Paleo, Keto, low carb – high fat, Atkins, etc. Low carbohydrate diets are definitely all the rage right now.
Celebrities like Halle Berry and Vanessa Hudgens have sang the praises of the ketogenic diet while Kim Kardashian has endorsed Atkins, and Jessica Biel and Kristin Cavallari are Paleo fans.
But with some much information out there, the whole “low carb diet” thing can become confusing.
If you’re reading this on our site, chances are you are already interested in the Paleo diet. That’s great – we’re kind of big fans of it, too.
This article aims to clear up the confusion about Paleo and Keto. What are the similarities? Where do the differences lie? Is one better than the other? We’re going to answer all of your questions.
What is the ketogenic diet?
The keto (or ketogenic) diet is a low carbohydrate-high fat, moderate protein diet regime. This approach is said to help you effectively lose weight with other added health benefits such as balanced blood sugar, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and improving brain health.
How does keto work?
In simple terms, the keto diet switches the body’s fuel supply.
When you eat carbs, your body uses those carbs (in the form of glucose – aka sugar) as energy. Reducing your carb intake encourages your body to divert from its conventional source of energy (glucose) and instead burn fat for energy.
This is called “ketosis.”
Evolutionarily, ketosis is the state our body would enter to help us survive when food was low. When we are in ketosis, our body produces ketones – which happens when fats are broken down in the liver.
Our body then uses these ketones as energy since glucose is no longer present. Basically, ketosis helps us mobilize our body fat and use that to fuel our body.
Obviously, we don’t want you starving yourself for this to happen. That’s why the ketogenic diet focuses on significantly reducing your carbohydrate intake…
Read the full recipe on Ultimate Paleo Guide.