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Tinkering with The Carnivore Diet

Tinkering with the Carnivore Diet
Tinkering with the Carnivore Diet:
Can I add in…x, y, z…

Should you be tinkering with the Carnivore Diet? 

Before going carnivore, most people have experimented with various diets. Going from Keto to Carnivore is one of the most common paths. You probably wouldn’t be considering a Carnivore Diet if you didn’t have that curious experimenter mentality. The one that searches for answers, bucks the status quo, and calls their own shots.

Good for you.

You may have experimented with adding fats to foods if you’ve done keto, things like adding butter and MCT in coffee, or tried intermittent fasting protocols (IF), and take numerous supplements.

Many people’s natural tendency is to instantly want to modify, measure, and manipulate a new diet to what they have learned and tested in the past.

You may want to experiment with The Carnivore Diet but we want to add in your own flare like:

  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Bulletproof Coffee
  • MCT Oil
  • Cheat meals
  • Supplements (vitamins, ect…)

When starting the Carnivore Diet, you don’t want to do this.

These tactics interrupt the body’s ability to interpret hunger and natural satiety signals, which often results in not eating as much as the body needs to properly deal with adaptation and healing.

There are many metabolic processes that need to be adequately supported in regaining proper homeostasis and surviving the adaptation period.

Many people feel very hungry when starting, yet are afraid to eat. Afraid of getting fat.

It is common for people to need to eat twice as much when starting as they eventually do once their systems have healed. This could take 30 days or 3 years.

The adaptation period is different for everyone. Adaptation is not like a light switch.

It’s not like you will either be fully adapted or not. Different systems take different amounts of time.

For example, it may take your gallbladder 2 weeks to onramp to a high fat diet where you finally can get off the toilet (unless you take the necessary precautions..) but your testosterone may be in the toilet for 6 months until it is roaring again like a 17 year old male. Females – this is equally relevant for hormonal rebalancing.

Once hormonal systems have re-balanced in proper homeostasis for thriving, you’ll be glad you hit the “reset” button.

If you are worried about fat gain, tell yourself you are doing an experiment.

  • The First 30 days = Adapt (Level 1)
  • The Next 30 days = Heal (Level 2)
  • The Final 30 days = Thrive (Level 3)

If you want to go back to diet restrictions after the experiment, do so.

Then you can figure out how to personalize your carnivore diet to you (see the Meat Health Masterclass at the end), but let’s get healthy first.

Hunger talks in many languages like feeling weak and tired, or irritable and depressed, or via poor concentration and brain fog.

Listen to the body.

Take the hint – Eat.

It’s the solution. It’s the cure.

The most successful, thriving carnivores threw out all worry and preconceived notions about diets, supplementing, caloric needs, macros, and dogma…and ate meat until satisfied.

They erred on the side of eating too much rather than not enough.

It is common to have some cravings early on, but these go away.

However, if you try and tinker – they likely won’t.

If you’ve done keto or LCHF or you name it, you are probably aware of the amount of mad cravings, hunger, and intervention tricks that go on.

Those who use forced protocols to reduce food intake, to try and curb cravings, ride an unsustainable rollercoaster that never ends.

They never come to realize what it actually feels like to overcome metabolic dysfunction.

It feels amazing.


Besides what is mentioned in this article on carnivore symptoms and cures, don’t interfere with your body’s natural rebalancing until you’re healed. Once healed, you can loosen up with “tinkering tests” because you will KNOW what it feels like to be healed. So you will KNOW if your tinkering has positive or negative impacts.

Not only are supplements not needed, but they can interfere with restoring your proper homeostasis including vitamin and mineral levels.

You are going to need to ignore common held beliefs around daily requirements of x,y, and z.

Daily requirements for a SAD diet can’t be strapped onto a carnivore diet. When you add sugar and plants to a diet the body has to compensate and external supplementation might make sense to balance and help the assault from these foods. This does not translate to someone on a carnivore diet. Proper nutrient blood levels in a carnivore necessarily must be different than non-carnivores.

You might be tempted to continue taking your MCT, BPC, whey protein, collagen, creatine, BCAAs, beta alanine, caffeine, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, fish oils, D3, C, and probiotic – but do an experiment – set them aside.

Don’t Start If…

If you aren’t willing to eat enough meat to stay satisfied without manipulation, you should not start a carnivore diet.

You will suffer and you won’t get results.

Do Start If…

If you are willing to set aside conventional wisdom to hunt for your superhuman…

If any of this sounds intriguing to you, the best place to start is here, with the Meat Health Masterclass:

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  1. Hi Dr.
    Thank you I’ve been (thanks to your website) on carnivore for 2 years with stints of 100% meat. Prior I was on paleo, preventative, stone age for 20 years with some success. Carnivore-ancestral has been sensational. I would not have made the transition without my GP being a preventative medicine doctor who is against all pharmaceuticals and all vegetables. Now I eat pretty much 80% beef, organs, fruit. The biggest secret and the reason I believe I am the biologically youngest person my doctor has ever seen (Mora) is I only drink steam distilled water.

  2. This is a brilliant article! I read it twice. Thank you!

  3. Hi Kevin,

    There seems to be ample evidence of the benefits of Carnivore. There are some criticisms of the carnivore that I’m willing to look temporarily past as I could see some kind of bias that blinds people to the nutrigenomic impacts of such a diet. Seems like epigenetics is an entirely misunderstood field, and the carnivore diet could be a good instance of restoring proper DNA functioning that refutes much of what we’ve known as a solid nutritional plan. The one concern I have is the issues people have had with getting off of the plan and back onto vegetables. It is likely that I would try Carnivore for an extended period, say 3 months. Following that, I’d like look to add certain vegetables and do something like the primal diet. Is there a danger in getting back onto a diet that includes some carbohydrates? Is there any permanent microbiome changes that would make it near impossible to return to a different diet?

  4. Hi Dr. Stock. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question. I really appreciate it. I have read your 30 day guide and found it very informative. I struggle with lots of food sensitivities and I am hoping for some relief with the carnivore diet. It’s going to be quite a challenge since my main protein for years has been chicken breast. I’ll try the ghee-I think it’s ok with my dairy intolerance. Do you ever recommend the air fryers for cooking? Thanks again!

  5. I’m just thinking about getting started on the carnivore diet. I’m just not sure how to cook the meats. I don’t have a grill to use and I know most oils are restricted, like olive and others. Can you give me some ideas on methods of cooking meat and what fats to use? Thank you.

    1. Hi Rita have you downloaded and read the 30 day guide? It discusses this. But you can use a stovetop and cook in butter/ghee or use some of the fat from the meat (render in the pan).

  6. Dr. Stock,
    I just started the Carnivore diet, three days ago, so far so good. I’m doing the diet because I have Celiac Disease, IBS and other digestive issues. I know I have inflammation and my skin looks awful. I have been on a gluten-free diet for over 17 years but still struggle with these issues. I feel this diet will help after all the research I’ve been doing. However, I’m very small 5’2″ weighting around 106 & have just dropped to 103. I don’t want to continue to lose weight. Would this diet work for me?
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lisa, well my perspective is that the most nutrient dense food would be exactly what you’d want. But there is a big difference between weight lost from fat and than from LBM (i.e. muscle).
      But 1 tip: You might want to really focus on fatty meats to keep the weight up.

  7. Hi Dr. Stock,

    I’ve been on Carnivore for about three weeks now. I am fairly strict with my only compromise being a small amount of goat cheese I add to my daily omelet I use to make it more flavorful.

    I’m a scientist so I still track some macros, especially the amount of protein and fat I am eating to better understand satiety etc. I have been a frequent binge eater in the past and happily have find on Carnivore I have had no desire to binge. However, based on my measurements, I find I am eating only about 1-1.5 lbs of meat per day, a few eggs and about 1 oz of cheese daily and feeling great with no perceived hunger.. Measured out, I eating about 130 gms protein, 140 gms of fat and 1700-1900 calories per day. Also, the loose stool from the first few weeks has largely resolved. I did six months of serious Keto before I started and appeared well adapted to fat.

    However, based on my reading, this seems significantly under what others are eating on Carnivore. Given I am 5’11” and 290 lbs, this seems like I am must be grossly undereating.

    Is this OK, should I force myself to eat more etc?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. I would keep following your appetite (especially if you are doing so well).

      It’s common to have appetite fluctuations early. Personally, I went a period of time being ravenously hungry, to a few weeks of little appetite, to finally regulating appetite after a couple months.

  8. What are your thought on adding intermittent fasting to the carnivore diet? I’m doing my research now and planning to start very soon. I usually eat between 12-8. I’ve never had a problem with it before or feeling like I need breakfast. I just wanted advise before I start

  9. I’m about seven weeks intp the carnivore diet, and I’m sure my body still adjusting, but I really don’t seem to have as much energy when I work out.I was wondering if it would be a detriment to me if I took some of the electrolyte powder.

  10. Hi! I am a long time (17 yrs) sufferer of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. Lots of inflammation in my colon right now. I’ve been quote disappointed with conventional “treatments”, don’t really have a response to meds except high doses of Prednisone (really nasty drug). This is my second time attempting carnivore. I am on day 21 now. I definitely feel worse than when I started. Energy is worse, crohn’s symptoms are worse. Fevers, fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea. Still running to the bathroom all day. I am by no means purposefully restricting what I eat. But I am a small female (5’ 2” about 110 lbs) and average around 1.5 lbs per day of ground beef and steak, and some eggs. And there are some days due to the Crohn’s abdominal pain that my appetite is not what it should be. I hear everyone say try to eat at least 2 lbs per day in the beginning stages, but that is incredibly difficult for me. I’m concerned I’m not getting enough and concerned about getting worse. And I’m wondering, due to coming from a horrible mostly fast food diet, due to my inflammation (as well as coming off of being on high doses of prednisone most of last year – which I’m sure wreaked havoc on my body in multiple ways), should I naturally expect that my adaptation period will be much longer than a month? How do I know if I’m eating enough? How long should I hang in there and be patient until I decide maybe it’s not for me? My husband seems to think a cheat day would help me. I think it would be like starting over again with the adaptation process. It can just be so difficult to hang in there when most other people seem to feel fantastic by week 2 or 3 and I only seem to be getting worse…

    1. Hi Marissa, sorry to hear about the struggles. And yes, with your history, adaptation can take some time. I would recommend following your appetite (if you haven’t read the 30 day guide which you can download on this website I recommend checking that out where I talk about it more). I would also consider adding in some liver. I would not recommend a cheat day, and with a history of “mostly fast food” I would try and use a much longer view point of health – this is an article I think would be very beneficial for you: https://www.kevinstock.io/health/carbohydrates-and-the-carnivore-diet/

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