Difference between keto and paleo diet: a dietician explains.

It’s hard to keep up with the latest trends and changes in the diet space. Carbs come and go, meat is in and then meat is out completely.

Eating paleo was huge a few years ago, but it’s since dropped off the radar, and many past paleo-eaters have now jumped over to the keto diet.

According to search giant Google, the search interest for ‘ketogenic diet’ overtook ‘paleo diet’ January 2018 and it has continued to beat paleo searches month on month since. But are they the same thing? What’s better? Or worse, for that matter.

The ketogenic diet, also known as ‘keto’ involves is diet very low in carbohydrates and very high in fat. Eating such few carbohydrates then puts your body into a state called ‘ketosis’. The main source of energy for the body to function is usually carbohydrate and when these carb stores are not available, your body switches to burning fat, resulting in relatively quick weight loss.

The paleo diet is a recreation of what our ancestors ate, commonly called the caveman diet. Pete Evans really brought the paleo diet into the spotlight a few years ago, encouraging everyone to live off the land.

Paleo pioneers have proposed this way of living will cure diabetes, heart disease and acne, along with a long list of other conditions, some of which I’d personally deem downright outrageous and not backed by science.


These two diets are often grouped together as the same thing. They’re commonly confused because both say…
– NO grains and legumes.
– NO processed foods or refined sugars.
– YES to healthy fats (nuts, seeds, animal fats and coconut oil).
– YES to animal protein sources (meats, fish and eggs).
– YES to non-starchy vegetables and leafy greens.

So, when you put it together, there’s a few things they share – namely the minimal wholegrains and processed foods. But on the flip side, the differences are quite significant.

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