Meat Health and The Carnivore Diet FAQ

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Here are some common questions:

What’s the evidence for a meat-based diet?

What’s wrong with eating plant-based foods anyways?

How do I get started? (What to eat, avoid, etc…)

Will this help me lose fat (or “I’m gaining fat on the Carnivore Diet – what do I do!?)

Don’t I need to eat fruits and vegetables for their vitamins and minerals?

Don’t I need carbohydrates?

Won’t all this fat and cholesterol give me a heart attack?

Isn’t fruit healthy?

Should I do intermittent fasting?

If I’m on a ketogenic diet won’t I get ketoacidosis

Is it ok to eat dairy?

Aren’t the antioxidants from plants good for you though?

Don’t I need fiber?

What about studies that show that plant-based diets are good?

Will I get scurvy (what about Vitamin C)?

I’ve been Keto, anything I need to know to switch to Carnivore?

How do I build muscle on the Carnivore Diet?

Isn’t meat acidic? And won’t too much protein damage your kidneys, liver, and give you gout? And won’t too much protein just turn to sugar anyway (GNG)? And what about mTOR, IGF-1, and decreasing life expectancy. All this and more, right here.

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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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