Keto Diet vs Paleo Diet – Which Is Better?



Keto Diet vs Paleo Diet (Which Diet is Healthiest & Best For Weight Loss?) Debating on which diet to go on: Paleolithic (Paleo) or the keto diet? Here we break down the differences in foods and reasons to be on one or the other. Both diets focus on high-quality, nutrient-rich foods and eliminate grains, dairy and legumes, but which diet is best for your health, blood sugar issues, insulin resistance, and or weight loss?

The Paleolithic diet is eating similar to our ancestors by eating things that can be hunted or gathered. Keto is when your body burns fat as a way of energy, a state of ketosis where the body produces ketones. Both keto and paleo focus on whole foods, avoid grains, avoid dairy, and avoid legumes.

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  1. Love this video ❤️❤️ that takes a bigger view of health than just focusing entirely on the diet alone as sleep, stress control, water, supplements, exercise, etc have an impact. Great job again, Doctor!!

  2. Love this video ❤️❤️ that takes a bigger view of health than just focusing entirely on the diet alone as sleep, stress control, water, supplements, exercise, etc have an impact. Great job again, Doctor!!

  3. Science says life first formed on earth 3.6 billion years ago
    You say our DNA has not changed much in 2 million years.
    That would mean all life forms on earth would have to be formed within 1800 of those insignificant 2 million year time spans
    Unbelievable
    Creation is easier to believe than this science

  4. How did our extremely intelligent physiology evolve from random evolutionary development yet the variation in DNA not be significant. It seems to deny statistical odds for it to occur within the life of earth to date

  5. heard something crazy on the news two days ago, where they claimed that Paleo was a form of vegan diet…. where you eat 90% veggies, fruits and nuts and only 10% meat….

  6. Some groups (like Northern Europeans) developed the ability to digest lactose sugars. Most humans don't produce that enzyme. I still love milk & must take a lactose enzyme supplement before most milk products. Goat milk doesn't contain lactose sugars though.

  7. I would say It would make sense to do a paleo diet 1st to really learn about clean foods versus dirty foods. Because regardless of the macronutrient make up of a food, the primary cause of a lot of modern disease is its dirty nature. Once this is established, then adding on to it by doing a ketogenic diet might make sense. For example, if you are eating farmed salmon, under no circumstance is that ever good. Or conventional produce or processed foods. And the paleo diet would address these. Once all the food is clean regardless of macronutrient make up, then it would make sense to pivot accordingly, be it ketogenic or vegan or vegetarian or whatever. Macronutrient make up can vary from person-to-person; clean versus dirty… There's no argument there because clean is always good and dirty is always bad.

  8. My stubborn belly fat is so stubborn that I tried the keto diet, saw some results but felt terrible. The Agoge diet on the other hand I saw the same results but felt great.

  9. From my own experience, don't start the ketogenic diet. It's just so hard on the body and outright dangerous. Listen to your doctors. I tried the Agoge diet and I lost so much of that stubborn belly fat.

  10. What I have a hard time fully accepting with the current recommendations that we should consume a diet rich in whole grains? Well for about 200k years we went without them and after introducing them into our diet about 5k years ago the are now sooooo essential for our health.?????
    How could something that we didn't eat for almost a quarter million years suddenly become a necessary part of our diet?

  11. Bless you, Dr. Ekberg. I've been on my self improvement journey since Nov. 2019. I've had to vary my food intake a lot through the process: paleo, Mediterranean, keto, carnivore, ketovore…
    Bottom line: A1c from 8.3 to 5.7. Aiming for 5.0! 🥰🥰

  12. Hello Dr. Ekberg! What about drinking alcohol and smoking? Correct me if I’m wrong, back then, red indians for example, used to smoke and have alcoholic drink as part of their culture. BTW – thank you for all your videos, I’ve watched lots of them and forwarded a few. Now, considering KETO, maybe not a full on though 😁🇧🇷 X

  13. I am a scientist myself (both a physicist and a chemist). A major flaw in the paleo diet concept to me is the idea that the food available in Paleolithic times tells us what the true limits were on foods that our ancestors were able to digest and utilize properly.

    The DNA can encode enzymes for many other foods they simply hadn't encountered yet. The body is also capable of revving up production of certain enzymes as they are needed. Sometimes people benefit from exogeneous enzymes (from supplements, i.e., from outside the body) temporarily until their own production increases sufficiently. Others might lack an enzyme permanently but may be able to supplement. Production of enzymes goes down for foods that we rarely eat or haven't eaten in many years. If we start eating such foods again, typically the enzyme production can recover. The body is a dynamic and responsive system.

    We don't have such detailed knowledge of remote ancestors or their descendants or about DNA itself to be so certain about our optimum diet based on what our remote ancestors ate (especially since many of us are from very mixed gene pools). We can discover the sequences in the DNA molecule now very quickly, but the knowledge of how this relates specifically to disease and enzymes and diet in general is very much slowly progressing.

    We also are not identical to our ancestors, even without gene pool mixing. One big difference is our gut
    microbeasties, who are very much involved in digestion. Variations in those can be good or bad but they certainly respond to changes in food available. It's difficult or impossible to make comparisons between then and now.

    Our food supply is not identical to that for those remote ancestors. Any animals eaten have changed. So have plants.

    People can have trouble with any food. Eggs are on the paleo list, but I could be arrested for driving under the influence of a single egg. Likewise, people can have no trouble with any food even if their neighbor can't tolerate it.

    An empirical approach is best. If you have problems that might be associated with what you eat – experiment. Eliminate certain foods and see how you feel. Then start reintroducing the eliminated foods one by one and see how you feel. You may not need to avoid all the suspects, but reducing portions or frequency of some might work for you.

    The keto approach is more obviously empirical to me than the paleo approach. People can eat however they want, but obviously people aren't really eating like their Paleolithic ancestors even on the paleo diet.

    And there is no guarantee that our remote ancestors were all that healthy. Their life spans were shorter than ours and we see from preserved bodies that they certainly were prone to diseases that crippled and killed them. Mother Nature cares about averages, not individuals. Some of our behaviors (including what we eat) can be anti-survival but we will survive as long as they are balanced by enough pro-survival behaviors.

    So just because our ancestors did something a certain way (such as eating) is certainly no guarantee that it even promotes survival of the species, as well as no guarantee that it will be beneficial for a particular individual today. They ate what they ate to get enough calories to fuel their activity from what was around them. There is nothing magical about their choices. Some might be good, others bad. But calories they all definitely needed.

  14. I've been doing keto and IF (20/4) for around 4 months now, have lost 35lbs in that time.
    But as time goes on, I feel weaker and weaker and I'm losing my hair 😔 (I'm a 35yo otherwise healthy female) I've been doing a little research today and apparently fasting like that isnt good for women? Also being in permanent keto like that isnt good either (for women) so I've decided to try and tweak it a little, changing my eating window from 4 hours to 7 and introducing more fruit into my diet, not much, every other day I think. So looks like I'll be alternating between keto and paleo! I don't eat dairy often anyway as it makes my skin bad so that wont be an issue, and I have no interest in other carbs now apart from fruit (i had an orange today and it was 🤤😁) I think this will be a better option for me in the long run. I was enjoying the keto and the IF plan as a whole but I was starting to feel unwell on it so I'll give this a try and see if I perk up, and stop shedding hair! 😱

  15. Keto diet vs. Paleo diet: which is better for the planet Earth and being able to feed billions of people? I am on a keto diet, leaning more towards ketovore and I've reaped the personal benefits of it. When it comes to diet most people seem tribal about it and are convinced that their choice is the only right choice and won't even listen to any alternative. It's tribalism, what politics in the U.S. has become. My party is right, yours is evil.
    Especially for the planet Earth and our ability to feed billions of people I think the answer is probably in the middle: eliminate as many processed foods as possible as well as added sugars of all kinds, eliminate the use of vegetable oils, eat low carb, and moderate meat consumption along with fasting and intermittent fasting. I think this is likely a reasonable compromise diet for what is best for the individual and what is best for the planet.
    Of the 32 teeth which humans have only 4 are canine teeth.

  16. Testimony: I did my own form of Paleo + Mediterranean diet and it really worked great. I screwed it later with the obvious retrocess, and now I'm committed to a mild sort of Keto, with some bigger part of protein. Basically, I'm trying to follow the philosophy of low carb with variations. All that the good "holistic" doctor believes apply. Let's see how it goes – so far lost 3 Kg. in 3 days, a good start.

  17. Dr E. Has taught me so much…. I got started on the keto as a diet completely the wrong way and for the wrong reasons… after his teaching now is see the purpose of the keto state and the benefits. Now am learning so much and at glad am still in my early 40s so I can make the best changes for the next 40 years of my life. Thanks Dr. E…. true ply life changing in my journey to a healthy lifestyle

  18. People call fad because the majority of people that doesn’t really want change creates alternatives to continue making the wrong choice they did with the new information they just learned. When I first started keto I looked for recipes to make sure I did right and the majority was about bread, cakes, cookies, pasta, energy bars and shakes even tho they used protein flour. And very little about the meat. I didn’t eat like that to begin with it. That’s what I realized it had turned into a fad.

  19. I'm perplexed on how pasteurized milk could not be good for anyone, weren't our ancestors reliant on milk during a global event in the deserts an in colder climates for a while

  20. Thank you that was helpfull. I find that strict keto is fine for a while But between food fatigue and my body stopped tolerating most fats. Except some oils. Olive oil and avocado work great. But I grew up with farm fresh vegetables and fruit. And some herbs. So I am adding more of those foods. Still leaving out most grains. And very little dairy. In Canada we can’t buy good dairy unless we own a cow.

  21. I have to say those statistics you presented on the nutrition people consumed depending on where they live seem sketchy as if it was made by somebody who has an opposition toward carbs especially the statistic regarding the tropical and Ave populations.

  22. Hello. Please could Keto be responsible for chest pain? I must say though I have lost two stone in 3 months since I started Keto diet combined with intermittent fasting. I eat more fat now and very little carbs.

  23. Can we have a video comparing the "Whole 30" that so many of my friends seem to go on here and there? Seems like a "Cleansing" one.. which you would think would be all veggies/fats. but I see alot of meats in there.

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