Are you a meat eater?
Would you be happy with only eating meat?
If so, then keep reading to find out if this diet could work for you.
To be upfront, I am not a 100% carnivore, but I have considered giving it a try. If I did, my plan would be to slowly eliminate non-carnivore foods that I don’t really eat much of anyways like: rice, bread, croissants, pie, beer, bourbon… wait a second, now that I think of it, this might not be the diet for me because I have a problem with restrictions.
It’s not that I can’t do it; it’s that I want to eat what I want!
I have found that tracking my macros is beneficial and with this diet you don’t.
I eat a high protein diet that consists mostly of meat, but I do find a benefit of some carbs in my diet especially on days that I’m training. So, my diet is mostly carnivore, but I do consume some non-carnivore foods too.
I do believe vegetables have their place in a well-rounded diet, but they’re not as important as your macro-nutrients.
In the carnivore diet you will never eat a vegetable again. Can you live with that?
I am not going to get too far into any scientific theories or studies. What I plan to cover is a general over-view of this diet and some of the questions that might come to mind.
What is the Carnivore Diet?
If you have ever thought, I wish I could find a diet where I could eat steak and bacon every day without tracking macros and not eat vegetables, then this might be for you.
The carnivore diet is where you only eat meat/ animal products and nothing else. Of course, you need to drink plenty of water, but beer, bourbon, and wine; you can forget about it. Milk, and bone broth are acceptable, but that’s kinda it for drinks.
This diet is based on eating fatty cuts of meat because since you are not getting any carbs your diet needs to be high in fat for your energy source.
Carnivore Diet Foods
There should be no confusion on what you eat on this diet, but I will cover this topic anyways.
Many people try to find a way to convince themselves of whether or not something fits in this diet plan, but it’s straight forward and simple to understand.
You can eat animals and animal products only:
- Chicken/ Poultry
- Wild Game
- Fish/ Seafood
- Plain Yogurt
- Lard-(For cooking)
- Butter-(For cooking)
I’m sure you get the picture.
The idea is that animal meat provides enough of what the body needs to survive and possibly improve some health conditions.
Weight loss on the Carnivore Diet
There are many dozens of people on this diet that were seriously obese and lost a significant amount of weight and improved their health big-time.
But ask yourself this, would cutting the sugar and extra junk food out of your diet help lead to weight-loss as well?
Yes it would!
When it comes to dieting and losing weight you have to find what works for you. Something you can see yourself doing for the long-run, that is the diet that’s best for you.
Any diet that promotes cutting processed foods and sugars is gonna work, but most people fall off diets because they hate diet foods and with this diet if you love meat, you win!
Is the Carnivore Diet Healthy?
Some people say that if you eat only meat it will cause you major health problems and that just isn’t true.
Sitting on your butt all day and not exercising is what causes problems.
Our bodies are more than capable of breaking down and digesting the foods in this diet.
It is important to remember to drink a lot of water; at least a half gallon a day. Water assists in digestion and passing waste through the body, so drink up!
Eliminating non-nutrient dense foods that are highly processed and full of sugar will make a big difference in your overall health. That’s one great thing this diet has going for it.
Many vitamins and minerals can be found in meat. So, that is why it’s important to eat high quality meats that will provide a wider spectrum of benefits for your diet.
What Do you Think?
Does this diet sound like something you would be interested in?
Here is my issue, it’s that some of these carnivore dieters are too extreme by claiming that vegetables are poisonous and we are only meant to eat meat.
Also, I personally got into a disagreement with a woman claiming that you don’t need to exercise on this diet.
These claims are ridicules and if you truly believe that, you’re a fool.
However you look at it, the truth is that too much of anything is not a good thing. Any food can be dangerous if it’s not produced properly.
Meat filled with chemicals and drugs aren’t healthy the same way vegetables aren’t. As well as no diet is going to be fully effective unless you have a fitness plan aligned with it.
It’s more important to buy organic or pasture raised meat and produce to promote good health and help grow the demand for higher standards in the marketplace.
To ensure you are getting the highest quality meats check with your local farmers or butcher shops.
Also, if you want vegetables, try growing your own organic garden, so there is no doubt in the quality of your food.
I am not trying to dissuade or persuade anybody on the carnivore diet lifestyle, but rather share my thoughts and if it happens to help some of you find a way to become healthier, then we both win!
To learn more about how to prepare your food healthier, check out my Top 5 Ways to Cook Healthier!
For more info, look into some of the Carnivore groups on Facebook or other forums. Ask questions, so you get to know more from people on the diet that have been doing it for a decent amount of time, so you can hear for yourself the successes and challenges.
Let me know if you have any experience with this diet and if it has helped you accomplish your fitness and nutrition goals.
Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.-Confucius
All the best,