https://www.antlerfarms.com In part two, Thomas DeLauer discusses the Keto Diet, Paleo Diet, South Beach Diet, and the Atkins Diet. He gives you the honest pros and cons and breaks down what’s good and what’s bad.
South Beach diet created in 2003 by Doctor Arthur Agatston. So, he was a cardiologist and he really believed in doing what he called a modified low carb diet. So, I really do actually think the South Beach diet had perfect intentions. It was really solid. In fact, a lot of people had immense success on it. The main purpose of it was to restrict the unhealthy carbohydrates as much as possible and really train people to avoid the high-glycemic carbs. It focused on the indoctrination of healthy fats and the, I guess you could call it demonization of bad fats because they really were pretty hard on staying off the saturated fats as much as possible. So, it was almost like a Mediterranean sort of diet, but with a little bit more emphasis on lower carb.
Atkins was focused on restricting carbs. You see, the Atkins diet was all about get the carbs low, get the carbs low, but really focus on just eating whatever you need to as long as the carbs are low. If you’re sitting in a low carb state, you’re low on energy, you’re sluggish, you’re not getting all the way into Keto, so Atkins really should have done a little bit better job of focusing more on the Keto side of it because otherwise, you’re sitting in this gray area where again, you’re just having a little bit of carbohydrates, which is kicking you out of that ketogenic state.
Paleo is a lot like the Ketogenic diet with the exception of the fact that you could have carbohydrates as long as they’re close to the earth. Okay, so you can have starchy vegetables, you can have the fruit. You just can’t be having the grains and the processed grains. So, paleo is paleolithic. It’s all about living as close to the earth as possible similar to how a cave man would live. In fact, think of it just like that. If you were a cave man, what would you eat? From a general health standpoint, I think it’s really good. Where there is some confusion is where the macros should lie.
Keto is like Atkins, except done properly in the sense that you are really aggressively restricting carbohydrates and making a concerted effort to have fats in the diet so that you can produce ketones. The Ketogenic diet is not about the restriction of carbohydrates, it’s about the presence of the ketones.
The purpose of the ketogenic diet is actually to modulate inflammation and to get the body saturated in these amazing ketones, not to deprive yourself of carbohydrates. The pros of the Ketogenic diet are a modulation of inflammation, improved brain function, improved energy, improved stamina, improved heart rate, improved cardiovascular function, improved DNA transcription, so gene expression, things like that.
Okay the cons, are energy when you start out, your energy is going to be low. The cons are also going to be the Keto flu where you feel sluggish when you’re first starting out. The cons are going to be a loss of strength in the gym.
The point is, you have to do what works for you. So, out of these four, if I had to give my stamp of approval on them, I would probably lean towards Paleo and Keto.
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