14 Mar What Are the Key Differences Between Keto and Banting?
Written by Sarah Peterson, of Perfect Keto
Just like fashion, the world of diets also has its own fads that tend to go in and out of style on repeat. That’s not to say that the currently trendy diets are not effective, but it’s highly probable that people will be discussing and trying out something else in a couple of years (or maybe even sooner). So, what can be said about the currently most popular diets – Keto and Banting? Many people would say that these two diets are actually one and the same. And, on first glance, they do seem to be. In the end, the key differences between Keto and Banting may turn out to be something as simple as your own preferences. Keep on reading to find out more.
Keto vs. Banting
Banting and Keto Origins
Banting is a diet that focuses on low-carbohydrate but high-fat intake. Interestingly, it originated in the late 1800’s in England when it was presented by William Banting as a successful way to lose weight. Of course, he was trying out the diet on himself and managed to lose 35lbs in 38 weeks. This is definitely a positive result.
The Ketogenic (Keto) diet is a bit younger as it dates back to the 1920’s. Originally, the Keto diet was used for epilepsy management and seizures control. Just like Banting, Keto is also a low-carb high-fat diet, but definitely a lot stricter compared to Banting.
Banting and Keto Now
Both diet regimes kept their main prerogative, which highlights the benefits of consuming high-fat foods but cutting out the carbs from one’s meals. Still, both Keto and Banting had to be adjusted to the modern-day lifestyle and eating needs. For example, alcohol consumption is significantly more restricted. The inventor of the Banting diet enjoyed quite a lot of alcohol with his meals but the drinking culture nowadays is largely different. However, a glass of dry white or red wine shouldn’t be too big of a problem. On the other hand, consuming any kind of alcohol on Keto can be counterproductive. If you’re interested in alcohol options, then Perfect Keto’s alcohol rules guide could turn out to be quite helpful. Moreover, the banting diet nowadays allows for eating more fat and dairy compared to William Banting’s original menu. The Keto diet, even though it should be calculated for each individual and their specific needs, is still a very strict form of the low-carb high-fat eating lifestyle.
The Issue of Fat
Jonno Proudfoot, Prof Tim Noakes and Sally Ann Creed shaped the nowadays form of Banting with their book, The Real Meal Revolution. Thanks to them, both diets and especially Banting have been popularized throughout South Africa. They also pointed out the main misconception when it comes to the high-fat diets, in general. Essentially, it’s not the fat that leads to obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and other related issues. The main culprit for these diseases actually is none other than a high intake of carbohydrates. And out of three main macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates), only carbohydrates are not necessary for humans to live and function properly.
There’s also the cholesterol myth that needs some breaking. Again, the fat you eat won’t boost the inflammation in your arteries. However, sugar and carbohydrates will. Essentially, switching over to the low-carb high-fat diet means changing your lifestyle in order to live a better and healthier life.
Keto and Banting Main Goals
When it comes to weight loss, both Keto and Banting are effective in the same way. The goal is to achieve ketosis, which is the state of carb starvation when the body has to burn fat in order to get the necessary energy. The process then creates ketones in the body. Basically, the usual energy source for your body is glucose, often obtained from sugar and carbs. But, once you eat more than necessary, your body stores the extra food as fat and you feel hungry again. Ketosis, on the other hand, shifts your body’s energy use to fat, which also keeps you sated for longer.
Dieters can achieve ketosis when following both Keto and Banting. However, achieving ketosis isn’t essential for enjoying all other life-bettering changes that these diets entail. The main focus is on the overall well-being. After all, the low-carb high-fat diet promises and delivers a lot of benefits. Aside from weight loss, these include efficient digestion, as well as an energy boost, better sleep, and improved blood pressure.
Keto vs. Banting Food and Beverages
Keto food list is quite similar to the Banting one. Still, when you look at the food and drinks guide specifically made for Keto, you can notice a bit more freedom with drinking coffee and caffeinated teas as well as some high-fat dairy products such as cheese. But, Keto followers should be wary of milk due to its sugar content. What’s more, Keto followers should avoid apples and stick to a more restricted food list. This is especially obvious when vegetables are concerned. While Banting dieters can enjoy all veggies that grow above ground, Keto dieters can only consume cauliflower, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, and kale. And, as mentioned before, alcohol on Keto should be avoided to the best of one’s abilities, while Banting allows for an occasional glass of dry wine.
All the questionable items should be consumed in moderation when you’re trying a low-carb and high-fat approach. And regardless of whether you’re a Banting or Keto dieter, if you follow the diet very strictly, the results will be the same.
In general, the actual differences between Keto and Banting are rather insignificant. The difference in question may actually lie in the dieter’s mindset. For someone who simply wants to improve their own well-being without the pressure of reaching ketosis as soon as possible, Banting may be the better option. On the other hand, people interested in weight loss through constant ketosis who are ready to follow a strict eating and drinking routine may find the Keto diet more effective. Either way, the results should always be excellent in the long run.
Keep in mind that cholesterol and other potential health risks are often linked to a high-carb and high-fat diet. If you choose to eat a high-carb but a low-fat diet, you could avoid the health danger considering that there won’t be any fat to stick to the inflamed arteries. And if you opt for a low-carb and high-fat diet, you can successfully avoid the artery inflammation that’s the main cause of clogs in the first place.
The key point, in this case, is that you have to choose sides if you want to stay healthy, fit and energetic.
By Sarah Peterson, Vp of Marketing at Perfect Keto