Comparing Paleo and Keto trends in dieting.
Although they’re not the same,they are very similar.
Here’s a brief introduction to these diets before we get deeper into the details.
- Paleo is short for “paleolithic” dieting, which denotes eating ‘natural’ food much like what our stone-age hunter-gatherer caveman ancestors would have eaten.
Since modern age diseases stem from us eating too much processed, man-made food with too much salt and preservatives, these are the very things that are to be avoided on a paleo diet.
- Keto is short for ketogenic diet. This unique diet was initially created to prevent seizures in those with epilepsy. Studies show there are reduced incidences of seizures when patients with epilepsy have Fasting periods ( Fasting periods vary from plan to plan). The answer for these individuals was found to be the body going into a State of ketosis (the result of burning fat for fuel) when there was reduced carbohydrate availability. So, in a Keto Diet, the focus is on eating a Low-carb High-fat diet which trains the body to burn fat instead of glucose. Keto diets are now used more as a weight loss tool.
More details for Paleo DietPaleo
Paleo is a diet where you avoid food items that are difficult to digest by the body. This involves removing cereals, legumes, grains, beans, soy, dairy, refined oil, refined sugar, excessive salt and processed foods from the diet.
Foods you can eat include some fruits, vegetables, egg, meat, seafood, fats, nuts, roots, shoots, and seeds.
This diet is said to benefit those with gut issues, inflammation,and weight issues.
More Details for a Keto Diet
The typical keto diet requires specific ratios of Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) in Every meal. The recommended ratio is 70-80 % of fats, 20-25 % of protein and 5-10 % of carbohydrates. Some high-carb foods that are allowed in a Paleo diet but a strict No in Keto diet are starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, yams, squash), high-carb fruits (banana, pineapple, grapes), natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup) and dried fruits (raisins, dates).
Unlike Paleo, Keto is not hard on dairy. In fact, it is a good way to get the fats in.
Paleo Pros & Cons
In this diet, you don’t need to keep track of the percentage of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates you consume. The downside of this is you may overindulge on fruits and other naturally carb-rich sources.
Some consider it less of a diet and more of a lifestyle change as you eliminate certain unhealthy food types.
It is not really the best solution for weight loss unless you restrict the amount of carbs that go in.
Weight loss, if any, is more gradual.
Focus is more on consuming nutrient-rich food and elimination of processed foods.
Keto Pros & Cons
This is a very restrictive diet and restrictive if you have an already busy schedule.
But it provides the most dramatic results if weight loss is the desired goal.
You can check if you are on track by measuring the ketone levels at regular intervals.
If you relied heavily on carbs before, this diet will be a drastic change in terms that you will now have to limit the carbs to just 5 % of your diet.
Since this diet is low on carbs, the body starts using up the stored fats for energy and this increases the ketone levels in the body. This state is known as ketosis. Ketosis benefits the body by lowering blood pressure, promoting weight loss, normalizing blood sugar, improving epilepsy, correcting cholesterol levels, and increasing mental clarity.
Before you make a decision , think careful about what is the ultimate goal. Is it weight loss, fixing health issues, long term lifestyle change????
Which plan would suit best for your lifestyle in the long term? Is it praticular for you? How will it impact your family?
Change is sometimes painful, but the end result should be your focus.