Carnivore Diet: What is it & Is It Right For You?

Blog Author
Harry Longworth
Date of post
12 April 2024
Blog Category

The world of diets can be a confusing one, with new trends popping up all the time. Lately, the carnivore diet has been gaining some traction, leaving many wondering: what exactly is it, and is it right for you?

At its core, the carnivore diet is exactly what it sounds like – an approach that restricts consumption to animal products. This means only meat, fish, eggs, and sometimes dairy make the cut. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds are all excluded.

There are some big advocates for this type of diet in the fitness industry, including the likes of bodybuilder, Eddie Abbew, and Online Coach, Thomas Maw (TMCycles).

Why Carnivore?

Proponents of the carnivore diet make various claims about its benefits. Some believe it can lead to weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and reduced inflammation. Others tout its simplicity and potential for reducing cravings.

The Science Behind It

There’s limited scientific research on the long-term effects of the carnivore diet. While it may lead to short-term weight loss due to calorie restriction, it’s important to consider potential drawbacks:

  • Nutrient Deficiencies: Eliminating entire food groups can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Gut Health Concerns: Fiber plays a crucial role in gut health. A lack of fiber can lead to constipation and digestive issues.
  • Increased Risk of Chronic Disease: High red meat consumption has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.

Is Carnivore Right for You?

This restrictive diet isn’t for everyone. It can be difficult to maintain long-term, socially isolating, and potentially expensive. Consulting a registered dietitian is crucial before embarking on such a drastic dietary change.

Alternatives to Explore

If you’re looking to improve your health and manage weight, there are proven and sustainable approaches. Consider exploring:

  • The Mediterranean Diet: Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.
  • The DASH Diet: Focuses on foods that help lower blood pressure.
  • The Flexitarian Diet: Primarily plant-based with occasional meat consumption.
  • A Pescatarian Diet: A type of vegetarian diet that includes seafood in addition to plant-based foods.
  • Ketogenic Diet: High-fat, very-low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to use fat for energy (ketosis) instead of glucose. Read our blog post about it here.

The Final Bite

The carnivore diet is a restrictive fad with limited research on its long-term safety. Before diving in, talk to a healthcare professional and consider a more balanced and sustainable approach to healthy eating. Remember, variety and moderation are key to a healthy lifestyle.

If you need guidance with what diet is best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our coaches so that can lead you in the right direction.

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