The keto and paleo diets are among the most popular diets today. They share some similarities, but there are also differences in the foods they allow, their effects on the body, and key health effects. The ketogenic keto diet focuses on eating a particular balance of macronutrients. The goal is to enter a state of ketosis, where the body begins to burn fat for health or weight loss. The Paleolithic paleo diet focuses on eating foods that humans would have eaten in the Stone Age. The goal is to eliminate modern processed foods for health or weight loss. This article looks at the similarities and differences between the keto and paleo diets, including their benefits, food lists, and side effects. The keto and paleo diets are two dietary options that aim to boost health, eliminate highly processed foods, and encourage weight loss.
Many people follow these diets because they want to lose weight or improve their overall health. Yet since both diets are so popular, you may be wondering how they differ. One of the fundamental theories behind the paleo diet is that modern food systems, production and processing techniques are damaging to human health. There is also a strong focus on lifestyle practices, the environmental impact of food choices and total body wellness within the framework of the paleo philosophy. The paleo diet is an eating plan that emphasizes whole foods and eliminates grains, legumes and most processed foods in order to improve health. The diet also has a lifestyle component that focuses on wellness practices and exercise. Ketosis is the metabolic state in which your body uses calories from fat, instead of carbs, to create the energy needed to carry out its normal functions 1.
But understanding what ketosis really is not just what it does, and the physical causes and consequences of a fat-fueled metabolism can help you make an informed decision about the best diet for your particular lifestyle, ketogenic or not. Ketosis is essentially a metabolic state in which the body primarily relies on fat for energy. Biologically, the human body is a very adaptable machine that can run on a variety of different fuels, but on a carb-heavy Western diet, the primary source of energy is glucose. So on the standard American diet, your metabolism will be primarily geared towards burning carbohydrates glucose for fuel. There are two different ways to make this happen. First, you could break down the protein in your muscles and use that as fuel for your brain and liver. Fortunately, you also have another source of glucose manufacture: ketone bodies. If you eat a diet very low in carbohydrates and protein which forces your body to look elsewhere for glucose, your entire metabolism will switch over to using ketones as fuel instead — this is called ketosis.