Why Keto & Paleo Together
I get asked Why Keto & Paleo Together often. Yes, they do and should work together. There are a few ways this can work for those of us following a ketogenic lifestyle for the long term goal of overall living a life that is as healthy as possible.
Of course there are differences and we will get into those in just a moment but first,
What are some of the Similarities;
Both are No-grain, No legumes, No refined sugar
Both Emphasis eating healthy fats (avocados, nuts, seeds, animal fats to some degree, coconut oil)
Both Encourage eating high quality animal fats (grass-fed, grass-finished beef, free-range chickens and heritage-breed pork (if you eat pork)
Both Encourage eating plenty of fresh, non-starchy vegetables and leafy greens
Both offer possible health benefits including weight-loss ( I say “possible” because everyone is different in how they commit to the lifestyles.)
What are the Key Differences
Because the Paleo diet does not place on emphasis on carb consumption, if Paleo is your long term lifestyle of choice, you will probably continue burning glucose as energy losing weight slower that a ketogenic lifestyle where you intentionally restrict carbs to a low enough percent (around 5% so that you enter ketosis, burning fat for energy.
While the Paleo diet restricts grains, legumes and refined sugar, there is no real limit to the amount of carbs you can eat when it comes to fruit like melons and tree fruits as well as starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash.
Paleo allows the use of more natural sweeteners such as raw honey and pure maple syrup.
While both keto and paleo encourage eating healthy fats, a person following Paleo can consume as much as 55 to 60 percent of their diet with carbs from fruits and starchy vegetables and only 10 to 15 percent from fats and they will still be following a Paleo lifestyle.
The keto diet does not restrict dairy. While it does suggest you monitor closely how much you use, the choice is yours as long as it all fits within the carb restrictions you are following.
The keto Diet does measure the amount of Fat, Protein and Carb percent we consume, it is required so that we enter ketosis. The Standard Keto diet is usually around 75% good fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. These numbers can be adjusted slightly according to your goals and the recommendations of your health care professional. You do not need to follow these macronutrient percents on the Paleo diet.
The keto diet requires testing for ketosis (especially when first starting the keto lifestyle) whereas there is no testing needed on the Paleo diet.
If you follow a Paleo diet but with restrictions on the carbs you are eating you can essentially be following both diets at the same time.
The recipes I post on this blog are aimed at the the Ketogenic diet but most of them can be enjoyed on a Paleo diet with just a small adjustment such as leaving off the cheese or other dairy in the recipe.
While some people will split their year by following keto for six months and paleo for six months, switching every 6 months it is easier to regain some of the weight loss during the paleo period. Others choose to follow keto for five months, Paleo for a month and then back to keto.
My choice, and the one I follow is 12 days keto, 2 days paleo with a limit on carbs to about 10-15 percent on the paleo days. This works for me because while I am committed to the ketogenic lifestyle, my wife follows more of a paleo lifestyle. This allows me to enjoy some of the restricted foods such as those sweet potatoes and squash as well as black bean salads etc. a couple of times a month.
On this website Keto & Paleo fit together and we try to be as gluten-free as possible so the recipes can be shared with friends that follow one or the other lifestyle.
Today’s Parting Thought: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”…..Hippocrates.
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