Noooooooo!!! The Paleo Diet is not the Atkin’s diet! I’ve been asked the question about the differences between the two A LOT by friends and family so I decided to address it here. It is *similar* but it is no way the same. Some big paleo bloggers actually write about the Atkins diet, such as Mark’s Daily Apple. The Atkin’s diet is not the devil of diets, I am just not a huge fan. Been there, done that, I have found that Paleo is the one that works best for my body chemistry. Once upon a time I was a big Atkin’s follower. I counted carbs and had all the nasty side effects associated with the diet. I didn’t feel good, had chronic headaches, and very “fruity” breath (a side effect of ketosis.) Since living a paleo lifestyle on and off for the last few years, I can tell you that the paleo lifestyle is the one for me. I just feel much better without eating the foods that are “banned” in the paleo world.
Check out this article by The Paleo Plan on five major differences between the two lifestyles. This article from AMRAP4Life discusses differences between the two as well. I won’t rehash the information. Check out their articles.
The Atkins Diet was a very popular a few years ago, and some people still follow it. Weight loss leaned on the premise that carbs were slowly tapered out of the diet. I’m not gonna lie. Back in the day I tried Atkins. I can’t tell you how sick I was of scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese omelettes. It does work for some people, such as Jimmy Moore over at Livin La Vida Low Carb.
The Paleo Diet is different. Yes, you do eliminate sources of carbohydrates, but you get them naturally from fruits and vegetables. The Paleo diet eliminates dairy, legumes, processed foods, sugar, and grains from the diet, taking you back to a modern form of eating similar to the Paleolithic era, way prior to the agricultural revolution, when farming large amounts of grains became the way of life. Studies show that these people were not plagued with diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, depression, heart disease, and other health issues that have become more prevalent in recent years, as discussed in Dr. Loren Cordain’s book The Paleo Diet.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. We are what we eat! Food is either our best medicine or worst enemy. Refined sugar is toxic. There are naysayers for everything we could possibly ever do, and an “expert” who will be for or against any diet out there. We just have to do what we feel is right for our bodies and our overall health.
Whatever diet you may choose, be sure to check with your physician prior to starting a plan. Have labs drawn to ensure you have no underlying problems that need to be addressed. Have a physical performed. If you are healthy enough for exercise, “lift heavy things” often and make your body strong.
Here are some good blogs I found for followers of the Atkin’s diet:
Poor Man’s Atkins is a site for low carb recipes on a budget.
Atkins Diet Geek has some good reads for Atkin’s followers.
Hold the Toast is a low carb blog. She made the list here because she has a spammers hall of shame and a troll cave on her site. Got to respect that!