Keto vs. Weight Watchers!

The Ketogenic diet (Keto, for short) and the Weight Watchers diet are both extremely popular this year. Our team has tested these diets to see what works best for our customers. Read our conclusions, busted myths, and pros and cons below.

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What is the Ketogenic diet?

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The Keto diet is a low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet that helps you lose weight for good, both quickly and safely, through the fat-burning state of ketosis.
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You are basically restricting the amount of carbohydrates to kickstart burning your fat reserves. There is a catch though: you cannot go randomly about it, you have to follow a tried and tested meal plan.

Following a keto diet is more likely to lead to quick, dramatic weight loss, which is why it lands near the top for Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets.

20-70-10 percent is the magic formula for protein, fat and carbohydrates macronutrients. This is hard to balance exactly without professional help. Custom meal plans are therefore pretty much required or the diet won't work.

Keto: the good.πŸ‘

  • RADICAL weight loss.
  • No cravings. You can have cake. You can eat fat if you so desire. In fact, Ketogenic diets revolve around using fat as the main energy source. Win-win situation.
  • One of the few established diets that deals with stored fat deposits very quickly. Therefore, if you set a 28 day weight loss challenge, that is actually very realistic.
  • Eggs and bacon on a diet, all while dropping down body fat... Wow.
  • Once you enter ketosis, the body fat just burns away at a spectacular pace. You have been warned!
  • The concepts of ketosis and ketogenic diets are well established, academically. They work extremely well - but you have to do it right.

Keto: the bad.πŸ‘Ž

  • Keto will only work if you have a professionally-designed MEALΒ PLAN.
  • Once the weight goes away, people relax and sometimes relapse.
  • Just before you enter fat-burning mode for the first time, you might feel tired (the Keto "flu").
  • If you are already close to a good weight and have little fat, there is no benefit to rapid fat burn for most people.

What is the Weight Watchers diet?
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This diet started when a 1961 housewife, Jean Nidetch, decided to do something about conquering the extra pounds.

Weight Watchers is currently based on using "SmartPoints" to mark foods based on caloric content, macronutrients and fiber contents, among other characteristics. You then get a daily allotment of points that you can "spend". For instance, a lasagna is 6 points, hamburger 8 points and so on. There are zero points foods, such as fruit. This means a 100 calorie banana is zero points. Quite permissive, isn't it?

A particularity of this diet are the weekly meetings, which is such a throwback to the era the diet originated in. Last year Weight Watchers hit its 60th birthday! Of course, in modern times you have the option of moving the meetings online...

Weight Watchers: the good.πŸ‘

  • Quite easy going. Not so strict.
  • Good for very social persons with a lot of time to spare. Regular meetings, etc.
  • Zero point foods that include sweet fruit and other delicious options, which will minimize the diet related sufferings.
  • Slow and gradual weight loss, sometimes with ups, down and stagnation but it is such a sweet and soft diet, very permissive.

Weight Watchers: the bad.πŸ‘Ž

  • Can be pricey, in both the ingredients and the fees.
  • Very time consuming between counting points and meetings. Busy people might not like that. Constant "food points" minding can make you feel like an accountant at times.
  • High caloric & carbohydrate rich foods on the zero points list means you can easily overindulge.
  • Not the fastest diet to see the extra pounds melt away. Can be quite slow or even yo-yo at times. Do not expect anything spectacular while following this diet.

We tried these diets for 3 months each. Is there a winner?... πŸ†

With the Weight Watchers diet, the actual weight loss present in the name is really secondary to letting you feast on some carbs, so you don't suffer all that much.
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Keto, on the other hand, is more likely to lead to quick, VERY dramatic weight loss.

Our colleagues that did Keto lost much more body fat in 90 days than the group that only did Weight Watchers. But they were all using customized meal plans.

The Weight Watchers diet followers did have an easy time controlling cravings, but counting points was tiresome. What's more, the actual weight lost was much less than on Keto.

We recommend Weight Watchers if you are close to ideal weight and want to maintain or lose very little weight.

We recommend Keto if you are interested in serious fat loss and can stick to a rigorous yet very simple meal prep plan.

Weight Watchers: easy mode with average results. Overly complex food points system.
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Keto: need custom meal plan and some dedication, but the results are quick and spectacular.

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