I’ve tried both diets and lost weight on both but the decision is which one do you choose. I’m breaking down the pros and cons of each plan so you can see which one is the best fit for your lifestyle. You may also need to try them out for a bit to see which one you like too because one of them may not be for you. Before starting any diet be sure to check with your physician to make sure it’s okay to follow.
Keto VS Weight Watchers
Can be a temporary weight loss to a lifestyle change with a bit harder plan to follow. You must stay in Ketosis to lose weight and eat 20 or less grams of carbs a day followed by high fat and protein. Yes, you will lose weight at a rapid pace but it is mostly water weight at first. Some may lose weight slower than others like myself. It can also take 2-4 days to get back into Ketosis if you get off track.
The Ketogenic diet may not be for everyone and should not be followed if you have the following.
- No gallbladder or gallbladder disease
- Low blood pressure
- Low gastric motility
- Any genetic conditions where you can’t tolerate ketosis
- High triglycerides
- Kidney failure or kidney disease
- Weight loss surgery
- Multiple nutrient deficiencies
- Abdomen or liver tumors
- Rapid weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- More energy
- Increased fat burning
- Improved memory
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Reduces epileptic seizures
- Too restrictive
- Can be dangerous to be on long term
- Keto flu
- Foods can be expensive (steak, bacon, etc.)
- Takes time to get adaptive to the plan
- Must be followed exactly to work
- High fat
- Increased digestive issues
- Possible muscle loss
- Not all athletic endurance is increased
I’ve been following the keto diet since April 2019 and so far have lost a total of 18 lbs. Right now I’m loving the diet and want to make it a lifestyle change. I’ve only cheated three times since I’ve been on the diet and pick right back up if I get off track. I like all the foods that I can eat on the ketogenic diet but I have lost some muscle mass and need to tone up. I will continue to stay on this diet for as long as I can and hope to lose another 10-15 lbs.
Want to know how quickly you will lose weight on keto? Read all about it in this Keto Diet Results article.
If you love sugar and carbs, Weight Watchers is the plan to follow. Plus, Weight Watchers is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. You can eat the foods you want in moderation by counting points from foods daily. You can get you daily points allowance by using this free daily allowance calculator. Each person is different in points as it goes by your measurements.
- Eat foods you like
- No side effects
- Easy to follow
- More sustainable long term
- Support from Weight Watchers meetings and community
- Encourages exercise and portion control
- Nutritional education offered at meetings
- Takes longer to lose the weight
- Can get expensive from weekly meeting costs, tools, etc.
- Too busy to attend meetings
- Counting points can get tedious
- Weekly weigh-ins
I followed the Weight Watchers diet in the past and had great success with it. In about 8 months I lost a total of 22 lbs. I combined the program and exercising 30 minutes a day 3 times a week and it worked. At first it took some time to figure out point values and portions for foods but once I got the hang of it the program was easy. For the first 2 weeks of adjusting I was hungry but after that I was not. It’s a great program but I wanted to change to something different.
Have you tried the Ketogenic Diet or followed the Weight Watchers program? Let us know your story, success or fail, in the comments.