Low Carb Vs. Keto Diet Differences Explained

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People are talking about the low carb and the keto diet; even though they seem similar, there are some differences between both diets.

Both keto and low-carb are very similar diets, except keto will limit the carbohydrate intake you can have per day more than a low carb diet. In other words, on the low-carb diet, you can eat more carbohydrates than on a keto diet.

Low Carb Vs. Keto Diets Differences

The low carb and keto diets are both diets that will limit your carbohydrates. And even though they may seem similar, there are different regulations for the carbohydrates for low-carb and keto diets.

One of the main differences is the number of carbs you can eat in a day.

Here are some of the differences between low carb and keto diets:

Low Carb Diet – 100 to 150 grams of Carbohydrates per day.

Keto Diet – 20 to 50 grams of Carbohydrates per day

As you can see from the amounts of these carbohydrates, one of the main differences between low carb and keto diets is the amount of recommended carbohydrates that you can eat in a day. In other words, on a low-carb diet, you can usually have more carbohydrates than on the keto diet.

Both the low-carb and the keto diet also recommend that you eat protein and vegetables and some low-carb fruits and fats. They also recommend limiting your intake of carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, pasta, and bread.

Here is why you need to limit your intake of these foods on both of these diets:

300 grams of White Rice is 84 grams of Carbohydrates

300 grams of brown rice is 68 grams of Carbohydrates

300 grams of Potatoes is 51 grams of Carbohydrates

300 grams of Sweet Potatoes is 60 grams of Carbohydrates

300 grams of cooked pasta is 75 grams of Carbohydrates

300 grams of bread is 147 grams of Carbohydrates

From the list above, bread is very high in carbohydrates, as is white rice and cooked pasta. Brown rice and potatoes have more reasonable carbohydrate amounts but are still high in carbohydrates.

On some low-carb diets, such as the plan by Dr. David Ludwig of Always Hungry, he allows things like sweet potatoes or brown rice on a diet.

Even though a potato has fewer carbs than a sweet potato, most people say that your body can handle the sweet potato better for weight loss than the potato. In other words, a diet of McDonald’s french fries is still not allowed on a Low Carb Diet.

Both a low-carb and keto diet limit your carbohydrates because the keto diet is more strict, and your carbohydrates should be limited.

Not Everyone’s Body Is The Same

As I’ve mentioned in this blog many times, I am not a medical professional. But I am someone who has gone on a lot of diets. I believe I have tried almost every diet that there is.

One of the things I have learned is that not everyone’s body is the same. We all know that person who can eat a ton of bread and pasta and never gain an ounce. I remember a lady who used to eat two croissants every day for breakfast and was very skinny.

It could be she was lucky that she had a body that could handle that kind of eating, or maybe instead, she did not eat much of anything else but the croissants. It is tough to know, but I know that not everyone’s body is the same.

Some people can lose weight just fine on a low-carb diet. For other people, the number of carbohydrates on a low-carb diet may be too many carbohydrates for them and their bodies. That is why a diet can be so individual, and the best thing you can do is find out what works best for you.

Keto And Low Carb And Food Choices

Even though keto and low carb give you different amounts of carbohydrates that you can eat, the diet’s success does depend upon your food choices. You could eat your carbs and food by only eating candy, and you will not lose weight.

So to be successful on either one of these diets, you still need to be wise in your food choices and, in particular, your food choices.

My 85% Rule In Eating Well

I am on a keto diet. But I also have a rule which I call my 85% rule. In other words, I try to eat very strict keto at least 85% of the time, along with intermediate fasting in the morning. Instead, I do not eat breakfast and skip breakfast and eat lunch and dinner.

Eating this way needs to be a lifestyle. It cannot just be something you do for a short time and then back to your old habits and old way of life. To be successful on a keto and low-carb diet, you need to make it a lifestyle choice.

But being a lifestyle choice, I also understand that it’s not always easy to stick to a diet. Sometimes we want to go out with friends and have a slice of pizza. Other times, we may feel like we want to have a bit of gelato from your favorite Italian ice cream place.

My rule is that I am good on my diet at least 85% of the time, and if I go off of the diet, I only do it for 15% of the time. I don’t allow myself to go off the diet for a long time; instead, if I have a meal that is not on a diet, I get right back on the keto lifestyle

This works for me, and I believe it would also work for most people. Make it become a lifestyle choice where most of the time, you are eating keto or low carb and allowing yourself every once in a while to enjoy some of the foods you may miss on this diet.

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