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The carnivore diet and your pocket: How costly is it?

Important Points:

  • Carnivore diet
  • Meat
  • Affordable
  • Grass fed beef

The carnivore diet and your pocket: How costly is it?

You’re ready to go on the Carnivore Diet but you think it may be too expensive! Dollar signs flash before your eyes and you almost toss the idea out the window. Is the carnivore diet really that expensive? Is being on a more conventional diet less costly? In this article, we will look at the cost impact of eating all meat….all the time.

  1. What exactly comprises the carnivore diet?

What precisely can you eat on the carnivore diet? The diet stresses the importance of leaning heavily on red meat, particularly on fatty cuts that will help you meet your daily calorie needs. Foods that are on the green list of the carnivore diet include:

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Organ meats
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Lard
  • Bone marrow
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water
  • Bone broth

If your plan is to adhere to the strictest version of the carnivore diet, you’ll eat only what’s on the above list; however, some people choose to be more flexible and may include some foods that come from animals indirectly, like milk, yogurt, and cheese. Others still take coffee and tea.

How much food does one consume under the Carnivore diet?

The perception is that a meat diet is exorbitantly expensive and can put one in the poor house. In reality, when compared to other diets or eating lifestyles,  it is surprisingly one of the more affordable options.

Can a Carnivore diet be more affordable that being Vegan or going Keto?

Without a doubt! The generalization aside, look at all the extra ingredients you end up purchasing on the other diets. For example, you are buying expensive avocados, cashew and almond butters, cacao products, oils, teas, herbs, seasonings, kombucha, raw vegetables, occasionally, some very costly supplements.

Supplementation can really add up at the till…consider the vitamins, mushroom teas, elixirs, MCT oils, protein powders, and the rest of the stuff you find in the health food store or supplement aisle. As a carnivore diet generally does not include all these additives, it ends up being quite affordable.

  • Buy Cheaper Cuts

When you are new to the carnivore diet, you might need to take leaner and choosier cuts as your body is not yet accustomed to this diet and in order for you avoid digestion issues and minimize keto flu symptoms. As your tolerance increases, you can step down to fattier cuts and ground beef and you’ll find that these are much cheaper options.

Another way to approach this is by starting with the different ratios of fat in ground beef. For instance, start off with a 90/10 for a week, then an 85/15, 80/20, and 70/30 for a week each and so on.

Also of note is that fattier cuts make you more satiated and sometimes you just end up eating less meat based on pounds. You will see that you will get full quickly on a 70/30 burger as compared to a 90/10.

  • Buy what’s on sale

Lots of grocery stores have a weekly ad. Look out for which stores have meat offers. You could find that you save greatly this way.

  • Buy your meat online

Online meat shopping has major benefits. You have a large variety, you can order the less prominent meat selections like organ meat and liverwurst, and you can double down on coupons or buy in bulk.

  • Buy the whole animal

The ultimate way to go carnivore and to save money in the long run is to purchase a full cow or pig. The savings are tremendous and if you have a non-defrost freezer, you could potentially have meat for half to a full year, naturally depending on how much you consume.

  • Buy sections

You could also buy sections of an animal such as ½ or a ¼.

Here is a very general breakdown of a grass fed organic certified ranch costs for a full cow. Average hanging weight of a full cow is 500 pounds. (Hanging weight is basically all the meat minus blood, head, etc.)

A whole cow with butcher fees approximately costs $3200 to $4400. We are looking at total costs of 8.80 per pound on the high end and $6.40 per pound on the low end. (You can get even cheaper if you purchase from an uncertified organic farm or ranch or buy meat not labeled grass-fed.) Non grass-fed beef is fattier but they are usually fed grain and soy which depending on who you talk is controversial from a health and environmental perspective.

When you buy the full cow, you are given the choice of cuts you want and how thick you want your steaks, so there is a certain amount of customization. Depending on your cut selection you end up with around 100 to 150 pounds of ground beef too. This is by far the best deal because you are getting all the cuts like ribeye steaks, filets, flanks, strips and briskets.

How much freezer space do you need?

The general rule of thumb is one cubic foot of space per every 35-40 pounds of packaged meat so a quarter of a cow will fit into a standard freezer chest that has five to seven cubic feet.

Auto Defrost or Not?

Be careful what type of freezer you use to store your packaged meat. There is a huge difference between an auto-defrost freezer, most likely like the one in your kitchen, and a non- defrost freezer. The auto defrost actually has heating coils in its walls which are used to heat up, thaw the ice and then freeze again. This is not ideal because if you have meat next to the walls it’s basically doing the same thing. Your meat is thawing and defrosting over and over again which means it will not last as long and if not eaten within 3 or so months it may spoil.

If you are going big and getting that full cow and expect to keep it frozen through the year, you will need to invest in a non-defrosting chest style freezer which are very affordable. Investing in a non-defrosting freezer will pay for itself over time.

How else can you keep meat longer?

At the point of purchase, the butcher will generally give you the option of standard paper style packaging or vacuum sealed. The vacuum sealed will last longer but there is an increase in price due to material and the time it takes to vacuum seal everything. It will therefore be up to you to decide whether you can afford the extra and have your meat last longer or keep your meat for a shorter period at a cheaper cost.

Another fun way to purchase your meat is by going to a livestock auction. You will get to see the quality of the cow, pig, goat or chickens you are buying and bid up to where you are comfortable. A lot of the auctions help support programs like 4H which in turn help ranchers and their children with education and best practices. Plus it’s a fun and exciting experience.

So, is a carnivore diet affordable?

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to reduce your meat costs, even if it won’t be quite possible to cut it down to the bare minimum. For anyone attempting to lose weight on this diet, it is advisable to stock up on eggs and cheese as they are great fillers to keep you going.

The Carnivore Diet is definitely a lifestyle that is affordable! You will find yourself eating out a lot less and have no need to snack on anything at all. Think about the health care costs associated with poor health. Can you afford not to go carnivore?

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The Carnivore Diet: Starting Pointers

Important Points:

  • Carnivore diet
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Cravings
  • Adapting
  • Meat

The Carnivore Diet: Starting Pointers

The carnivore diet – also known as the all meat diet or the carnivorous diet – entails eating almost nothing but meat for every meal, every day. That means a lot of protein, a lot of fat, and almost zero carbs. This rather drastic shift in eating patterns is bound to leave your body reeling, so let’s talk about whether there are adverse symptoms or not? How can you manage them? In this article we’ll take you through what you need to expect and the tips and tricks that will get you through them.

The Carnivore Diet Symptoms

You may experience significant symptoms when getting adapted to The Carnivore Diet.

Nearly everyone experiences adverse symptoms and side effects when they start the Carnivore Diet. The symptoms you experience are your body’s natural response to carbohydrate restriction and the elimination of addictive agents and chemicals.

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Brain fog
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Digestive issues
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Bad breath/smells
  • Bad taste in mouth (metallic)
  • Dry mouth
  • Cravings (sugar!)
  • Muscle soreness
  • Jaw soreness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor focus and concentration
  • Decreased performance, energy, and drive
  • Cramping
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Nocturia (peeing a lot at night)
  • Feeling hot or cold

If you are coming from a ketogenic (keto) or high fat/low carb diet (HFLC), the transition is generally easier (but there are still symptoms you need to understand!) than someone coming from a Standard American Diet that is high in carbohydrates. These symptoms are a result of your body undergoing significant metabolic and hormonal changes.

The 3 Major Adaptations

If you decide to start The Carnivore Diet, there are three major adaptations that your body is going to go through.

1. Fluid Rebalancing: Because you are eating fewer carbs, your insulin levels drop which sends a signal to the kidneys to release sodium from the body. Losing 10 lbs. of water in a couple days is not uncommon as water follows sodium out of the body.

Glycogen is then converted to glucose as the last energy usage before switching to mainly fatty acids.

2. Transitioning from Sugar to Fat for Energy

Your body will start switching from burning mainly sugar to fat for energy. Depending on your metabolic flexibility, you might have milder or more severe symptoms. Your metabolic flexibility is your body’s ability to adapt to different fuel sources, which depends on a number of factors including genetics, and especially your diet prior to this change. If you have been accustomed to eating a lot of high carbohydrate foods, it can feel a lot like going into withdrawal.

3. Hormone Response and Rebalancing

Some hormones in your body will respond to the diet by rebalancing, let’s look at thyroid and cortisol hormones. T3 thyroid hormone levels may decrease as T3, a hormone produced by the thyroid, is closely connected with dietary carbohydrates. It plays a major role in regulation of body temperature, metabolism, and heart rate.

Cures for the Carnivore Adaptation Symptoms

You can dramatically lessen and perhaps even eliminate most of the suffering in the “trough” by using some tricks to help bridge your body to the adapted state of bliss. Here are some tricks:

1. Eat more meat.

Under-eating is the number one reason people unnecessarily suffer.

Early on, it’s common to feel extremely hungry. As your body is getting used to the diet, eat, eat, and eat again. Do not try to restrict calories or track macros. Don’t worry about gaining fat.

2. Hydrate

Make sure you are drinking water. Do not overdo it as you will make the situation worse, but you need to stay hydrated. After adapting, you drink to thirst (no need to measure/monitor) but if you are feeling like crap during adaptation – make sure you are hydrating.

3. Electrolytes

Replenish your electrolytes. As you lose a lot of excess water, you also lose a lot of electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride. Salt, used generously on your meat, is the first step. For some people, this may be adequate; other people need some help in the potassium and magnesium department as well though…

These are tricks that can help you replenish potassium and magnesium:

  1. Drink Meaty Bone Broth – In addition to water and sodium, this will give you some potassium which will offset some of the discomfort caused at a cellular level.
  2. It’s important that the bones have some meat on them because that’s where the potassium is.
  3. Supplement 
  4. Potassium K+: 500 – 3500 mg/day (start with 1g – K+ chloride)
  5. Magnesium Mg: 250-500 mg/day (magnesium citrate)
  6. Sodium Na: 2-7g/day (5g is a good starting point – I like this brand)

Solving GI Problems

Gastrointestinal (GI) issues are extremely common, especially if you are coming from a low-fat diet.

Your gallbladder and pancreas might not be ready to handle the increased fat intake, even if you are. When first starting, you may have inadequate bile and lipase to digest the increased fat intake leading to diarrhea and other kinds of GI distress.

To help manage this, you can reduce how much fat you’re eating by choosing leaner cuts of meat. A better solution is to supplement for 2-4 weeks. You could take some lipase supplement a few minutes before meals. You can start with one tablet and if you still have some discomfort take two.

If still having GI issues, especially, if they are GERD/acid reflux related, take a Betaine HCl supplement. Many people produce inadequate stomach acid to facilitate digestion and proper metabolic signaling. This is a main cause of GERD, Heartburn, Acid Reflux. Don’t take this supplement with anti-inflammatories as it could result in ulcers. It should automatically include pepsin in it, but check to make sure. Common dosage range between 3-5g/meal.

Important note: Supplements are a bridging strategy and not designed for long term use; the goal is to be off all of these after the first month. They are intended to allow your body catch up.

It might also be important to eliminate rendered fats as they could exacerbate the problem. It is normal to notice less frequent bowel movements as your body absorbs and uses meat very efficiently and not a lot goes to waste.

Sleep

Insomnia is common during adaptation, and since you are purging water, nocturia is also an interrupter. A few hacks that help:

Keep your room pitch black (blackout curtains, cover LEDs) and COOL

Start winding down 2 hours before bed (no screens or at the least put them in night mode)

  • Don’t eat within a few hours of sleep if you can help it
  • Be conscious how much you are drinking later in the day
  • Be asleep before 11 (a cortisol spike happens if you are not asleep around this time)

Sweat

Sweating is a natural detox mechanism. Since you are finally giving your body the nutrition it has been craving, you give it the opportunity to expel toxins. Give your body a hand and help it detox by getting some exercise and sweating.

Killing cravings and addictions – “Brain Changes”

Besides the metabolic and hormonal changes mentioned, you may also experience alterations in what I call “Brain Changes” that occur along the “brain-body highway”, a signaling control system between the gut and the brain.

This communication highway influences everything from hormones to neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and GABA that play huge roles in mood, cravings, and addiction. Not unlike many drug addictions, you may go through withdrawal symptoms from foods or other substances (especially sugar) which you have become physically and neurologically addicted.

Cravings are common and the best solution is to make sure you are eating enough fatty meat. Not eating enough meat and eating meat that is too lean are the top mistakes.

You’re Ready to Start

Most people experience adaptation symptoms which can range from annoying to a certainty that you are going to die. I’ll be the first to admit that they aren’t all that pleasant, but with the above information to help identify and deal with them, your first attempt should be much easier. Yes, your bowel movements will change, and you will have some initial fatigue and brain fog, but in my opinion, the benefits certainly outweigh these temporary symptoms, especially if your goal is to lose weight fast.

Be committed, don’t let them deter you and give it a try.

References

  • Meat Health (2018):The Carnivore Diet – Symptoms and Cures. Retrieved from
https://meat.health/knowledge-base/carnivore-diet-symptoms-and-cures/
  • Mike Fishbein(2019):The Carnivore Diet: How to Survive the First Month. Retrieved from
https://mfishbein.com/carnivore-diet/
  • Carnivore Style (2018): Carnivore Diet Side Effects
    What Are the Symptoms, Risks & Dangers? Retrieved from
https://carnivorestyle.com/carnivore-diet/side-effects/
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Should people with diabetes try the Carnivore diet?

Important Points:

  • Carnivore diet
  • Meat
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Side effects
  • Weight loss

Should people with diabetes try the Carnivore diet?

The diabetes state of affairs has taken the world by storm. With easy to access processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle, obesity has become all too common, and we would all like a cure. Though many diabetics are often under treatment, it is well understood that conventional medicine only manages the diabetic condition but does not offer any hope for reversal or a cure. Is the carnivore diet the missing piece in this puzzle?  How can adapting the carnivore diet start reversing the effects of this disease? In this article we will look at the possibilities in these questions and shed some light on how the carnivore diet can actually help.

Facets of the Carnivore Diet Making It Ideal for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

The carnivore diet is very effective in achieving the two common aims of diabetes control: lowering blood glucose levels and reducing weight.

The all meat diet, also known as the carnivore diet, is exactly what its name suggests: a diet that consists 100% of meat. Think of the keto diet without any salads or low carb vegetables.

The carnivore diet has been claimed to have a variety of benefits including:

  • lower blood pressure
  • improved insulin sensitivity
  • reduced dependency on medication
  • reduction in weight
  • improvements in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, without adding to low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol
  • a drop in insulin

Proponents of the diet tout its ability to aid in weight loss, cure autoimmune diseases, decrease digestive issues, and improve heart health. The total elimination of carbohydrates as part of this diet results in more consistent insulin levels.

The carnivore diet should consist of the following types of food:

  • Meats: Fatty meats are acceptable, but should be eaten in moderation to be mindful of heart health. Also, be mindful of consuming too much protein. Combining a high level of protein with low levels of carbohydrates may cause the liver to convert the protein into glucose. This would raise blood sugar levels.
  • Eggs: Eggs are low in carbohydrates, as well as being an excellent source of protein.
  • Fish: This is a good source of protein.
  • Poultry: Also a good source of protein
  • Organ parts: A good source for nutrients besides protein
  • Cheese: Not everyone on a carnivore diet takes cheese but it can be included.

There has been anecdotal evidence that people with diabetes have been able to stabilize their blood sugar using this diet. From a biochemistry standpoint, if you’re eating only meat, you’re largely not taking in glucose, so your blood glucose levels are likely to be stable.

Effects of Carbohydrates on a Diabetic

Foods containing carbohydrates, such as bread, rice, pasta, milk, and fruit, are the main fuel source for many bodily processes. The body uses insulin to help bring glucose from the blood into the cells for energy. As Type 2 Diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance, people suffering from this condition produce too much insulin because their receptors don’t work. This disrupts the body’s ability to use carbohydrates effectively and, in turn, causes high blood sugar levels. When a person with Type 2 Diabetes eats a high-carb meal, this can lead to a spike in blood glucose.

Because the carnivore diet totally eliminates carbohydrates, glucose spikes are avoided. In fact, the body starts using the stored up fat for energy. This leads to weight loss and stable sugars.

In a nutshell the carnivore diet might:

  • reduce the risk of diabetes in people who do not yet have it
  • improve glycemic control in people with diabetes
  • help people to lose excess weight

Impact of the Carnivore Diet on Diabetics’ Medication

The carnivore diet may help reduce blood sugar levels. As such, some people with type 2 diabetes who start this diet may be able to reduce their need for medication. One should have their blood glucose levels constantly monitored so as to adjust medication accordingly.

Impact of a Carnivore Diet on Weight Loss?

People on a carnivore diet tend to lose weight because:

  • They totally eliminate carbohydrates and sugar, which are readily converted to fat.
  • Their bodies start burning fat for energy. Naturally, this leads to reduced weight.

Diabetes has been linked to obesity and one of the factors that help in the prevention and management of this disease is keeping one’s weight within the recommended guidelines. As such, this aspect of the carnivore diet can go a long way in managing, and even reversing Type 2 Diabetes.

Side Effects of the Carnivore Diet

The Carnivore diet may be a viable glucose management option for some people with type 2 diabetes, however, as the it involves switching to a different source of energy, it’s not right for everyone.

Short-term side effects

The dietary change might cause symptoms that resemble withdrawal from a substance, such as caffeine.

These symptoms may include:

  • keto-flu, a short-term group of symptoms that resemble those of flu
  • noticeable changes in bowel habits, such as a running stomach
  • uncomfortable leg cramps
  • a noticeable loss of energy
  • mental fogginess
  • frequent urination
  • headaches
  • loss of salts

In most instances, the side effects are temporary. People often experience no long-term health problems.

Long term side effects

Measuring blood sugar looks at the short-term, immediate effect of food. But over time, eating a diet of mostly or only meat can have long-term health consequences.

Long-term effects might include the development of kidney stones and an increased risk of bone fractures due to acidosis. Other complications include the risk of dyslipidemia (buildup of fats in the blood) and a possible increase in hypoglycemic (below normal blood sugar level) episodes.

Some animal studies have suggested that, since a low-carb diet often involves additional fat, there might be a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), due to a buildup of fats in the arteries. People with diabetes already have an increased risk of CVD.

There is a lack of evidence about the long-term safety and effectiveness of the carnivore diet, and researchers have called for more primary studies and more evidence before recommending this diet.

Alternatives to the Carnivore Diet

A doctor may recommend a specific meal plan rather than suggesting a diet. The carnivore diet is one of many eating plans that might help people manage their weight. A majority of health professionals do not recommend the carnivore diet for managing diabetes because there are many other nutrient-dense diets available that aim to balance carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake, control body weight, and keep blood sugar within a healthful range.

Criticisms of the Carnivore Diet

Critics of the carnivore diet focus on the adverse effects, including the possibility of kidney damage, CVD, and hypoglycemic episodes while noting that there is no evidence to support the long-term benefits of the carnivore diet.

Maintaining this type of diet can also be difficult on a long-term basis, as it is highly restrictive. This may lead to weight gain later on, particularly if an individual starts to eat unbalanced levels of carbohydrates once they switch back to a regular diet.

So, is it advisable for a diabetic to go on a carnivore diet?

Unlike the other diets, the carnivore diet is easy to track and maintain because it involves eating all kinds of meat in any quantities. It is thus easier to follow and much harder to fall off the wagon than being on diets such as the keto diet and others that need careful monitoring and measuring in some.

Much remains to be discovered about how this way of eating impacts our health, but it’s certainly worth a try if you’re struggling with autoimmune diseases, obesity, diabetes or psychiatric issues. Going on a carnivore diet as a short-term experiment is reasonable and safe, albeit socially challenging.

Therefore, at this point in time, without scientific studies to back the safety of this diet, and without substantial anecdotal evidence about long-term success, there isn’t really any way to say for certain if the all meat diet is good for people with diabetes. One thing it won’t do, however, is raise blood sugar levels. And that’s a good thing!

References:

  1. A sweet life (2018): Is the All Meat Diet Good for People With Diabetes? Retrieved from
https://asweetlife.org/is-the-all-meat-diet-good-for-people-with-diabetes/
  • Nutrita (2019): The ultimate guide to the carnivore diet. Retrieved from

https://nutrita.app/guide-to-the-carnivore-diet/

  • Healthline (2019):All Meat, All the Time: Should People with Diabetes Try the Carnivore Diet? Retrieved from

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/carnivore-diet-for-diabetes#1

  • NCBI (2017):Effects of Ketogenic Diets on Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Evidence from Animal and Human Studies. Retrieved from

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5452247/

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Meat Heals: What is the effect of the carnivore diet on obesity and cancer?

Important Points:

  • Carnivore Diet
  • Meat
  • Ketosis
  • Obesity
  • Cancer

Meat Heals:
What is the effect of the carnivore diet on obesity and cancer?

Does meat really heal? Many anecdotal reports have been released claiming that the carnivore diet, consisting of eating a diet restricted to meat, has alleviated the symptoms of autoimmune disease and depression while causing weight loss and improved health. Despite the anecdotal evidence, is there any scientific data to support these claims? Let’s consider the effect of the carnivore diet on several health conditions.

1. The Carnivore Diet and Obesity

When you are on the carnivore diet, your intake of processed carbohydrates and sugar is completely eliminated. These simple sugars are the leading cause of weight gain. In the absence of these carbohydrates, your body burns fat for fuel in a process known as ketosis resulting in weight loss and the eradication of obesity. Obesity is a leading cause of chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and fatty liver disease.

2. The Carnivore Diet and Autoimmune Diseases

Studies have shown that excess intake of sugary foods and processed carbohydrates increases systemic levels of inflammation in the body which can increase the risk for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Eliminating sugar intake through this meat diet can therefore theoretically decrease levels of inflammation in the body.

But does the meat diet directly decrease levels of inflammation in the body? The carnivore diet sends the body into a metabolic state called ketosis where it burns fat for energy instead of using glucose. Compared to glucose metabolization which produces large amounts of free oxygen radicals contributing to inflammation, ketone metabolization has been shown to produce far fewer free radicals.

In fact, studies have shown that ketosis decreases inflammation and reactive radicals in animal models of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune condition that affects the brain. It also decreases markers of liver inflammation in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since the ketogenic diet has also been shown to produce anti-inflammatory effects by directly inhibiting pro-inflammatory immune pathways in the body, it is assumed that the carnivore diet does the same though scientific data isn’t readily available. With this in mind, it can be concluded that the carnivore diet can in fact guard against inflammation and ameliorate symptoms of autoimmune diseases.

3. The Carnivore Diet and Cancer

The development of cancer, known as carcinogenesis, has been linked to hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia, and chronic inflammation. Not enough studies have been done on the carnivore diet, but emerging evidence suggests that the ketogenic diet may decrease the risk of cancer through its anti-inflammatory properties. Because the carnivore diet works in basically the same way as the keto diet, the same can be deduced of the carnivore diet. Along those same lines, the ketogenic diet is hypothesized to decrease risk of cancer by decreasing levels of insulin and glucose in the body and also by decreasing systemic levels of inflammation, and the carnivore diet would achieve the same thing.

Initially, it was thought that cancer cells use a lot of glucose for energy, thus starving them of glucose would stop their growth. Unfortunately, this theory has not produced new treatment or a cure because normal cells need energy too, and there is no way of starving the cancer cells and feeding the normal ones.

There is also an indirect link between cancer risk and sugar. Eating excess sugar over time can cause you to gain weight, and scientific evidence shows that being overweight or obese increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer. In fact, keeping obesity at bay is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after quitting smoking. The carnivore diet can thus reduce the risk of obesity and the risk of cancer.

One other study published in 2019 showed evidence that people who drank more sugary drinks had a slightly increased risk of cancer regardless of body weight. Because the carnivore diet eliminates sugary drinks, this is one more benefit of this diet. 

But what of the studies that show a correlation between red meat and cancer? There is one major flaw in the way these studies are interpreted: they seem to suggest a causal link between meat consumption and cancer that isn’t really there.

4. The Carnivore Diet and Cognitive Function

Although there is limited evidence on the neuroprotective effects of the carnivore diet specifically, there is much evidence on the neuroprotective of the ketogenic diet, which the carnivore diet closely resembles. Data suggests that the ketogenic diet has anti-inflammatory effects on the brain and holds neuroprotective benefits.

The ketogenic diet was initially designed to manage children suffering from seizures. Studies show that as many as half of patients that used the ketogenic diet had fewer seizures after starting the diet. In children with specific genetic epilepsies or epilepsy syndromes, studies have shown up to 90% of patients achieve seizure freedom on the ketogenic diet.

Because inflammation is thought to play an important role in epilepsy and seizures, the ketogenic diet, and therefore the carnivore diet, may decrease seizure occurrence through its anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms of the ketogenic diet involve reduced mitochondrial production of pro-inflammatory molecules and reduced production of excess excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, which can cause neuronal damage.

Inflammation is thought to play a role in the development of other neurological diseases such as autism which is increasingly associated with maternal inflammation, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as cognitive dysfunction in people with diabetes and obesity. Thus, decreasing inflammation through the carnivore diet may improve symptoms related to neurological dysfunction associated with inflammatory processes.

5. The Carnivore Diet and Depression

From anecdotal reports, the carnivore diet has shown neurological and psychological effects beyond the treatment of seizures and chronic pain. It’s also known that inflammation can contribute to depression, and depression itself can promote inflammation. Many people on the carnivore diet report benefits such as increased alertness, energy, mood, and concentration.

6. So, Does Meat Heal?

It is clear that the carnivore diet has marked positive effects on the conditions we set out to explore, mainly due to its elimination of sugars and carbohydrates. It can be said that getting on a carnivore diet is likely to bring about improved health outcomes.

It is important to note that there is not a ‘one-size-fit all’ when it comes to diet. Every individual has a different body, genetics, digestive system, and immune system, which all of play a role in the body’s reaction to food. However, even if the carnivore diet is not for you, please note that everyone should cut down on sugar and processed carbohydrates because these are known to cause weight gain, pro-inflammatory states, and health problems.

References:

  1. Neurogal (2018): Does Meat Really Heal? Show me the Evidence for the Carnivore Diet. Retrieved from

https://neurogal.com/neuro-blog/2018/12/7/does-meat-really-heal-show-me-the-evidence-for-the-carnivore-diet

  • Cancer Research UK (2017): Sugar and cancer – what you need to know. Retrieved from
https://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/05/15/sugar-and-cancer-what-you-need-to-know/
  • The BMJ (2019):Sugary drink consumption and risk of cancer: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort. Retrieved from

https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l2408

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The Carnivore Diet: Just a passing fad?

Important Points:

  • Carnivore diet
  • Meat
  • Leaky gut
  • Eliminate carbs

The Carnivore Diet: Just a passing fad?

The carnivore diet has taken over the pop culture space like a whirlwind, hot on the heels of other diets like the ketogenic and paleo diets. It has received extremely harsh reviews from some quarters while some proponents swear by it. Will it stand the test of time? Is it worth all the hype? Let’s explore its viability and its chances of soldiering on.

Where did this diet come from?

The Carnivore Diet allows one to eat only meat, fish, and other animal foods like eggs and certain dairy products.  It excludes all other foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.  Its proponents also recommend eliminating dairy or limiting dairy intake to foods that may contain lactose — a sugar found in milk and dairy products — such as butter and hard cheeses.

The Carnivore Diet stems from the controversial belief that human ancestral populations ate mostly meat and fish and that high-carb diets are to blame for today’s high rates of chronic disease.

Carnivore ancestors?

The world has yet to produce a civilization which has eaten a vegan diet from childhood through death. Conversely, there are numerous examples throughout recorded history of societies from a variety of cultural, ethnic and geographical backgrounds that have lived on mainly-meat diets for decades, lifetimes, and generations. What exactly did these carnivorous cultures eat, and how healthy or unhealthy were they?

Some of the ancient cultures that practiced carnivorism predominantly are:

  • The Inuit of the Canadian Arctic thrived on fish, seal, walrus and whale meat.
  • The Chukotka of the Russian Arctic lived on caribou meat, marine animals and fish.
  • The Masai, Samburu, and Rendille warriors of East Africa survived on diets consisting primarily of milk and meat.
  • The steppe nomads of Mongolia ate mostly meat and dairy products.
  • The Sioux of South Dakota enjoyed a diet of buffalo meat.
  • The Brazilian Gauchos nourished themselves with beef.

The studies on these communities strongly support claims that early man predominantly survived on meat. Although there is no dispute that our early ancestors ate meat, a meat only diet is quite unlikely.

Anthropological evidence contradicts the carnivore claim about early humans not eating carbohydrates. There’s archaeological evidence from at least 30,000 years — that’s 20,000 years before the agricultural revolution — of stone tools that look like mortars and pestles that people used to grind up seeds and grain. It is possible that both Neanderthals and Paleolithic peoples ate barley, beans, and tubers.

In addition, copies of amylase genes, whose only purpose is to make enzymes that digest carbohydrates, are often highly selected for within our genome, suggesting that starchy foods were important throughout our evolutionary history. This contradicts an ancestral all meat diet, or even an ultra-low carb one, as such replications are not strongly selected for within any carnivorous species.

That said, there is still some scientific debate about the diet of Neanderthals, who are partly-ancestral to some people of Eurasian ancestry. There are some exceptionally high levels of δ15N in some Neanderthal remains, which would indicate high levels of meat eating, possibly even rotten meat.

Why you should start this diet as early as today…

Proponents of this diet have lauded it for curing or helping them to manage pretty severe chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, brain fog, digestive issues, autoimmune issues, just to name a few. While most of this evidence is anecdotal, let us look at some benefits of adopting this diet:

  • The Carnivore diet eliminates all added sugars.
  • Eliminating sugar (carbohydrates) drastically reduces the risk that the sugar will glycate and stick to cholesterol particles leading to atherosclerosis.
  • Eliminating sugars, eliminates the risk of insulin spikes which can lead to insulin resistance over time.
  • Eliminating sugars removes the production AGEs which lead to aging, chronic disease and diabetes
  • Eliminating glucose gets rid of the possibility of oxidative stress; oxidative stress causes inflammation and plays a role in almost every disease.

The Carnivore Diet and the Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is a condition when the tight junctions of the small intestine open and allow proteins and toxins into the bloodstream. This diet resolves leaky gut by:

  1. Reducing inflammation thereby reversing gut microbiome imbalances
  2. Being arguably the most nutrient rich diet on earth
  3. Removing foods with Lectins and Gluten that pry the tight junctions in the small intestine open.

The Carnivore Diet Eliminates Refined Carbohydrates

Because all the fiber has been removed from refined carbohydrates, they are digested very rapidly and cause major blood sugar spikes. These spikes can lead to insulin resistance over time especially when these refined carbs are consumed with fat. They also damage the gut. Sugar and carbohydrates are fermented by the gut and colon which can exacerbate GI issues and lead to leaky gut; this fermentation in the gut is why a well-established treatment for IBS recommends low carbohydrates to starve your bacteria.

Over time, refined carbohydrate consumption has been linked to inflammation and obesity. The carnivore diet completely cuts off carbohydrates and may reverse these effects over time.

If you are suffering from severe or incurable conditions with poor therapeutic possibilities, the carnivore diet could be an option you try.

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How effective is the Carnivore diet in curbing chronic obesity?

Important Points:

  • Carnivore Diet
  • Meat
  • Obesity
  • Weight loss

How effective is the Carnivore diet in curbing chronic obesity?

Obesity has become rampant in recent times. It is said to affect almost 50% of the American population, and it has been credited with being a leading cause of chronic illness and ill health. The carnivore diet has become very popular as the new way to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and ward off these diseases. A major proponent of this diet is its ability to melt away the fat, but just how effective is it in the management of obesity? Do its effects last? Let’s consider these questions here.

  • What is obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It is a medical problem that increases your risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. There are many reasons why some people have difficulty avoiding obesity including inherited factors, environmental factors, and personal diet and exercise choices.

  • What is the Carnivore diet?

The Carnivore Diet is a restrictive diet that only includes meat, fish, and other animal foods like eggs and certain dairy products. It excludes all other foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Its proponents also recommend limiting dairy intake to foods that are low in lactose — a sugar found in milk and dairy products — such as butter and hard cheeses.

Many people who have adopted the carnivore diet report faster weight loss, improved mental clarity, healthier digestion, and even improved athletic performance. Some have also reported remarkable relief from debilitating chronic health problems where conventional methods failed.

What does one eat on the carnivore diet?

Promoted (Green List) Foods, with emphasis on the fattier cuts of meat to take in enough calories:

  • Meat: beef, chicken, turkey, organ meats, lamb, pork, etc.
  • Fish: salmon, mackerel, sardines, crab, lobster, tilapia, herring, etc.
  • Other animal products: eggs, lard, bone marrow, bone broth, etc.
  • Low-lactose dairy (in small amounts): heavy cream, hard cheese, butter, etc.
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, and seasonings with no carbs
  • Water

Forbidden Foods:

  • All Carbs
  • Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, green beans, peppers, etc.
  • Fruits: apples, berries, bananas, kiwi, oranges, etc.
  • High-lactose dairy: milk, yogurt, soft cheese, etc.
  • Legumes: beans, lentils, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, etc.
  • Grains: rice, wheat, bread, quinoa, pasta, etc.
  • Alcohol: beer, wine, liquor, etc.
  • Sugars: table sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, etc.
  • Beverages other than water:  fruit juice, soda

Discretionary Foods

  • Milk, Butter, Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Coffee and tea: These may be plant-based, but some people keep these in the diet.

What effect might the carnivore diet have on obesity?

When on a carnivore diet, you consume primarily meat… Occasionally you could have some eggs and cheese and maybe a cup of coffee. At a glance, what about this diet could help in combating obesity?

How does the carnivore diet work?

  • Cutting out sugar and carbohydrates

The absence of sugar and carbohydrates cause rapid and sustained fat loss without the need to count calories. Carbohydrates are hard to store and actually harmful if left to circulate in your system too long, so your body always wants to use them up first. Your body releases insulin to shuttle blood sugar into muscles. To make sure the sugar gets used up first, insulin also tells your fat cells to store any fat you consume and to not release stored body fat for hours afterwards. If you eat a lot of easily-absorbed carbohydrates, your body releases a ton of insulin in response. Excess insulin can remove too much sugar from your blood stream, resulting in hypoglycemia, and the quickest way to restore blood sugar levels is to eat more carbs. The fat stored never gets used up, and people live on the carb roller coaster resulting in weight gain.

The carnivore diet does away with all this by totally eliminating sugar and carbohydrates from your diet.

  • Eating a lot of protein suppresses appetite

One way that protein controls appetite is through the amino acid phenylalanine. Consumed protein is broken down into amino acids so it can be absorbed by the body. Multiple studies have shown how phenylalanine suppresses appetite and even improves mood while helping you burn stored fat. One study found that phenylalanine increases the release of an intestinal hormone called cholecystokinin which signals the brain to feel satiated after eating and causes a reduction in subsequent food intake. A mouse study found that a single dose of phenylalanine caused an increase in another satiety hormone called GLP-1 and reduced levels of the hunger-hormone ghrelin.

  • Increase in dopamine

Protein foods are made from the building blocks of amino acids (including tyrosine) which are essential to the production of dopamine. It has therefore been suggested that upping protein intake may also boost dopamine production without increasing appetite. Dopamine is considered the reward hormone, and increasing its levels in your brain is helpful for making your weight loss diet less unpleasant.

  • The carnivore diet “imposes” time restricted eating

The carnivore diet tends to make people naturally adopt time-restricted eating patterns. Studies show that eating at night is a common cause of obesity. Junk food actually causes you to prefer late-night eating. Sugar and fat together act as a trigger that cements the unhealthy habit of late-night eating. Worse yet, your body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) determines your digestion and energy usage times along with your sleep and wake times. We’re meant to eat during the day and sleep at night. When you eat at night, your body doesn’t want to process those calories leaving them to sit and cause metabolic dysfunction.

Protein does not seem to trigger a desire for late-night eating, so the carnivore diet also helps curb that unhealthy practice. With late-night eating eliminated, the quality of your sleep will improve producing a better mood the next day and making you less apt to make poor food choices out of hunger or being cranky. Better sleep will decrease stress and anxiety too.

  • Does the carnivore diet stave off obesity?

There is a link between the Carnivore diet and sustained weight loss. In the absence of carbohydrates, fat can be kept off for long periods of time. The question becomes how safe it is to do the carnivore diet long term. More studies on this need to be carried out, but in the meantime, this diet is one of the best in keeping obesity and its associated diseases at bay.

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From Keto to Carnivore

Important Points:

  • Carnivore diet
  • Ketones
  • Keto Flu
  • Calorie Intake
  • Meat

From Keto to Carnivore

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:

  1. While on Keto, one gets the“Keto Flu.”When transitioning from Keto to Carnivore, there is a somewhat similar process that can either be called the “Carnivore Fluor the “keto flu”.
  2. Loose stools are common. As the major difference between the keto and carnivore is consumption of vegetables, fiber intake is severely affected, leading to a potential for significant change in bowel movements. While fiber is not necessary for healthy digestion (and can be causal of digestive issues) it does impact bowel function. In absorbing water, creating bulk, and establishing regularity, fiber lets the colon to get lazy. A major function of the colon is to reabsorb water. Since fiber does most of this work in a diet high in plant-based foods, the colon gets lazy. It quits doing its job. It’s like a muscle that hasn’t been worked out and gets weak. Going from a Ketogenic Diet to a Carnivore Diet results in a drastic change in fiber intake. And since the colon hasn’t gotten a good workout in a while, and is now being asked to do its job, it’s lost some of its capacity. It needs to “on-ramp”, and during this “on-ramp” water gets through.
  3. Your stool is also not as frequent as it used to be. This is not constipation; You are just not making all that much stool as meat gets majorly absorbed and leaves little waste behind.
  4. Fiber is food for bacteria in the large intestines. Bacteria love fiber. They ferment it and create the gases that make you unpopular at parties. Removing fiber makes some of these bacteria unhappy. There is research that shows that the microbiome can signal hunger and cravings as the bacteria do everything they can to get you to feed them before they die. We know very little about the microbiome. Most of what’s written is pure speculation as research is lacking. This “re-balancing” of gut microflora might actually be a good thing.
  5. Cravings. As your body gets used to doing without carbohydrates, you are likely to experience intense cravings. It advisable to eat more meat when the craving strikes.  Many people that come from a Ketogenic Diet are used to maniacal measuring, counting, and testing. When they move on to the Carnivore Diet and are told they can eat meat until satisfied without measuring or monitoring, the flood gates break loose. The key is to let the appetite re-regulate and normalize. Let the body fuel up on the nutrition it needs and desires. Be in it for the long haul. After a time the appetite regulates and the cravings disappear. In fact, all you will want to do is eat a steak. Everything else seems non-satisfactory.
  6. On the flip side, some people experience a lack of appetite. Meat is satiating. Protein is satiating. This can lead some people who transition from Keto to Carnivore to under eat which can lead to fatigue, low energy, moodiness. The key is to eat. Early on, hunger is not the only signal to listen to as to when to eat, so if you are tired, dragging, and crabby, then eat.

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.

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The Carnivore Diet: What is it?

Information Points:

  • Carnivore diet
  • Meat
  • Low carb
  • Cholesterol ratio
  • Inflammation

The Carnivore Diet: What is it?

Are you considering going carnivore? This all-meat diet is trending, and many people have reported significant benefits from adopting it, however, totally dropping plant-based food off your plate could have a significant impact on your health. First, let’s discuss what makes up the carnivore diet.

  1. What Is the Carnivore Diet?

The Carnivore Diet is a restrictive diet that only includes meat, fish, and other animal foods like eggs and certain dairy products. It excludes all other foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Its proponents also recommend limiting dairy intake to foods that are low in lactose — a sugar found in milk and dairy products — such as butter and hard cheeses.

The Carnivore Diet stems from the controversial belief that human ancestral populations ate mostly meat and fish and that high-carb diets are to blame for today’s high rates of chronic disease.

Many people who have adopted the carnivore diet report faster weight loss, improved mental clarity, healthier digestion, and even improved athletic performance. Some have also reported remarkable relief from debilitating chronic health problems where conventional methods failed. Despite these great reviews, it is definitely worth taking more time to investigate it.

  • Exactly which foods are on the Carnivore Diet List?

As the title suggests, the carnivore diet is made up of mainly meat with an emphasis on fattier cuts of meat to take in enough calories.

Promoted Foods:

  • Meat: beef, chicken, turkey, organ meats, lamb, pork, etc.
  • Fish: salmon, mackerel, sardines, crab, lobster, tilapia, herring, etc.
  • Other animal products: eggs, lard, bone marrow, bone broth, etc.
  • Low-lactose dairy (in small amounts): heavy cream, hard cheese, butter, etc.
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, and seasonings with no carbs
  • Water

Forbidden Foods:

  • All Carbs
  • Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, green beans, peppers, etc.
  • Fruits: apples, berries, bananas, kiwi, oranges, etc.
  • High-lactose dairy: milk, yogurt, soft cheese, etc.
  • Legumes: beans, lentils, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, etc.
  • Grains: rice, wheat, bread, quinoa, pasta, etc.
  • Alcohol: beer, wine, liquor, etc.
  • Sugars: table sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, etc.
  • Beverages other than water:  fruit juice, soda

Discretionary Foods

  • Milk, Butter, Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Coffee and tea: These may be plant-based, but some people keep these in the diet.
  • Is there an ancestral link to the carnivore diet?

Some people have considered the carnivore diet to be a fad, but is there evidence that any traditional populations practiced the carnivore culture? Many ancestral groups thrived on large quantities of animal products, however, every single one of these groups also took advantage of plant foods when they were available. These communities all predominantly ate meat and fish for their core sustenance:

  •  Sioux of South Dakota
  • The Maasai, Rendille, and Samburu from East Africa
  • Gaucho Brazilians
  • Mongolian Nomads
  • The Russian Arctic Chukotka
  • The Canadian Inuit

They also all looked for supplementation in vegetables, fruits, berries, lichen, condiments such as honey, and many other non-meat sources.

  • What are the benefits of using the carnivore diet?

The carnivore diet, though not being a new diet in a strict sense, has gained fame in recent times. Let’s look at some of its benefits recognized by both research and experience.

  • Weight Loss

As with the ketogenic diet, not taking in carbs keeps your blood sugar low at all times. Insulin levels don’t spike, so the body has no reason to store incoming calories as body fat, andthe limitations on what you can eat make it almost impossible to get a calorie surplus without a concerted effort.

  • Better Heart Health

While there is still no clear link between the consumption of saturated fat and heart disease, there is quite a bit of solid evidence that saturated fat can potentially improve heart health.

A person’s cholesterol ratio is found by dividing their total cholesterol number by their HDL score, and according to the Mayo Clinic , it is a better risk predictor than total cholesterol or LDL. When people don’t consume carbs, the liver produces fewer triglycerides which may raise their HDL levels. For many people on a high protein diet, the LDL also rises. We associate higher cholesterol with more risk when in fact, the body needs that LDL cholesterol to be higher as a person loses weight and becomes more active. That LDL cholesterol is providing more fuel especially if the LDL particles are smaller and denser. There is bigger, “fluffier” type of LDL particle that has more risk, and the kind of particle one has can be determined by a ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol. According to the Cooper Institute, the lower the ratio, the less the risk.

  • Lower Inflammation

Simply cutting plant foods from your menu can lower inflammation by itself. Brian St. Pierre of Precision Nutrition states, “If you had a food sensitivity to some of the plants you were eating and had low-grade inflammation, then removing them will make you feel better.” Lower inflammation means reduction of the risk for some chronic illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular issues and other conditions such as achy joints. There’s some evidence that eating more gelatinous proteins can improve cartilage health; these proteins would include in bone broth, collagen, and gelatin.

The liver produces C-reactive proteins (CRP) in response to inflammation, so measuring CRP levels can indicate how much inflammation is in your system. A level of 10mg/L or less is normal, and 1mg/L or less is good.

  • Higher Testosterone

Diets high in fat have been shown to boost testosterone levels. In fact, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who followed a high fat, low-fiber diet for 10 weeks had 13% higher total testosterone than subjects who ate low fat and high fiber.

  • Fewer Digestive Problems

Meat is made primarily of protein and fat, which are absorbed high up in the GI tract, leaving little residue leftover to irritate or inflame the gut. In other words, an all-meat diet is effectively a very low-residue diet and gives the gut a rest.

  • Increased Mental Clarity

At one starts the carnivore diet, the body has to figure out how to fuel its system without carbs potentially causing sleep difficulties or leaving a person lethargic and moody.  When the body doesn’t have carbs it can turn into glucose, the liver uses fat cells to make ketones, a chemical that builds up in the blood making it more acidic; bad breath can signal the presence of ketones. After the first few days, carnivore dieters report these adjustments in the body regulate and they think more clearly and have better focus almost right away. 

  • Simplified Dieting

The carnivore diet is the simplest you will ever come across. You eat animal foods when you’re hungry…period. If you are the kind of person who gets confused counting calories or macros, is tired of weighing portions on a food scale, or isn’t sure what’s gluten-free and what isn’t, a carnivore diet will all but relieve you of having to think.

And while a meat-rich diet may sound like it would break the bank, the amounts actually consumed may not be high, since meat is so satiating. Eating smaller amounts should keep costs down, just as not buying any other foods would too.

  • Is an all-meat, carnivore diet healthy?

Meat can be an essential part of a healthy diet, but an all-meat diet may not be the solution for everyone.  Different diets are better suited for different people based on their individual physiology and medical conditions. The diet that best matches their specific situation could be higher or lower carb, high fat, or even high protein. The right diet for any individual depends on their health, their goals, and which diet and lifestyle would best serve them. 

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https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/diet/carnivore-diet-benefits-risks-food-list-more/

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https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/a27405997/carnviore-diet-plan/

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https://chriskresser.com/the-carnivore-diet-is-it-really-healthy/

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