I been a lacto-paleo for about 5 months and I am loving it. I have lost about 25lbs and a lot of people are asking me how I did. However, when ever I explain the diet, but always say "Oh, it's like Atkins". So, what's the difference between Atkins and the Paleo diet?
You can be paleo AND Atkins, but you can be paleo and not be atkins. Paleo only includes whole Stone Age foods: meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables. It can be high or low carb. Atkins can include processed grains and sugars as long as they are low-carb, as low-carb is the priority.
I made a diet comparison guide to help explain the difference between low-carb diets, gluten-free diets, primal diets and paleo diets. Of course, you cannot always precisely label a way of eating with such broad terms, but it helps to better understand the nuances. You can find the page here and the free PDF download here.
that diagram is not accurate at all. Atkins does not promote low-carb processed foods. Atkins recommends you rid of ALL processed foods. Atkins promotes all natural food choices. The Atkins website and company are not following the diet of Dr. Robert Atkins. After his death- they introduced all sorts of crappy processed "frankenfoods" that they claim you can have on the diet.
However, if you read the book by Dr. Atkins- he did not promote these products and he wouldn't support the direction that the company has gone.
This question does pop up a lot. Melissa - nice diagram. I would only add to the Primal Blueprint side that as Mark puts it, it's about moderating insulin response. In that regard, being leery of sugar as well as sweeteners seems to fall in the Paleo and Primal circles.
One noticeable difference is that Atkins touted "eat all you want" and Primal notes to lose weight utilize Int. Fasting or coming up with a program to estimate calories is a good way to to proceed.
Learned to not be a fan of any diet that said "eat all you want." I could live on cheese, and did during the Atkins days and felt like hell.
Great diagram! I have been looking at all of these dietary methods and this diagram really helped me pull it all together. I am allergic to tree nuts so found pure paleo hard to follow. I added peanuts and PB, but read about peanut mold so cut peanuts and PB out I cut out grains and alcohol (I eat desserts when I drink - lose inhibition) am sleeping better, and my crossfit workouts are easier. Well, not easier, but at least I don't feel like I have to make an appt with a cardiologist after I finish anymore. I eat a cup of greek yogurt everyday and have been making Whey protein powder shakes. I also eat prunes everyday. Seems like it's working for me. Then I discovered PaNu and thought I'd try some heavy cream in my coffee. Love it.! The problem is my lipid panel does not look so good and I am really worried about how my high fat, low carb diet is going to further increase my total and LDL levels. My c-reactive protein level is normal and the overall profile says I am low risk. Normal TSH too. I am 52, 5ft 8in and 128 pounds. I am very active and have plenty of energy. I am post menopausal. Had a couple of tough years with night sweats, serious stress with kids leaving for college, going back to grad school. My life is balancing out now so am trying to tweak my diet to improve my cardiovascular risk. My plan is to keep eating meat, veggies, some fruit, a little dairy and some whey protein powder and get labs drawn in a month. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding what I am eating and if a month is long enough trial to have my blood drawn?
@caland2005: plus, it is a bit ridiculous to focus solely on carbohydrates via the intake in grams; much more useful is the glycemic load [so that a bit of carrots is not the end of the world :D], especially also since the carb intake depends on your physical activity [people do not seem to understand a diet is parallel to our activity]. Bodybuilders, runners and so on need sugars and it is not because you eat pasta on one dinner, you'll die overnight.
Also, it is obvious everybody should stay away from processed microwaveable food; just their quantity of salt makes them inedible :o
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