Recently I started a ketogenic diet because of my research. Most of what I talked about during the week was a ketogenic diet, especially things I couldn’t eat. In the meantime, my family and friends were asking me a lot of questions about the ketogenic diet, but it was a question that I was more involved with myself: Is there a difference between a ketogenic diet and Atkins?
Even though I knew the two programs were basically low carbohydrates, I didn’t know exactly what the inputs and outputs that made the two programs differ were?
So I felt I had to do some research – mostly because I wanted to give the right answer to others. I was also curious to see the difference. I’ll tell you what I got.
These two are not really one thing
Although both diets put the body in ketosis conditions. Protein deficiency causes the body to switch to ketosis. During this process, the body burns fat to provide energy instead of carbohydrates. But the two are not exactly a diet with different names. The ketogenic diet program was invented in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder as a non-pharmacological solution to epilepsy. The Atkins Diet Plan was later developed in 1960 by Dr. Robert Coleman Atkins. The main purpose of Atkins was to develop a program that would limit carbohydrate intake to provide a quick way to burn fat.
Fat burning is the goal of this game
For both diet programs, the pillar of success is focused on reducing carbohydrates (glycogen). So that the body burns fats as a source of energy instead of carbohydrates. However, there are differences in the protocols that these two nutrition programs follow to achieve this process. Atkins focuses on a particular preparatory phase and severely restricts carbohydrates (usually below 15 to 30 grams per day). So that the body has to go into ketosis. At first, it looks like a ketogenic diet. However, after the preliminary phase is completed, the Atkins diet changes. Then it goes into constant weight loss mode, then the prevention phase and finally the final stabilization phase. All of these steps require different nutrients. But the ketogenic program follows a state from beginning to end.
Protein makes the differences
The main difference between the two diet plans is their food decomposition and guidance. In the Atkins diet, you can get most of your calories from protein while in a ketogenic program you get a balanced amount of protein and most of your daily calories are fat. Both diets follow very restrictive protocols, but the Atkins diet is more flexible about food groups. That’s why it’s easier for many people to follow. On the other hand, the food received in a ketogenic diet is more accurately measured and is, therefore, more suitable for weight consolidation.