What’s the Difference Between a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet & the Atkin’s Diet?

What’s the Difference Between a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet & the Atkin’s Diet?


I have another question for you. You had mentioned
with the ketosis and the ketogenic diet, to me it sounds
almost like the Atkin’s diet, if you remember from 20 years ago or so when the Atkin’s
diet was real popular.
Dr. David Jockers: Yep Ty: Is that—is it the same thing as the
Atkin’s diet or what is different? When you hear the ketogenic
diet versus the old Atkin’s diet that a lot of body builders that I knew back in the
90s went from the low fat diet to the Atkin’s diet where they
were literally guys that at the gym working out eating cheese and
bacon and peanut butter in between sets. What’s the difference between these two types of
diets? Dr. David Jockers: Yeah. That’s a great,
great question. I’m really glad you brought that up because in
general the Atkin’s diet is a ketogenic diet. It does stimulate ketone development.
And the way that some individuals teach it it’s still—they’re
almost identical. However, when we’re really trying to promote optimal health we’ve got
to make some differentiations from the Atkin’s diet. So where Atkin’s went right was his
approach with a low carbohydrate diet, getting our body running off the ketones. So I’m
in total agreement with him about that. Keeping our body very sensitive to insulin is very,
very important. However, where I disagree with him was he really had no regulation on
the kind of fats that you put into your body. And we want to really
focus on good fats as opposed to bad fats. So most people in our society assume that
saturated fat is a bad fat. What we know is that actually saturated
fat is one of the most healthiest fats we can be putting in our body. The
fats we really want to avoid are high omega-6 fats from refined vegetable oils and also
from factory farmed animal meats. So that’s a big one. And then,
of course, trans fats or manmade fats. And so we certainly want
to make sure we’re avoiding those things. And so we’re going to load up on good fats,
things like avocadoes, things like coconut oil, butter from grass
fed cows, okay. Individuals that can tolerate dairy protein. If they can
tolerate casein we’re going to use things like cheese, raw cheese from grass-fed cows,
fermented dairy drinks from again, grass-fed cows. There’s a huge
difference between when a cow is fed grass and grains. A grain-fed cow actually grows
much larger and produces a lot more dairy. In fact, they produce about 20 to 30
thousand pounds of dairy in a year, a grain-fed cow. A grass-fed cow produces about three to five thousand pounds. There’s a huge difference in yield.
Now the grain-fed cow though, the grains themselves are high in this omega-6 fat. And omega-6
fat causes inflammation in our body. So the dairy that’s
coming from a grain-fed cow is very high in omega-6, very low in
omega-3. That’s going to be inflammatory. And that inflammatory process, high omega-6,
low omega-3, provides a ripe environment for cancer cell
development in our body. So we definitely want to stay away from
commercially raised animal products and animals that were fed grains. We want to stay away from that. But we do want the grass-fed animal products because
they have a lot of omega-3s, an ideal ratio of omega-6 to
omega-3s. Also grass-fed dairy has a molecule called CLA, conjugulated linoleic acid, which
many researchers are finding is a potent anticarcinogen.
There’s also other great nutrients in there. For example,
the major fat that’s in grass-fed dairy is called butyric acid. Butyric acid is a
preferred fuel source for healthy gut microbes in your system and it helps your
intestinal cells to develop and actually to strengthen so that way
we don’t develop problems like leaky gut and ulcerations in our gut and things like
that, which is extremely important for helping our immune system. Seventy
percent of our immune system’s in our gut. And if we have
damage to our gut we’re going to have a lot of immune system disorders which could
include cancer and other autoimmune diseases. So this grass-fed raw
dairy can have an incredible effect at helping the gut to heal and
seal and to control itself well. So that’s why it’s such a good fat source we want
to include. We also want to include things like extra
virgin olive oil, healthy seeds like flax seed, hemp seeds, chia seeds,
we talked about coconut products. That should be an absolute staple. Coconut is a super
food, very anti-inflammatory and just powerful for our body. So these are the kind of good
fats we want to focus on. We want to stay away from—again, Atkin’s never
differentiated between grass-fed and grain-fed so it was a lot of
commercial animal products using lard and bacon and things like that. And the other
aspect of it is that bacon, I am really not a big fan of just from the
perspective that it is cooked at very high temperatures. And it may be
nitrate free which is certainly a better one to go with, but when you cook meat at a very
high temperature, you’re going to produce a lot of carcinogenic
products. Things like heterocyclic amines, polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons, acrylamide, and these are known to cause cancer growth in our body. And so
high heat or highly cooked, highly processed animal products,
even if it’s properly raised can also be a factor with cancer
cell development. So we want to look for animal products that have been minimally processed.
And when we cook them we want to cook them more medium
rare so a lower temperature and just cooking them for less
time so that way we produce less of those heterocyclic amines. And there are a lot of
different strategies that people can apply with marinades and things
like that to utilize animal products and minimize the production of
carcinogenic chemicals.

14 thoughts on “What’s the Difference Between a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet & the Atkin’s Diet?

  1. So, now that we have a cure for cancer, how long until people realize that eating fats isn't bad for you, and that refined carbohydrates are killing people off in droves? Since Agriculture (Monsanto and the like,) and Sugar lobbyists are so influential in America I doubt this will catch on within the decade.

  2. I'm still waiting to hear of anyone on a ketogenic diet or an Atkins diet, eating supermarket meat and frying up bacon being diagnosed with cancer. What I hear instead is that they lose tons of weight and their health and numbers improve, usually dramatically. And that's because of having given up processed food, which is the real culprit. Yes, of course it pays to eat the best you can to stack the odds against disease, but what often happens is that people who can't afford or don't have access to ideal foods don't even bother to try. Let's meet these people where they live to begin with and then work on improvements. I think this is why the Atkins diet was so popular. Dr. Atkins addressed his message to the average person–he had perspective and knew the priorities.

  3. The comments on fat is like a carbon print from the Atkins book. Omega 6 and transfat is well described as bad by Atkins (book by the actual Atkins)

  4. Loved your video! There are so many incredible things to nutritional ketosis. I have seen shocking results!

  5. taking what he said about bacon, meat being cooked at high temps, We should NEVER feed our pets dry kibble since it is rendered and processed at extremely high temperatures.

  6. I try to reintroduce carbs after 3 years without them but I keep getting serious depression, anxiety and insomnia everytime I try to get on them. Why on earth do I have problem digesting carbs now?? I'm desperate for a solution. Thanks!

  7. Only been on this about 5 days. Not bad so far, liking the results. Still learning tho. But I can't afford grass fed meats. Supermarket meats alone are expensive enough as it is. Beyond that, I don't see much difference in atkins vs keto. So far tho I've been doing virtually zero carbs, minus whatever is in asparagus or broccoli.

  8. I am not sure how old this is, but the New Atkins not only uses healthy fats, but has urged portion control as well.

  9. Where do you buy all this grass fed stuff, I bought the cheese and butter grass feed. But where do I buy grass fed eggs. Grass fed heavy cream, grass fed meat.?.please help. Thank you.

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