This is something that’s been driving me crazy recently - so much so that I was up late last night researching the differences between the two. Ultimately, I think healthy eating habits are vary from person to person, I don’t think there’s a set formula in place that applies to everyone but these two eating styles seem to be getting more popular (Keto even more so than THM I believe) and I’ve been curious about which one is “better” for you. Don’t think of me as a specialist in this field, but go with your gut and determine on your own which you think would work better for you.
What Is THM?
It stands for Trim Healthy Mama - don’t let the name scare you away because it’s actually got some great ideas not too far off from Keto. The way it works is there’s four basic types of meals: S (satisfying - high in fat, less than 10 grams of carbs), E (energizing - high in carb, less than 5 grams of fat), FP (fuel pull - high in protein, lower, equal amounts of fat and carb), and XO (crossover - equal amounts of fat and carbs, lower in protein).
There’s no sugar involved in a THM diet. Sugar is replaced by stevia, or erythritol but not things like honey or agave. They encourage you to stay away from other sweeteners such as maltodextrin and sucralose since they can be damaging to the brain.
What I appreciate the most about THM is that it’s main concern is not weight loss but living healthy - which weight loss is a side effect of. They even encourage you to take care of your skin by using all natural products and staying away from ones that can be damaging - I totally second that! It’s about taking care of yourself, not trying to damage yourself in order to lose weight. Yes, you can use THM to lose weight but you can continue eating this way once you’ve reached your goal. It’s a lifestyle, not a “diet”.
To lose weight, you need to rotate between “S” meals and “E” meals throughout the day. You can have fuel pulls on the side to give you some extra protein, and crossovers are not encouraged for those losing weight.
What Is Keto?
It seems like everyone knows what Keto is. it’s gotten really popular (especially where I’m located) and I’m convinced it’s generally the healthier way to go - but I may be wrong.
The idea behind Keto is to have more fats than carbs. More specifically, the diet consists of mainly 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbs. I’ve known that fats are more beneficial to the body than carbs (even in THM, the fats are “satisfying” to the body), and diets all over the world consist of more fat than anything else. The goal in Keto, is to reach a state called “Ketosis” which is when you start burning fat. I could get into the deeper science between this state of Ketosis and how it works but I won’t bore you with the details. (I’ll leave it up to this guy.)
Like THM, Keto is also more of a lifestyle than a diet, it’s meant to be long-term and it’s main concern is health. There’s also no sugars (because of the carbs involved) so as you can see there’s a lot of similarities between the two.
I like the ideas behind both of these. I think it’s important to have some carbs at times and others I think you need to have a majority of fats. Maybe, doing something like THM but only allowing yourself to have a carb meal every other day (or once a week) will be the most beneficial, but I think both carbs and fats are needed. Who can really know for sure? Doctors are constantly changing their opinions as to what’s healthy and what’s not. In twenty years, everyone will be on a new diet and doing something else. I’m just waiting for the diet that tells me eating sugar can help you lose weight, until then I think I’ll do a blend of the two.