THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIMAL & KETO
|PRIMAL DIET||KETOGENIC DIET|
|Carb Restriction||75-150 grams||20-30 grams|
The Primal Diet (based on Mark Sisson Primal Blueprint) is an anti-inflammitory whole foods nutrient dense diet. It’s comprised of fruits, veggies, eggs, local fish, local seafood, and organic chicken. The daily carb allowance ranges between 75 – 150 grams (which comes directly from whole foods).
In practice, Primal is a lower-carb way of eating compared to a standard modern diet because you won’t be consuming bread, pasta, tortillas, cereal, bakery items, most packaged snack foods (chips, pretzels, crackers), and the like, all of which provide loads of carbs in the average person’s daily diet. Simply by eating according to the Primal food pyramid, most people find that they naturally end up in the range of 75–150 grams of carbs per day, give or take. This is also the zone in which many people are able to easily and comfortably manage appetite and body composition. The Primal diet does not specifically limit whole food carb intake.
The Ketogenic Diet a Primal diet in which carbohydrate intake is restricted. We offer a healthy version of the Ketogenic Diet which is composed of whole foods, local eggs, local fish and seafood, and organic chicken. You will be consuming between 20-30 grams of carbs per day which will allow to achieve a state of what we call nutritional ketosis (to distinguish it from starvation ketosis or rare cases of acute ketosis arising from medical issues).
A ketogenic diet is any diet in which the liver makes ketones, hence the name. Without getting too deep into the science of human metabolism, the liver makes ketones via a processes called ketogenesis, when insulin and the insulin:glucagon ratio is low for an extended period, and glycogen (the storage form of glucose) stores in the liver become depleted. This can occur when you purposefully restrict carbohydrate intake, when you fast, or during periods of starvation.
Ketogenesis is an evolved response that would have kept our ancestors alive and thriving during periods of low carbohydrate availability such as during the middle of winter in higher latitudes, or during periods of food shortage. Ketones can be metabolized by most cells in place of glucose. Of critical importance, the brain, which generally relies heavily on glucose for energy, can run very efficiently off ketones.
There are many reasons why someone might want to try a keto diet. Everyday people are using keto to lose body fat, regulate appetite and hunger, and possibly improve longevity. Athletes are looking to keto as a way to improve body composition and augment performance. A tremendous amount of research is currently underway, examining how a ketogenic diet might be used in the treatment of metabolic syndrome and obesity, diabetes, neurological diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia, cancer, mental health disorders, autoimmune conditions, and more.