If you’re part of the Paleo world long enough, it’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing terms like ketosis, ketones, and ketogenic being tossed around. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find out these terms frequently revolve around diets that are very high in fat and low in carbohydrates. A concept that has been part of the mainstream conscious since Dr Atkin’s New Diet Revolution gained mass popularity around the turn of the Century.
But the Atkins diet is just one form of low-carbohydrate diet. When a diet drops below 100g of carbohydrates per day and particularly below 50g per day, the body starts producing ketones1. Hence these diets are often referred to as ketogenic diets.
It’s not uncommon for people to confuse the Paleo diet with a ketogenic diet, believing they are the same thing. The short answer is they are not.
That’s not the important question however, The questions that we need to ask are whether the two diets are compatible, and more importantly, does the Paleo world want to be associated with the ketogenic approach at all?
In this series on ketogenic diets, our writers delve into exactly what a ketogenic diet is, if it’s healthy and whether it’s possible to make a Paleo diet “ketogenic” in nature. We’ll also address some emerging research on the potential health benefits of a ketogenic diet for both longevity and cancer treatment.
If you’ve been considering significantly reducing your carb intake or seeing how you respond to being in a ketogenic state, this is not a series you want to miss. We hope you enjoy!
Check back throughout the week for our frequent updates on this style of low-carbohydrate diets. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:
Part One: The Ketogenic Diet. Is it Paleo?
By Christopher J Clark
There’s a lot of misconceptions about ketogenic diets and the media often doesn’t help people to understand the truth about what it is and isn’t. In the first part of our series, one of our top science writers, Christopher J. Clark delves into the physiology of the ketogenic diet giving a full primer on what it is, why it has the effects it does on our bodies, and whether it’s something you want to consider.
How to Achieve Ketogenic Gains with a Paleo Diet
By Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS
Decided you want to dive in and give a ketogenic approach a try? Well, it’s not as simple as cutting back on your carbohydrates. Dr Bubbs shares his tips on how to transition. More importantly, he explains how to put your body into a ketogenic state in a way that’s healthy and still true to your Paleo lifestyle.
Does a Ketogenic Diet Extend Life Span?
By Casey Thalor
Extending longevity and helping to treat cancer are some of the most recent and exciting claims from the ketogenic diet community and novel new research is exploring these claims. Writer Casey Thalor delves into the theory that periodic ketosis can extend your life and whether the science backs these claims. Want to live a little longer? Then this may not be one to miss.
References Westman EC, et al. (2007). Low-carbohydrate nutrition and metabolism. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 86. Retrieved from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/2/276.full