Keto VS Paleo

04 Jun 2019

As two popular eating regimes, the question beckons …. Keto vs Paleo. What’s the difference?

Let’s Talk About Paleo

The Paleo Diet is also known as the Stone Age Diet. This only allows food that early man would have foraged or hunted for:

  • seafood
  • meat
  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • nuts
  • roots
  • seeds

Shortened to Paleo, the modern diet is an approach to nutrition that mimics the early man’s diet.

The typical Paleo diet revolves around eating fresh wholesome foods not contaminated with additives and preservatives.
It excludes:

  • processed foods
  • dairy products
  • grains
  • sugar
  • salt
  • legumes
  • processed oils
  • alcohol
  • coffee

Paleo is moderately high in carbohydrates and fruit sugars.

How About Keto?

In a ketogenic, low-carb diet, you drastically lower your carb intake and increase your fat intake. The Keto diet is a high fat, very low-carb, moderate protein diet.

70 – 80% of your calories come from fat in foods such as …

  • butter
  • cream
  • coconut
  • MCT oils
  • avocados
  • olives
  • cheese
  • nuts
  • seeds

You reduce your carb intake to only 20 to 25% of your daily food intake. This supports ketosis …the metabolic process of burning fat for energy instead of carbs.

The goal behind this is to reach a metabolic state known as ketosis. The body relies on fat as its energy source, instead of glucose, which comes from carbohydrates.

If glucose is available, the body will use that first because it’s easier and quicker to metabolize. However, glucose weighs the body down, quickly turning unused amounts into fat … something we all dread.

When you’re on a keto diet, you’re ultimately diminishing the amount of glucose in your body to minimal amounts. This teaches your body to rely on ketones – what the body burns for fuel during ketosis.

What Are Ketones?

Ketones are a type of fatty acids. They are a direct result of the liver breaking down protein to convert into glucose.

Ketones are a major source of energy for all major organs, especially the brain. This is why people on the keto diet feel more focused and alert.

Differences Between Keto and Paleo

The Paleo diet food ratio says 55% of your daily food intake should come from seafood and lean meat – each taking an equal half, 15% come from fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds each.

There is no dairy, salt or sugar, and almost no grains (except for ancient grains such as quinoa and wild rice).

One of the risks of a paleo diet is that it could lead to an insufficient vitamin D & calcium intake and a risk of toxins from a high fish consumption.
They focus on eating foods with fat and protein but include starch such potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, fruit and other foods high in carbohydrates.

Keto diets are low-carb, eliminating all starches and sugars, including fruit. Most of the carbs on a keto diet come from non-starchy vegetables and leafy green vegetables.

Paleo diets are not high in fat. While the paleo diet in its purest form may have been into foods high in fat, today’s ever-evolving paleo community alters its needs according to the times. Paleo diet fans don’t eat much dairy, if at all.

A strict paleo diet does not allow dairy products because hunter-gatherers did not milk cows.

Bottom line? When it comes to improving glycemic control, there’s likely no dietary strategy better than Keto.

It’s also excellent for:

  • Burning fat/weight optimisation
  • Suppressing appetite
  • Reducing cravings
  • Increasing energy
  • Enhancing cognitive function
  • Improving endurance
  • Promoting healthy ageing
  • Promoting heart health
  • Supporting mitochondrial health
  • Reducing oxidative stress
  • Supporting healthy inflammation levels