There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the “keto diet,” so named because it puts your body in a state of ketosis. The ideal protein diet has also been trending for a few years, and both diets have their own success stories. As anyone who’s embarked on a weight-loss program can tell you, the most successful diet is the one that works for you. So how can you determine whether you should try keto vs. ideal protein?
How Keto vs. Ideal Protein Diets Work
First, the basics. “Keto” is short for ketogenic, which stems from ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state that your body enters into when it is burning fatty acids, which release ketones. The idea behind a keto diet is that your body does not have any carbohydrates available to use for energy, which causes it to burn the fat stored in your body. When carbohydrates are available to burn, your body uses them before resorting to fat to burn. Burning carbohydrates is called glycolysis (burning of glucose) while burning fat is called ketosis.
The Ideal Protein Diet was developed 25 years ago in France by Dr. Tran Tien, a doctor who spent his career studying the treatment of obesity and obesity-related issues. It is a medically designed protocol that spares muscle mass while still promoting fat loss. He noticed that “the cause of most weight issues in a modern society is insulin dysfunction.
A diet grossly disproportionate in its share of saturated fats and sugars, such as in breads, cereals, muffins, cakes, pastries, pasta, pizza, rice, corn – very much like the North American diet – causes the pancreas to produce an overabundance of insulin, which stays in the system and puts the blood sugar level in a negative balance.”
The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a four-phase protocol that burns fat, maintains muscle and lean tissue, and stabilizes the pancreas and blood sugar levels. It does this by providing the body with foods that have a high protein value. These foods have eight essential amino acids and are 97% absorbable to the body. They are referred to as “biologically-complete” proteins. The diet is complemented with nutrient supplements as well.
The Key Differences
While both diets fall under the “low carb” umbrella, there are a few differences between keto and ideal protein diets. One major differentiator is the amount of fat you can consume. Keto diets are high fat, with a moderate amount of protein, and very few carbohydrates. The ideal protein diet consists of low fat, low carb foods, and a protein intake optimized to each individual, based on an assessment with a specialist.
There’s another important difference between the two diets. While many “self-direct” themselves through a keto diet, the ideal protein diet has the added accountability that comes from working with a professional. Most ideal protein meals contain approximately 20 grams of protein and come in under 200 calories per serving. This is vastly different than a high-calorie, high-fat keto meal. Ideal protein meals are specially prepared and obtained through authorized clinics, with dieters working 1:1 with specialists. Ideal protein diet meals can only be purchased through authorized clinics or centers. Weekly coaching sessions provide dieters with support, monitoring, and the added benefit of oversight.
What’s the Right Diet for You?
While both diets have advantages, you should work with a nutritional professional to determine which diet is right for you. If you’re looking to find out more about the Ideal Protein Diet, give us a call at 703-683-5736, or attend one of our information sessions every Tuesday at 6:30 pm, or other times upon request.