Keto Versus Atkins - Which is the Best Low Carb Health Eating Plan For You?

Turn the pages of any lifestyle magazine or visit any health site online and you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across the latest diet or wonder eating plan that is designed to help you shed the pounds and keep them off. Sometimes these come with a side order with of superfoods that seem to be the newest food fad.

There are certainly no shortages of healthy eating regimes to choose from. What can be hard is finding the one that works for you, and for your lifestyle. After all, many of us lead hectic and demanding schedules that mean meal prep and eating time is at a premium.

Dieting trends do come and go, but two plans in particular seem to have stayed the course and offer results that can last if the plans are followed properly. They are the Ketogenic Diet (Keto for short) and the Atkins Diet. Both regimes are low carb but have their own distinct differences which would fit into a range of differing dietary needs and lifestyles. Here, we give you the lowdown on both plans so you can find out which low carb diet would suit you the best.

Why Choose a Low Carb Diet in the First Place..?

Perhaps we should start by saying who shouldn’t follow a low carb plan. Anyone who takes a lot of daily physical exercise such as jogging, swimming, weights etc, or who has a similarly physically demanding job or work routine may be best advised to avoid low carb diets.

However, people who do more lower intensity exercise plans, involving yoga or pilates or walking every day would find it a benefit and a lot easier to maintain and keep their energy levels high.

We’ll outline more about what each eating plan entails as we go on, but one thing to bear in mind if your time is at a premium, is that the Keto Diet is much more specific in terms of the guidelines you need to follow and may need more in the way of planning. This can benefit people who need something strict to stick to and like rules and a proper regimen. On the other hand, the Atkins Diet can offer a little more flexibility and is perhaps less intimidating and stringent, which might suit those people who are approaching a low carb eating plan for the first time.

There are two things that anyone approaching a new diet should bear in mind before they begin. Check with your Doctor or a Dietician beforehand to make sure that any changes you’re making to your diet will be healthy, sustainable and will not cause any long term issues, especially if you have any health concerns, or are already suffering from an illness.

The second point to make is to choose the low carb diet that will slot into your lifestyle and become something you can implement long term. The diet you adopt needs to be something that isn’t a quick fix to get the pounds off. These sorts of regimes inevitably mean once you come off them, you regain al the weight you have lost.

Explaining The Ketogenic Diet

What is the Ketogenic Diet? It’s sometimes known by its shortened name, the Keto Diet. It has been around in one shape or form since the 1920s and was originally developed to help children and adults who suffered from epilepsy, in order that they might control their seizures better.

Essentially, it is a very high fat eating plan that incorporates protein, but very low carbs. If you were to break this down into a percentage, your dietary intake would be:

  • 70 percent fat
  • 25 percent protein
  • 5 percent carbohydrate

The low carbs coupled with high fat means that the liver converts any fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Over a period of three to six weeks, the body will make a transition to running on fat, rather

Explaining The Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet was developed in 1972, by Dr Robert Atkins. It was originally marketed as a low carbohydrate eating plan and was what started the modern craze for carb cutting.

The diet emphasised eating god quality proteins and fats, alongside a reduction in carbs. The carbs that were consumed had to come from high fibre options that would be satiating.

The diet has four phases, described thus: Induction Phase: In this first phase you must have no more than twenty grams of carbohydrate per day. This must always come from dark leafy greens. The rest of your food should be high fat and high protein. Balancing Phase: In this second phase you can start to introduce nuts, low carb vegetables and small portions of fruit. Fine-tuning Phase: The third phase allows you to introduce more carbs until your weight loss starts to slow down. Maintenance Phase: In the final, maintenance phase you are allowed to reintroduce high fibre carbohydrates in portions that will not make you regain weight.

What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Atkins Diet..?



What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Ketogenic Diet..?

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What’s the Best Low Carb Plan For Me?

Both Atkins and Keto have distinct advantages for anyone wanting to try a different way to lose weight. Both are long established plans with a proven track record for helping patients to shed pounds.

Whilst they both operate on a low-carb basis, they diverge down different roads with the Atkins offering a more transient way to cut carbs, followed by a gradual reintroduction of slow release, wholegrain carbohydrates and the Keto diet being the plan that will suit people who need a structure and rigid rules to keep them on the straight and narrow.

Both have distinct advantages for people who experience issues with their blood sugar, though if you are diabetic and wish to try either regime it’s important you speak to a medical professional before embarking on any plan like this.

The best overall advice for anyone thinking about either eating plan is to think about how much weight you would like to lose. The time frame you would like to aim to lose it in, and your overall health and any concerns you may have about your wellbeing. Speak to a Doctor before embarking on either plan, especially if you have any long term health conditions.