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The Mediterranean diet is not an actual "diet," but the keto diet is, according to Rachael Hartley, a registered and licensed dietitian.
The keto diet involves counting and numbers, but the Mediterranean diet is more of a general guideline for eating.
Diets - Fats - Types - Fats
Both diets include fats, but the types of fats are not the same.
It seems like everyone is talking about the ketogenic diet these days. On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet was just voted the best of the year. But, how do you know which one is right for you? It's important to understand how each diet works — and what sets them apart.
Foods - Amounts - Proteins - Amount - Carbohydrates
The ketogenic diet involves eating high-fat foods with moderate amounts of proteins and a low amount of carbohydrates. This diet tricks the body into burning fats and ketones over carbohydrates. The Mediterranean diet focuses on plant-based foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and eating lean proteins. This diet shifts the emphasis away from processed foods and is considered more of a way of eating than a traditional diet.
Rachael Hartley, a registered and licensed dietitian, explained some of the key differences between the trendy diets.
Definition - Kinds - Food - Person - Basis
By definition, a diet includes the kinds of food that a person eats — or doesn't eat — on a very regular basis. A diet limits your food options and may be used for weight loss, medical purposes, or personal reasons. This is one of the main ways where the keto diet and the Mediterranean diet differ.
"The keto diet is based on more rigid rules about what you can and can't eat and it uses grams as a measurement tool," Hartley told INSIDER. "While certainly people can use the Mediterranean diet pattern and turn it into a diet, research-wise it is based on a dietary pattern of eating and has much less like riding rules about...
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