…that I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort ~Dolly Parton
Yesterday I mentioned starting a diet based on the Cave Women Don’t Get Fat book, which is Paleo. My co-worker Wendy has been following the Ketogenic diet and has lost 20 pounds. That said, we have been talking nothing but diet for the past three weeks. Both the Keto and Paleo are popular diet plans and it is interesting to note their differences/similarities. The Paleo plan is so named for Paleolithic – meaning stone age, hence the reference to Cave Women.
The Ketogenic plan originated to help manage epilepsy. This plan targets driving the body into ketosis in order to burn fat. Oddly enough, the plan is rich in fat and focuses on controlling the three primary macro-nutrients, which are divided 70% fat 25% protein and 5% carbohydrates. Wendy is very conscious of the amount of carbohydrates she consumes and tries to keep them under ten grams per day.
The Paleo diet focuses on eating the way our ancestors did, when they were hunting and gathering. The balance of macro-nutrients isn’t as important as the elimination of such categories as dairy, grains and processed foods, basically the food that wasn’t readily available, if available at all thousands of years ago.
One of the most obvious similarities between the two plans is the restriction of grains. Paleo because grains were not available during the stone age and Ketogenic because carbohydrates are taboo on this fat rich plan.
I’m very proud of Wendy and I remind her to “stay strong” as we part ways every evening. She is doing great! (insert picture here as soon as she lets me take one). As for me – diet day two – still hanging in there.
Changing subjects, as I left the house this morning I noticed 2 lakes and a river that were not there [in my yard] the day before. Not surprising with the 6 inches of rain that fell yesterday. It was a dreary, rainy day so I wore a bright sunny yellow blouse from New York & Company