Paleo Diet vs Keto Diet

Paleo vs Keto

Paleo Diet vs Keto Diet what is the dang difference? And, tell me about weight loss!

Remember These Other Popular Diets

Diet plan programs like Atkins and the South Beach diet have actually been endorsed and commended for their effective, albeit uncommon, method of assisting individuals lose weight through reduced food consumption.

This Is the Paleo Diet

There is likewise another program that entirely removes every processed and artificially prepared food items from your meal plan: THE PALEO DIET.

The Paleo Diet, also called the Caveman Diet, is the diet program that mimics how our forefathers consumed during their time: raw hunted and gathered food. The only difference here is that we have the ability to prepare our food, however without the assistance of any preservatives or synthetic ingredients.

The Paleo Diet is natural food consumption, which lets you enjoy a lot of nutrients minus the undesirable ones. Meat, seafood, poultry, fruits, and vegetables are the core food groups of the Paleo Diet, so there’s still space for imagination when it comes to cooking a Paleo meal.

However, how can Paleo Diet aid in slimming down? Here are a couple of facts.


The Paleo Diet gives you the alternative of getting rid of or adding carbohydrates into your system, depending on your fitness goals. Carbohydrates have actually been associated to weight gain, so most of the other diet plan programs revolve around getting rid of carbs from your system. For individuals who do want to get or bulk up, they can add carbohydrates to the Paleo Diet.

Unhealthy Fats

Unhealthy fats and fried foods are a huge no in the Paleo Diet. Only fats that originate from fish or meat are appropriate. Cooking oils were not even present during this era, so here is a link to a terrific indoor grill by Hamilton Beach. Hamilton Beach Indoor GrillI love cooking on my indoor grill! Natural fats from fish and meats are healthier and helpful for our system. Milk and dairy products are a big NO NO for the Paleo Diet, however again, the secret here is moderation. Who’s to state that there were no milk at that time? There has been some evidence that grains may have been present although not verified.

Fruits and Vegetables

The Paleo Diet is more fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. If you will be able to keep this sort of diet and include it in your meals, losing weight is going to become a reality. The more you advance with the Paleo Diet, the much healthier you’ll be. You’ll have a better immune system, more energy throughout the day, and your body will eliminate toxic substances from all those abnormal food items.

My take on fruit. I do not eat fruit with any type of regularity. Fruit is loaded with sugar and sugar is a big NO on the Paleo Diet. In many of my past blog posts, I have written about my challenges with sugar addiction. Also, keep in mind the there are about 54 common names for sugar. So read the labels. Food manufacturers can ofter sneak in added sugar to “hook” you and this practice I believe is one thing that has contributed to rising rates of diabetes.

Which Leads Us to Processed Foods

There is also another program that entirely eliminates every processed and synthetically ready food products from your meal plan: THE PALEO DIET.

The Paleo Diet, likewise understood as the Caveman Diet, is the diet program that mimics how our ancestors ate throughout their time: raw hunted and collected food. The Paleo Diet imposes natural and organic food intake, which lets you take pleasure in a lot of nutrients minus the unwanted ones. Grass-fed meat, wild-caught seafood, cage-free poultry, selected fruits, and organic veggies are the core food groups of the Paleo Diet, so there’s still room for creativity when it comes to cooking up a Paleo meal.

Unhealthy fats and fried foods are a huge no in the Paleo Diet.

When Are You Going to Tell Us About Keto?

The main difference is that on the keto diet, most of your calories come from fat, whereas on the paleo diet, most of them come from protein,” explains dietician Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet. I would MUCH rather consume protein than fat, although there are some good fats that are OK on Paleo and fats that will surprise you.

Basically, the keto diet is all about getting your body into a state called ketosis, where you’re burning fat for fuel instead of your body’s go-to energy source: carbs. To do this, you need to eat a whole lot of fat. Once again, I am not disagreeing with this premise. Consuming too many carbs whether simple (sugar) or complex breads, potatoes, wheat, (I also stay away from Gluten,) tends to put weight on.

The premise of Keto when you are in ketosis is what we all want, burning fat, right? Yes, on the keto diet, you need to get 60 to 80 percent of your calories from fat, and the rest should basically come from protein,” says Gans. It just needs to be the right kind of fat.

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

Paleo-friendly foods

Paleo Diet vs Keto Diet

  • 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)

Do you see much difference here? I don’t. I hear that Paleo is much more user-friendly due to the strict ratios necessary to achieve ketosis. Well, you know me by now. I am Paleo for the 99% and strict anything does not go over with my flexible approach to my Paleo Lifestyle. It fits me not me fit it. I can see Keto attempting to rule over me and than just is not happening.

What About Weight Loss?

You will likely lose with with either plan as long as you stick to it and remember to stay active. Do your research, try which ever plan appeals to you to see if it works, and……. don’t forget to discuss any lifestyle changes with Doctor to determine if you are healthy enough to begin a new regimen.

Paleo Diet vs Keto Diet this is what the buzz is all about? For me it is still Paleo all the way!

As always, I invite you to leave any comments or questions below and I will answer ASAP!



  1. I am presently eating a Keto diet, or thought I was… however after reading the differences in your post, apparently I am a little of both! I have been eating a moderate amount of fat or fatty foods, not the huge amounts that Keto is known for. I am not totally Paleo, because I do use dairy, in small amounts though as I am allergic… sadly! I love ice cream and cheese so I eat those in great moderation!

    Despite the fact that apparently I have not been as Keto as I thought, I have lost 26 lbs since I began in March. I do not count my percentages of carb ratios as many do, I am reasonable about it, sometimes eating things that are not approved on either diet. I figure this will be my lifestyle, not just to lose weight so I may as well be flexible or I will fail. Thanks for clarifying that for me!

    • Great to Hear! I am all about Paleo for the 99%! We have to allow for flexibility! Those who write about Keto is this and Paleo is that are the 1%. The rest of us need to know that it is okay to do what works for us and not be made to feel, your not Keto, you not Paleo or whatever. If a  combo or one or the other is working, and it appears to be, then go for it. I have what I call flexibility days. I can get bored if I don’t have a nice piece of something once in a while. As long as you have determined what works for you as an individual, don’t as the saying goes, fix something that isn’t broken. Continued good luck!

  2. Hello Jacqueline, I have being a paleo diet for the last ten years. I have had a lot of issues with my health and after reading your post, I have made a decision to try the keto diet and see what happens to my health. Thanks for the in-depth analysis. Really appreciate it. 

    • Kuu,

      Glad I could help! While I have not specifically moved to the Keto diet, I know there are many success stories out there. I would be very anxious to hear how it is working for your especially since you are making the change from the Paleo diet. Please advise me of your progress.

  3. Hi Jacqueline! Great comparison between two popular diet choices. I wonder if I started to follow one of these diets, what I could eat as a vegetarian. I know both are pretty meat and seafood heavy, but I do imagine there are options for vegetarians. Could you please recommend some vegetarian sources that could sub out the meat and seafood?



    • Janani, I had not really thought of vegetarian alternatives to the Paleo diet since it is very protein/meat heavy. I know there are many meat, chicken and fish veggie substitutes in the natural food stores, which, I am sure you are aware of. That being said, you just gave me my idea for my next blog post. I shall research this very subject an write about it. So check back and see what I found out!

  4. I heard about the Paelo diet a two years ago and since I am quite easy to convince, this one made a lot of sense to me. Why would the body have changed much since the caveman age? I am german and I was raised on meat. So not getting rid of meat sounded great to me. I love avocado chicken and pine nut salad, argh. My problem was I was still eating meat almost 3 times a day. Not that I have wait problems, not at all. In fact I would love to put some on. But I now have adapted a more vegetarian based diet and my gut seems to be a lot happier. i guess not eating processed food in the first place is a no brainer and eating healthy fats makes sense too. I am glad to know that Keto, well. Whatever really I am a paelo vego sometimes meat eating human. Thanks for reassuring my diet. 🙂 

    • Hi Hendrik,

      You may be having gut problems because the food you were eating was maybe not organic, not grass fed, cage free etc. I have other blog posts that address that. One thing I always notice when I travel in Europe is how wonderful the food is. Not processed and clean for the most part. You may have to shop at some natural food stores to find food that raised naturally.

  5. Hi, Jacqueline.I wondered what the difference is between paleo and keto. You’ve answered my question. Many thanks! 

    I’m going off dairy, so I guess keto if off the menu for me. Looking at the foods listed for paleo must make me a paleo without knowing it! I am especially fond of coconut oil and olive oil. Now I’m getting hungry! Great article!

    Best wishes,Paul 

    • Thanks Paul! Yes, dairy is not Paleo Friendly, except in the form of almond or coconut milk. Just the cow varieties. That part was easiest for me as I was never much of a milk drinker, or ice cream nut. What is great though is the amount of Paleo friendly companies who have adapted many receipts and even delicious treats to the Paleo diet. I have some cookbooks on my page that may be of interest.

  6. I am one of those lucky people that do not have to diet, seriously I can eat all the fast food and junk food I desire and not gain a pound, I read these articles to maintain a healthy diet however. Just because you can eat whatever you like does not mean you should!! I use a combination of diets myself, and in reading your article I discovered that I use both the Paleo and Keto diet along with the Atkins diet. Diabetes runs in my family as well as Cancer so maintaining a healthy diet is actually important to me, thank you for the very informative read! I liked your sense of humor throughout as well, it kept me reading!

    • Thank you Stacie! I am not one of those who can eat whatever! I am so jealous!!. That aside, I am really a combo of sorts with the emphasis on Paleo. I just make sure that I eat grass-fed, cage free, organic and gluten free and stay away from wheat!

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