The Difference Between Keto And Paleo
The difference between Keto and Paleo is a question I get a lot, along with the difference between Paleo and Whole30. Keto and Paleo are often confused, and they have enough similarities that it makes sense as to why that happens. I’m not here to tell you which is better, which is right and wrong. I’m well aware that there’s not one answer for everyone. Our bodies, schedules, health goals and preferences are all different. What I can do though is help you make informed decisions by learning what the key differences between Keto and Paleo are. First, Some Definitions: Keto, short for the Ketogenic diet, is a low carb way of eating which promotes the production of ketones in the liver to be used as energy. When you eat carbs, the body produces glucose as a response. In simplified terms, glucose is easy for your body to covert and then use as energy, and will be chosen over any other energy source. Because your body is using glucose as energy, fats are stored instead of used. With higher carbohydrate diets, the body is always using glucose to run, especially if your activity level is low. With Keto, you’re lowering your intake of carbs, reducing the amount of glucose produced, dropping your insulin levels (your fat storing hormone), and causing your body to go into a fat burning state.. AKA, Ketosis. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state initiated by the body to help us function normally when food intake (carbohydrates) is low. When our body is in ketosis, we produce those ketones I just mentioned. Ketones are produced when the liver breaks down fats to use as energy. Therefore, by bringing our body into a state of ketosis, we’re burning fat as energy, not glucose. This, as you can image, helps to reduce the stored fat we have because we’re using it! Keto isn’ Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet Vs. Paleo Diet: How They Differ
Ketogenic Diet vs. Paleo Diet: How They Differ: They are two of the most popular diets today—and not just for their weight loss benefits. Both the ketogenic and Paleo diet help with reducing inflammation, the culprit for chronic diseases. They have been shown to boost immunity and to aid recovery from autoimmune disorders, and they have been linked to improved mental clarity and higher energy levels. And yes, there is some overlap in their principles, but the ketogenic and Paleo diets are still distinct in a number of ways. Learning and understanding those differences could be the key to finding the right diet for you. I have used both diets as part of a healing plan in my Hashimoto’s healing and recovery since 2010 and they have been very helpful. I find that I combine ideas from both diets while keeping my carbs and sugar intake under control to feel my best. These approaches are a great start for gut healing and weight loss and the principles can be used for a lifetime to maintain good health. If you hot roadblocks work with a practitioner to figure out what other changes you need to make. Purpose For starters, the ketogenic diet aims to push the body into ketosis, a state in which your body burns fat. To get to that point, you’ll need to stick with a program that’s generally low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat. It’s also worth noting that this diet was originally developed for disease management and to this day is being used for conditions such as epilepsy. The Paleo diet’s premise: eating the way our ancestors did thousands of years ago—when chronic diseases weren’t as prevalent as they are today— is the key to better health. Thus the diet is focused on making food choices that reflect the fact that people back then hunted an Continue reading >>
Keto Vs. Paleo Diets: What's The Difference?
Both the Keto and the paleo diet share their low-carb DNA, but have been developed for vastly different purposes. Thanks to Robert Atkins, low-carb diets are incredibly popular, but two of these diets have been unfairly lumped together. The ketogenic and Paleolithic diets focus on some of the same basic principles, but differ greatly in outcome. The difference: What it Means to be Ketogenic It is important to note that historically the ketogenic diet is a tool for disease management, not weight loss. It is a common dietary intervention for conditions such as epilepsy, for example. The goal is to force the body into a state of ketosis— the process of the body burning stored fat. On this plan, you achieve ketosis through fasting, the reduction of carbohydrates and the increase of dietary fat. A 2004 study published in Experimental & Clinical Cardiology found that long-term adherence to a ketogenic diet may: Reduce body mass Lower blood LCD and glucose Increase the level of HDL or "good" cholesterol The incredible piece here is that this diet actually seems to treat epilepsy very well, but there is a catch; it's incredibly difficult to tolerate. According to WebMd, the diet prescribes that dieters to consume three calories of fat for every calorie of protein or carbohydrate. That's a lot of fat. WebMd explains: "A meal might include a small portion of chicken, a little bit of fruit, and a lot of fat, typically butter or cream. Frankly, it's a difficult diet to swallow. What is the Paleolithic Diet? The Paleo plan focuses more on eating meat under the assumption that early cave dwellers had limited access to grain and greens, and thus were "made" to eat a diet primarily composed of protein. Practitioners of this plan focus on getting energy from animal products that are h Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference Between Paleo And Keto?
Both diets are effective, but would you rather give up cheese or fruit? If you’ve spent 15 seconds in a CrossFit box, you know what Paleo is. If you’ve spent 30 seconds, you’ve probably already cooked your first batch of Brussels sprouts and bacon on a bed of purple potatoes. But what is this “keto” thing that’s popping up all over the Internet (and in many a CrossFitter’s kitchen)? The staples of the two diets are actually pretty similar, and the limitations line up almost exactly. People on both diets are constantly eating butter by the pound — in their coffee, on their steaks and sometimes on its own like a slice of quadruple-cream brie (hold the cracker). Paleo vs. keto The real difference is why you restrict what you eat. Let’s start with Paleo. The goal is to eat the way people ate when our digestive systems were evolving. This means you want whole, unprocessed foods and no grains. Essentially, Paleo prohibits all the products of modern farming, which has evolved faster than our bodies. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but you get the idea. The high levels of protein in a Paleo diet make it ideal for anyone serious about building muscle. Plus, it makes you feel damn good. Keto, on the other hand, is for serious body hackers. This is for all of you out there who are looking past the community of CrossFit, beyond the easier-to-understand shorthand rules of the Paleo diet. Keto is all about ratios — high fat, moderate protein and basically zero carbs. We’re scientific about our WODs, so let’s get scientific about our nutrition, too. Interestingly, because of the “no grains” rule, a lot of Paleo eaters tend to consume few carbohydrates anyway and might actually find themselves eating ketogenically without realizing it. The true litm 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 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 >>
Switching From Low-carb Or Keto To Paleo
Disclaimer: some people do perfectly fine on very low-carb or ketogenic diets for years and years. If that’s you, great! But if that’s not you, then you might find something useful here. Frustrated by low-carb? Did it stop working for you, or maybe you’re just tired of the intense restriction on everything from carrots to kale? It might be time to try a different tack: instead of focusing only on carbs, try a more rounded Paleo approach. What’s the Difference? On a low-carb diet, the goal is exactly that: to minimize carbs, usually for the purpose of weight loss (although sometimes it’s for other reasons – for example, people who try a ketogenic diet to control epilepsy). On a Paleo diet, the goal is to make appropriate nutritional choices considering your evolutionary history. You can do a low-carb version of Paleo, but just cutting carbs does not automatically make a diet Paleo, and Paleo is about a whole set of food choices, not just carbs. Here’s a chart comparing some key differences: Generic low-carb/keto Paleo Carbohydrate level Low Variable; low to medium. Ultimate goal Typically weight loss (although there are exceptions) Better health (sometimes this includes weight loss) Is soy sauce (containing wheat) allowed? Yes, since the tiny amount of carbohydrate is negligible. No, since wheat is a gut irritant. Is canola oil (containing lots of Omega-6 fats) allowed? Yes, since it has no carbs. No, since Omega-6 fats are inflammatory and unhealthy. Are sweet potatoes (containing significant amounts of carbohydrate) allowed? No, since they have carbs. Yes, since they are full of nutrients and do not contain any toxins or gut irritants. Is tofu (containing soy) allowed? Yes, since it has few carbs. No; soy is full of inflammatory Omega-6 fats and other pro Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs Keto Diet: What’s The Difference?
Paleo vs Keto: What’s the difference between the diets? Everyone is always looking for the quickest way to lose weight. Whether it be low-fat, low-carb, high-fat or high protein, there can be something valuable in whichever diet you choose. I’d just like to quickly say, I don’t believe that there is one diet that’s right for everyone. Those who are trying to sell you one diet as the be-all-end-all are a little too one sided in my opinion. That said, there are some very effective ways to drop weight fast using the Paleo Diet or the Ketogenic Diet. “Paleo vs Keto” …often, these diets get lumped together in the same category. While they have a lot of similarities, they also have a lot of differences. If you’re stumbling upon this blog via a google search marathon on how to lose weight fast, I completely understand why you might be confused right now. Let me help you understand the difference between the Paleo Diet and the Ketogenic Diet. The Paleo Diet (Quick Background) When thinking whether to go Paleo vs Keto, you’ll need to know a little history of both. The Paleo Diet was originally introduced into mainstream culture back in 2002 by Dr. Loren Cordain. Dr. Cordain did decades of extensive research around the diets of our Paleolithic Ancestors after reading an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, back in1987. This article struck a nerve with Dr. Cordain. This triggered an obsession around knowing more about the Paleolithic people and how they ate. His book, The Paleo Diet was the first of it’s kind, failing miserably for the first seven years in book stores. However, in 2009, the book started to take on a cult like following. This caused the book to skyrocket in sales and quickly become a trending diet in mainstream media. You might have a Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs Keto Diet – Which Plan Is Best For Weight Loss And Health
Thanks to Robert Atkins low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets such as Paleo and Keto have become very popular, but whats best for health and or weight loss. The Paleo and Keto Diets are similar in some ways, but the variations in principles make them unique from one another often with different outcomes. Paleo vs Keto “Two low-carb diets, two distinct ways of thinking”. The difference: It’s important to remember that the Ketogenic Diet was developed as a tool for disease control, not weight loss. Weight loss on Keto was incidental. The Keto Diet eventuated as a dietary intervention for conditions like epilepsy. More recently it has been shown to have promising results reversing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. There are also studies being conducted on Alzheimers Disease. The objective of Keto is to force the body into a state of ketosis. With a Ketogenic Diet plan, you reach ketosis by drastically limiting carbohydrate intake compared to modern high carb/sugar foods while significantly increasing fat intake. The Keto Diet prescribes that dieters eat 70% of their calories in fat, 5% of their calories from carbohydrate and 25% from protein (Be aware that too much protein is bad for Ketosis). That’s lots of fat. Paleo doesn’t do macros like that. For example; A Keto meal may include a moderate portion of beef, some cruciferous vegetables, and a significant amount of fat, typically oil, cream or butter. It’s a true Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet (LCHF Diet). What is the Paleo Diet (Paleolithic Diet)? The Paleo Diet concentrates more on eating meat under the belief that ancient cave dwellers had no access to grain and processed foods, thus had no other option than to consume a diet primarily composed of protein and fat. Practitioners of Paleo focus on getting nutrition Continue reading >>
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The Paleo Guide To Ketosis
Ketosis is a word that gets tossed around a lot within the Paleo community – to some, it’s a magical weight-loss formula, to others, it’s a way of life, and to others it’s just asking for adrenal fatigue. But understanding what ketosis really is (not just what it does), and the physical causes and consequences of a fat-fueled metabolism can help you make an informed decision about the best diet for your particular lifestyle, ketogenic or not. Ketosis is essentially a metabolic state in which the body primarily relies on fat for energy. Biologically, the human body is a very adaptable machine that can run on a variety of different fuels, but on a carb-heavy Western diet, the primary source of energy is glucose. If glucose is available, the body will use it first, since it’s the quickest to metabolize. So on the standard American diet, your metabolism will be primarily geared towards burning carbohydrates (glucose) for fuel. In ketosis, it’s just the opposite: the body primarily relies on ketones, rather than glucose. To understand how this works, it’s important to understand that some organs in the body (especially the brain) require a base amount of glucose to keep functioning. If your brain doesn’t get any glucose, you’ll die. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need glucose in the diet – your body is perfectly capable of meeting its glucose needs during an extended fast, a period of famine, or a long stretch of very minimal carbohydrate intake. There are two different ways to make this happen. First, you could break down the protein in your muscles and use that as fuel for your brain and liver. This isn’t ideal from an evolutionary standpoint though – when you’re experiencing a period of food shortage, you need to be strong and fast, 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Paleo Diet & Ketosis
The Paleo diet is based on foods humans used to eat during the Paleolithic period, which ended 10,000 years ago. The idea is that human genes have evolved to eat particular foods, which have been replaced by many refined and processed foods in our diet nowadays. Advocates of the Paleo diet claim that it is the best one for keeping your weight under control and optimizing health. Video of the Day The Paleo diet focuses on unprocessed and whole foods. Carbohydrates are almost nonexistent on a Paleo diet, since agriculture had not been introduced at that time. Therefore grains, legumes, any food made from flour, as well as dairy products and sugars are excluded from this diet plan. Instead, the Paleo diet is based on an adequate amount of protein from grass-fed meat, free-range poultry and eggs and wild-caught fish. The diet also includes generous servings of healthy fats, including avocado, olives and olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also part of the foods allowed on the Paleo diet. What Is Ketosis Low-carb diets are usually ketogenic diets because they induce a metabolic pathway called ketosis. When you consume very limited amounts of carbohydrates, the body needs to switch from using carbohydrates to using fat as its main source of energy, as explained by Dr. Michael Eades. By burning fat for fuel, the body produces ketone bodies that can be used by different organs, such as your muscles, brain and heart. Ketosis constitutes a normal metabolic pathway and is not harmful, say diet proponents. Following low-carb diets, such as the Paleo diet, is a good way to induce ketosis and force your body into fat-burning mode. In addition to burning fat for energy, ketogenic diets have been shown to make people feel fuller on fewer calories. 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 >>