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Carnivore Diet FAQ

Carnivore Diet FAQ
Carnivore Diet FAQ

Here you’ll find answers to the Carnivore Diet FAQs. While many of your questions can be found in our free guides and all thoroughly discussed in Meat Health Academy, below you’ll find answers to the most common questions and concerns about the Carnivore Diet. If you have specific questions or you just can’t find an answer – Please Join our Private Facebook Group – a safe place to ask questions, where the whole community is there to help and support each other.

What can you eat on the carnivore diet?
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Bison, Turkey etc. 
Fish: Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Crab, Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Oysters etc.
Other animal products: Eggs, Lard, Bone Marrow, Bone Broth, Tallow, Cheese, Milk etc.
On the carnivore diet, you can eat all animal products including, muscle meats (beef, chicken, pork & more), fish, eggs, dairy and organs. For some, the carnivore diet means beef, salt and water only. Others choose to include dairy and organ meat in their version of the diet. The carnivore diet can look different for everyone, but at the foundation it means abstaining from eating any plant foods and eating meat and animal products exclusively. You can learn more about the carnivore diet here.
Does the Carnivore Diet put you in Ketosis?
Most people on the carnivore diet will fluctuate in and out of ketosis depending on their fat:protein intake. Ketosis is generally reached when 70%+ of calories are being obtained from fat, with the remaining calories coming from protein. Depending on your eating schedule, the cuts of meat you choose to eat, and the types of foods you include in your carnivore diet plan, you may or may not be put in ketosis. 

To learn more about carnivore diet and ketosis, check out our article Tinkering with the Carnivore Diet
Can you lose weight on the Carnivore Diet?
Many people do lose weight when beginning the carnivore diet. As your body adjusts to the new diet you may notice a lot of changes in things like your weight, appetite, energy and more. Achieving ketosis, and switching your body into fat-burning mode, can assist with weight loss and often allows dieters to lose weight quickly. 

Check out our free eBook on Carnivore Diet Fat Loss to learn more!
What snacks can I eat on the Carnivore Diet?
There are many snack options for those on the carnivore diet including: 

Hard Boiled Eggs
Pork Rinds
Bone Broth 
Bone Marrow

Many people start to snack less once integrated on the carnivore diet. For other snack ideas check out our private Facebook Community!
Can you eat deli meat on the Carnivore Diet?
Eating deli meat on the carnivore diet is entirely up to you! Because deli meats are often processed and contain added ingredients most people choose to limit them or exclude them entirely while many others eat deli meats as they please. If you are choosing the carnivore diet for autoimmune issues or are using the diet as an elimination diet, it will be best to exclude deli meats for now. To learn more about what you can eat on the carnivore diet, check out this article.
How long does it take the Carnivore Diet to work?
When it comes to adjusting to the carnivore diet and seeing the amazing results, everyone differs. Some people start to see results within days, while it can take others years to recover from previous damage done to the body. On average most people are fully adjusted and benefitting fully from the carnivore diet by the six month mark. To learn about the typical symptoms and cures of starting the the carnivore diet, click here.
What’s the difference between Keto and the Carnivore Diet?
The main difference between the keto and carnivore diet is that the keto diet allows for some carbs/fiber/plant-based foods while the carnivore diet does not. On the keto diet, eating foods like berries, nuts and other low carb plant foods are permissible. The carnivore diet however, does not allow for any foods that are not derived from animals. Having said that, those adhering to the carnivore diet may experience ketosis. To learn more about which diet will work best for you, check out the Meat Health Masterclass!
Is there any evidence for eating a Carnivore Diet?
The foundation of the Carnivore Diet is eating in accordance with what we are designed to eat, physiologically, anatomically, and ancestrally. There is substantial evidence that humans are meant to eat a meat-based diet and that when we deviate from eating in accordance to our design it results in disease including things like metabolic disease (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure) and autoimmune diseases. Here is more evidence for a meat-based diet.
What’s wrong with eating plant-based foods?
Many plant-based foods contain significant antinutrients and phytotoxins that can harm human health. Further, most plant-based foods today have been dramatically transformed and altered in ways that the human body is not designed to handle and easily lead to overconsumption, gut problems, and ultimately disease. You can learn more about the dangers of plant based foods in this free eBook.
How do I start the Carnivore Diet?
Starting the Carnivore Diet is as easy as eating only animal-based products and drinking water. It’s important to note that from this simplicity (Meat + Water = Carnivore Diet) there can be a lot of complexity such as what is included, how much to eat, when you should eat, and what (if any) supplements you should take as well as what to do if you aren’t feeling great and how to get adapted. For answers to these and much more, read the Ultimate 30 Day Guide to the Carnivore Diet and watch the Meat Health Masterclass to be best prepared for the Carnivore Diet.
Don’t I need to eat fruits and vegetables?
Many people falsely believe that fruits and vegetables are required for their vitamins and minerals. However, there is no essential nutrient in plant-based foods that is not in animal-based food. And while most plant-based foods are missing critical and essential nutrients, animal foods contain complete nutrition in the way of macro and micro nutrients. You can learn more about vitamins and minerals here.
Don’t I need carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are a nonessential nutrient. While some cells do require glucose like certain cells in the central nervous system and red blood cells, the amount of glucose these cells need is easily provided via gluconeogenesis. There is no need to consume carbohydrates. To learn more,, read this definitive guide to carbohydrates.
Isn’t all the saturated fat in meat bad?
The hypothesis that saturated fat, especially from meat, leads to heart disease has been thoroughly debunked in the latest research. You can learn more about how this hypothesis came to be and the truth about saturated fat in this article.
What if my cholesterol goes up on the Carnivore Diet?
It is not uncommon for someone’s cholesterol to go up on the Carnivore Diet. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and in fact, can be a good thing. Not all cholesterol is the same. There is HDL cholesterol, the so called “good cholesterol” and there is LDL cholesterol, the so called “bad cholesterol.” But that’s an oversimplification. You can learn more about cholesterol and the carnivore diet here.
Should I do intermittent fasting with the Carnivore Diet?
When eating a Carnivore Diet it is common for one to automatically start eating in an intermittent fasting pattern by simply following their appetite. However, it is not recommended to force fasting when starting a Carnivore Diet. While fasting and subsequent autophagy can be beneficial, it’s important to be aware of the downsides. To learn more about fasting and the Carnivore Diet, start with the Ultimate 30 Day Guide to the Carnivore Diet and watch the Meat Health Masterclass to be best prepared.
Will the Carnivore Diet cause ketoacidosis?
The Carnivore Diet will not cause ketoacidosis, but it will likely put you in various depths of nutritional ketosis. Ketoacidosis and nutritional ketosis are NOT the same thing. While nutritional ketosis is a normal, natural consequence of a low / no carbohydrate diet, ketoacidosis is a very dangerous state that is most commonly the result of unmanaged Type I diabetes.
Can I eat dairy on the Carnivore Diet?
You can eat dairy on the carnivore diet as it is an animal-based food. However, it’s important to understand that not all dairy is the same. Most people tend to do better by limiting or eliminating dairy. To learn more about which kinds of dairy are better tolerated and which are best to avoid, read this complete guide to dairy.
Don’t I need to eat antioxidants from plants?
You do not need to eat antioxidants from plants. Plant-based antioxidants, exogenous antioxidants, are not only unnecessary but are poorly absorbed, if at all, and can even be harmful to human health. Human make their own antioxidants, endogenous antioxidants, which are exactly designed to work in our system, which is very different than the plant system. You can learn more about the differences between plant and human antioxidants here.
How do you go to the bathroom without fiber on the Carnivore Diet?
You do not need fiber to have a bowel movement. In fact, fiber can cause or exacerbate many gastrointestinal issues such as constipation. Fiber is not necessary as a nutrient nor to protect against disease such as colon cancer. You can learn more about fiber here.
What about studies that show plant-based diet are healthy?
Most nutritional studies are epidemiology which is a weak form of research with the purpose of making hypotheses that are then tested in clinical trials. There are many confounding variables and biases in nutritional research such as the health user bias. To learn more about how nutritional research can lead us astray from healthy eating, please watch the Meat Health Masterclass.
Where do I get Vitamin C in the Carnivore Diet?
When following the Carnivore Diet you get your vitamin C from animal-based foods. There is an incorrect assumption that meat doesn’t contain vitamin C. Additionally, when following the Carnivore Diet it is likely that requirements for various nutrients change, including that for vitamin C. You can learn more about vitamin C and the Carnivore Diet here.
How to switch from Keto to Carnivore?
There are numerous differences between Keto and Carnivore including macronutrients like fiber and fat as well as what’s “allowed” and what’s not. To make the switch from a ketogenic diet to the Carnivore Diet, start with the Ultimate 30 Day Guide to the Carnivore Diet and watch the Meat Health Masterclass to be best prepared for the transition.
Can I build muscle on the Carnivore Diet?
You absolutely can build muscle on the carnivore diet. For many people, building muscle is a natural consequence of switching to the Carnivore Diet. If you are looking for a step-by-step plan to building muscle on the Carnivore Diet, watch the Meat Health Masterclass to learn how to take your physique to the next level with a meat-based diet.
Isn’t too much protein dangerous?
There are many concerns about eating too much protein, including fears around meat being acidic, kidney damage, gout, mTOR, IGF-1, and decreased longevity. There are also concerns that eating too much protein results in the protein just turning to sugar via gluconeogenesis. However, all these concerns are largely unfounded. To learn more, read this complete guide to high protein diets.

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  1. I can not download the guide.

    I don’t know if the guide touches on this, but what if I really enjoy plants, and fruits. I spend time on The Carnivore diet lose 100 lbs but want to enjoy plants, is there a way I can go back afterward to having plants, even in moderation?

  2. Excuse me if you have already mentioned this — but trying to dig through all the good material and I haven’t come across if there is a specific temperature that is best to cook beef? I usually eat well done because I have struggled with parasites… Is that ok ? Most youtubers and bloggers seem to be eating medium rare to medium well? Thank you so much!

  3. Surprised! I’ve just finished my 9th day on Carnivor and I’m down 10lbs! The one thing that has shocked me is that I’m not having any real stomach issues. I did have diarrhea on day 3 and a constipated feeling on a few other days, but other than that I feel great. It’s been 3 days since I’ve had a headache or a constipated feeling. My question is, does this mean I’m over the huddle or can I expect stomach issues later in the process?

    1. I would say it’s a good start! 🙂

      I would guess you are still adapting however, but whether you have any adverse side effects, maybe / maybe not

  4. Also, what are your recommendations for households where you can buy groceries you want, but not guarantee they don’t get eaten by others and can’t in any way control the horrible foods they bring into the home? I can control temptation in the grocery store just fine and have always used that method to avoid temptation at home until 6-7yrs ago when most of my health issues began, but there’s no way to avoid that temptation at home in my current household due to the other people and they’re desperately unhealthy tastes in food for this or any diet(pizza, candy, chips, etc).
    This is one diet I can probably talk the hubby into joining me on since he’s stoicly anti-vegetable anyway and doesn’t have a sweet tooth except in his drinks. But, he’s hugely apt to grab a bag of chips or similar immediately after dinner-thiugh his portion size is most healthy of everyone at meals, just not with the chips. He drinks homemade iced coffee(cold brew coffee, sugarfree mocha syrup, milk, and pure sucralose powder) off brand diet sodas, and the Venom drink (15cal per 16oz) and I’m sure I couldn’t get him to cut down or eliminate all of them, only some, though he is willing to drink plain water unlike me.
    What would your recommendation be for controlling the at-home food environment (it’s his siblings, neice, and my daughter) and what are the worst offenders in his drink selection so that I can prioritize which ones to get him to eliminate and/ or cutdown on? He currently drinks 3 venoms, about 3 diet sodas, and probably 3 homemade 16oz iced coffees a day(on weekends venom replaced with more soda or coffee).
    We both have major dental issues the last few years as well. As a dentist, have you found any benefits of this diet for oral health, aside from the obvious lack of simple sugars applied directly to the teeth which isn’t an issue for us anyway?

  5. As a former athlete(nationally qualified NPC Figure for my height in first competition, pro-wrestler, pro dancer, firefighter, among other things) and always a self professed carnivore(but never strictly, only wished I could in the past) when I was still healthy and in control of the food supply in my house (now there are 6 of us and 4 are food-buying adults-most of which are horribly unhealthy shoppers and consumers and all are contradictory in tastes except nasty pizza) I was very selective in what was in my home and it was always of very narrow options which was fine, and I was healthy active etc etc. Since my current living arrangement began 6-7yrs ago, along with aging to 40+ and no longer working, I have developed a lot of ailments and/or discovered lifelong disorder(Ehlers Danlos, a genetic malfunction in collagen production that leads to dysautonomia(my biggest problem) about 2/3 of the time) but I just do not feel like myself because who I am is a constantly thinking (dysautonomia comes with a lot of brain fog and memory issues) always active overachiever who always was naturally(until the last5years) a size 0-3 but never what I consider cut due to the collagen disorder causing severe skin sagging/looseness that appears like jiggly fat so I was never completely satisfied with my body, but now I’m at the point where exercising is so difficult due to the dysautonomia- heat and cold intolerance, POTS, extreme fatigue, loose joints, etc- as well as COPD and asthma(lifelong but overcomable with conditioning) and the horrible food choices in my house no matter what I buy since I am the main food prepper and everyone complains about one thing or another and/brings in foods I dont want around me because I WILL eat them but wouldn’t buy them for my own home to avoid being in their presence. I am very wellread on nutrition etc and my own disorders and prefer the more healthy foods in the first place(meat, green veg etc though happy to go meat and lactose/carb free dairy only) but I have a few prescriptions I take, and am hopelessly attached to the 2 things I drink exclusively: steawberry-apple venom (15 calories in 16oz energy drink) and water packets similar to Crystal light to-go. I absolutely can’t and won’t give these up, in the past I’ve only ever drank similar things except in my old house where it was the one place I would drink plain water-out of the well I grew up with very high iron and only from the bathtub faucet, any other water I can’t stand so plain water is out of the question. Since what I’m drinking is zero or nearly zero calorie(carb) and I’m consuming no more than 2 cans(30cal total) of the Venom a day, with at least half a gallon up to nearly 1 full gallon of the flavored water(I feel so much better with high water intake) with just these as drinks, my prescriptions, and meat/zerocarbdairy can I still experience the full rewards of this diet? Are sugar substitutes THAT bad in the diet?(not sourced from plants, I use strictly sucralose powder(pure) and whatever is in my drinks(sugar alcohols and sucralose most likely.) Having gotten up to 189lbs last year from a lifelong typical 125-135, and now at a plateau of 147-152 for the last several months after an almost all fruit/veg diet and lean meat(only natural carbs, no white carbs etc) which seemed counterintuitive to me, but it worked, for a while. I am in such need of anti-inflammatory effect, fat loss, bowel cleansing(chronic constipation without Senna and a prescription I have I will quickly gain 10-15lbs just in intestinal…storage…) and am finally after many years willing to try ketosis though not aiming at it, I want a clean slate no FODMAP, no leptin, etc etc so this diet seems perfect, but I just don’t know how much my holdouts will hold me back: will my beverages, prescriptions, and smoking(tobacco, and no I’m not quitting) add too many factors to really benefit? Should I just try ketosis first?

  6. Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for all the great info! I have not been one to diet. Never trusted diets, but have peculiar tastes. Ironically, meat, salt, butter, cream and water are the main things I enjoy. Yay! Carnivore can work for me! –And then there is crusty sourdough bread, red wine….sigh. 😉

    Questions: Thinking about hypothalamus memory…
    Any data on people who try the Carnivore Diet and then decide it isn’t for them? Is it ok to use the diet to create the first major round of weight loss and then manage with Paleo or Keto? Would the body be able to sustain and maintain the weight loss or is there a risk to skyrocket above the previous weight levels were?

    What about people who occasionally “cheat” and enjoy a glass of wine, or birthday cake only to return to the diet? I’m not one to create limits for myself and do enjoy being a gourmet… I’m looking to use this diet 85-90% of the time.

    Thanks in advance!

      1. Thanks, Kevin! That was exactly the info I wanted. Reading between the lines, wrt the hypothalamus, it seems that after one’s body has established a new baseline, which creates the new “true” body weight status renders the rare/occasional diet interruption to barely a blip on the new map, so to speak. Appreciate your experiments! Warm regards!

  7. Hi Kevin, would our zero fiber diets leave us predisposed to diverticulitis?

    Thanks for your help

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