Everyday there seems to be a new diet or health trend popping up on the internet. Atkins and Paleo diet all have one similarity. All of these diets are designed to for weight loss by promoting fat burning.
The Atkins diet originated in 1972 and was the first high protein, low carbohydrate diet to become popular. It emphasises a diet high in animal protein and saturated fats and it was essentially the first ketogenic or fat burning diet.
Carbohydrate foods are practically eliminated from the diet in the initial phases with only 20 grams allowable in order for the body to start producing ketones for energy rather than relying on glucose from carbohydrates which if not burnt up, can promote fat storage.
Atkins devotees have reported lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and fat mass. However, it is very low in fibre and plant foods which may result in constipation, especially in the early stages. You may also experience headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and bad breath as the body adjusts to using ketones for energy as opposed to glucose.
The Paleo Diet or Caveman Diet is a more modern twist on the Atkins Diet. It also works on the principle of a diet consisting of protein and fat being preferable to a diet high in carbohydrates. Paleo eating is also higher in fibre as it incorporates more vegetables and salads. Just picture a meat and vegetable only diet. Grains are not recommended on this diet as it is virtually a gluten and diary free diet.
The Paleo Diet also emphasises whole foods as opposed to processed foods. It is based on the hunter gatherer principle of hunting the meat and gathering the veggies to compliment it. Hence the name ‘Caveman Diet’
Whist both diets promote weight loss, it’s important to assess your individual dietary needs as not all diets are good for everyone. If you have nutritional deficiencies that you’re not aware off or you are taking certain medications, you can do yourself more harm than good.
Who knows maybe you’re better off being a Vegetarian!
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