Isn’t the ketogenic diet and low carb diet essentially the same thing?
Well, you are limiting carbohydrates with your diet plans, but there are nuances between both approaches.
He there, it’s Mike here again with a post based on what I’ve learned mainly from the guys over at Gravity Transformation, that I would like to share with you.
Most ketogenic diets require you to keep your carbs under 30 grams a day, which usually accounts for 5% of your total daily intake.
In addition, you would have somewhere between 75 to 80% of your calories coming from fat and 15 to 20% of your calories coming from protein.
The reason for this limited intake of carbs is because a ketogenic diet’s goal is to put into ketosis.
Ketosis is a state in which you’re going to burn more fat and produce ketone bodies in your liver for use as energy.
Low Carb Diets
The major difference is that low carb diets don’t require an exact number of carbohydrates.
With low carb diets you wouldn’t expect to have more than 20 to 30% of your calories coming from carbs, but even at 20%, it’s a huge difference from the 5% that you get with ketogenic diets.
Taking the Atkins diet as an example (one of the most popular low carb diets), you see that Atkins, in general, accepted a split of 30% protein, 10% carbs (which is higher than the 5% of ketogenic diets) and 60% fat.
With the Atkins diet, you go through 4 stages, and once you’re in the fourth and final maintenance stage you can eat 45 up to 100 grams of carbs per day.
Now Which is Better?
When picking the right diet for yourself, think about which one allows you to eat the food groups that you enjoy the most.
Also, think about which one makes the most sense to you and which one you’ll stick to the longest.
A lot of people that start low carb dieting lately go straight for ketogenic diets and many people fail to stick to it for long-term.
Long-term ketosis has been associated with several factors including thyroid and hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue, and poor sleep quality.
On the other hand, some people do well by keeping their carb intake to the recommended ketogenic 5%.
So, to figure out which one works best for you, it will take you some trial and error.
Both ketogenic and low carb diets can help you with weight loss and body fat reduction and one is not definitively better than the other.
Just try to find the one that works best for you, your food preferences and your lifestyle.
Keep in mind you also don’t have to follow one diet plan rules to the T.
You can adopt certain principles from each diet plan and create a plan that works best for you.
As long as you understand the basic underlying principles of how each one of these plans works.
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