The ketogenic diet is a weight loss program that limits carbohydrates and includes plenty of healthy fats. The hard core keto dieters are strict with their food intake. They eat whole, unprocessed foods and monitor their fat, protein and carbohydrate ratios. Their aim is to force or keep their body in a state of ketosis.
If you follow the keto diet, your body burns fat instead of glucose for its energy needs. Those who strictly follow the diet attest to losing weight fast in just a few days of drastically reducing their carbohydrates.
However, as with any diet there are some rules that some follow and other people follow different rules. Even the keto diet has followers that do the 'Clean Keto' version, while others do the 'Dirty Keto' version.
The clean keto diet follows the principle of eating foods with low carbohydrate content, but those that keep you feeling fuller longer due to their high fiber content, such as green leafy vegetables
The clean keto diet is often referred to as the strict keto diet. You only eat healthy, whole foods. You do not eat any processed foods at all. Although the keto diet allows nuts and dairy, there are some advocates who avoid these foods as they believe they will not help them with fast weight loss.
If you are on the clean keto diet, then drinking alcohol is a definite no-no. It all boils down to eating a clean diet, without eating anything processed or even drinking an occasional glass of wine.
If you decide you want to go keto, but don't particularly want to follow the restrictions religiously, then your diet will no doubt be branded as being the 'dirty keto diet'.
Following this diet means you can eat anything as long as your carb intake remains low and it's still high in fat. This way of eating does not focus as stringently on where you source your food and nutrients, just as long as you follow the keto principle. In other words, this diet puts a premium on convenience, so you can eat whatever is available or on hand, provided you keep the carbo-fat percentage intact.
It is easy to understand why some people prefer to go for the dirty keto diet if they lead a busy lifestyle and can't organize their meals in advance. It's a lot easier to throw a ready-made frozen meal in the microwave than it is to chop and peel vegetables and find healthy cuts of meat.
If you enjoy being in the kitchen, then you won't find cooking keto meals a chore at all. Weighing your foods, watching the portions, counting the ratios etc., may all be fun for one person, but not for all. Usually the one it's not fun for is the dirty keto dieter, who may find the convenience of other foods better for them. They will look for foods that are as low in carb as possible, but the meat may be processed, and the vegetables may not be organically grown.
Let's take a look at an example. A fast food chain may be selling a chicken burger, complete with salad. The clean dieter won't eat it all, however, the dirty dieter will eat most of it, processed meat and all, but throw away the bun. At the end of the day their macros may not look too bad, however, the clean keto dieter's nutrients will look a whole lot better!