The Difference Between The Atkins And Ketogenic Diets
Low-carb diets are nothing new. Science has shown that eating too many carbohydrates, particularly simple and refined ones, is one of the leading causes of excessive weight gain.(1)(2) Two of the most popular low-carb diets today are the Atkins and ketogenic (keto) diets. Apart from being low in carbohydrates, these two regimens share many similarities, but they are not the same. Here’s a closer look at the Atkins and ketogenic diets. Atkins Diet Dr. Robert C. Atkins believed that the major reason that many people are overweight or obese is because of consuming processed carbohydrates, such as flour and sugar. As a result, he developed the Atkins diet, which is low in carbohydrates but high in protein and healthy fats.(5) This regimen aids weight loss because the restriction of carbohydrates forces the body to burn stored body fat instead of the glucose produced from carbohydrates. This effectively puts the body into a state of ketosis. The Atkins diet, however, did not gain widespread acceptance at first because many regarded the idea of consuming high amounts of saturated fats as unhealthy. Eventually, research has proven that saturated fats are harmless, and more than 20 studies over the past 12 years have shown the effectiveness of the Atkins diet.(3) The Four Phases Phase 1—Induction The most important stage of the Atkins diet is the induction phase, which lasts for two weeks. During this period, you need to keep your carbohydrate intake below 20 grams per day. Since the average person consumes 250 grams of carbs a day, the induction period is also the most challenging part of this program. At this stage, your food intake should come from allowed vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, and shellfish. You should also increase your water consumption.(4) As the inductio Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference Between “keto” And Whole 30?
It’s that time of year again. That time, which comes 3 times a year for us at Rocket CrossFit, when dozens of us will band together for a Nutritional Challenge. We used to always do a Whole 30 Challenge, but for the last year, we’ve had several members – Brady and I included – do a Low-Carb, High-Fat plan instead, which is commonly called “keto.” In fact, since doing my first keto challenge 9 months ago, I’ve not gone back. I take vacations off, but other than that, I’ve felt so good, and found it so easy, that I’ve not stopped. But, what is the difference between Whole 30 (and “paleo”) and a ketogenic diet? Carbs. Carbs are the difference. Which translates also into: Sugar. Sugar is the difference. So, as we start this next Rocket Nutritional Challenge, let’s first lay out a few ground rules, and also explore the difference between Whole 30 and Keto, so that you can make an informed decision about what feels best for you, at this moment in time, for your body. (And, not to complicate things, but you can do both. That’s how I did my first round of keto.) KNOW WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE I will never advocate a strict plan of either nutrition or exercise unless you know why you are doing it and it is good for you both physically and emotionally. I will ask “why” until we get to the kernel. Are you doing it to lose weight? Why do you want to lose weight? If it is because someone called you fat, or you don’t fit into society’s little plan for us, or you think that being thinner will make you happier, I’ll ask “why” again. Why do you believe that? Is it based on facts and opinions of someone who has both knowledge and the right to tell you what to do with your body? (Hint, you’re the only person who has that right.) Ar Continue reading >>
Is The Keto Diet The Same As The Atkins Diet? Here's What You Need To Know
The Atkins diet is one of the more popular "low-carb diets" that emphasizes proteins and fats. Similarly, the ketogenic diet similarly emphasizes low carbs and high fats – but though the two sound the same on paper, their applications are slightly different, and they shouldn't be confused with one another. Writing for the New York Times, Fred Vogelsteinreportsthatthe keto diet was initially developed in the 1920s as a way to combat symptoms of epilepsy. "Deprived of food, the human body starts burning body fat as fuel, and it was that process of ketosis that somehow had the anti-epileptic effect," Vogelstein writes. "Trick the body into thinking it was starving by taking away its primary fuel of carbohydrates and forcing it to subsist on an all-fat diet, and you could create that anti-epileptic effect as long as necessary." However, the advent of anti-epileptic medications like Dilantin in 1938 rendered the keto diet redundant. Furthermore, Vogelstein notes that initially there was no scientific evidence showing the keto diet was an effective treatment for epilepsy – not until 2008, when J. Helen Cross conducted a randomized keto trial at the University College London and published her study, which showed the diet's effectiveness in quelling epilepsy symptoms. Following the study, doctors began prescribing the diet to patients afflicted with drug-resistant seizures. The Atkins diet, on the other hand, was first developed by physician Robert C. Atkins primarily as a method to lose weight. The Atkins diet involves four phases: induction, balancing, fine-tuning and maintenance. The induction phase of the Atkins diet shares similar tenements with the keto diet: high fat, high protein, and low carb or leafy vegetables. What separates the keto diet from Atkins, however, i Continue reading >>
Bulletproof Vs. Paleo Vs. Low-carb And Ketogenic Diets: What’s The Difference?
I was in my 20s when I started suffering from severe fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. I was 300 pounds, sick constantly, and almost had to drop out of grad school because I couldn’t concentrate. Back then, I thought my inability to think clearly and perform at high levels was some sort of moral failing. I would beat myself up. I would work harder and stay up later, trying to catch up with my peers. I tried every diet imaginable, including raw vegan and years of falling off the low-fat bandwagon. I hit the treadmill for hours every day. Nothing worked. So I took matters into my own hands. The Bulletproof Diet was born after a decade of working with some of the world’s top health and nutrition researchers. Over a span of about 15 years, I devoured thousands of research papers and books on human nutrition. I used my body as a testing ground to determine what worked best for my biology. The result is a diet that has helped thousands of people lose fat and gain the energy and clarity they thought they’d lost forever. So, what differentiates the Bulletproof Diet from other low-carb diets? Read on to find out. For an in-depth plan on how to boost energy and increase brain function in just two weeks, get your copy of Head Strong. Bulletproof vs. Paleo: The Big Picture If you were to map out the most popular diets, you’d see a vast spectrum of practices and plans ranging from low-fat vegan to high-fat, low-carb (HFLC). This deliciously fatty end of the spectrum is where the Bulletproof Diet and the Primal, Paleo, and Atkins diets would lie. The Paleo diet eliminates processed foods and focuses on what our paleolithic ancestors ate – mostly meat, plants, nuts, and seeds. The Bulletproof Diet is similar but designed to maximize your willpower by reducing cravings and m Continue reading >>
Which High-protein Diet Is Best: Atkins, Dukan, Or Ketogenic?
If you've been on the lookout for a new way to lose weight, you've probably noticed that low-carb, high-protein diets—like Atkins, the ketogenic diet, and the Dukan diet—have become kind of a big deal. Not only did all three make the cut on Google's annual list of most searched diets, but two (Atkins and Dukan) are also on the 2016 US News & World Report's roundup of best weight-loss diets. Each of these diets follow the same basic premise: limiting carbs means the body turns to stored fat for fuel. But is one of these plans more likely to lead to pounds-shedding success? We caught up with Edwina Clark, R.D., head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly, to find out how these three diets compare. "The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet," says Clark. Up to 75 percent of your daily calories come from fat, 5 to 10 percent from carbs, and the rest from protein. By severely limiting carbs to 50 grams or less, this diet forces your bod to burn fat for energy, a process known as ketosis. Unlike the Atkins and Dukan diets, the keto plan doesn't work in phases. Instead, you sustain the low-carb, high-fat, high-protein eating ratios until you reach your goal weight. There is no maintenance plan once you reach your goal. Unsurprisingly, limiting your carb intake this much means missing out on quite a few (delish) foods, including legumes, root vegetables, and most fruits. Starchy veggies, such as squash and sweet potatoes, are also off the table, along with refined carbs. Thanks to carb counting and food restrictions, meal prepping is paramount to following this plan. The rapid weight loss you'll experience at the start of this diet might be helpful in the motivation department, but you're not dropping fat from the get-go, says Clark. "Carbs are stored w Continue reading >>
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The Ketogenic Diet Vs The Atkins Diet: Is Ketosis Better Than Atkins?
It’s not uncommon for the ketogenic diet and the famous Atkin’s Diet of the 1990’s to get lumped into the same conversation as one and the same. But are they actually different, and is one healthier than the other? Which is more impactful over the long term? There are definitely differences between the two diets, and the real comparison might surprise you! But first, let’s step back and look at them individually. The Ketogenic Diet The ketogenic diet was founded all the way back in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the famous Mayo Clinic. The diet was initially used because it was discovered to be highly effective in treating epilepsy. The principles of the ketogenic diet are based on eating a specific percentage of macronutrients: high fats (60%), adequate protein (35%), and low carbohydrates (5%), to force the body to use what are called “ketone bodies” for energy. In the absence of carbohydrates for an extended period of time, our liver converts fats into fatty acids and ketone bodies, also just simply called “ketones.” Ketones can then be processed into ATP, which is the energy currency of the cells. Now, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood leads to a state known as nutritional ketosis. Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet There are several ways the ketogenic diet can help the health and lifestyles of those who follow it. Here are some of the biggest advantages: Blood Sugar Stabilization The ketogenic diet actively helps to lower glucose levels and improve insulin resistance. Without having frequent carbohydrate intake, blood sugar levels can stabilize more rapidly. Trigger Fat Burning Ketogenic diets can also be very effective for fat loss because they ultimately reset your body’s “enzymatic machinery” to burn fat as its primary fuel source Continue reading >>
Dietary Showdown! Paleo Vs. Keto Vs. Atkins!
DIETARY SHOWDOWN! PALEO VS. KETO VS. ATKINS! Hey there Fit Farmers! As you know, our approach to nutrition and eating here on the farm is all about real food for the real world. Most dieting scenarios end in disaster due to the inability to keep up the restrictive measure of calories or carbs or some other ingredient involved, which is why our approach differs from most most of the mainstream nutritional plans and lifestyles. But what if your specific body chemistry actually responds really well to a particular nutritional plan? Today we’re going to talk specifically about Keto, Atkins and Paleo. Often lumped together under the heading of “low carb fad diets”, these eating methodologies actually have very significant differences. Is one superior? Is one right for your body chemistry? Can they be used as short term “boost measures” to kickstart better health, rest and weight loss? In today’s post we’ll take a deeper dive into each of these diet types and see if we can come up with some answers, so hang on tight! THE PALEO DIET The name of this diet is taken from the Paleolithic period of human development, in which cavemen first began to use stone tools and sharpened points to hunt with, and also began to control and use fire. Regardless of your views on history and anthropology, the theme of the diet is to only eat what foods were available to these ‘Paleolithic peoples’ as they roamed about hunting and gathering — primarily meat, eggs, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables. This is done in the belief that these are the food sources that humans are best adapted to rather than the agricultural products and processed foods that came much later in our evolutionary span. Critics point out that (if you buy into the historical basis here) human digestive a Continue reading >>
What’s The Best Low Carb Diet For Me?
It can be hard to decide what’s the best diet for you and the foods you like to eat. We’ve created a list showing what can be eaten, your weight loss potential and difficulty of five of the most popular low carb diets, the Ketogenic, Paleo, Mediterranean, Atkins and Whole30 diets. All diets have some similarities in that you should minimize your sugar intake, but each takes a different approach to meeting your weight loss needs. In all diets, make sure you’re eating only meats that are grass fed or wild caught, and contain no additives. The Ketogenic diet is one of the most difficult diets to maintain long term, and avoiding grains and fruit long term can make eating at restaurants difficult. Whole genres of foods become generally off limits, limiting what you can and can’t eat in order to stay in ketosis. The good about keto though is the positive changes it makes to your body once you reach ketosis. Not only does it allow you to shed weight quickly and efficiently, but it also paves the way for good lean muscle with exercise, and it prolongs your energy by switching your body’s energy source from burning carbs and sugars to burning fat for fuel. If you’re prone to crashes or fatigue, this diet can kickstart your life. There are no cheat days or cheat meals on the ketogenic diet, and even one unhealthy purge can kick you out of ketosis. Keto is tough, but the results are more than worth it. The Paleo Diet stems from eating Paleolithic food, or food from when mankind were scavengers and not farmers. This diet therefore allows for plenty of protein, vegetables, and fruit, but prohibits all lentils, grains, legumes and dairy. While you’re basically limited to only consuming carbs from vegetables and fruit, Paleo isn’t calorie restrictive, allowing you to e Continue reading >>
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Keto, Paleo, Banting, Atkins, Lchf! What’s The Difference?
Banting, LCHF, Paleo, Atkins, and Ketogenic diets, they’re all the same right?, well not quite. Before you even consider giving up your beloved carbohydrates you should have an understanding of what each diet comprise. The basis of these diets is the limitation of carbohydrates, a higher proportion of fat, moderate proteins but most importantly the elimination of sugar, processed foods, grains and legumes. A number of recent studies shows that low carbohydrate diets makes it easier to lose weight and control blood sugar. The first thing you will notice is the higher fat proportion, and before you are hyperventilating you need to understand a very basic fact in Nutrition. The human body is created in such a wonderful way that it could utilize energy from both fats or carbohydrates. By limiting your carbohydrates your body will adapt to use fat as the main source for energy. Remember, this a low carb diet not a NO CARB diet, unless you only eat meat in its natural state and butter you will still consume small amounts of carbs. Yes, lettuce have carbs too, so does bacon and ham due to a sugar and salt solution used in the process to cure the meats. Eggs also contain trace amounts of carbohydrates ( 0.6g per egg) so does dairy products due to the lactose present. The same logic goes for your fat intake on a low carb high fat diet. If you limit your carbohydrate intake you cannot expect your body to function properly without supplying enough fat for energy, unless you are comfortable chewing off your own arm out of hunger. Let’s start with Banting? Banting is a more familiar word for South Africans introduced to us by Prof. Tim Noakes and made popular through his best seller The Real meal Revolution. The LCHF(Low Carb high fat) diet consist of the theory of what early hu Continue reading >>
Comparing Three Popular Diet Trends: Paleo Vs Keto Vs Mediterranean
If you’re looking to be the fittest you can be you’ve undoubtedly looked into the diets that are likely to support your goals. You’re interested in being lean, maintaining muscle, peak performance and blowing away your doctor every time at your yearly physical. Unless you really are a cave dweller, you have heard of the Paleo (or similarly named) diets before. If you follow biohackers and scientific diet research, you’ve heard of the Ketogenic diet. And, if you ever watch or read the news, you most certainly have heard of the Mediterranean diet. Have you given any of them a try, maybe skimmed the surface or are considering which one might be best for you? When it comes to these three popular diets, Christopher Gardner, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine and Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford University says, “the public health community should be open to these, and every other diet. We have an obesity epidemic that we haven’t been able to solve, and this goes hand in hand with a chronic disease epidemic that is crippling the health care system of the US.” So let’s look at these three diet trends, two of which have reliable research to back them up. They all include a moderate to high amount of protein intake which Americans love (a topic Dr. Gardener will be lecturing on this week). They can each give you great results for losing weight and improving important biomarkers. The issue, as with any diet is, can you adhere to one of these long term? Let’s start first with the newest of the trends – the Paleo diet - founded by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. and has branched off into a movement launching many other brands based on Dr. Cordain’s tenets of “eating foods you were designed to eat.” The belief is that when we switched from eating only foods we could Continue reading >>
Three Major Differences Between The Ketogenic And Paleo Diets
When I talk to people about the ketogenic diet and lifestyle, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Is that like paleo?” My usual response is something along the lines of, “It’s like a modified paleo.” And I will typically leave it at that. However, I think it’s important for you to be able to identify the differences between the two, not because one is inherently better than the other, but because I think everyone should be aware of their options. While there are many similarities between paleo and keto, there are at least three major differences. Paleo isn’t necessarily low carb In theory, the idea behind paleo is to tap into the ancient ways of eating, the ways that our ancestors ate. Because several thousand years ago, there were no such things as processed foods and sugar wasn’t readily or widely accessible, people didn’t eat those things. Because people also didn’t have the ability to go buy their food, they had to find it for themselves. That meant hunting and gathering. For pure energy, nothing beats eating fat. It has more energy per gram than carbs or protein. So that means finding and eating fatty animals. So a paleo diet, just like a keto diet, focuses on getting fat and protein as a primary source of energy. However, the big difference is paleo doesn’t avoid potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other tubers and root vegetables. These particular vegetables fit completely within the paleo framework, but they should be avoided in a keto diet. Paleo’s focus is on tapping into the ancient ways. Keto’s focus is on keeping insulin levels very low and ketone levels really high. So avoiding foods like potatoes and the like is a big difference for keto folks. Paleo isn’t necessarily high fat Wait, didn’t I just say that pal Continue reading >>
The Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet is by far the most famous ketogenic diet. The diet was developed by the late Robert C. Atkins, M.D. in the late 1980s. Unfortunately, and undeservedly, Dr. Atkin's diet has been a public target for the criticism about low carb diets, much of it from people who are ignorant in how the diet actually works. Some people opposed to low carb diets even go so far as to blame Dr. Atkin's death on it, when it reality, he died from a blow to the head, after slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk in Manhattan. Critics spout all kinds of false statements about the Atkins protocol. For instance, it's called a high protein diet, when in reality, it's a high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate way of eating. It's not all butter, bacon and cream. It's really just a clean, whole foods diet which includes green vegetables and fresh meat, fish and poultry. For weight loss, short of starving, there is no better method than a ketogenic diet, and for many people, the Atkins protocol is the diet that has worked for successful weight management. Basic Atkins Principles The basic premise of the diet is to lower your carbohydrate intake to a level that allows for weight loss, and then maintain eating that level of carb intake until you lose all the weight you want to lose. As time progresses, you then add more carbs to your diet until you reach a level that stabilizes your weight loss. Maintaining this level of carb intake each day allows you to stay at a lower weight for the rest of your life. It's important to remember that after losing weight on a ketogenic diet, you can't simply go back to your old high carb eating habits and expect to stay at your new weight. The point of finding your maintenance carb level is to know your point of "carbohydrate tolerance". In other wor Continue reading >>
Atkins Vs. Keto: Difference Between The Two Low-carb Diets
Credit: Pixabay Whether you need to reduce weight for medical reasons, or you are the health-conscious type who wants to watch and manage your weight to prevent any related health issues, chances are that you have been advised to follow a certain type of diet. Either a ketogenic (keto) one or the Atkins diet. While both are low-carb diets, the differences between the two are key to understanding which one will work best for you. We put them side-by-side to give you a comparative analysis of the ketogenic diet vs. Atkins diet, and how they stack up on these factors. Ketogenic Diet vs. Atkins Diet: How the Two Diets Work Well, like most diets, it involves eating certain things and refraining from eating certain things. A keto diet includes having low-carb, high-fat foods that help our body to go into a state of ketosis. This is a natural process during which our body produces ketones from the liver fats to be used as the energy we need. When we have a normal high-carb diet, most of our energy comes from the glucose content in the carb-rich diet. This means that the fats we consume are stored away and left unused. The idea of the ketogenic diet is to use this stored fat, and enter into a metabolic state in which the fats in the body get converted into energy. Thus, using the body fat instead of storing it, and possibly helping to reduce weight. The basic thing about the ketogenic diet is that it gets the body burning fats for fuel instead of carbohydrates (when followed properly). Here’s How the Ketogenic Diet Works: When an average human being consumes a high-carb meal, our body converts these carbs to glucose for fuel. Insulin then helps to move that glucose into the main bloodstream. However, when on a keto diet, things are different. The carbohydrate intake is either Continue reading >>
Keto Vs Paleo Diets: 4 Huge Differences (+ Which Is Best)
Keto and Paleo are two of the most popular diets of the 21st century. But what’s the difference between them? Which one will help you lose weight? Which one will help you heal your health? A Quick Summary of The Differences Between Keto And Paleo: Focus on Ketone Levels: A Keto diet focuses on raising your body’s ketone levels by altering your food choices so you enter a metabolic state called nutritional ketosis. A Paleo diet doesn’t pay attention to ketone levels. Focus on Food Quality: A Paleo diet focuses strongly on choosing whole foods that are nutrient-dense, high-quality, and free from toxins. A healthy Keto diet should also include high quality food, but this isn’t the emphasis. Amount of Carbs: A Keto diet has a very low carbohydrate intake. While a Paleo diet is certainly lower in carbs than many other diets out there, it typically still has a higher carb intake than a Keto diet. Amount of Fat: A Keto diet puts far greater emphasis on increasing your fat intake than a Paleo diet. Although Paleo does encourage eating healthy fats, it’s not typically as high fat as a Keto diet. This is a very brief explanation of the differences between Keto and Paleo, so please keep reading to discover more about both diets. Want to figure out which diet is best for you? We’ll cover that below… The 4 Main Differences Between A Keto And Paleo Diet: Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the key differences between Keto and Paleo: Keto vs Paleo – Difference #1 – A Keto diet focuses on raising your ketone levels. The Keto diet has one main aim: raising your ketone levels so you reach nutritional ketosis. If you’re new to all this, then ketosis might be a bit confusing. So let me explain… What are ketones? Ketones (or ketone bodies) are naturally produced by y Continue reading >>
The Keto Diet Vs The Atkins Diet
What is the difference between Atkins and Keto diet? A common question about these different diet plans from friends and family members who don't know a whole lot about the Keto Diet, other than it is low-carb. So, let's take a look at Keto vs Atkins. The Keto Diet is unlike any other low-carb diet, for a few reasons. The diet focuses mainly on the process of ketosis happening in your body. That process is going to keep you full longer, shed unwanted weight, clear up brain fog, and sustain energy all day long. The amount of fat you are eating is a lot higher than other low-carb diets. You want to keep your carbohydrates limited to 5%-10%, protein to 15%-30%, and the rest comes from fat, which is 60%-75%. The Keto Diet has been proven to help treat epilepsy, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer's Disease. What is the Atkins Diet? The Atkins Diet is just that. A diet. Meaning that there is a very specific plan that you need to follow in order for it to work correctly. But if you do follow it, you are certain to lose weight. The diet is broken down into 4 phases. This is the induction phase. You need to keep your carbs under 20 grams per day. You will be eating a high fat, high protein, low-carb vegetable diet for 2 weeks. This will put your body into a state of ketosis. So it is similar to the Keto Diet in that sense. This is called the balancing phase. You are able to add some nuts and fruits back into your diet. This is the fine-tuning phase. You should be experiencing weight loss, and may be getting close to your overall goal. You are able to add a few more carbs back in each day. This is the maintenance phase. You are able to eat as many healthy carbs as your body can handle without regaining weight. The focus is no longer to keep your carbs under a certain amoun Continue reading >>