Keto vs Atkins, what’s the difference and what is better? A question that is often asked!
To put it simply:
- Keto: High amounts of quality fats, medium amount of protein, very low carbs. (75% fats, 20% protein, 5% carbs, otherwise known as your macro’s).
- Atkins (low carb): High amount of protein and fats, low carbs. (50% fats, 30% protein, 20% carbs).
The goal of the keto way of eating is to induce (and stay in!) ketosis. To do that, you need to not consume any more than about 25/30 grams of carbs a day and keep your fat to protein ration at about 4 to 1. With Atkins, the body is getting too much protein which are then converted into carbs (a process called gluconeogenesis) – thus kicking people out of ketosis. The Atkins diet was also not too picky when it came to the type of fats used, whereas with a ketogenic diet quality fats are emphasised (avocados, coconut oil, grass fed butter and cream, etc).
One of the reasons we started Ultim was to make it very easy to hit your macros without too much effort. At the end of the day, how you chose to do this is up to you, and what you are both comfortable with and what you are trying to achieve. I personally Will move between the two states (low carb and ketogenic) often, depending on what is going on in my life.
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