As the prevalence of obesity and diabetes continue to rise, so does the public interest in weight-loss diets. Among the most popular are the ketogenic (or “keto”) diet and the Atkins diet.
Both diets are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, but they differ in one key respect: the keto diet requires a strict limit on carbs, while Atkins allows for a more moderate intake.
So, what’s the difference between these two popular diets? Let’s take a closer look.
The Keto Diet
The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fat for fuel.
When carb intake is severely restricted (usually to less than 50 grams per day), the body enters a state of ketosis. In this state, the body begins to burn fat for energy, instead of glucose.
This can lead to rapid weight loss, as well as a host of other potential health benefits, including improved blood sugar control and reduced inflammation.
The Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet is also a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. However, it is less restrictive than the keto diet and allows for a more moderate intake of carbs.
The Atkins diet is divided into four phases. In the first phase, carb intake is severely restricted (usually to less than 20 grams per day).
As the diet progresses, carb intake is gradually increased, until it reaches the “maintenance” phase, where it is typically around 100 grams per day.
So, what’s the bottom line?
Both the keto diet and the Atkins diet can help you lose weight and improve your health. However, the keto diet is more restrictive, and may not be sustainable for everyone.
If you’re considering either diet, it’s important to speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian to determine which one is right for you.