Keto vs Paleo Which Diet Is Better?

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There is no single diet that is perfect for everyone. The diet that is best for you is the one you can stick to for lifelong health and wellness. Your medical history may also play a role in the foods you should include or eliminate from your diet. Both ketogenic and Paleo food plans can include nutritious foods but both plans are definitely restrictive. Many dieters start the plans only to quit in frustration when boredom or fatigue overwhelms them, they can’t manage cravings or when they aren’t able to find “allowed” foods on the road.

If you are curious about either diet, first discuss it with your primary care provider or registered dietitian. If you have a history of heart disease, for example, your doctor may recommend that you avoid the ketogenic diet. Or a sports nutritionist may recommend that you include grains in your diet if you participate in endurance activities. And remember that any diet can be modified to meet your own personal needs.

The Main Differences Between Keto and Paleo

While Paleo and keto diets are similar, there are a few distinctions. Paleo is much more restrictive on fruit and starchy vegetable intake, and as discussed above, the ketogenic diet is focused more on eating enough healthy fats that your body is in a state of ketosis, burning stored fat for fuel. Serious kept followers can test whether or not their body is in a state of ketosis using urine testing strips. The Paleo diet, however, is more concerned with eating ample protein and getting rid of processed foods and refined carbohydrates.

What to Eat on Paleo

Healthy Fats
Organic Vegetables
Organic Fruits
Free-Range/Pastured Eggs
Nuts and Seeds
Grass-Fed Beef
Wild Caught Fish
Spices and Herbs
Fermented Foods

Foods to Avoid on Paleo

Grains, Wheat, and Gluten
Processed Foods
Farm-Raised Fish
Conventional (Grain-Fed) Animal Products
GMO (genetically-modified organisms)
Artificial Sweeteners
Dairy
Legumes
Refined Fats and Oils
Beer
Starches

Limit Consumption

Coffee
Juice
Alchohol (including wine)

Paleo Benefits

Promotes Mitochondria Health
Rebuilds Digestive Health
Boosts Cognitive Health
Reduces Allergies
Reduces Inflammation
Increases Energy
Promotes Lean Muscle Mass
Reduces Body Fat
Improves Sleep Patterns
Enhances Skin Health
Increases Heart Health
Improves Health of Teeth
Can Lower Triglycerides (and Raise total HDL cholesterol)

What to Eat on Keto

Healthy Fats
Organic Vegetables
Low-Glycemic Fruits (mostly berries)
Some Dairy
Free-Range/Pastured Eggs
Grass-Fed Beef
Wild Caught Fish
Spices and Herbs

Foods to Avoid on Keto

Grains, Wheat, and Gluten
Processed Foods
Farm-Raised Fish
Conventional (Grain-Fed) Animal Products
GMO (genetically-modified organisms)
Artificial Sweeteners
Most Dairy
Refined Fats and Oils
Beer

Limit Consumption

Sugar
Fruit
Dairy
Nightshades
Root Vegetables
Coffee
Legumes
Nuts & Seeds
Wine
Alchohol (including wine)

Keto Benefits

Rapid Weight Loss
Possible Protection Against Cancer
Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Protection Against Heart Disease
Can Lower Triglycerides (and Raise Good HDL)
Can Help Treat Metabolic Syndrome
Promotes Brain Health
Can Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Can Help Protect Against Parkinson’s Disease
Can Optimize Mitochondria Health

Making the Right Choice: Paleo or Keto?

Choosing between the Paleo Diet or ketogenic diet is a fairly tough decision. Both diet plans will require serious commitment — after all, they require removing some of the foods you’ve perhaps come to love eating and rely on. But in their own ways, both diets are both going to not only help you lose weight but also provide you with some potentially brilliant health benefits from the removal of “manmade” carbohydrate sources.

Sources & References:
www.perfectketo.com
gethealthyu.com
medium.com

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