What is the Carnivore Diet
“What is the Carnivore Diet?”
Maybe you’ve heard about it – this diet where you can eat as much meat as you want and watch as fat falls off, muscles grow, autoimmune diseases disappear, and you discover your ultimate body and health with ease.
The Carnivore diet was featured on Good Morning America and written up in the NY Post. It’s been discussed on the biggest podcasts in the world like the Joe Rogan Podcast. Some call it a fad diet. Others believe it’s the answer to our crippling health. Here’s what you need to know.
The carnivore diet is a way of eating where you eat animal-based foods only. Just meat. No plant-based foods allowed. No fruits. No vegetables.
It sounds contrary to the advice of every health “expert” over the last 50 years.
It sounds “too good to be true” or flat out absurd.
But the results are speaking for themselves.
How to Start the Carnivore Diet
The Carnivore Diet is deceptively simple.
Eat Meat + Drink Water = Carnivore Diet
It’s a diet based on animal foods. Plant-based foods are off the menu.
Animal-based foods include: Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Dairy*, Organs and more.
You can eat steak with a side of bacon, not broccoli.
Foods that are not included on this diet include: vegetables, fruits, seeds (nuts, beans, and grains), or roots like potatoes or leaves like spinach.
It’s not just a low carb diet like the Atkins diet or the popular high fat, low carb Ketogenic diet.
There is no counting calories or macros. You just eat meat until satisfied and drink water to thirst. You throw out the measuring cups, the calorie trackers, and the scale, and let the diet work its wonders.
Is the Carnivore Diet Safe?
“Don’t I need vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C as well as antioxidants from plants?”
“Don’t I need fiber and what about all that fat and cholesterol?”
“Isn’t all that protein dangerous? Doesn’t the brain need carbohydrates?”
There are a lot of questions that come with a meat-only diet. (FAQ page here)
Plants are rooted in the ground. They can’t fight back with claws or flee. So they deter predation via “chemical warfare.”
Plants contain phytochemicals that are natural toxins designed to deter bacteria, fungi, and predators from eating them. Plants do not have human health in mind. They care about survival.
To make matters worse, in our industrial society, we take these plant parts and refine and process them, thereby concentrating these plant poisons in flours, vegetable oils, and sugars – the staple ingredients of our lives.
An eye-opening revelation for many people is the fact that we are all on a plant-based diet – we just don’t know it. Pretty much everything you eat that isn’t meat, is derived from a plant.
You might be wondering, “Don’t I need to eat fruits and vegetables?”
There is zero research that shows humans need plant-based food. On the contrary, new research suggests that humans ate a diet almost entirely of meat for millions of years.
We need protein and fat, and we need vitamins and minerals. But not only does meat contain all that we need, but it has this complete nutrition in forms and ratios that optimize human health without the harmful antinutrients found in plants.
Meat provides such complete nutrition that no supplements are necessary on the Carnivore Diet.
Most plant-based foods are incomplete nutrition. The bioavailability of what vitamins and minerals they do have is often far worse than animal-based foods. In addition, plant-based foods contain “antinutrients” like phytic acid for example that further inhibit absorption of crucial minerals like Zinc, Iron, and Magnesium.
What is the Carnivore Diet: Food List
If it’s animal-based it’s on the menu.
Red meat is your go-to dish. Ribeyes have superior nutrient density compared to chicken breasts. But if it’s meat it’s ok. So you can have steak and eggs for breakfast, burgers for lunch, and a roast for dinner.
Seafood is also on the menu.
There are some “grey” areas that some carnivores include, while others omit such as eggs and dairy as well as coffee and tea. It’s best to test the diet with and without these foods to see how you do.
What is the Carnivore Diet: Benefits and Results
There have now been thousands of people eschewing plant-based food and subsisting on animal-based foods only. And their weight loss and health recovery stories speak for themselves.
Hundred-pound fat loss stories are common place. Autoimmune diseases disappear. Anxiety and depression cured. Skin cleared.
There is even an abundance of wild “too-good-to-be-true” anecdotes like hair color returning, elimination of body odor, and no longer getting sun burns when following the Carnivore Diet.
There are countless stories on how this diet has changed people’s lives but here’s a sample of what people experience.
- Fat Loss
- Muscle Gain
- Autoimmune Recovery
- Digestive Health
- Testosterone / Libido Health
- Mental Clarity
- Simplicity of Diet and Life (freedom in food like I’ve never experienced)
Through my research, my results, and the results of so many others, I arrived at 2 conclusions:
What is the Carnivore Diet: Conclusions
- We humans are designed to eat a meat-based diet. Period.
- Meat, especially red, fatty meat, is health food.
Yes, this is contrary to what we’ve been taught. But following the “guidelines” has led to epidemic health problems like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Based on the results following the food pyramid recommendations, questioning these “guidelines” is the only thing that actually makes sense.
The Carnivore Diet: Meat Health
The mission at Meat Health is simply to share what’s possible as well as the science behind what humans are designed to eat. Because when we eat in congruence with our design, amazing things happen.
We’ve been fed nutrition dogma, taught to follow the food pyramid, and told to listen to misguided guidelines that have resulted in unprecedented, skyrocketing epidemic levels of disease. And there are special interest groups that want to keep us on this plant-based diet.
I’m convinced though.
Meat = Health
Meat Health Masterclass
If you want to learn more about why Meat = Health, and “what’s wrong with plants,” or how to do a meat-based / carnivore diet to forever change your body and health, I highly recommend watching the Meat Health Masterclass as your next step to a new you: