There are lots of weight-loss diets out there to choose from, including those that promise wonders to happen in a matter of days. Some of them suggest eating only fruit for several days straight, other propose consuming coffee with each of your meals. Unfortunately, most of these diets are fads, meaning that they simply do not work.
However, this doesn't mean that diets don't work at all. Some, which are based on a lower consumption of carbohydrates, are proven to affect fat loss. In fact, the effect of low-carb diets has been known for decades, ever since Dr. Atkins' diet plan became popular around the United States.
After the Atkins diet became a thing, many others followed, including the keto diet which is one of the most popular weight-loss diets at the moment. So, how is keto diet different from Atkins?
Although both diet programs propose a lower consumption of carbohydrates, keto goes one step further. It suggests reducing the amount of carbs you eat is not enough to achieve the state of ketosis, that is, the state when the body fat is turned into energy. Instead, according to this diet, you also need to increase your daily intake of fat.
Another big difference between these two diets is that the Atkins is separated into several phases. In total, this diet program usually lasts for only a couple of weeks (usually between 4 and 8 weeks). The ketogenic diet, on the other hand, is more of a lifestyle than a diet regimen.
The purpose of the keto diet is not simply to help you shed some excess fat but also improve your overall health. If you stick to its rules, especially the ones related to the consumption of healthy fats, you can reduce the risk of developing certain health issues. Some of those include serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attack, and so on.
Most people use these two terms interchangeably. Well, truth be told, they’re not far off from the truth, as the keto diet is basically a modified version of the original Atkins. The only difference is that when the purpose of the diet is fat-loss, it’s usually called keto.
However, if the reason is to prevent seizures and other health problems, the diet is then commonly referred to as the modified Atkins.
In the recent years, a new kind of diet has become very popular – the Paleolithic diet. Similarly to Atkins and Keto, this diet regimen also suggests limiting the consumption of simple carbs. Basically, you got to eat the foods that have been available to the humans for many millennia.
So, according to the proponents of this diet, you ought to eat the foods that our ancestors used to eat in the Paleolithic times. This means that there’s no room in your diet for the meat of farm animals, grains, processed foods, and so on.
In general, Paleo doesn’t tell you how much fat, protein, and carbs you got to eat. This means that you can combine its principles with those of low-carb diets like Keto or Atkins. The result would be that you’d eat foods like nuts, game meat, as well as various organic fruits and vegetables. Obviously, it does seem like a good choice.
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