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To Keto, to Paleo or to Whole 30?
Celebrities have passionately endorsed them. You see them on magazine covers as you wait in line in grocery lines. Food products now have labels proudly claiming they are approved by them. And you have definitely done dinner and drinks with at least a few faithful followers. I’m talking about the holy trinity of the newest trends in weight loss and nutrition – Keto, Whole 30 and Paleo.
Here is a complete list of information on each diet so that you can pick the one most suitable for you with the guidance of your family physician.
The Keto Diet:
Ketosis is the process your body fuels itself by using fat for energy, and not carbohydrates. Your body produces ketones when blood sugar is in short supply. Excess proteins can even be converted to blood sugar, which is why lean proteins are limited and higher or full-fat proteins recommended.
Therefore, more than just a low-carb diet, it is a HIGH FAT diet. This was music to my ears- eating full fat cheese is mandatary? Bring it on!
- Ketosis has been proven to aid in weight loss quickly and easily.
- Many people report heightened brain functionings, feeling more engaged with their surroundings and an overall feeling of well-being in ketosis.
- Ketosis is hard to maintain. One slip in the form of a carb binge in your favorite bagel shop or glazed donut that lured you in the office break room and it will take days to get back on track! There are unfortunately no cheat days in the Keto world. Lots of people I know on keto use strips to test that they are still in ketosis.
- The first 3-4 sugar free days are hard and you might feel sick and under the weather. There is actually a name for it- Keto flu! It’s basically your body reacting to sugar deprivation – it’s true- sugar is addictive and the withdrawal symptoms are a reality!
The Paleo Diet:
Meat lovers will love this diet! Playfully called the “caveman diet”, it claims that this is how you were designed to eat on a genetic level. Paleo is about lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables. Grains, legumes, and dairy are not included in this diet.
With Paleo, you must cut out refined sugar, but can have things like raw honey. It also recommends Grass-fed meats because these are similar to what our ancestors ate.
- There’s definitely many health advantages to going back to your ancestral diet roots. It promoted a healthier lifestyle and promotes good eating habits.
- People who have followed this diet diligently have reported weight loss at a healthy pace and general feeling of better health.
- Grass-fed meat on an everyday basis can be expensive for many families on a budget.
- Some bodies may not adjust to high protein intake quickly.
The basic principle of the diet is that you eliminate the most inflammatory foods from your diet for a full 30 days: sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes. The diet claims it will help get rid of cravings, reset your body’s gut health and create long-term positive changes in your body.
Whole 30 Pros:
- The fact that you rid your body of all things processed and use simple whole ingredients makes this so healthy for your over all health.
- The elimination of cravings and dependency on sugars and processed foods is fantastic.
Whole 30 Pros:
- the lack of dairy eliminates so many food options for most people and therefore can be very hard to follow.
- You are also supposed to reset to day 1 if you slip up at Even a little. That can be quite discouraging to many of us.
So which one is the best you ask? The one you pick. But most importantly follow! The key is to stay motivated and on track. Any of these diets will work then!
So let’s all pledge to give it all this summer no matter what we choose as our path. Happy Dieting!