Keto Diet vs Atkins Diet (What’s The Difference?)


Keto diet vs Atkins diet what are they
and what do you need to know to make the best decisions for yourself and your
health coming right up. The Atkins diet was founded was originated by dr. Robert
Atkins he was born in 1930 he went to medical school graduated was a
cardiologist but he didn’t do so well in the beginning and he gained a lot of
weight to get depressed and then he looked into low carb as promoted by
Alfred Pennington and he managed to lose his weight and he got all excited and he
started a clinic to help people lose weight and he wrote a book that was
published in 1972 called the Atkins diet revolution then in 1989 he founded
Atkins nutritional so that now he could expand his business and provide some
foods and snacks for people that were lower in carbohydrates than the standard
fare in 2003 he slipped on the ice he hit his head and he died a few days
later from complications after surgery from a blood clot so after dr. Atkins
was gone the company went downhill and he was bankrupt in 2005 he was later
bought out so now Atkins is still around and doing business but it’s not dr.
Atkins anymore it is just a company owned by third party who is doing
business and trying to continue some of the ideas that dr. Atkins started so
what did he do right well in a time of low-fat craze and the height of the
low-fat craze in the 70s and 80s he’s took his chin out and he said that the
high fat low carb is the way to go so he was kind of a trendsetter and his book
initiated a lot of the ideas that we see today about low carb dining low carb
principles if you go research Atkins today then you will see that they have
different stages different levels and the stree
this level is if you have a disease if you’re diabetic if you have extreme
obesity then they put you in the Atkins 20 which means you’re eating 20 grams or
less of carbohydrate per day if you’re not diabetic but you have significant
amount of weight to lose then they recommend the Atkins 40 with
40 grams or less and if you just want to maintain your health if you’re at a
ideal weight for you then you can eat the Atkins hundred with a hundred grams
of carbs so far so good I agree with just about everything so far so then
when you go and you compare on the Atkins side you can look and they
compare keto to Atkins then they give you the following number so they say
that the classic keto which is kind of the keto that was that was started to help
kids with seizures that had extremely low carbohydrates so they had less than
5% of energy from carbs 5 to 20 percent from protein and 75 to 90 percent from
fat and with the seizure kids they were more like 90 percent closer to 90
percent fat so today when we do keto we don’t do it quite that strict and we
look a little bit more about the whole picture but this is pretty close I tell
people 75 around 75 percent fat 10 15 20 percent protein and 5 to 10 percent
maybe of carbohydrates depending on how stubborn your body is what Atkins
promotes is for the strictest level they have 5 to 10 percent
carbohydrates so that’s very similar to what a keto diet would be today but
where it differs the most is that they have 20 to 30 percent they have
somewhere around twice as much protein and why is that a problem because what
we’re trying to do with the low-carb and the keto is we’re trying to
reverse insulin resistance we’re trying to reduce insulin production in the body
because that’s the central mechanism that all of this revolves around and
while carbohydrates have the highest insulin response proteins still have a
significant sometimes high insulin response again not as high as carbs but
it’s very very significant and fat is the substance that has almost zero
insulin response so even though both of these reduce carbohydrates dramatically
keto is about moderate to low protein when you increase protein too much
you’re still stimulating too much insulin for some people in the Atkins 40
they allow 10 to 15% from carbs and the same protein 20 to 30 and just a little
bit less fat so can you lose weight on this well obviously a lot of people do
so it is working in the sense of weight loss for a lot or most people but if
your metabolism is really stubborn then this is probably too much protein for
some of you and that’s important to realize because we always try to look
for the Golden Rule we try to look for the right set of principles for
everybody and there is no such thing some people are probably going to lose a
tremendous amount of weight on eating 40 50 60 even 80 grams of carbs if you have
a relatively fast metabolism you haven’t had the insulin resistance very long you
don’t have to change a whole lot but if you’re very very stubborn then you might
have to get down to very close to zero carbs and you might that even might not
be enough the other thing that they’re talking about that I don’t agree with at
all is three to five meals a day and they say don’t skip meals because it’s
all about reverse insulin low carb triggers less insulin
than high carb but fasting meaning when you don’t eat triggers even less insulin
than low carb so every time that you eat you are stimulating insulin to some
degree and when you eat three to five meals a day then you’re triggering
insulin three to five times per day so fasting is when you don’t eat at all so
you’re not triggering insulin at all and what you find when you cut carbs
significantly low you get less hungry because your body is switching to a fat
metabolism and then if you don’t get hungry you don’t want to eat that’s just
the simplest way of putting it don’t eat if you’re not hungry
your body is trying to tell you hey I’m doing all right here so when it comes to
insulin resistance that’s three things that you have influence over it diet
wise it’s the amount of carbs it’s the amount of protein and it’s how often you
eat so you want to reduce carbs reduce protein and reduce the number of meals
the Atkins diet only fulfills the first part there of less carbs they don’t
focus on less protein and they don’t focus on unless meals so even though
some people where a lot of people can lose weight the people that have the
biggest challenges are the ones that really need to pay attention they’re the
ones that really need this diet and then the Atkins probably not going to work
for them because they too much protein and too many meals the other problem I
have with this diet is that it does not focus on health not in the least are
some people going to get healthier absolutely because for some people their
main problem is insulin resistance and if they cut the carbs they’re going to
reduce some insulin resistance but health is bigger than that and skinny
people have diseases too thin people get cancer and high cholesterol and I
diabetes and so forth so it’s not about the weight it’s about the health and the
so called Atkins approved food products whether they are produced by Atkins or
whether they’re approved some other way are full of chemicals preservatives
artificial sweeteners and GMO products so they’re in that sense they’re really
no better than any other processed packaged food they’re lower in carbs so
they help you with the insulin but other than that it still just processed food
or I might even say junk food in many cases so overall it’s better than the
standard American diet but it’s still processed it still has too much protein
and they’re eating too many meals so I looked at some of the products that they
had and the principles are pretty much the same regardless of which product you
look at but here’s for example a energy shake that has 9 grams of total fat it
has 15 grams of protein and that’s too much protein in relation to that fat
it’s almost twice as much protein as fat furthermore one shake is a hundred and
seventy calories that’s why they have to eat all these frequent meals whereas if
you do keto and you eat OMAD you do intermittent fasting you know that you
need substantial meals you want to get several hundred calories maybe a
thousand or more calories per meal so a hundred and seventy calories in a meal
that’s that’s barely a snack which you don’t want to do in the first place then
you look at some of the ingredients and we see soy protein isolate we see corn
fiber both of which are GMOs ordered natural and artificial flavors
dipotassium phosphate we see sucralose and then we see a lot of artificial
synthetic vitamins included in that as well so it’s better than regular
processed food in the that it has less carbohydrate less sugar
but it is no better in the sense that it has just as much junk food in it just as
much processed food as anything else and then they say of course you don’t have
to stay away from pizza as long as you get the Atkins pizza which I think I’m
not exaggerating when I say it has over 50 ingredients the up at the top we have
wheat gluten and cornstarch so these are things corn starch again is GMO soy
protein isolates GMO harshly processed but wheat gluten is the protein from
gluten that people with celiacs are sensitive to so even if you don’t have
celiacs that’s a very very harsh food to digest and it’s processed then they have
sucralose artificial sweeteners in the pizza you have corn starch corn oil
natural and artificial flavors and then there’s another 30 ingredients before we
get down to sodium nitrite and BHA BHT and preservatives and so forth so
realize that this is just more processed food it’s just junk food in another
wrapper so has it done some people some good absolutely it helped start the
low-carb revolution if you will it took it from from obscurity onto the front
lines and what you’re looking for though is not a diet
you’re looking for principles you want to start use it as a starting point but
then start learning all the principles that we talk about understand what
health really is that it’s not about weight loss that the weight gain obesity
is an imbalance if you correct the imbalance and provide your body what it
needs the body will shed the weight so ketosis is a physiological principle
it’s not a person that came up with ketosis or said dictated this is the way
that keto is it is whatever it takes for you to get into ketosis for some
people it’s 20 grams of carbs for some people it’s 50 or 60 for some people
it’s enough to cut out soda and and processed grains for other people they
need to do extensive intermittent fasting or exercise or low carb or keto
or all of the above in different combinations so it’s trial and error you
start with a set of principles but what keto is it’s a way of measuring so
ketones are produced when you are burning fat for fuel but ketones in
itself is not even a guarantee of weight loss because if you’re extremely insulin
resistant you can still hold on to the fat on the body and you get hungry
enough that you provide enough fat in the diet to stay fat adapted and make
ketones but not burn anything off your own body weight so in those cases you
need to not just do keto but you need to add in some fasting and some exercise to
kind of jumpstart to give the body more incentive to get to get to that fat if
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Reader Comments

  1. Dr. Sten Ekberg

    If you are starting keto or a low carb diet you will like these videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykPdkd5ALGc&list=PLpTTF6wMDLR6tCvJkVjUuBqVzzeBQnvKI

  2. Gay Preator

    Atkins 20 would be great/better for Seniors. I’m in the 70 year range. For me the higher protein seems better. Low carb all the way. OMAD. Gross Carb less than 20.. Very busy Senior. Love this way of eating. 👍 Video. Agree Health is paramount. Atkins was a great pioneer.

  3. JJ, The Karaoke Rideshare Driver

    I find that I am always hungry when I do low calorie and I find myself again eating again and just can't get satisfied. When I eat 1000+ calories in one sitting, I'm actually good for a very long time and not wanting to snack or anything. I did do the low carb thing and lost weight. Once I fell off that diet, got all the weight back. It's hard to maintain low carb for a long period of time.

  4. ModernDayTech

    Great info doc. By chance, do you know where I can find menu ideas for classic keto ratios. Do you have videos on meals for classic keto?

  5. zjunegirl

    Can you pleaseeee do a video on eye health. Like glaucoma, detached retinas and things like that! Not many videos on eye health from people like you ☺️ anyways, great job on your videos!! I recommended you to a lot of people I know

  6. Great Bread

    How might the protein profile look for those of us who lift weights regularly? As a Keto dude that lifts, wouldn't the higher percentage of protein be offset? Oh, as an aside, I doubt most people subscribe because a button pops up. I subscribe when I find a channel informative and unsubscribe when they aren't. So you can get away with a couple of those annoying button click animations but more than that takes away from the viewing and isn't really getting you more subscribers. People will subscribe based on content. Those who subscribe just to subscribe aren't serious and will not result in any appreciative views which views is what you really want. Thanks!

  7. Miss Joyce Fox

    What’s your research on Collagen peptides protein powder? Thanks! I find your channel most informative. Maintenance since 4/2017. Still eating less than 20 daily carbs…

  8. traptncage

    DR.BERG, YOU ARE A GENIUS, EXCELLENT VIDEOS, TEACHINGS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A GREAT LABOR OF LOVE FOR THIS CHANNEL AND ALL THE PERSONS THAT YOU HELP!!!♡♡♡♡♡♡lots of love♡♡♡♡♡

  9. The Peddler

    My GP, who is very supportive of anything I try like natural progesterone and Keto, thinks Keto is the same as Atkins because several people in his office went Keto and lost weight and I think they mixed him up. If I only have 1 minute to tell him the difference, what would I say? I took note of 3 differences (protein amount, # of meals, health to cure or not to cure). If I talk fast, I think I can cover all three! Thanks for this, Nicole

  10. Lexxi Paul

    I like the saying, “Hey I am doing alright here.” I will remember that, like Dr. Berg’s, “Ride the Wave.” Those two sayings help you get thru fasting and understanding your body.

  11. Tony Tang

    Hi Dr. Sten may I ask few questions: 1: So for whatever the diet to burn own fat, the blood or urine have to have ketone right? Could this be the main indicator to tell if our body is burning the fat? 2: I am doing OMAD+KETO+Workout, but eating 70-80% of fat is very difficult for me, so I just eat less fat and more protein, it works for me I have lost weight and lost fat in looks but not much from the machine testing result( I test my body muscle, fat, ratio etc every week in 8 weeks, from the same machine and same time and body condition. ) Why not much result from the machine testing? 3: Because OMAD+KETO+Workout I should have calorie deficit so if I workout on some group of muscle regularly , chest for example, would those group of muscle such like from legs would be shrinking due to calorie deficit and non-workout? Thank you Dr. Sten.

  12. Thoran666

    I've been underweight since I can remember the only way for me to gain weight is to train and build up muscle. From too much sweets or fat food i just feel sick or even throw up.
    Can you do a video how to gain weight and muscle through a diet change?

  13. Mark S

    Is the ratio of fat and protein in grams? or per calories you eating in a day? E.g. in 1 egg = 6 grams of protein which has 24 calories and 5 grams of fat that has 45 calories, so in 1 egg it has about 65% calories from fat and 35% calories from protein.

  14. NothingIsReal

    I hear of a lot of people losing lots of weight on the Carnivore diet yet there's tons of protein consumed. Could you possibly do a video on this Dr Ekberg as it seems to contradict this video. Thank you.

  15. Frank Braninburg

    What about muscle gain hitting the weights.. I love being on this diet dont really want to come off feel so good. But weight loss want stop drops so fast with me a pound a day.

  16. 1GoldenBreeze

    I wouldn't eat any of the Atkins processed products. If someone wanted to follow the Atkins macros it would be better to do it with whole foods prepared at home and just use one of the I.F. protocols. Personally, I prefer keto to Atkins but I tend to be closer to carnivore sometimes.

  17. Miss Cadets

    I have had success on Atkins… I didn't eat a lot of processed food, if any ever. I'm a little confused about all the processed foods you speak of… Weight watchers food is way worse thank anything out there… Heavy heavy salt

  18. boncoon

    Thank you Dr. Ekberg, for making such a high level of helpful information available to us. I would visit your office in a heart beat if I could. However, because of all you have shared and the example you are, I am in the best shape I've been in (nearly) decades. My hope is that many young people will heed your sage advice and take their health seriously. God bless you, Bonnie

  19. TXTimewaster

    Seems important to separate the Atkins Diet from the foods that the company produces now… Dr. Atkins died some years back. Whoever is running the company is producing this stuff. That has nothing to do with the diet that Dr. Atkins developed.

  20. Mette Harter

    I don’t understand this, I’m such an easy going person, why is my fat so stubborn?? I will keep fighting, I’m determined to win

  21. Tim Teatro

    A purely scientific perspective (from a scientist)—I think it's the wrong question when you ask “can you lose weight on these”, I think you're asking the wrong question. “Can you create a Calorie deficit on these,” is a better question. Of course, insulin levels have a great deal to do with it, especially in insulin-resistant people, because what your body does with Cals is affected by what exactly you're eating. Your aversion to artificial sweeteners is ill-informed (or at least ham-fisted, because there's a lot of nuance here), and blanket dismissal of GMOs is completely devoid of scientific motivation. Other than that, it's a nice and informative video.

  22. Colin Fisher

    As one ages ones ability to use protein efficiently reduces, or so I have read.
    Are there any specific recommendations for protein intake for those of us in our 70s given that we want to keep insulin production to a minimum.

  23. Ru 52

    "Don't eat if you are not hungry" is always true, but "eat if you are hungry" is not so. If you have a hormonal imbalance like me, your hunger hormones might never really stop telling you to eat some more, no matter how much you eat.
    I wish I knew how to fix it 🙁

  24. Debbie B

    New Subscriber !!!!
    Thank you for this video ……….I do appreciate it …..very helpful and you explaining in detail .
    Years ago , for the first time ever started ( diet ) or really life style change . I did Atkins diet
    lost 60 pounds in 6 months , well I gain some of it back . I'm trying to lose 15 pounds now ,
    with a slow metabolism , it's not easy at all . I been doing keto for now along with "IF / 23 hours .
    If my Metabolism would go faster , I would do much better .

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