Yes, I couldn’t avoid tracking either. But I did vegetarian keto, I ate so much carbs and I couldn’t avoid it.
If someone manages to jump right to carnivore (or somewhat close), tracking may be avoided. Or if someone eats similarly every day, once they count, oh it’s only 15g, it’s safe… Surely such people exist
I did low-carb before keto and didn’t need tracking at all. I skipped most high-carb items, tracked a few days to see how much I eat and just automatically ate somewhat similarly. That was a way higher carb intake though. It somehow suited me and it was super easy, way easier and better than doing high-carb.
I actually had to plan and put effort into keto and I ate 40-45g net and unlimited total! (80-100g total surely happened, I had to half-live on sweets to keep my carbs that low.) Tracking was a must. Not just to ensure I won’t go over my limit but to ensure I won’t go much lower either… If I could use 40g net carbs, I wanted to use it (nearly) all… I ate less than minimal vegetables already, it wasn’t sustainable for me. But I got my fat adaptation so it was a tiny win. Too bad I needed to go lower but eventually that happened too.
After fat adaptation I didn’t care about ketosis much. I felt the same in and out and out was easier and no tracking was needed. But I still always came back, something told me it’s the way forward I suppose… And indeed, it was. Trying out carnivore was a surprise though, what am I doing, I asked, it’s surreal
Gut feelings can be super good guides.
I have been tracking since several days. I am just as clueless as ever. Without tracking I have almost no idea about my macros. If I do carnivore or very, very close, I know if I eat low enough carbs (unless I overdo certain dairy) but that’s it. I can’t tell if I ate 1500 or 2500 kcal, protein is way better as it tends to stay in a smallish range unless I eat very much food… Fat is a more or less mystery even with the most careful tracking though. No one can tell me how fatty is my meat, even I can’t tell when I taste it as different cuts have different feeling that confuses me. And I would like to know all my macros. Even carbs but they are the least important of them as they are low enough anyway.