The Carnivore Diet - Everything You Need to Know

Humans are generally encouraged to follow a well-rounded diet complete with a variety of foods. Although I generally enjoying eating all different types of food, I came across a favorite childhood movie of mine that had me thinking a bit differently.

As a kid, one of my favorite movies was the all-time classic Jurassic Park. The star of the movie wasn’t a person but rather one of the largest land carnivores of all-time.

The tyrannosaurus rex or T-rex for short.

Although the movie featured several types of dinosaurs, the T-rex stood out above all else as the all-mighty, powerful, dominating force to be reckoned with.

As I sat back I started to think.

What would it be like for a person to eat like a carnivore?

With my newfound interest, I decided to do some research and deep dive into one recent diet trend that has become popularized - the carnivore diet.

Let’s get into the meat of the matter (pun intended).

What is the Carnivore Diet?

The carnivore diet is a nutritional approach that recommends solely eating animal meat as a food source for your daily diet. That’s basically the gist of it.

What Can’t You Eat?

Since you are following a strict meat based diet this means none of the following foods will be eaten:

  • No fruits
  • No vegetables
  • No grains
  • No seeds
  • No nuts

You essentially are living like a predator in the wild. You eat meat and almost nothing else, although there are sometimes a few exceptions.

What Can You Eat?

MEAT. All types of animal meats are encouraged whether it be beef, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, buffalo, or any type of fish.

Less strict carnivore dieters sometimes include a few other food choices such as:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The macronutrient profile of the carnivore involves roughly 60% of calories from protein, 38% of calories from fat, and little to no calories from carbohydrates.

What are the Goals of the Carnivore Diet?

The main goal of the carnivore diet is a targeted reduction of inflammation which is particularly helpful for individuals struggling with autoimmune disorders.

How does the carnivore diet reduce inflammation?

It eliminates virtually all food types that trigger inflammatory responses in susceptible individuals.

This means taking away gluten, grains, sugars, nightshade vegetables, and dairy for the strict carnivore dieters.

How does it Differ from Keto?

Most people following the carnivore diet will not enter ketosis for one main reason - they are consuming too much protein.

The keto diet is a high fat diet while the carnivore diet is a high protein diet. Although they have some similar traits, they are not identical in nature.

Why Should you Follow the Carnivore Diet?

One word. Simplicity.

Many diets are difficult to follow due to their rigid requirements.

Can I eat this? Should I eat that?

The carnivore diet involves one simple food source - meat. Since the meals are high in fat they will feel satiating so you will not get the constant urge to snack.

What are the Downsides of the Carnivore Diet?

Since you are only eating meat, the diet eliminates all other food sources. You may be missing out on valuable micronutrients and possibly even experience negative side effects such as:

  • Low Vitamin-C levels
  • Low Vitamin-E levels
  • Fatigue
  • Possible depression

Since the diet contains high levels of cholesterol and little to no fiber, there is also a greater risk of developing high levels of LDL (Bad) Cholesterol, which can increase the possibility of future cardiovascular issues.

The lack of fiber in the diet can also lead to gastrointestinal and digestive issues over time.

Due to the infancy of the carnivore diet, there is currently a limited amount of scientific research readily available. Further research is needed to study the diet as a whole.

Who Might Enjoy the Carnivore Diet?

If you are struggling with autoimmune or gut issues, the carnivore diet may provide the anti-inflammatory benefits needed for sustainable long-term health.

Finding the right diet can be a trial and error based approach. By experimenting with different food choices, you can gain a valuable understanding of what works best with your body.

If you have tried the carnivore diet or are considering eating like a T-rex, let me know what you think.

As always, my main goal is to create a healthy, sustainable diet catered to your individual lifestyle. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

 

Kindest regards,

Sean Torbati

 

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