Many people who are interested in doing a Whole30 or trying a keto diet and have done their research on both the Whole30 and Keto siets might find themselves asking this question – What is the difference between the Whole30 and Keto diets?
First, let’s talk about the Whole30. The most important thing you need to know about Whole30 is that IT IS NOT A DIET! The Whole30 is a lifestyle. Whole30 is a 30-day program that eliminates certain food groups in order to reset your body and improve your overall health. Those who are following the Whole30 have eliminated grains, legumes, dairy, soy, added sugars, and processed foods for 30 days. The focus on Whole30 is on eating whole, unprocessed foods such as meats, vegetables, and fruits.
Second, Whole30 is about eating three solid meals per day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Can you snack on Whole30 approved food? Sure, you can, but it is not the ideal recommended plan. The idea is to fill your plate at breakfast, lunch, and dinner with healthy, whole foods and aim to have a protein, veggie, healthy fat, and fruit at every meal.
Third, Whole30 does not focus on weight loss. Will you lose weight on Whole30? That depends on you, but many people do. However, it’s not about the number on the scale. It’s about the way you feel, the way your jeans fit, and most importantly how you mood and energy levels are. This is what’s most important on the Whole30.
Now let’s talk about keto. Keto (also known as the ketogenic diet) is a diet that focuses on restricting your carbs and consuming a high amount of fat. By applying this low-carb, high-fat principle, the body enters a fat burning state called ketosis. When a body is in the state of ketosis, it burns fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. The keto diet is typically high in fat, moderate in protein, and very low in carbohydrates. A typical breakdown of macronutrients on the keto diet is 70-75% fat, 20-25% protein, and 5-10% carbs.
The types of foods that are commonly consumed on the keto diet include avocado, eggs, meats, seafood, and non-starchy vegetables.
The keto diet is known to lead to weight loss, but it can also be hard for people to stick to long term. It can also cause nutrient deficiencies if not done correctly.
Overall, the main difference between the Whole30 and keto diets is that Whole30 is a lifestyle change that is focused on eating whole foods and removing processed food, sugar, and obsessions with weight loss and the scale. The keto diet focuses on eating foods that are low in carbs and high in fats to put the body in a state of ketosis to burn fat for fuel.
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