Keto vs. Paleo

The paleo diet isn’t new. It’s been around for a long time. I’ve personally been following the paleo diet since 2010, and I also personally really love the paleo diet because I think it’s a great one to follow.

That being said, I also really love keto because it is really successful in helping people who don’t get great results with paleo - especially in terms of weight loss and metabolism.

You may be wanting to know which diet to choose - which one will help you to lose weight or be healthier or has the better food (the real question, amirite??)

Here’s the thing: I want you to stop comparing the two together.


The paleo diet and the keto diet actually aren’t diametrically opposed diets. They’re not mutually exclusive In fact, I would consider keto to actually be a subset of the paleo diet.

Yes! If you’re eating a keto diet, you’re probably eating a paleo diet.

You see, paleo is all about food quality. We’re talking about grass fed beef, wild-caught salmon, high quality fats like coconut oil and grass fed butter, plenty of vegetables and sweet potatoes and herbs and all sorts of really healthy foods. While there is some discussion of carbohydrates and ketogenesis, it’s not quite the focus compared to the keto diet.

The keto diet then is all about food quantity - specifically the macronutrient proportions. 70% fat, 25% protein, 5% carbohydrates that can technically be of any foods that you like. Of course as you know I am very much in favor of having high food quality when on keto with things like grass fed butter, coconut oil, pastured eggs - which oh wait, sounds exactly like what you would eat on the paleo diet!

Paleo and keto are both low carb diets, with both eschewing large quantities of grains and starches. The main difference that I know of is that the carbohydrate quantity allowed on paleo is generally higher or at least not as restricted compared to keto.

One thing I think of too is that the paleo diet is more about lifestyle and an approach to food than anything else. Paleo is very all-encompassing - it ranges all the way from pastured pork to fermented kimchi to collagen powder to resistance starch - and is meant to be a lifelong approach to staying healthy through the correct food.

Keto is usually what I recommend as a tool - a way to kind of quickly achieve certain goals, get your body reset, and then be able to focus more on long-term goals. I really like being able to transition people over to paleo because it maintains the same food quality while just changing the macronutrient proportions to customize the person’s lifestyle and make it sustainable.

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