet, which is focused on helping your body use fat as its main source of energy instead of carbohydrates.
It is a more ideal sustainable diet because it includes delicious, high-quality keto meals made from minimally processed foods, organic produce, grass-fed meats, organic vegetables for keto, organic eggs, and more - all of which are packed with nutrients.
The following keto-friendly foods are considered clean:
- Pasture-raised or grass-fed poultry Dairy products.
- Wild-caught/sustainable fish
- High-quality oil
- Low carbohydrate vegetables
- Minimally roasted nuts
What is Dirty Keto
Dirty Keto, also known as "Lazy Keto", is popular with people who don't have time to properly plan their meals or those who need to consider important factors when choosing the foods they eat.
Most often, convenience and cost are the main concerns here, as this type of keto diet allows for highly processed and packaged foods that can be easily purchased anywhere.
For example, instead of buying a sustainably raised, grass-fed beef that contains many more nutrients, those on Dirty Keto opt for the easiest and cheapest type of beef to maintain their diet. This type of keto is also popular with those who regularly take cheat days, as it allows any type of food as long as it is within the keto food spectrum, including processed foods, factory-farmed meats, carbonated beverages, etc.
Although it is possible to achieve ketosis and weight loss with Dirty Keto, we do not recommend this type of diet in the long term as the risks are higher and the foods here can be high in sodium and lacking in vitamins and minerals.
Examples of foods that can be consumed on a dirty keto diet are:
- Fast Food
- Processed oils
- Processed meats
- Diet soft drinks that contain artificial sweeteners
- Keto chips and cheese crisps
- Roasted, salted nuts that have been roasted in low-quality oil
We understand that making a full keto switch can be daunting. That's why we're with you every step of the way to make sure you're eating high-quality, clean keto foods through our meals.
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