How is the Ketogenic Diet Different From Atkins?
he most striking difference between these two diets nowadays is the fact that Atkins is a ‘name brand’ of diet. Admittedly, it may have been quite revolutionary when it was first conceived, and indeed, many of the things that the Atkins people now talk about as the key to the Atkins’ diet success, are the very same things that the Ketogenic diet talks about and focuses on. There are distinct similarities.
Fat Burning is Key
First off, both the Ketogenic diet and the Atkins diet now talk about switching your body’s metabolism so that you burn fats, rather than carbohydrates, for energy.
The Atkins diet first came out in 1972, and it is pretty remarkable to note that the focus was very definitely not on the consumption of vegetables, at all. Dietary fibre is seriously de-emphasised.
If you compare that to nowadays, the Atkins diet now recommends a great deal of vegetables. This is only sensible. If you compare that to the ketogenic diet, which because it is not a trademarked brand, does not have a set canon of guidelines, they are very different.
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I do feel like the Atkins diet helped to pave the way for the popularity of the modern Ketogenic movement – even though the ketogenic diet was first used for therapeutic purposes in the 1920’s.
The Atkins people have altered their recommendations over time, predominantly with the fact that they admit all diets must be tailored to the individual.
Of course, since in 1972 the best way to put this information out there was to release a book, and you can’t ask questions for a book, nor tailor it to each individual reader, it is only reasonable that their guidelines have changed with time.