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Carnivore Diet Questions and Concerns

Carnivore Diet Questions and Concerns
Carnivore Diet Questions and Concerns

When starting (or thinking about starting) the Carnivore Diet there are many questions and concerns that naturally arise.

Why do the Carnivore Diet?

To most people, a meat-only diet sounds intriguing but also quite insane.

It almost instantaneously brings a thousand questions and concerns to mind.

“How do they poop without fiber?”

“Why don’t they all have scurvy?”

“Surely their cholesterol is through the roof with all that saturated fat?”

“Isn’t all that protein dangerous, and doesn’t my brain need carbohydrates?”

This curiosity causes people to dig deeper.

They discover we are designed to eat meat, not plants.

They read about amazing stories of autoimmune diseases being cured and health restored.

They may even dive into the research and realize the propaganda and hidden agendas with standard dietary advice.

They even – MIGHT – consider experimenting with this diet.

Many Carnivores come from a Ketogenic Diet or Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet, or have experimented with Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Macrobiotics, or a Lectin Avoidance Diet. Many have done the Bulletproof Diet, the Whole30 Diet, or the Atkins Diet.

The Carnivore Diet offers something none of these diets do. But you have to know your “why.”

Everyone’s “why” is different. 

People experiment with a carnivorous diet for numerous reasons, and it’s vitally important to “know your why” which may include:

  • Ketogenic: weight loss plateau or muscle gain loss/stalemate
  • Mood: Brain fog, focus problems, mood swings depression, bipolar
  • GI: Digestive problems like bloating and gas, heart burn/gastric reflux, Crohn’s or colitis
  • Skin: Psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, acne
  • Autoimmune: Arthritis (or just joint pain like I had), asthma, MS, migraines, lymes disease

For many carnivores, it comes down to

– Knowing you have Superhuman in You –

and wanting it because living life less than that is unacceptable.

Will the Carnivore Diet help with XYZ?

There is no guarantee that a Carnivore Diet is going to cure a disease or eliminate a symptom for you. But in many cases it has helped people heal when nothing else has worked. Many people with mysterious and difficult health issues resolve every day using the Carnivore Diet. A Carnivore Diet has helped with:

  • Difficult Weight Loss and Stalled Fat Loss
  • Brain Fog and Focus Problems (ADD/ADHD)
  • Low Energy and Crashes
  • Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sleep Problems (Insomnia, Snoring, Apnea)
  • Joint Pain
  • Skin (Psoriasis, Eczema, Rosacea, Acne)
  • Neurologic issues
  • Digestion (Heart Burn/GERD, Acid Reflux, IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis)
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Low Testosterone and Libido
  • Eating Disorders and Food Addictions
  • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
  • Mold Illness
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Mental Health, Depression, Mood Swings, Bipolar
  • Reproductive Health (Fertility)
  • Cardiovascular Health (High Blood Pressure)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (Arthritis, Asthma, MS, Lyme’s)
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • Histamine Intolerance
  • OCD

How do I eat a Carnivore Diet in social situations? 

One of the main reasons it’s important to “Know Your Why” is because of external pressures, whether it be from family, friends, internet trolls or your doctor.

You need to have a plan for social situations.

You can tell someone you eat donuts every morning, fast food for lunch,  and pizza for dinner that you wash down with soda and top it off with ice cream, and it’s cool.

Tell someone you aren’t eating plants and they jump down your throat.

Sadly, it’s usually not because they are actually concerned about you, rather it is to justify their own dietary positions.

You don’t need to justify yourself.

A Technique You Can Use:

  1. Tell them you’re doing an experiment on this diet as a test for food allergies.
  • Most people are cool with experimenting and they won’t take it as an attack on their food choices

Those that love you will support you.

They may express concern from their limited understanding and preconceived beliefs, but they come from an area of support, love, and care. They will engage with learning more and ultimately support you in whatever you decide.

There are those who are defensive, taking your Way of Eating (WOE) as an attack on their WOE and feel they need to justify themselves. They don’t care about you and really aren’t interested in understanding, but they want to justify their position to themselves. Not worth your time. Just say “you be you. I’ll be me.” Done.

If you need a supportive community, you have one here.

More Carnivore Diet Questions and Concerns?

Watch the Meat Health Masterclass to learn more about how to use a meat-based / carnivore diet to transform your body and health (and avoiding the 2 biggest diet mistakes I made for years):

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  1. Dr. Kevin, I can’t wait to get started, I don’t have any known underlying health issues, but I do know that there is superhuman in me somewhere and want to bring it out. I stumbled upon you on Facebook and have investigated your program to the extent I can. I’m looking forward to joining the meat health academy and performing this experiment to quiet the doubters and show my wife that there is a way with meat. She is trying to get me to do plant based only and I don’t want to do that at all.

    I shared my intentions with her and she is worried about the expense of it, but I’m not, I’m excited. I shared with my parents as well and my mom seems so misguided and thinks I will have cholesterol and blood pressure issues along with constipation, she thinks if I do this experiment I will irreparably damage my body somehow. What I have come to see from a year plus of adding salt to my water, intermittent fasting, some prolonged fasting – up to 72 hours at most – is that what we are told by our health practitioners, the health and fitness industry and media is that meat is bad, but I don’t believe that.

    Thank you for your devotion to researching this and procuring all the information for all of the rest of us. Again, I look forward to this experiment, even if my athletic and strength performance takes a temporary dip and even if i gain some weight/fat during the process of adaptation and healing. It’s totally worth it for my next 40 years.

  2. Dr.Stock,
    Started Carnivore 2-15…today is 3-25. Pretty much have only lost water weight. Not down, but see my breasts more comfortable along with pants, loser, but not much more success. Thought by now I’d see more loss. I don’t have any medical issues. Just want to drop say 15-20 lbs. Getting so discouraged & wanting to eat some sweets. Feel satiated on this diet, but wanted to see results quicker. I will keep on, but I did eat two chocolate chip cookies. I am having 1/2n 1/2 with my tea, but only recently. Anyway, wanna stay with it if I get results! The funky taste, yep, got it. Seems Nothing I drink satisfies my taste/thirst. Ohhh& I thought my menopause symptoms would improve, but eating no carbs or sweets, still get hot flashes at 3-4:am/cortisol levels at highest during this time. Thought those issues would be gone;(….help? Thanks, Vita Maria

  3. I am low thyroid (no Hashi’s antibodies) and have been so for over 25 years I have been on Levo ever since then. Trying to lose weight rarely works, though on occasions it has, when I had not changed diet or medication at all so I had no idea why I was able to lose weight, but sooner or later it all stopped and I gained again.

    These are the times when I get terribly upset because I know exactly what I have eaten (I keep a detailed diary recording food, calories, carbs, protein, fat, etc etc I only threw 12 of them out a couple of months ago because I am running out of space to store them!) I eat low carb, because I think that that suits me better, I have eaten dairy free but that didn’t seem to make any difference, gave up coffee and that changed nothing either. I can’t lose with my low carb, nor on a 4 month vegan diet, vegetarian, Weight Watchers, etc etc etc Though I haven’t tried zero carbs yet, but am very interested in trying that. I do wonder how I will cope again if it turns out not to work again for me.

    At the moment I am doing low carbs 20g max, yesterday only 3g of net carbs, 796 calories and limiting fat because if I eat more fat I start to gain. I eat no grains, no potatoes, or other root vegetables although I love them all. So I am in this vicious circle that I can’t get out of.

    I have tried Atkins (in 1978 I tried it, got into ketosis but didn’t lose an ounce) more recently October last year I tried so hard to lose weight, used ketosticks which turned deepest darkest purple, but again I didn’t lose an ounce.

    I am 68 now and for most of my adult life I was 147 lbs and I really want to lose weight, which would go a long way towards improving my life. I don’t mind putting the work in, but I have found nothing that works for me.

    I have a family history of type 1 diabetes, my brother was diagnosed in early adulthood, his son was diagnosed age 3 years and my own grandson was also diagnosed at the age of 3 years. My first cousin is celiac (I have no gluten intolerance though I stay away from any grain products) and my mum had type 2 diabetes though she wasn’t overweight.

    I don’t know why I am telling you all of this but I am at my wits end and don’t know how to go, or where to go. My GP is no use he just tells me to reduce calories in and increase calories out. Thanks, for listening

    1. Hi Sandra, I would highly recommend downloading the “fat loss guide” which you can get on this website. I would focus on “Part 1” of that guide in particular – I think you’ll find some answers you’re looking for.

  4. Is the fat fuel coffee part of this carnivore diet? I notice it has 5.5 carbs.

  5. My blood was fine three days into eating meat my blood has risen 140 over 81 once 168 over 86 most the time in the low 140’s and lower 80’s is this bad or will it correct over time? Please answer soon. Thank you Norma

    1. Most people see great improvements in their blood pressure – early on in adaptation though it’s not uncommon for many things take time to balance out – I’d highly recommend reading the 30 day guide.

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