Keto is this big buzz word now. A lot of people who think they are on Keto, really are more likely to be on Lowcarb. BOTH ARE VALUABLE...I've been ON both and here are a few observations.
Lowcarb is the blacktop, Keto is the double yellow line down the middle.. It is pretty easy to stay on the road and not so easy for some to walk the line.
I started Lowcarb and after 4 months I shifted over to the more structured and purposed Keto. I was NOT ready for the structure until I was ready. On lowcarb my biggest challenge was removing carbs! On keto my biggest challenge was learning to really count those carbs that remained and to keep them low enough to switch over to fat burning.
On lowcarb I eye-balled alot of things and didn't worry about it. The big troublemakers were out and I was coping with living without sugar and starches. But when I settled down and was ready, I stepped up my game and came to play-to-win!
I started logging ALL my food and configuring my carbs, fats and proteins. Weight started to FALL OFF...and Energy? Energy began to SOAR...Hunger totally disappeared along with cravings. My head was clear, and I was on a roll... Ketosis drove me right to an 85lb weight loss and I called it "goal" after a triathon event I conquered...
Maintenance has been ongoing for over 2 yrs now. I've struggled for a year. My struggle is NOT with sugars and starches. I don't eat those anymore, my struggle has been being IN OR OUT OF KETOSIS....
I've found I struggle on lowcarb, but I have to work harder in ketosis.
When lowcarb, I struggle with food, but it's easier to not count, record and BE EXACT. In ketosis I am not hungry, but I must remain diligent. On lowcarb I'm chill but have to supplement my day with coffee because that keto-energy is NOT there...In ketosis I hum along highly energized. On Lowcarb I struggle with hunger and cravings and I have to really control myself. IN ketosis I am not hungry. (Sunday I rode 60 miles, I ate 4 small pickles for the sodium, I wasn't hungry, I didn't even want to eat for 2 more hours and dinner? Well it was ok, but there was no over eating at all. I knew I was in ketosis because of lack of hunger.)
I used that bike ride to get into ketosis again...and I've been diligent to keep up the work needed to WALK THE KETO LINE all week long. I do better here in ketosis. Food is quiet and I have an energy to run with!
For me, Ketosis gives me a higher quality of life. It's also harder work!
Which works best for you, Lowcarb or Keto?