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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.  

What is the Keto Diet? 

The Keto Diet is unlike any other low-carb diet, for a few reasons.  

  1. 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.  
  2. 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%.  
  3. 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.  

  1. 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.  
  2. This is called the balancing phase. You are able to add some nuts and fruits back into your diet. 
  3. 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.  
  4. 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 amount, and ketosis may or may not be happening any longer.  

 

In conclusion, these different diet plans both have great benefits to help you lose weight, improve energy, kick your carb addiction, and set you up for a happier life. I am partial to the Keto Diet, as it is a lifestyle I have been able to maintain for 2 years and counting, with no end in sight. And my life is better because of it.  

 

Samantha Stephenson, Primal Health Coach, ACE CPT  

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