Vegan vs Keto The Breakdown

I don’t usually have new years resolutions, but this year I decided to start 2019 with a few. Starting to eat healthier and cooking more at home were the top two goals that I felt like I needed to start off with an actual plan. 2018 was a recovery year for me and I felt like it was time to get my mojo back. When I decided to check what the odds were with actually being successful achieving my resolutions, I was stunned to find that according to Strava, a social network for athletes, most people break their new years resolutions by Jan 12th. 

I was relieved to know that I had passed the fateful mark, but quickly realized it that if I was going to be successful I was going to have to get organized and stay focused.

For a while I wanted to change up my diet but didn’t know where to start. I finally narrowed down to two options vegan and keto. At first I had no clue what either of these diets consisted of, all I knew was that they were trending worldwide from alternative options at my favorite restaurants to Starbucks. I found solace in where they educated me on the different types of vegan and keto diets. Going vegan meant my diet would not consist of any type of animal products. Here are the different variations of a vegan diet:

Whole-food vegan diet: The diet based on a wide variety of whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Raw-food vegan diet: This diet is based on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds or plant foods cooked at temperatures below 118°F (48°C) (1).

80/10/10: This diet is a raw-food vegan diet that limits fat-rich plants such as nuts and avocados and relies mainly on raw fruits and soft greens instead. It can also be referred to as the low-fat, raw-food vegan diet or fruitarian diet.

The starch solution: This diet is both low-fat and high-carb vegan diet similar to the 80/10/10 but that focuses on cooked starches like potatoes, rice and corn instead of fruit.

Raw till 4: This diet inspired by the 80/10/10 and starch solution. Raw foods are consumed until 4 p.m., with the option of a cooked plant-based meal for dinner.

The thrive diet: This diet is a raw-food vegan diet. You eat plant-based, whole foods that are raw or minimally cooked at low temperatures.

Junk-food vegan diet: This diet lacking in whole plant foods that relies heavily on mock meats and cheeses, fries, vegan desserts and other heavily processed vegan foods.

Acquiring a keto diet meant that diet would consist of a low carbs and high fats.  Keto diets works by reducing your carb intake and replacing it with fats. Here are some of the different variations of a keto diet:

Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This diet is a very low-carb, average-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs .

Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves stages of higher-carb “refeeds,” such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

High-protein ketogenic diet: This diet is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.

I am still in the process of figuring out which diet is right for me and body type so I can be see the best results, but I wanted to just share and hopefully clear up any confusion on these two popular diets.