Isn’t it all the same? What’s the difference anyways?!
Some of you may have noticed the three “diet” trends over the past couple of years that has hit the health industry.
Is it a fad, phase, or are is it really going to stick around? Who knows! Like most “diet” trends they tend to come and go over the years.
Most people now are on a “low carb” kick, which given these three diets some more interest.
So what’s the difference anyways, aren’t they all little or no carbs? Yes, to an extent. Depending on how you look at them each program has it’s own unique take on macro percentages.
Let’s break it down.
First up, Keto.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
Typically it is a high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate diet.
5% Carbs with lots of fiber
What happens during Ketosis? Your body depletes glycogen, causing your liver to use fat by producing ketone bodies for fuel.
What does it benefit? Aside from weight loss, it has been shown to benefit neurological functions, improve heart health and insulin resistance.
What to eat? PLENTY OF FATS and dark leafy greens
What to avoid? ALL CARBS, except those from specific veggies and nuts
What is the Paleo Diet?
Also known as the Caveman diet, is a diet based off of just animals and wild pants.
Paleo focuses on overall health, not just your macros, which promotes good nutrition.
How your plate should look?
25% leafy greens
25% colorful veggies
25% animal products
25% starchy veggies or fruit
What does it benefit? It helps to reduce inflammation, balance your hormones, balance your immune system, restore healthy gut flora, and normalize your weight!
What to eat? Meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, mushrooms, fruit, nuts and seeds
What to avoid? Grains, pseudo-grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar and seed oils, processed foods and additives
Lasty, Low Carb.
What is a lower carb diet?
A lower carbohydrate diet consists of keeping you proteins lightly higher and fats moderate. While not as extreme as the ketogenic diet, carbs will be lower than usual. With this, you focus on eating fruits and vegetables that tend to be higher in fiber, while keeping those high in sugar and starch to a minimum
Protein is about 1-1.2g times your lean body mass
Fats should be around 20-30% of your caloric intake
Carbs will fill in the rest.
What does it benefit? Higher protein diets are beneficial for your bone health while leaving you satisfied and less hungry, reduces blood glucose and insulin levels, may lower your blood pressure, and sometimes are used to help treat several health conditions
What to eat? Meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, mushrooms, fruit, nuts and seeds, lower carb grains
What to avoid? High carb starches, high sugar foods
Well there you have it. Did I clear all the confusion up for you? I hope so!
Go forth with your diet knowledge and get steppin’ on your weight loss journey today!
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