Did you know that approximately 45 million Americans go on a diet every year?
In recent years, eating a low carb lifestyle has become more and more popular, yet along with the weight loss and health benefits many people have seen from decreasing their carbohydrate intake, a lot of people have also experienced confusion about the best approach for their body and goals.
We're here to break it down for you!
Short for the ketogenic diet, keto is an ancestral type of diet that really isn’t a diet at all but rather a lifestyle choice in which one’s diet consists of foods closer in alignment with what our ancestors ate. In many ways it is similar to the Paleo diet, but unlike the Paleo diet, the goal of the keto diet is to get your body into a state of nutritional ketosis, in which it is being fueled by fat instead of by sugars and carbohydrates. Want to learn more about what getting into ketosis means? We've got you covered in another article!
Note that there are several variations of the ketogenic diet which allow for different macros configurations, (which we of course address in another article), yet regardless of which approach you take to keto, it is the most carbohydrate restrictive when compared to Paleo and low carb. Generally, on keto carbs shouldn’t account for more than 5% of your daily dietary intake. In order to ensure you're getting enough nutrients without spiking blood sugar or consuming more carbs than desired, someone on the keto diet would choose nutrient rich foods like vegetables, nuts, and limited fruits fruits that are low on the glycemic index. (You guessed it... we have an article on that too!)
The Paleo diet is designed around consuming foods that might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Also referred to as the Stone Age diet, Paleolithic diet, Caveman Diet, and Hunter-gatherer diet is limited to whole foods that could be sourced through hunting and gathering, rather than farming and manufacturing in a lab. This includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and excludes foods that became available with farming, like legumes, grains and dairy. Thus Paleo doesn't restrict carbohydrates; simply the source of them.
Low carb diet
Unlike with keto where the goal is to be in nutritional ketosis, and Paleo where the goal is to only consume foods that sustained our ancestors, the primary goal of low carb is simply to restrict ones carbohydrate intake. According to Dietician Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D. when interviewed by SELF magazine, "Low carb is a flexible, generic term that can describe any pattern of eating where you consume a fewer-than-average number of carbohydrates."
How is average determined? According to the US government's 2015-2020 dietary guidelines, the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range sets an average carbohydrate intake at between 45 and 65% of total calories consumed. According to Jennifer Bruning, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N., the national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics “When you get less than 45 percent of your energy from carbohydrates, that’s where we generally start to classify diets as low carb.”
Regardless of which path you choose, when thinking about health, the more Whole Foods, less processed, organic, free range, wild caught, naturally sourced nutrients we can consume the better.
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