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Is Ketosis And Paleo The Same Thing?

What’s The Difference Between A Ketogenic Diet And A Paleo Diet?

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 >>

Primal Fat Burner, Paleo Or Ketogenic? Clarifying The Similarities And Differences

Primal Fat Burner, Paleo Or Ketogenic? Clarifying The Similarities And Differences

I was recently contacted by someone through Facebook who wanted to know how the idea of being ‘ketogenic’ differs from that of ‘paleo’. The (somewhat loaded) question actually prompted me to write this article. I realized it was important to better delve into not only these two definitions, but also how they each are defined within my own, unique approach to diet and health that “hybridizes”, if you will, certain aspects of these genres. I find myself frequently saying that if there was any one word I could strike from the identifiers of “the paleo diet” or “the ketogenic diet” —or “the Primal diet”, for that matter, it would be the word “THE”. After many years now of mingling in the paleosphere and following the work of multiple ketogenic experts and innumerable adherents of these two dietary approaches, I can tell you that there are almost as many approaches to these generic “diets” as there are persons claiming to practice them. First, the Paleo-thing The most general concept of “paleo” eating is predicated on the idea that we should be basing our diet on those pre-agricultural foods that would have been most readily available to our primitive ancestors. It technically avoids (in the purest sense) most all sources of highly processed foods, grains and legumes and most dairy products. But as with most things, there are a huge number of variations and deviations from this core concept. Butter, cream and cheeses are commonly included in many of the more popularized ‘paleo’ approaches. Some also even insist upon promoting the consumption of other post-agricultural foods such as non-gluten-containing grains, rice, legumes and starchy potatoes (none of which is really defensible from a Paleo standpoint at all). One newer book claim Continue reading >>

What’s The Difference Between “keto” And Whole 30?

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 >>

Adverse Reactions To Ketogenic Diets: Caution Advised

Adverse Reactions To Ketogenic Diets: Caution Advised

As the ketogenic diet gains popularity, it’s important to have a balanced discussion regarding the merits of this diet. Let me emphasize right out of the gate that this is not a diet without merits (excuse the double negative); in fact, it has significant therapeutic potential for some clinical pathologies. However, it is also a diet with inherent risk, as evidenced by the extensive list of adverse reactions reported in the scientific literature—and this has not yet been a thorough enough part of the public discussion on ketogenic diets. The AIP Lecture Series is a 6-week video-based, self-directed online course that will teach you the scientific foundation for the diet and lifestyle tenets of the Autoimmune Protocol. This is the first of a series of articles discussing various facets of a ketogenic diet with an inclination toward balancing the discussion of the pros and cons of this high-fat, low-carb, low/moderate-protein diet. My interest in this topic stems from concerns I have over its general applicability and safety, simultaneous with its growing popularity. I feel a moral and social obligation to share what I understand of these diets, from my perspective as a medical researcher. The dangers of a ketogenic diet was, in fact, the topic of my keynote presentation at Paleo F(x) this year (links to video will be provided once available). This series of articles will share the extensive research that I did in preparation for this presentation, including all of the topics covered during my talk as well as several topics that I didn’t have time to discuss (also see the free PDF Literature Review at the bottom of this post). For every anecdotal story of someone who has regained their health with a ketogenic diet, there’s a counterpoint story of someone who derai Continue reading >>

What's The Difference Between Keto And Paleo Diet? Are They The Same?

What's The Difference Between Keto And Paleo Diet? Are They The Same?

Starting a new diet can be a difficult decision. In this day and age, there are many variations of diet plans that you might choose... Too many, to be honest. Recently the paleo and the ketogenic diet have started trending amongst people who are looking to improve their lives and lose weight at the same time. With the rise of these two methods, the question in a lot of people's minds are, "what's better, paleo or keto?" Well, that's a question that we will be answering in this article. But first, let's get into what these two are and what goes into the process before we choose which one has the upper hand. Some of the benefits that you can gain from both of these plans include the reduction of inflammation, increasing your immunity, clear mental status, and decreasing any diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart diseases. The paleo and ketogenic diet apply the same type of principles regarding losing weight but there are some subtle differences between the two. There are some people that mistakenly think that paleo is the same with keto. It is important that you understand how each of these diets works and how they can positively affect you in both short and long term. When it comes to a long-term plan of diet, both are great choices but paleo is more of a short-term lifestyle than keto is. Both have its advantages in different categories and we will be talking about that right now. Okay, so now let's get into the discussion of what these diets really are before we decide which one of them is actually better. So, will it be keto or paleo? First, Let's Talk About the Ketogenic Diet This type of method involves a very low carbohydrate diet. It is a very famous one because of its variations in terms of benefits from it. This also has other names such as the keto, non-ca Continue reading >>

21-day Keto Paleo Pcos Meal Plan

21-day Keto Paleo Pcos Meal Plan

I’ve been working on this meal plan for the past few weeks and finally finished it. I noticed a lot of people don’t really know what to eat on a Paleo or Ketogenic diet and so I thought it’d be nice to show people how easy it can be done. This meal plan is entirely gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and grain-free. I decided to make this meal plan dairy-free because it’s pretty common for people on a keto diet to stall in their weight loss when they consume dairy. Because of that, a lot of people don’t really know what to eat because dairy has so much fat and it’s much easier to include it in your diet when you eat high fat. But fear not, this meal plan includes plenty of fat from other ingredients so you you’ll be fine. Since I decided to make it dairy-free, I also wanted it to be Paleo compliant just because my blog does focus on some Paleo recipes. I hope you enjoy this Keto Paleo Meal Plan! *There are four days that are between 20-22g net carbs, but every other day is under 20g. Here is a list of all the equipment I used in this meal plan! Click HERE or the picture to download my 21-Day Keto Paleo Meal Plan. (It takes a good minute or two to download as it’s 85 pages long) Leave a comment below if you liked this meal plan and would want to see more! I love all of your support and if I can help in any way, please help me know! If you don’t understand something in the meal plan, shoot me a message and I’ll help you as fast as I can! Continue reading >>

Paleo Vs. Keto: What’s The Difference?

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 >>

Which Diet Is Best? Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Wapf, Low-carb….?

Which Diet Is Best? Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Wapf, Low-carb….?

Thank you for supporting this site with purchases made through links in this article. SIGN UP FOR FREE UPDATES, OFFERS, & TIPS. Plus I'll send you a free copy of "Your Simply Healthy Handbook." It's your #1 resource to make healthy living easy. Which diet is best? Wow. Is that a loaded question, or what? But let’s be honest… who hasn’t wondered this very question? Who hasn’t felt like they were drowning in a sea of research with so many conflicting answers. What diet is best!? No, really? Of course, I should be clear from the beginning that when I use the word “diet” that I am not talking about Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, or any other “diet to lose weight” type fads. We’re talking life-commitment diets, here. And while I can’t cover every diet out there, the most popular (and most contentious) include things like: Vegan Vegetarian Paleo Low-Carb Weston A. Price (WAPF) Raw Food Clean Eating…. You get the point. There are a lot of different approaches to food these days, and unfortunately there is also a LOT of bickering going on in the health world about which diet is best. So which diet is best? What do I think? Here’s the thing… I don’t know. At least, I don’t know what diet is best FOR YOU. Sure, I can give you some major tips on what to look for based on human physiology and historical research, but ultimately we are each so different. From our genetic makeup, to our environment, to our upbringing, to our tastes… there is no one diet that is perfect for everyone. With maybe one exception: The REAL FOOD diet. The term “Real Food” is used pretty across the board in most of these popular diets. And with good reason: History has taught us that people have thrived on a variety diets. And anytime researchers “discover” Continue reading >>

3 Things You Need To Know About The Ketogenic Diet

3 Things You Need To Know About The Ketogenic Diet

Once considered detrimental to health and body composition, dietary fat is now making a comeback in the world of diets and nutrition. The Ketogenic Diet – or, Keto Diet for short – is the center of conversation on this topic. Originally used as a method to treat epilepsy, many people are finding long-term health and weight-loss effects from this fat-burning food plan. Here are 3 things you need to know about the Keto Diet: 1.FAT Fat is where it’s at in this diet. It centers around constructing every meal with QUALITY dietary fat sources as the main component. Fatty meats and seafood, avocado, eggs and nuts are all examples of staples in the Ketogenic Diet. The rest of your meal should be comprised of a moderate amount of protein and little to no carbohydrates. 2. YOU DON’T NEED CARBS While glucose via carbohydrates is the most efficient fuel source for the body, it doesn’t need carb in order to survive. With an adequate abundance of fat in the diet, your body shifts into ‘fat-burning’ mode – which means it uses that fat and stored body fat for energy. It’s a process called ‘ketosis’ – which is where the Keto Diet gets its name from. 3. SIDE EFFECTS Many people who adapt to the Ketogenic Diet experience side effects that include: Weight Loss Decreased inflammation Relief from Metabolic Disorders Clear thoughts/heightened ability to focus While this covers the basics, there is SO much more to know about the details and health benefits of the Keto Diet. Article written by: Andi Petty Andi is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and Paleo enthusiast. She is currently seeking her PNL1 certification from Precision Nutrition. Read more of her work and connect with Andi here. Photo Credit: Eduardo Roda Lopes via Unsplash Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Vs Paleo Diet: Which Is The Best Diet For Weight Loss?

Ketogenic Diet Vs Paleo Diet: Which Is The Best Diet For Weight Loss?

If you are a health enthusiast or just someone who has tried losing weight, then you must have heard about the debate of Ketogenic diet vs Paleo Diet at some point. The Ketogenic diet is also known as the “Keto” diet and the Paleo diet is also known as the “caveman” diet. Both the diets include many same foods and overlapping benefits but have different purpose or goal. In this article, I will deeply explain you about Ketogenic diet vs Paleo diet, so that you can easily decide to choose diet plan for a healthy lifestyle. What is a Ketogenic Diet? A Ketogenic diet is a type of diet which is primarily made up of fat. If you follow a Ketogenic meal plan then you would consume about 90% of calories from fat and the other 10% is divided into proteins and carbohydrates. In a Ketogenic diet, the body burns fat when you decrease the carbohydrates intake from your diet. When the body does not get glucose to use it as a source of energy then it burns fat to produce Ketones as the byproduct. The ketogenic diet was initially used in the treatment of epilepsy but now people use it to experience extreme weight loss. It also helps to improve medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cognitive disorders like Alzheimer. What is a PaleoDiet? A Paleo Diet is based on eliminating grains and legumes because they have high Phytic acid. It is more a lifestyle choice of eating quality food which supports digestive health. The biggest advantage of a Paleo Diet is that it does not force an individual to change their daily eating habit. Paleo Diet is an easier to follow than a Ketogenic diet. You have to just make simple food choices and remove negative elements from your diet. You have to eat an abundance of protein along with fresh vegetables, wild berries, etc. Using refined carbo Continue reading >>

Lebron James Discusses Ketogenic Paleo Weight Loss: No Carbs, Sugar For 67 Days

Lebron James Discusses Ketogenic Paleo Weight Loss: No Carbs, Sugar For 67 Days

LeBron James said his dramatic summer weight loss was due to a low carb, ketogenic-style Paleo diet that eliminated sugar, dairy and almost all carbs. James, who has since regained some weight, said he followed his strict diet for 67 days as a test of his “mental fortitude” and willpower. “I had no sugar, no dairy, no carbs,” LeBron told Sports Illustrated. “All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days.” James said his diet consisted entirely of meat, fish, vegetables and low-sugar fruit. James posted two of his meals on his Instagram account over the summer. One of his lunches was an arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mangoes and cashews topped with an olive oil/lemon vinaigrette dressing. Another low carb meal was a lobster salad with mango chutney. LeBron said he “lost a ton of weight” but didn’t confirm exactly how much. He has since has put on a few pounds and looks fuller but is still very lean. ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, who enjoys unprecedented access to James, had estimated LeBron’s weight loss at 10 to 12 pounds, but it’s may be closer to 20 pounds based on before and after photos. The 6-foot-8 LeBron, whose weight was listed at 250 pounds last season, actually weighed closer to 270, said Windhorst. James confirmed he now truly weighs about 250 pounds. Was Inspired By Ray Allen’s Paleo Diet Conversion On a radio interview, Windhorst said LeBron was inspired by the dramatic transformation of his former Miami Heat teammate Ray Allen, who got super-fit after switching to the low carb Paleo diet in the summer of 2013. Allen, 39, came back from the summer break in significantly better shape than he was the previous year after adopting a low-carb, sugar-free Paleo diet. The lanky 6-foot-5 Ray said Continue reading >>

Why Ketosis Diets Will Fail: The Paleo And Keto Manifesto

Why Ketosis Diets Will Fail: The Paleo And Keto Manifesto

The most disturbing trend in Wellness these days is that most people have no idea what to eat. When choices were fewer, 100 years ago, how to eat for good health was so much clearer. Americans have been so steeped in the diet fads, that they’re now thoroughly confused about food. Recently, I mentioned to a Millennial that when I was a kid, we didn’t have bottled water, and she said, with a shocked look on her face, “Then how did you get any water to drink?!” Similarly, modern people think that in order to eat, you have to follow one of the diet fads. A strange feature of life in 2018 is the need to align with a programmed “food cult,” as I call them. Thanks to some strange cultural and market forces I do not believe to be particularly helpful to our overall health, food has become much like religion: Many don’t know how to eat outside of what their food tribe, congregation, or pastor tells them, and every few years, many people convert to the new cult. “I’m Paleo,” people say–as if identifying with a coat of arms. I’ve been asked countless times: “What diet do you eat?” Ketosis Diet Fads Several years ago, I wrote a detailed blog post on why the Paleo Diet was a fad, wouldn’t last, and why it would eventually be supplanted by a new fad aggrandizing fat rather than protein. Paleo followers wrote murderous emails and comments. Now those same people, it seems, are rabidly promoting the Ketogenic Diet. I felt I was fair to the Paleo Diet. We were friends, to a point. At least the Paleo cult banned processed food, even while glorifying animal flesh foods and strangely vilifying entire classes of foods that hominids and humans have eaten for 3.4 million years: Now, it seems, we’ve gone from the proverbial frying pan to the fire. As I predicted Continue reading >>

What’s The Difference Between Paleo And Keto Diets?

What’s The Difference Between Paleo And Keto Diets?

We live in a remarkable time. Anyone with an internet connection or smartphone can access a staggering amount of information in just moments. Although much of the time spent on the internet is devoted to watching cat videos on YouTube (my personal favorite), many people are using this wealth of knowledge to take their health education into their own hands. They’re investigating a host of nutrition and lifestyle options, including the paleo diet and one of the most searched diets in 2016, the keto (ketogenic) diet. Over the past 20 years, I’ve explored variations of these two dietary approaches. I’ve found them to be remarkably effective for a variety of needs—ranging from fat loss to reducing inflammation to improving athletic performance. Paleo Diet vs. Keto Diet Based on questions I’ve gotten, there’s clearly a lot of confusion on what constitutes a paleo vs keto diet. This article should help put both approaches in proper context and help you decide which might be a good option for you. The Paleo Diet Unlike most dietary approaches the Paleo diet was not “thought up” by any given person (although there certainly have been researchers who have championed the approach). The Paleo diet concept was born through the observations of dozens, if not hundreds, of anthropologists and medical explorers. They realized that hunter-gatherer groups were largely free of modern degenerative diseases. Yes, these people were remarkably healthy even despite an almost complete lack of modern medical interventions. While these groups suffered from high rates of infectious disease, injury, and childbirth complications (all areas where modern medicine excels), even those who lived into advanced age were largely free of obesity, type 2 diabetes, autoimmunity, heart disease an Continue reading >>

Paleo Diet Versus Ketogenic Diet

Paleo Diet Versus Ketogenic Diet

In the world of diets it’s hard to pick the one best suited for you. This is why it’s important to understand each diet and how each one can help you achieve your goals. Both the Paleo diet and ketogenic diet have been increasing in popularity. Although you may have a broad understanding of them, before you start either one it’s good to understand them in-depth. Here we compare these two popular diets to reveal their similarities and differences so you can make an informed decision. What is the ketogenic diet? Typically when a person starts a diet the reason is to lose weight. The ketogenic diet has been praised for its ability to promote quick and effective weight loss. But how you ask? Well… The premise behind the ketogenic diet is that the body will use its own fat-burning abilities to lose weight within 10 days. Although this may be appealing it’s important to know that some consider this diet to be dangerous. On the ketogenic diet you are restricted to a low or no-carbohydrate meal plan. By doing this the body goes into a state called “ketosis.” When we consume little to no carbohydrates molecules called ketones build up. The process of ketosis restricts conventional sources of energy – carbohydrates – so the body begins to use its own fat supply to produce energy. The nutrient intake on a ketogenic diet 70-75% of calories from fat (calorie counting is optional) 20-25% from protein 5-10% from carbohydrate on a daily basis Difference between Paleo diet and ketogenic diet The Paleo diet works on the premise of eating like our ancestors – or cavemen. The diet restricts artificial food and uses only organic, free-range, natural items. Food item wise, the Paleo diet is similar to the ketogenic diet as it limits the use of carbohydrates, but differs a Continue reading >>

Paleo Vs Keto Diet: Which One Is Right For You?

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 >>

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