Keto and low-carb are indeed different. A ketogenic diet is about as low-carb as you can go.
Most people split it up by macronutrient ratio – the percentage of carbs, protein, and fat they
eat in a day. The basic idea of keto is to put the body into ketosis which is a state during which
the body begins to burn fat instead of glucose for energy.
As a general rule, a keto diet typically has:
- 5-10% carbs
- 15-25% protein
- 65-80% fat
On the other hand Low carb diet has no strict definition. Basically, low-carb is keto, but with
slightly more carbs .People on a low carb diet may consume up to 75-150g a day.
Low carb diets have seen enormous growth in popularity over the past decade or so and it
looks like the trend is here to stay. The basic principle of this diet is to keep your daily carbs
under 70 grams, and the diet focuses on eating more protein, and healthy fats.
A very low carbohydrate diet would have anywhere between 21-70 grams of carbs in 2000
calories per day diet. Moderately low carb diet would have 150-200 grams of carbs per day.
Moderately low carb diet has anywhere between 200-325 grams of carbs per day, and high-
carb diet has 325+ grams of carbs in a 2000 calories per day diet.
Low-carb diets usually aren’t low enough in carbs to keep you in full ketosis. You’ll probably dip
into mild ketosis between meals and come out of it entirely after you eat carbs. You likely won’t
get into full-on ketosis often on a low-carb diet, except maybe during certain times like when
you’re sleeping, after a tough workout, or during a fast, for example.
Keto diet is a special kind of low carbohydrate diet which strictly regulates the intake of
carbohydrates in the body so as to achieve ketosis. But Low carb diet doesn’t have any strict
definitions as to exactly how much carbs you must consume per day, and how much of other
things you can eat.
By Saloni Sethi