Have you ever heard of the very restrictive carnivore diet? It comes from a controversial belief that man has always eaten meat and fish. From this reason, men’s table should be based on proteins, while today’s food is full of carbohydrates that cause most of the dangerous diseases.
Unlike paleo or keto, the carnivore diet is a restrictive regime that includes only meat, fish, and other animal nutrition (eggs and certain dairy products). Supporters of this diet eliminate fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, nuts, and seeds. Also, it is advisable to limit milk sources with high levels of lactose.
Proponents of a carnivore diet believe that this way, they can cure depression, anxiety, arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and more. Those who oppose, however, say that this diet can significantly jeopardize health.
Instructions for carnivore diets
It is necessary to eliminate all green foods from your diet and bring your carbs to zero. Exclusively consuming meat, fish, eggs, and small quantities of dairy products with low amounts of lactose. You can eat beef, chicken, pork, lamb, turkey, organic meat, salmon, sardines, white fish. Avoid heavy cream and hard cheese. Butter, fat, and bone marrow are also allowed in smaller quantities. It is permissible and desirable to drink plenty of water, but never herbal tea or coffee.
Nobody counts calories or grams. The goal is to bring all the energy needed through the meat during the day.
Can the carnivore diet help you to lose weight?
Certain aspects can lead to weight loss. Some studies have shown that high protein and low carbohydrate content can promote it.
The truth is that proteins can help you feel saturated after meals, so you will get less food, fewer carbs, and lose some weight. The protein also accelerates metabolism and burns more calories.
However, you do not have to eliminate carbohydrates to lose weight completely. You can reduce calorie intake, which is easier to do with a higher intake of satisfying protein, the main driver of weight loss.
Advantages and disadvantages
Carnivore diet excludes carbs from foods like cookies, juices, pastries and similar, rich in calories and fewer nutrients. Therefore, this is a good aspect. They should be limited to a healthy, balanced diet, anyway.
Likewise, high-sugar foods may also be problematic for people with diabetes because they can increase blood sugar levels.
But, due to its extremely restrictive nature of this eating regime, and the complete elimination of most food groups, there are many disadvantages to the carnivore diet. It is not recommended to exclude carbs from the menu, which can negatively affect the brain’s activity.
Meat can be high in fats, cholesterol, and sodium and lead to an imbalance in the body. Saturated fat can increase your LDL cholesterol, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
Also, some processed meat, like bacon, contain large amounts of sodium, which is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, kidney, cancer, and other adverse health outcomes.
Missing certain micronutrients and useful plant compounds that can otherwise be found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, containing valuable vitamins and minerals.
This is not only due to the high content of vitamins, fibers, and minerals in plant foods but also from useful plant compounds and antioxidants.
Perhaps the most significant disadvantage of the carnivore diet is the lack of fiber that promotes bowel health and healthy intestines. It can be found only in plant nutrition and are extremely important for the proper balance of bacteria in the stomach. In fact, bowel health can lead to many problems and may even be associated with weakened immunity and colorectal cancer.
There are certain groups of people who certainly should not try this restrictive diet. For example, those who need to limit their intake of proteins, including people with chronic kidney disease, should not be practicing the diet. People who are sensitive to cholesterol in food, or hyper-reagents to cholesterol, should be cautious in consuming so many high-cholesterol foods. This includes children and pregnant or nursing women, too.