Which is Best: The Paleo Diet or Keto?

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If you’re considering a change in your diet, you may be wondering which is best: the Paleo diet or the Keto diet? Both of these diets have become popular in recent years and can be effective for weight loss and health improvement. In this article, I’ll explore the differences between the two diets, as well as some potential benefits and drawbacks of each.

The Paleo Diet

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The Paleo diet is based on eating like our ancestors did 10,000 years ago – before processed food or farming existed. The idea is to avoid processed foods and focus on whole, unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs and lean meats. Foods like grains, legumes, dairy products and refined sugars are not allowed in a strict Paleo diet.

The Keto Diet (Lifestyle?)

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The Keto diet is different from Paleo in that it focuses on reducing carbs to get into a state of ketosis. When your body doesn’t have enough carbs for energy it starts breaking down stored fat for energy instead. This process produces ketones which can provide an alternative source of fuel to your cells. The goal of the Keto diet is to keep your carb intake low enough so that your body enters into this state of ketosis where it burns fat for fuel rather than carbs.

The Key Differences

So what are the differences between these two diets? One key difference is that the Keto diet allows dairy products while the Paleo does not; however both diets restrict processed foods such as white breads and pastas. Another difference is that while both diets emphasize healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado for cooking purposes, only the Keto diet encourages high-fat sources such as butter and cream cheese due to its reliance on entering a state of ketosis through limiting carbohydrates..

When it comes to weight loss results from either of these two diets there isn’t much evidence to suggest one is better than the other; however there are some potential benefits associated with each approach:

The Paleo Diet has been linked with improved heart health by reducing inflammation associated with chronic diseases like diabetes and metabolic syndrome which can lead to significant weight loss over time. Additionally because it eliminates most processed foods from one’s diet it helps reduce sugar cravings which can help people eat fewer calories overall leading to further weight loss benefits over time.

The Keto Diet has also been linked with reduced inflammation associated with chronic disease but additionally due its lower carbohydrate content it can lead to more rapid initial weight loss when transitioning into this way of eating compared to other approaches like paleo or veganism (which tend to emphasize higher levels of carbohydrates). Additionally because many people find higher fat intake more satiating they may find themselves feeling fuller longer after meals thus reducing overall calorie consumption over time leading again towards long term weight loss results if this method works well for them personally.

Finally when considering whether or not either approach will yield any long term success it’s important to understand that ultimately any type of dietary change must fit within an individual’s lifestyle otherwise they may find themselves struggling to keep your motivation over time or reverting back old habits once their enthusiasm wears of. So ultimately neither approach is intrinsically better than another since everyone’s needs are different; however by understanding what each requires from an individual then someone could make an educated decision about whether either would work best for them given their own unique circumstances.


In conclusion, when looking at whether or not The Paleo Diet or Keto Diet could be right for you, it really depends upon your lifestyle and personal preference in terms of what type of food that you want to eat regularly over the long term as well as the level of effort that you are willing to put towards achieving goals related to your health and weight loss objectives. Ultimately, neither of these solutions is inherently better than another, however, by understanding the key differences between each approach, you can consider which may work best for you in order to reach your personal targets! For me, because I want to manage insulin levels and inflammation, plus I have weight loss goals, I decided on the keto lifestyle.

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