Article Response: Ketogenic Diet vs. Atkins Diet

A popular focus in the “diet world” this past year has been the ketogenic diet. With similar diets being in the spot light in years past such as the paleo and Atkins diets, it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other.

The premise of the ketogenic diet is that restricting carbohydrate to extremely low levels (less than 20 grams in some cases), will induce a process called ketosis, where the body begins to break down fat to be used as energy rather than glucose, our body’s preferred fuel source. While similar in nature to the Atkins diet (which begins at a similar carbohydrate level), the ketogenic diet allows the individual to increase their carbohydrate threshold as the diet progresses through its next stages. It is important to be aware that where calories are coming from with each diet can vary quite substantially.

Ultimately, each person’s body and ability to adhere to differing levels of restriction looks different. What is the same with these diets is just that – they are both diets which can often limit quality of life, enjoyment of food and be difficult to follow for the long term.

By Barbara Winzeler – Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian

This article was in response to the post, Can Someone Please Tell Me the Difference Between Keto and Atkins? We at Revive Wellness give our followers reliable, evidence-based advice on hot topics and trending articles online.


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