Carnivore Diet: Is it Safe?

Some people believe that the Ketogenic diet is extreme since it restricts carbs to only 20% of a person’s caloric intake. Well, compared to the Carnivore diet, the Keto diet will seem like you’re being spoiled somewhat.

You’re only allowed to eat meat and animal products while on the Carnivore diet. There’s the belief that if humans are top of the food chain, then maybe they should solely focus on being carnivores and neglect other kinds of food.

Is the Carnivore Diet Healthy?

Doctors and medical experts haven’t gotten the chance to confirm the full health effects of eating only meat and animal fat. So there’s no proof that it actually works, apart from the stories of the few people on the internet who have tried it.

Their stories aren’t to be taken as a guarantee either because not many of them have stayed on the carnivore diet for an extended period of time. So if you believe this diet could help you lose weight, it’s best to consult with a doctor first.

Some health issues may arise from the Carnivore diet. For starters, we all know that the food pyramid consists of various components that we need in certain portions. The food pyramid may have changed as the years progressed, but these changes mostly affect some portions while the need for several other components remains.

By switching to the Carnivore diet you could have a negative impact on your gut bacteria. Gut bacteria are important in protecting you from infection and to synthesize vitamin K, among other values. By altering your diet, you’re also altering the bacteria’s diet, which could result in an imbalance.

It’s become common knowledge that LDL is bad cholesterol and that we should cut back on red meat and fat to lower its levels. Eating only meat and fat could result in a rise in LDL. This is bad for the heart and the health of your blood vessels.

While it may be true that some people lost weight and may have felt better for a short while on a Carnivore diet, but is it worth the risk? Perhaps an alternative, like the Keto diet, is a far safer option. The Keto diet induces a state of ketosis while also making sure that you get almost all the nutrients that your body needs.

Diet Plan

There’s not much variation when it comes to food with the Carnivore diet and that’s one of the reasons why many people quit after some time. After all, there are only a few combinations of meat, fish, and animal fat that a person can enjoy.

Breakfast would consist of coffee and ground beef while lunch could be rib eye or fish. For dinner, you can eat something like lamb. Some people prefer to take supplements while on a Carnivore diet to make up for any deficiencies that could be a result of the diet. But then, if you need supplements then it’s probably not the greatest diet option.