Keto, Paleo, Atkins: An Overview of Today’s Popular Diets
Unless you live under a rock, it’s practically impossible to enter 2018 free of encountering the terms “keto,” “paleo,” or “atkins” in one way or another. These mentions flood social media, proliferate hashtags, and accompany graphics of mouthwatering plates of food.
If you need to yet bone up on these household names, the following overview of each diet term should prove beneficial.
Officially known as the ketogenic diet, this strict low-carb diet wins praise for being one of the yummiest diets to adopt. Imagine being encouraged to have as much fat as you possibly can to fill you up throughout the day—yes, including and especially bacon. If you’re a cheese-lover, this diet’s for you, too, because cheese is definitely on the menu.The idea being that fat actually helps you to burn your fat. Of course, the important thing here is to restrict your carb intake to a measly 20g per day. Also, keep your tongue off of sugar. Protein is welcome, but keep it moderate.
Don’t forget your vegetables, but also be mindful about which ones to consume. Avoid starchy ones, like carrots, but go for all leafy greens you find. As always, stay hydrated with lots of water while still enjoying your occasional coffee with butter.
Wildly popular among crossfitters, the paleo basically brings you back to a dietary system used eons ago by hunter-gatherers. Essentially, the only food items you can enjoy are those believed to have been consumed by the early humans: meat, fish, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Unlike in keto, cheese is not allowed because of its processing; same with grain products, pasta, sweets, and treats.
Simply put, whatever a caveman did not eat, you cannot eat. The better news? You don’t need to keep count of your carbs. Just maintain the correct portions.
Introduced in 1972, the Atkins remains a credible diet. Similar to keto, the Atkins requires a strict low-carb and high-fat diet. However, unlike keto, Atkins also prescribes a high amount of protein thrown into the mix. There are four phases to the Atkins diet: induction, balancing, fine-tuning, and maintenance. Each is designed to guide you as you jumpstart your weight loss all the way to reintegrating healthy carbs back into your life.
Whichever diet you are considering, consult with your doctor first to make sure you’re adopting the one best suited for you. Your health comes before achieving your weight goals.
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