Ketosis Vs. Ketoacidosis: What You Should Know
Despite the similarity in name, ketosis and ketoacidosis are two different things. Ketoacidosis refers to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and is a complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus. It’s a life-threatening condition resulting from dangerously high levels of ketones and blood sugar. This combination makes your blood too acidic, which can change the normal functioning of internal organs like your liver and kidneys. It’s critical that you get prompt treatment. DKA can occur very quickly. It may develop in less than 24 hours. It mostly occurs in people with type 1 diabetes whose bodies do not produce any insulin. Several things can lead to DKA, including illness, improper diet, or not taking an adequate dose of insulin. DKA can also occur in individuals with type 2 diabetes who have little or no insulin production. Ketosis is the presence of ketones. It’s not harmful. You can be in ketosis if you’re on a low-carbohydrate diet or fasting, or if you’ve consumed too much alcohol. If you have ketosis, you have a higher than usual level of ketones in your blood or urine, but not high enough to cause acidosis. Ketones are a chemical your body produces when it burns stored fat. Some people choose a low-carb diet to help with weight loss. While there is some controversy over their safety, low-carb diets are generally fine. Talk to your doctor before beginning any extreme diet plan. DKA is the leading cause of death in people under 24 years old who have diabetes. The overall death rate for ketoacidosis is 2 to 5 percent. People under the age of 30 make up 36 percent of DKA cases. Twenty-seven percent of people with DKA are between the ages of 30 and 50, 23 percent are between the ages of 51 and 70, and 14 percent are over the age of 70. Ketosis may cause bad breath. Ket Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference? Ketoacidosis Vs. Ketosis
Ever come across these two terms while searching for healthy living tips: ketoacidosis and ketosis? If you’ve ever looked into the keto lifestyle, odds are you have come across both of these terms at some point. You may have also come across people who warned you about the dangers of ketosis. Sadly, there’s a massive misconception that nutritional ketosis brought on by eating low-carb, high-fat is the same thing as ketoacidosis… They’re NOT the same thing. Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition where ketone bodies and blood sugar levels are EXTREMELY HIGH at the same time. Being in a state of nutritional ketosis brought on by a low-carb, high-fat diet allows you to burn fat for fuel instead of glucose/carbohydrates. In this state, our ketone bodies are elevated (about 3 mmol/l compared to the 30 mmol/l in ketoacidosis) and our blood sugar is LOW. Here’s the official rundown of the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis. If you’re unsure about what ketosis or the ketogenic diet is all about, I highly recommend watching this video where I go in depth regarding what is involved in a keto lifestyle. My experience has been phenomenal! Here are some things that this keto lifestyle can help you with: Reduced blood sugar Increased HDL cholesterol Weight loss Normal cycle for women Overcoming hypothyroidism Overcoming bulimia Balanced moods Boosted energy Reduced cravings And more! If any of these are things you’re dealing with, you are not alone! I’ve dealt with these issues personally, and can say that keto has changed my life for the better! I also believe it can help you. Are there any other terms out there related to keto that you’re unsure about? Ask me in the comments! Continue reading >>
Should Endurance Athletes Go Keto? Ketosis And Ketogenic Diets For Endurance Athletes
When it comes to weight loss and endurance performance, dietary ketosis is the strategy everyone is asking about this year. On the surface, ketosis or a ketogenic diet offers everything an endurance athlete could dream of: endless energy, freedom from bonking, and an efficient pathway to weight loss. The diet has been all over mainstream magazines, it’s the subject of several new books, and the supplement companies have already jumped in with new products and a ton of marketing dollars. So, is it time for cyclists, triathletes, and runners to go Keto? First, a refresher course on what a ketogenic diet is. To achieve dietary or nutritional ketosis you need to severely restrict carbohydrate intake (fewer than 50 grams of CHO/day) so the body transitions to using ketones for fueling muscles and the brain. Ketones are produced from fat, which is why nutritional ketosis is so appealing to sedentary people as a weight loss solution. It’s appealing to athletes because we have a virtually unlimited reserve of fat calories to pull from but can only store 1600-2000 calories worth of carbohydrate in muscles, blood, and the liver. An athlete fueled by ketones would be theoretically “bonk-proof”, since bonking is the result of running low on blood glucose. [blog_promo promo_categories=”coaching” ids=”” /] Dietary ketosis for athletes is one of the most hotly contested subjects right now. Proponents point to the metabolic advantage of relying on fat instead of carbohydrate, and critics point out the physiological limitations of eliminating carbohydrate as a fuel for performance. You’ll find bias in both groups, either because scientists and coaches (including me) have been in the high-carbohydrate camp for many years, or because there’s a lot of money to be made b Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference Between Paleo And Ketogenic Diet?
There are plenty of diets that end up being fads and flashes—here one year, gone the next. But other eating plans tend to have more staying power. Take both the paleo and ketogenic diets as two examples, which often are confused with each other. Lets talk about paleo first. Adherents of the paleo diet draw their inspiration from what they say are the eating habits and patterns of our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors. Paleo draws much of its fare from meat and seafood, but particular strains of each—grass fed and wild. Nuts and seeds are OK too, as are fruits and veggies that are light on starch (think avocadoes) and fats that aren’t super processed. What paleo followers can’t have, however, are dairy products, processed foods, sugar, and legumes, among other things. Those are some of the same guidelines as ketogenic followers, but there are differences too. What are they, and what do they mean? This graphic explains it. Thank you to ZeroCater for the infographic! Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference Between A Ketogenic Diet And A Paleo Diet?
If you’re health conscious, you’ve probably heard of the paleo diet. The diet has its roots in the Paleolithic era, which stretched from about 2.5 million to 12,000 years ago. The paleo diet exploded into the mainstream in 2011, and it’s been the fastest growing diet trend since, with strong ties in the CrossFit community. Paleo should not be confused with the ketogenic diet, a very low-carbohydrate diet developed in the 1920s to curb childhood epilepsy. Recently keto, as the ketogenic diet is often called, has gained more widespread popularity as a way to lose weight quickly, reverse serious health problems, and boost energy levels. The keto diet has a number of celebrity followers including Kim Kardashian and LeBron James, while Tim McGraw and Jessica Biel are advocates of Paleo. Paleo and keto have some key similarities, but they’re also different. Keep reading to learn what makes paleo and keto unique, and to discover the pros and cons of trying either. The Paleolithic Diet Modern people eat radically differently than our hunting-and-gathering ancestors did 12,000 years ago when all calories likely came from wild game, nuts, berries, and vegetation. Processed foods—such as bread, snacks, cereal, and soda—make up 67% of the average American’s calories. On average, 15% of modern Americans’ daily calories come from refined sugar, which contains no nutrients. While most Paleolithic hunters and gatherers probably ate a large shopping bag full of highly nutritious wild greens every day, modern Americans eat few fruits and vegetables and almost no wild foods. Our meat is much higher in saturated fat than wild game because farmers fatten livestock with grain and corn. Today, most Americans eat large amounts of highly processed soybean and corn oils, which ar Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs Keto Diet: Which One Is Right For You?
When it comes to burning fat more efficiently, accelerating weight loss, and living an all-around healthier lifestyle, two diets have been on the radar of health enthusiasts: the Paleo diet and the Ketogenic diet. While both diets include many of the same foods and have overlapping similarities and benefits, each has a different purpose. Let’s take a look at how the Paleo vs Keto diets measure up against one another, which one is right for you, and why. Paleo vs Keto: Here’s What You Need to Know Before we compare the similarities and differences of the Paleo vs Keto diets, it’s helpful to know why a person may choose to follow each one. What is the Paleo Diet? When it comes to the Paleo diet — which is based on eliminating grains and legumes due to their phytic acid content — it’s more of a lifestyle choice to focus on eating quality foods that support digestive health (1). Most dairy products are also off limits on the Paleo diet because they contain lactose, which is hard for most people to digest (although some people do include ghee or grass-fed butter). By removing the most difficult foods to digest, the Paleo diet can be therapeutic for gut health, autoimmune conditions, blood sugar balance, and weight loss (2)(3). What is the Keto Diet? On the other hand, the Keto diet is targeted primarily towards those who want to experience dramatic weight loss. However, the Keto diet can also help improve medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (4). In fact, the initial purpose of the Keto diet was to prevent and treat seizures, when it was first discovered in the 1920s (5). But today, the Keto diet is best known as a rapid weight loss and fat burning strategy. The reason the Keto diet promotes accelerated Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs. Vegan Diet — The Pros & Cons
[Below is my transcript of my video about the Paleo vs. vegan diet, along with supplemental information on the topic.] In this video, I’m going to settle the debate of Paleo vs. vegan diet, and really go over all the benefits of going Paleo and maybe some of the cons. While I don’t eat a Paleo diet, it’s close … and I’ll explain why. I’m also going to discuss the vegan diet, its great benefits as well as the cons of going that way. Many people ask if they should become a vegan or vegetarian, so I will weigh in. I think that some of these answers are probably going to surprise you and enlighten you on those two diets. The Paleo Diet So let’s first talk about the Paleo diet, one of the most popular diets in CrossFit workout circles and, really, just growing around the country. The Paleo diet is modeled after what our ancient (specifically, Paleolithic) ancestors would have eaten thousands upon thousands of years ago. And while I don’t actually love the term, Paleo, because of some of its background and the things it’s suggesting, I do think the Paleo concept of going grain-free can be greatly beneficial. The Paleo concept is essentially thinking about what would a hunter and gatherer have eaten during that time. As a result, the big positive with Paleo is that you’re consuming a lot of wild-caught meats that are some of the best omega-3 foods as well as protein foods. Plus, you’re getting fruits and vegetables, so for that reason, the Paleo diet can be great. The con with the Paleo diet is that for most of the people that follow it, they tend to consume probably a little bit too much meat, in my opinion, as well as some toxic animal substances. Plus, they really do not stress organic in that diet. For example, I’ve known people on the Paleo diet wh Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet Vs. Paleo Diet: What Are The Differences?
Diets plans have existed for a long time, with people choosing to diet for a variety of reasons. Some dieters focus on weight loss; for others, a “diet” is simply an everyday lifestyle to maintain good health. The Paleo diet and ketogenic diet are trendy weight loss diets that have surged in popularity over the last decade or more. However, other benefits of these plans may include reducing inflammation, boosting immunity and mental clarity, and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. The ketogenic diet and Paleo diet have overlapping principles. That being said, a Paleo diet is not a ketogenic diet. It is important to understand each diet, and how it will impact your short-term and long-term health goals. This article will discuss their similarities and differences to help you decide what diet will work for you. What is a Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet. The Atkins diet is one of the more popular variations, but it does allow for a little more carbs. The ketogenic diet is also called the keto diet, non-carb diet, or very low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. Johns Hopkins Medical Center researchers first designed the ketogenic diet in the 1920s as a treatment for patients with epilepsy. The research team found that avoiding foods for brief periods, including carbs, helped reduce the amount of seizures while also having positive effects on hunger levels, body fat, cholesterol, and blood sugar. So, the ketogenic diet was born to mimic the benefits of fasting through the elimination of glucose found in carbohydrate foods. The term “keto” is short for ketosis. The ketogenic diet puts the body into the metabolic state of “ketosis” that occurs when the majority of the body’s energy comes from 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 >>
What’s The Difference Between Primal And Paleo?
199 Comments The paleo diet and Primal Blueprint way of eating (a.k.a. Primal) are both based on similar evolutionary science. The story goes something like this. Our modern Western diet bears little resemblance to the eating habits of early humans throughout several 100,000 years of evolutionary history. Instead, since the Agricultural Revolution some mere 10,000 years ago, we’ve adopted a nutritional regime to which our physiology is poorly adapted. When the basics of our diet return to the patterns of our pre-agricultural ancestors, we work with, instead of against, our physiology. More simply: eat as our ancestors ate, and we’ll be healthier for it. The paleo diet and Primal Blueprint both recommend limiting carb intake (especially grains) to only as many as you require for performance, eating more protein and fat, and including lots of veggies as a base. But in the midst of this common ground are some key differences. Back when Primal was just getting started (around the time I was writing the first edition of The Primal Blueprint—the evolving template of my vision for the Primal Blueprint way of eating and living), a fundamental difference of opinion between paleo and Primal centered on the role of saturated fats in the diet. Loren Cordain and many within the paleo community toed the conventional line on saturated fats as the bogey that raises cholesterol and instigates heart disease, while the Primal Blueprint as I envisioned it was quick to recognize it as a neutral, stable source of fat important for energy, neurological function, hormone manufacture, and cellular structure. Paleo supporters recommended focusing on lean meats, avoiding butter, and limiting coconut oil. The Primal community did not, pointing to the many examples of hunter-gatherers who pre Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs. Keto: What’s The Difference?
Peas in a Pod, or Beets vs. Broccoli There are a lot of similarities between Paleolithic (Paleo) and ketogenic diets (KD), particularly when compared to the now discredited ‘Standard American’ low fat, high carbohydrate diet. As a result, people may reasonably assume that all low carb diets are pretty much equal in their nutrient contents and physiological benefits. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth, and the resultant confusion has distracted us from fully understanding how best to apply carbohydrate-restriction to improve individual well-being and function. The similarities between Paleo and keto cluster around what they exclude: all grains and grain products (refined and unrefined), peas and beans, and refined sugars. In addition, the paleo diet excludes all dairy (milk, cream, and cheese), whereas the ketogenic diet allows butter, full fat cream and natural cheeses. The differences between the Paleo diet and KD are many, including: Range of foods allowed Recommended amounts of protein Amounts and sources of carbohydrates allowed or recommended Type, quality, and quantity of science supporting diet safety and efficacy Most importantly, the source and consistency of fuel to supply brain energy needs – specifically the availability of ketones at adequate levels to replace glucose as the brain’s primary fuel FOOD TYPE PALEO KD Natural meats, poultry, fish (including ‘farmed’ sources) Allowed Allowed Eggs Allowed Allowed Full-fat dairy (cheese, butter, ghee, Greek yogurt, cream – including ice cream) Excluded Allowed High sugar fruit (orange, banana, apple, cherry, grape, peach, pear, pineapple) Allowed Excluded Low sugar fruit (berries, melon, tomato, avocado, olives, coconut) Allowed Allowed Non-starchy vegetables (lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, c 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 >>
Keto Vs Paleo Diet – What’s Best For Me?
The Ketogenic Diet and Paleo Diet are two of the most popular weight loss diets, and you'll find that they both have a lot in common! They both promote a diet low in carbohydrates and processed food and an increased in intake in protein, veggies, and other natural foods. Many people have tried both diets and seen great success in their weight loss efforts. But which is better? Are either of the diets more effective than the other? Most importantly, is it the diet YOU should try? Read on to find out everything you need to know about these two diets and how they stack up against each other… The purpose of restricting your intake of carbs is to create a metabolic state called ketosis. It causes the body to use fat as a source of energy instead of glucose (aka carbs) in the blood and liver. When carbs are restricted low enough, the body produces ketones which can be used as energy. A Look at the Diets Before we get into the pros and cons of each, let's take a closer look at what the diets are all about: The Paleo Diet -- The Paleo Diet is built around the belief that our Paleolithic-era ancestors ate much healthier than we did, as they consumed only food that they hunted or gathered. This means no dairy products, no grains, and certainly no refined foods! The diet is heavy on fish, meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds. The Ketogenic Diet -- The Ketogenic Diet is a diet that revolves around the "high-fat, low-carb" principle. This is intended to promote a better ketogenic (fat-burning) balance in the body. The diet is founded on the concept that the human body burns carbs as its primary energy source, but it can also burn fat. By changing up your diet, you consume foods that encourage your body to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs. This makes it easier for your body to Continue reading >>
Difference Between The Ketosis And Paleo Diet
Ever since the Paleo diet started making waves, it has been compared to a number of low-carb meal plans, one of which is the Ketosis diet. The similarities between the two suggest that they are based on the same premise. However, Paleo experts disagree and claim that their diet differs from the Ketosis in every way, from food choices to its effects on the body. An Overview of the Ketosis Diet The Ketosis diet is a meal plan based on the premise that reducing your carbohydrates can promote weight loss. It is a version of a low-carb diet in that it cuts down carbs drastically. What makes it different is that its goal is a state called ketosis. Ketosis is when the body chooses to use fats and protein as a source of energy instead of carbohydrates. According to ketogenic experts, it is a fat-burning state conducive to weight loss. What You Eat on the Ketosis Diet Like the Paleo diet, the ketosis also has its list of preferred foods dieters are allowed to eat in order to see results. These include: Animal and plant-based protein On the ketosis meal plan, dieters can get their protein from both animals and plants. Sources of protein can include all types of meat as well as seafood. You can also eat legumes and nuts provided they do not come in sauces containing carbohydrates. Fats from oils and dairy Fats are a significant part of the ketogenic diet and can be sourced from a variety of cooking oils, dairy and fish. Permissible cooking oils include olive, flax seed, avocado, macadamia, coconut and vegetable oils. You can also fill up on healthy fats from butter, milk, cheese and other dairy products except those high in sugar like ice-cream. Vegetables The ketosis generally prefers vegetables that are green and leafy. Dieters are warned to steer clear of high-carb veggies like Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs Keto Vs Atkins – What’s The Difference?
“ So many diets, so little time but the options are still on the table with the paleo, keto and Atkins diets taking the forefront and you got to choose one. Or possibly tread carefully and skinny dip on various diets all at once. Still, the paleo, Atkins and ketogenic diets carve a fork on the road and picking the right path isn’t exactly something you would want to rush into. Take the time to get to know the diets and read on to find out their differences so you can start your health quest confidently and comfortably. If you take a good look at all the options for dieters these days, you’re bound to be surprised and a little confused. After all, there are so many different diets out there and, every week we seem to hear about another one “guaranteed” to work. And, during this research, it becomes pretty clear that a lot of people do battle to find something that really works for them. Now, you could see this as a lack of perseverance, or perhaps poor execution on the part of the dieters. But that cannot possibly be the case every single time. You also have to look at the diet itself – some are ridiculous, others seem to make sense but have not been based on proven principles. Some, like the ketogenic, paleo and Atkins diet have been very successful and are grounded in sound scientific research. Now, if you are looking at those three in particular, it is hard to tell which is most popular. Just have a look on social media for evidence of how many people follow each of these diets. And, considering that each of the diets is so popular, you might be under the impression that any of them would do for you. And, it’s true, following one of these three diets should help you improve your health and start getting the results you have hoped for. You just need to be Continue reading >>