The Difference between a Paleo Diet and Keto Diet

So, what’s the difference between a Paleo Diet and Keto Diet?  The paleo diet is an eating plan that emphasizes whole foods and eliminates grains, legumes and most processed foods in order to improve health. The paleo diet also has a lifestyle component that focuses on wellness practices and exercise.

Paleo-friendly foods

Grass-fed meat
Poultry
Seafood
Eggs
Nuts and seeds
Fruits and veggies
Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil (but vegetable oils, like canola oil)

Of the Paleo Diet and Keto Diet, the keto diet is an eating plan that focuses on controlling the macronutrient distribution of meals in order to shift the body’s dependence from carbs to fat for energy.

Keto-friendly foods

Meats or plant-based meats like tempeh, tofu, and seitan
Poultry
Eggs
Fish
Dairy
Healthy fats like avocados and olive oil, and even butter or ghee.
Nuts and seeds
Leafy greens and other non-starchy veggies
Avocados
Berries

What’s the difference between a paleo diet and a keto diet?

The Paleo Diet and a Keto Diet share a lot of similar food restrictions and rules, though often for different reasons.

The Paleo diet encourages certain activities outside of following the diet, such as exercise and mindfulness, and it places no limits on macronutrients. Keto only requires that you stay within a set range of carbs, protein and fat.

Keto restricts your carb intake, while paleo allows for many whole-food sources of carbs, provided they fall into the permitted food categories.

Keto encourages eating high-fat dairy foods and some soy, provided that they fit within the recommended macronutrient range. Paleo doesn’t allow dairy or soy, with the exception of some butter.

Both Paleo Diet and a Keto Diet have the potential to be healthy, but paleo is more likely to offer a wider variety of nutritious options. Keto can be difficult to maintain and may not be well tolerated by some people.

At the end of the day, the diet that works long-term for you is the best choice.

Check out our article “What’s in Your Breakfast“, at Blerd Planet.