When it comes to sustaining health and preventing inflamation, oxidation and glycation – as well as burning fat effectively and maintaining a weight loss – a few diets have gained popularity. The top two are the Ketogenic Diet and the Paleolithic Diet.
The Ketogenic or Keto Diet is targeted primarily at rapid weight lossw. However, it can also improve medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The main goal of the diet is to help the body enter a metabolic state called Ketosis. This is when your body – instead of burning sugar, its preferred fuel source – burns fatty acids. This produces Ketones, giving the diet its name. To do this, carbohydrates are heavily restricted from the diet, while fat intake is increased. The body has no choice but to burn fat for fuel, so weight loss occurs.
The Paleolithic or Paleo Diet is based on the principle of eliminating foods such as grains, legumes, most forms of diary, processed foods and refined sugar from the diet. These foods are hard for the body to break down, and can affect gut health. The diet is therapeutic for gut health, autoimmune conditions, blood sugar balance, and can aid weight loss.
What’s the difference? Both diets are aimed at better health because they counter inflammation, aid in digestive wellness and can be used to lose and maintain an ideal weight. The Ketos Diet is more rigorous because it limits carbohydrates to no more than 5% of your diet. The Standard Keto Diet ratio is 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. The diet also requires you to test yourself ketosis. The Paleo Diet does not intentionally restrict carbohydrates to a low percentage, and is more of a long-term lifestyle choice that can improve health and aid in weight. Depending on the amount of carbohydrates you eat on the Paleo diet (in the form of starchy vegetables, fruit and natural sugars), weight loss can vary. Essentially, it’s a matter of ratios. These diets are similar in these ways:
- No grains, legumes, refined sugar
- A focus on healthy fats from nuts, seeds, animal fats and coconut oil
- An emphasis on quality grass-fed/organic animal protein
- Freedom to eat non-starchy vegetables and leafy greens
Food for Health by Xndo is helpful in aiding these diets. Xndo’s meal nutrition line is protein dominant, high in good fat and fibre and is no-carbohydrate/low-carbohydrate (NCLC) – all in line with the macronutrient principles of both the Keto and Paleo diets. Xndo Rice and Noodles are particularly keto- and paleo-friendly and can be readily incorporated into these meal plans because they are very low in carbohydrates, support gut health and are helpful in preventing inflammation.