Exploring the Macro Diet Vs the Keto Diet
Keto seems to be everywhere these days.
We all have a friend, a relative or a co-worker who has tried it, or are currently trying it. Some people do find success with the Keto diet and it can work for people who may struggle with binge eating and over-eating by helping them feel fuller longer. One of the biggest ways it offers success is by removing an entire group of foods or macronutrients from the diet, which makes it easier to eat less. Carbohydrates are severely restricted and often painted as the enemy.
One commonly-touted fact is “Did you know you burn more fat by eating more fat?” While this is true, it’s largely misunderstood. In fact, you’re giving your body fat for energy and it’s going to use whatever is available to keep moving.
Think of it like this: If you drive a high-performance vehicle, it’s recommended by the manufacturer to fuel up with a higher-octane gas. Your car will likely run on a lower quality fuel, but not as efficiently and not for as long. In most cases It’s going to be better than completely neglecting that vehicle and letting it sit and break down, but it’s still advisable to use the preferred fuel source.
Keto can show improvements in health with a decrease in some risk factors associated with being overweight. It’s not that Keto is a cure-all, but losing body fat itself can offer a lot of health benefits in general. Now, going back to the topic of fueling your vehicle appropriately, if you have athletic aspirations, you really are going to be better off learning how to incorporate carbohydrates into your diet. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which is our body’s preferred fuel source for most strenuous activities.
Benefits of the Macro Diet (aka Flexible Dieting)
In the Macro Diet (which is sometimes referred to as Flexible Dieting) we believe that each person should be given recommendations that are customized to them specifically. No two people have the same goals, the same life, or the same struggles. So why would we give the same blanket recommendations to everyone? We wouldn’t. The same results can be seen with a well-balanced Macro diet vs Keto diet if you’re eating at a deficit.
What is a deficit? The amount of which something is too small. Shortfall, deficiency, shortage, undersupply.
What this means for dieters is that we want you to eat less calories than your body is using within a 24-hour period. We advocate for a diet that is going to be all-inclusive and supports balance and health in all areas, which is another benefit to the Macro diet vs the Keto diet.
Are you REALLY never going to have another dessert, skip your child’s birthday cake, or a celebratory-cheers on a special occasion? We would rather educate you on what each macronutrient is used for, why they are important, and how you can apply these things to your lifestyle to be successful in the long-term. If you enjoy eating certain foods or want to have a lower/higher carb diet, that’s fine. But you shouldn’t be avoiding foods due to fear. You should be free to make the choices that support your health and goals confidently, and we want to help with that!
For 1-1 help with setting up a Flexible Dieting plan that works for you, check out Macros Inc.’s private nutrition coaching services.
Not there yet, and want to give it a try yourself first? No worries – check out our free macro calculator to help you get started on your journey to better health.