Both the ketogenic diet and prehistoric eating are espoused by influencers and experts alike. But which formula is man’s
best trend for fat loss, and which is the diet to discard? Below, Men’s Health crunched the numbers on keto — “atkins on steroids” — and the paleo diet, another take on a low-carb, high-protein meal plan that are also rich in meat, fruits, and vegetables.
With both diets, there are some significant differences between them. If you’re scratching your head, here’s quick catch-up:
What is the Keto Diet?
Short for ‘the ketogenic diet’, keto requires fat to make up to 80 per cent of your total daily calories, with protein making up the remaining 10 to 15 per cent and five per cent from carbohydrates — that’s one slice of bread or an apple. High-fat proteins such as salmon, steak and pork are popular on keto, alongside avocados, nuts and cheese. With Keto, the goal is to force your body into ‘ketosis’, altering your energy source from carbohydrates to fat.
What Is the Paleo Diet?
Not unlike Keto, Paleo focuses on high-protein, low-carb foods that are rich with fibre. Meat, fruit and vegetables — foods eaten in the Paleolithic era — are popular, as are ‘hunter-gatherer’-type foods that boost satiety. However, carbohydrates are ‘allowed’ in greater quantities. As opposed to Keto, Paleo encourages the individual to make more natural food choices — pizzas weren’t available in Paleolithic times, after all — to encourage weight-loss.
So, how do they stack up? Here, we crunch the numbers.