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With the endless dieting and lifestyle trends popping up in our world today, it’s hard to find which one is the best to commit to long-term. Here at Kegenix, we're here to help you decipher the difference between some of the most common and popular diets - including Paleo, Atkins, Low Carb, and Keto, and to explain to you why the Low Carb and Keto diets are our favorite ways to approach our diet!
So you've heard of Atkins, Paleo, Low Carb, and Keto? Do you know the difference between them? Let’s break it down for you…
What is the Atkins diet?
The Atkins diet is low carb and is normally split into 4 different phases to help stimulate weight loss. The diet begins with the induction phase, then the balancing phase, then the fine-tuning phase and ends with the maintenance phase. Each of these phases eliminates and then adds back in specific levels of net carbs found in nuts, fruits, vegetables, and grains, to control your weight loss and find the right carb intake to balance and maintain your weight throughout the Adkins diet cycle.
The main foods that are avoided in the Atkins diet are sugar, grains, vegetable oils, trans fats, and high carb fruits and vegetables. The benefits of the Atkins diet include the possibility of weight loss, fighting off headaches, and research shows that it may help prevent heart disease and some types of cancers. The cons of the Atkins diet? The constant change between phases can be very confusing. We are fans of consistent and steady diets with a well-rounded list of okay-to-eat foods.
What is the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet focuses on natural and non-processed foods. This includes foods that are only created naturally from the earth, eliminating foods like pastries, bread and other grains. The Paleo diet focuses mainly on meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and eggs.
Within the Paleo Diet, the dieter should avoid dairy, refined sugars, processed foods, legumes, and cereal grains. When using this diet, your carb and fat intake are not important or monitored like the Atkins or Keto diet. The main goal of this diet is to focus on eating natural foods. Some of the benefits of eating through the Paleo diet guidelines include anti-inflammatory benefits, an increased intake of iron, improved satiety and the diet is known to help promote weight loss. However, Paleo excludes diary entirely- this alienates vegetarians from a way of eating that is already so limited for vegan and plant-based dieters.
What is a Low Carb diet?
Although the Low Carb and Keto diet follow many of the same dietary restrictions, the biggest difference between these two diets is the intention behind the diet. Low carb diets aim solely to eliminate much of your daily carb intake and calories on a day to day basis, while the Keto diet aims to put your body in a Ketogenic state by increasing your fat intake and decreasing your carbs. It is a relatively easy transition from the Low Carb to the Keto diet, and with some increased awareness of what foods you are eating to ensure that you are hitting the right ratios of carbs, protein and fat, you can reap the benefits of being in a Ketogenic state!
So, what is the Keto diet?
The Keto diet has some similarities to all of the other mentioned diets, but we believe that the Keto diet is the best option of the 4 because it promotes one steady and consistent way of eating for the entirety of the diet! In a fully committed keto-diet, your food consumption comes from only 5% carbs, while 75% comes from fat and the remaining 20% comes from protein. As a result of eating with a reliance of fat as your main source of energy, after an extended period of time, your body will enter into the stage of Ketosis, where the ketone bodies in your blood are used to fuel your body alternatively to glucose.
After a bit of time and patience on the Keto diet, along with the help of some Kegenix products, your dependence for glucose will be eliminated, and your body will reprogram to rely on fat for fuel throughout the day.
This is the most strict of the diets to monitor your ratios of carbs to protein to fat on a daily basis, but the benefits of the Keto diet are immense. Not only does the Keto diet help to increase fat loss and satiety, but research has found that the Keto diet promotes increased memory, cognition, clarity, and seizure control as well helps to eliminate migraines. Studies have also suggested that the Keto diet helps to prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and help your body to produce better cholesterol profiles.
We love the Keto diet over here at Kegenix, and we know you will love it too! Check out some of our recent blog articles from the Kegenix Kitchen for inspiration on some of our favorite Keto-friendly recipes that we know you will love, too!