Keto VS Low Carb – What’s the Difference

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Hey, it’s Sarah, your weight loss and wellness coach, and today I wanted to talk about the difference between a low carb diet and a ketogenic diet. Lots of times I get questions that say, well, isn’t ketogenic just like Atkins, and it’s not. Atkins is another low carb diet.

 

Low carb is generally termed as in 50 to 150 grams of carbs in a day, which really isn’t all that low carb, although in the standard American diet, they’re recommending that people have what, 40 to 50, 60, even up to 65% of their diet from carbs. When you drop it down to 150 grams of carbs in a day, that’s not the standard American diet, but it is still a lot for those of us that are carb sensitive. We need to really bring our carbs down and make sure that we’re keeping our insulin levels down through diet.

Low carb is 50 to 150. Atkins is a low carb, but is also is a high protein diet, whereas ketogenic is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet. The protein is the difference between the Atkins and the ketogenic diet. On a ketogenic diet, we realize that protein can also be converted … the body will convert excess protein into glucose and store that, and so we know that we’ve got to really watch protein, as well as our carbs, to make sure that we aren’t getting too much and that that’s not triggering our insulin and our blood sugars to spike with protein. Ketogenic diet, we’re really about focusing on our insulin levels and our blood sugar and keeping that under control so that we’re not storing fat, that we’re also not harming our blood vessels with too much protein and insulin in the system and becoming insulin-resistant.

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When you have too much insulin in the body, you become insulin-resistant. We want insulin to easily enter our cells and get out of our blood stream and do what it needs to do in our body in small amounts, but we want to keep that under control is what we’re really trying to do with the ketogenic diet.

Hopefully that helps you. You want to, if you’re doing a ketogenic diet, typically you stay under 50 grams of carbs. Most people say under 25, under 30 really, 20 to 30 grams of carbs in a day, and really keep their carbs very low. And those carbs that they do eat come from vegetables. Vegetables have carbs, so you want to make sure that you’re saving your carbs for veggies.

All right, hope that clears up the whole low carb versus Atkins versus ketogenic diet issues, and if you have any questions, please be sure and ask. Have a great day.

 

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