The Carnivore Diet is the new trend that has seen people feeling better, healed of diseases, and performing at new heights. Of all the people who attempt the carnivore diet, a large segment is those that move from keto dieting. Keto to Carnivore has wraps up the natural progression – from bad diet to Keto to Carnivore. Let’s walk through how to accomplish this progression in the most painless way.
How easy is it to move from keto to carnivore?
While the Keto and Carnivore diets are similar in many ways, there are some critical differences one needs to be aware of when making the transition.
Unlike the ketogenic diet, there are no macronutrient ratio preferences in the carnivore diet. You just eat meat. Because you’re not eating any carbs, you’ll likely reach ketosis on a carnivore diet.
The process of going from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a Ketogenic diet is a tough transition where one needs to get“fat-adapted”. Fortunately, the transition from keto to carnivore does not involve this phase as it has already happened.
Listed below are some of the things you might actually go through:
How can you prepare to move from Keto to Carnivore?
Now that you are ready to make the transition, what do you need to do?
1. Analyze what you have been eating
If you don’t already keep a food journal, then start immediately, ideally with an app like Noom. This will help you know how much nutrition you get from plants as opposed to meat.
2. Calculate how much of your calorie intake is from plants
Now that you know how many calories you take in from meat and plants, you can determine how much you need to make up by replacing plants with animal products. If you’re at a healthy weight, then stick to the same calories.
But if you still have some way to go to reach your weight loss goals, then consider reducing the calories a little more. I have found that the amount of all meat diet weight loss is higher than on keto, and the meat seems to keep me full for longer allowing me to reduce my calories more efficiently.
3. Gradually replace greens with meats
It is much easier on your body if you make the transition gradual, say over a period of 7-10 days.
4. Eat from a larger array of meats
It is very difficult to constantly eat the same thing, even if it’s a delicious ribeye steak from grass-fed beef cooked in butter, you can quickly get sick of it. The best thing you can do is switch between beef, pork, chicken, fish, and organ meat for your meals. An added benefit of variety is a more diverse range of vitamins and minerals.
5. Monitor your ketone levels
As you gradually switch to more meat, you should notice an increase in ketones. You can buy devices and test strips that measure these levels in your urine, and they are reasonably accurate. It’s a good indicator that you’re moving in the right direction. As you keep track of your ketone levels, note down mood level. This can be a very motivating exercise, as generally speaking you’ll be in a better mood with high ketone levels.
Are you now confident enough to make the transition?
In the whole keto vs carnivore debate, it really shouldn’t be a question of which one is better. They definitely complement each other. In case you are completely new to it all, then start with keto and after a few weeks transition to carnivore on regular on and off cycles.
The two major transition symptoms in switching from Keto to Carnivore are bowel changes from a lack of plant material and fiber and appetite swings. Being aware of these and having a game plan and commitment to overcome these issues is key to a successful transition from Keto to Carnivore.
If for some reason you are struggling to commit to this lifestyle, then simply reducing your carbs is a good health move to make.