I get asked all the time… “What is Keto/Whole 30/Paleo? My friends aunt/son/brother lost so much weight.” The next comment is them asking what my thoughts are.
What you eat makes all the difference in how you look and feel. If you modify your diet and make positive changes, you will see results. There is no magic pill.
Whatever you choose you must commit to it for 6+ weeks and give it an opportunity to work. When I say commit, you need to follow the plan 80-90% through.
Now to answer the question, what do I think of the Keto diet vs. Whole 30 vs Paleo.
What is Keto? It eliminates carbs (much like the Atkins diet of the 90s) but also encourages high fats. The foods it promotes are healthy, non-processed foods. So if you need something to get you started and this is it. Go for it. However, I don’t think it’s something that is sustainable… or rather I wouldn’t want to sustain it forever.
What is Whole 30? Eat real food for 30 days. Eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains, beans, dairy, processed foods, baked goods, junk food. No cheating allowed.
What is Paleo? Much like Whole 30, this diet promotes eating real food and eliminating foods that are most commonly known to cause gut or sensitivity issues. In simplistic terms, you should eat foods that humans ate when they first roamed the planet millions of years ago. Some differences from Whole 30 is that this is a long term lifestyle change where Whole30 is meant to be done in a 30 day period to reset your system. Because it’s meant to be how you eat indefinitely, you can cheat, but you should also workout.
I am a believer in balance.
In our home, we make sure we are eating 3 small meals a day plus 2-3 snacks. We focus on whole food. We allow cheats, but we we do our best to incorporate protien, fat, and carbs into our diet. It’s our version of Paleo.
For example, alcohol is allowed. Dairy is okay with my system, but the hubs and one of our littles can’t handle it. So their burgers come without cheese, but we order guacamole instead of queso at restaurants now. 🙂 We live in Texas so beans remain in our diet. We attend birthday parties, potlucks, and go out to restaurants and on occasion splurge. When our diets get too far out of line, we’re trying to nurse an injury, or our pants feel a wee bit tight, we reset.
Whatever you choose, know that you have to make changes to see results. Need help? Give us a call. We can help you get on track and start your journey.