There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the “keto diet,” so named because it puts your body in a state of ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body uses fat and ketones rather than glucose (sugar) as its main fuel source.
The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.
Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar). The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain.
The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose… or ketones.
On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat, burning fat 24-7. When insulin levels become very low, fat burning can increase dramatically. It becomes easier to access your fat stores to burn them off.
This is great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy. This may help keep you alert and focused.
When the body produces ketones, it enters a metabolic state called ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting – not eating anything – but nobody can fast forever.
A keto diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast.
The ideal protein diet has also been trending as the the leading medically supervised “ketogenic” weight management program for over 25 years, and both diets have their own success stories. As anyone who’s embarked on a weight-loss program can tell you, the most successful diet is the one that works for you and one that you can come back to when you need to restart- because it works it you follow it.
So how can you determine whether you should try keto vs. ideal protein?
How Keto and Ideal Protein Diets Work
First, the basics. “Keto” is short for ketogenic, which stems from ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic state that your body enters into when it is burning fatty acids, which release ketones. The idea behind a keto diet is that your body does not have any carbohydrates available to use for energy, which causes it to burn the fat stored in your body. When carbohydrates are available to burn, your body uses them before resorting to fat to burn. Burning carbohydrates is called glycolysis (burning of glucose) while burning fat is called ketosis.
The Ideal Protein Diet was developed 25 years ago in France by Dr. Tran Tien, a doctor who spent his career studying the treatment of obesity and obesity-related issues. It is a medically designed protocol that protects muscle mass while still promoting fat loss. He noticed that “the cause of most weight issues in a modern society is insulin dysfunction… a diet grossly disproportionate in its share of saturated fats and sugars, such as in breads, cereals, muffins, cakes, pastries, pasta, pizza, rice, corn – very much like the North American diet – causes the pancreas to produce an overabundance of insulin, which stays in the system and puts the blood sugar level in a negative balance.”
The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a four-phase protocol that burns fat, maintains muscle and lean tissue, and stabilizes the pancreas and blood sugar levels. It does this by providing the body with foods that have a high protein value. These foods have eight essential amino acids and are 97% absorbable to the body. They are referred to as “biologically-complete” proteins. The diet is complemented with nutrient supplements as well.
The Key Differences
While both diets fall under the “low carb” umbrella, there are a few differences between keto and ideal protein diets. One major differentiator is the amount of fat you can consume. Keto diets are high fat, with a moderate amount of protein, and very few carbohydrates. The ideal protein diet consists of low fat, low carb foods, and a protein intake optimized to each individual, based on an assessment with a specialist.
There’s another important difference between the two diets.
While many “self-direct” themselves through a keto diet, the ideal protein diet has the added accountability that comes from working with a professional.
Most ideal protein meals contain approximately 20 grams of protein and come in under 200 calories per serving. This is vastly different than a high-calorie, high-fat keto meal. Ideal protein meals are specially prepared and obtained through authorized clinics, with dieters working 1:1 with nutritional and IP certified specialists. Ideal protein diet meals can only be purchased through authorized clinics or centers.
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