There have been growing debates on which of a low-carb diet or keto diet is best for you. Both these diets involve consuming less carbohydrates and their suitability depends on your goal. If you want to lose weight, then keto diet has been known to have better effects than the low-carb diet. The key differences between both these diets are as follows:
Ease of Following
Both the low-carb diet and keto diet provide best results when you stick to them in the long run. Due to the restrictive nature of these diets, it becomes difficult to adhere to it for long for most dieters. Keto diet is more restrictive than the general low-carb diet and is thus more difficult to follow. It generally requires a complete overhauling of your eating habits and practices. You should start slowly and gradually decrease your food intake. You can remove all unhealthy food items from your home and not consume it again. If things are not working out, you can consult your dietician to work out alternative strategies for adhering to low-carb or keto diet.
It is possible to lose weight under both a low-carb diet and keto diet. If you are on ketosis, then it is far more specific and measurable than a low-carb diet. Ketosis is considered to be a much better state to be in for weight loss. However, there is no empirical data or research to substantiate how much extra weight you can lose in ketosis compared to a generic low-carb diet.
Low-carb diets has been known to regulate and improve important health markers like triglycerides, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. It can also be helpful in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, fatty liver conditions, etc. Some studies suggest that keto diet can be more effective than generic low-carb diet in addressing health problems like diabetes, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and fatty liver. Keto diet is also known to be particularly helpful in addressing epilepsy in children.
When you are following a generic low-carb diet, then you cut down on the carbohydrates and replace it with fat and proteins. Consuming more proteins has a flipside in such a diet plan as the excess protein will be converted to glucose by a process known as gluconeogenesis. This takes away the positive effects of reducing your carbs intake. However, when you are in ketosis, the protein you consume will not be converted to glucose. This provides the ketogenic diet and edge over regular low-carb diet.