Keto: A high-fat diet that causes your body to go into a metabolic state of ‘ketosis,’ which converts your body’s primary energy source from carbohydrates to fat. It is important that you have moderate protein intake and very low carbohydrate intake.   Common eats include avocados, coconut oil, butter, meat, leafy green vegetables, full-fat dairy, nuts and seeds.  Paleo: A diet that replicates that of humans during the paleolithic era, or a time before farming. During this period, we were known as hunter-gathers. Which means we ate nothing processed, no dairy or grains. This diet is rich in meat, nuts, seeds, and regional veggies/fruits.   Common eats include meat, fish, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and healthy oils.

Keto: Many people swear by this diet to lose weight. Since your body is now burning fat instead of carbohydrates as its primary energy source, your body can more easily use and burn stored body fat. Some have reported benefits of appetite suppression, increase in energy, and a great way to control blood sugar.   Paleo: The human body evolved on a hunter-gather diet that was very low in sugar, did not include grains, dairy and processed food. Our ancestors had far fewer cases of cavities, heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related diseases. So, the idea behind this eating plan is to get back to the diet that better matches our evolutionary biology.

“You will know when you’re on keto, because the first couple days usually entails of the ‘keto flu’ which causes a big decrease in energy. This will pass and your will get a surge of energy. In my experience, it reminded me of when you’ve had too much caffeine and it feels almost ‘empty.’ I didn’t feel as strong in my workouts but this diet did increase my focus (much like a little too much espresso). I also had a metallic taste in my mouth and felt bloated. I did see some loss in body fat, but overall, I did not enjoy this diet. I found this to be better for weight loss,” she shared on her experience with the keto diet.   Franco found the paleo diet to be one of the most satiating diets she’s tried, and she loved eating all of the whole foods. Her digestion improved, and she felt strong. With that said, she didn’t necessarily see any increased benefits of fat loss that she wouldn’t have of seen from a typical low-fat diet.   “It felt restrictive and challenging at times, since SO much of our diet and social environments don’t have options that are conducive to this diet. I also REALLY love fruit, so it was challenging to not have fresh fruits on a regular basis. I found this to be better for training and gaining strength,” she shared of her time experimenting on the paleo diet.