I returned to low carb ways of eating to fight back the diabetes, keep the cancer at bay, and return to a health. However, having failed at keeping up with LCHF before, this time I was going to need a different approach than following the gazillion, expanding base of rules that LCHF and keto folks were promoting. AND the HORRIBLE, uncivil, trolling practices of the keto and LCHF support groups had already made me turn them OFF. And that lack of support is how I tumbled off the wagon OVER TIME.
I was introduced to the idea of “dirty, lazy keto” by Stephanie Nylund Laska’s book on Amazon. I initially was skeptical of her book but it kept me reading. She is more than upbeat, she’s also a kind person–and her Facebook Group, Dirty, Lazy Keto seemed to be just the kind of support I was wanting. The keto police were banned. The rules were simple and forgiving. And the focus is on YOU DO YOU: we all are on separate “keto journeys” to find the WOE (way of eating) that fits our lifestyle, our life conditions, and our own bodies.
I cannot recommend her book enough. For many, many people, especially women, her story is inspirational and her advice is generally helpful. She makes a keto way of eating seem do-able and sustainable.
Dirty, Lazy Keto in a Nutshell
Dirty keto is pretty simple. If the US FDA approves something as safe to eat, you can eat it. Artificial sweeteners, wheat and grains, whatever. Just keep the total intake of foods to under 20 net grams of carbs per day.
Net carbs are grams of Total Carbs minus the grams of fiber and sugar alcohols. This means that if sugar alcohols are listed, as they are in many products, you offset the number of carbs just like they are fiber.
But sugar alcohols make the math on many “sweet treats” manufactured by the food industry a bit crazy. You can end up with zero carbs or even negative carbs this way. Some people only count half the sugar alcohols.
Lazy keto means you ONLY count net carbohydrates. You don’t count the grams of protein you eat or bother about the grams of fat–and you don’t een count CALORIES.
Putting Dirty and Lazy Keto together was a genius move and I think everyone who is thinking about this should buy her books and take a look at this. They are great resources for getting started.
Do people lose this way? Yes. Some. Quite a few actually.
Mostly the folks who lose this way are under 30 years old and weigh 300 pounds or in that neighborhood–and have very high carb diets. They lose quickly and they lose alot.
Lightly Soiled, Laid Back Keto
I am over fifty, hypothyroid, a cancer survivor and now diabetic. The classic dirty, lazy keto won’t work for me. Neither will strict keto–which has become an awful cult. But I needed to find another way.
LSLB keto –that is what I jokingly call my keto journey– means figuring out how I can make food choices that work for me. I use SOME wheat products these days such as low-carb tortillas (to make this all easier for when I travel and for work lunches). I don’t do 20 net carbs — that’s too low for me and will prevent me from eating healthy vegetables, necessary for all kinds of reason, including cancer prevention. I average about 25-30 carbs a day, in that range. And yes, I’m losing weight. Not quickly but definitely.
I also count protein. Many people who try lazy keto get sick from not enough protein. And I count calories to SOME extent, but mostly to make sure I don’t go too off the rails. I just keep it under 2000 on a “crazy high” day” and try to shoot for something in the 1200 or so range on most days. This is what I mean by “laid back” — I pay attention but I don’t starve myself to reach calorie goals. I focus on making sure I get in my protein (measured at 0.38 times weight in pounds, for the MINIMUM number of grams of protein per day). And I take a multivitamin just to be sure.
And that’s why I started this blog–to support myself as I came back to LCHF and keto ways of eating, figuring out my own rules. I am investigating how I can adapt DLK (dirty, lazy keto) to create a sustainable, delicious, and healthy future. I have a grandson now — I want to see him graduate college. I want to dance at his wedding. More soon. ~Lola