Go to a mirror right now and get a good look at your teeth. Those four sharp nubs you see are what classify human beings as omnivores. Canine teeth can be used to crush nuts or chop carrots, but they’re better suited for chewing meat. That is the baseline of the “Carnivore Diet.”
Every year there’s a new fad diet that joins the ranks of the Atkins, Caveman, and South Beach diets. They’re underlying snake oil pitches are as easy to spot as the “Gluten Free” logo on packages of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But, Carnivore Diet proponents are religiously convinced of it’s benefits. Scarier still, they have evidence to back it up.
Is It ALL Meat?
Short answer-Yes. This is a 100% all meat diet, but a majority of it will come from beef cattle. Poultry is fine too and so is salmon and sardines. Animal byproducts such as dairy products, eggs, bone broth, and other fat dense foods are allowed.
Supporters of the diet have sworn off any extra mineral and vitamin supplements, which causes a lot of problems. Fruits and vegetables are necessary to provide extra nutrients that animal products have varying amounts of.
What About The Risk of Disease?
All this talk of deficiencies doesn’t bode well for a dieter’s immune system. Eating nothing but meat raises concerns about heart disease, auto-immune disorders, and scurvy.
Scurvy was an issue for explorer, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, when he lived among the Eskimos. In 1935, he penned an article for Harper’s Monthly Magazine about his time in the Arctic subsisting on the Eskimos meat centric diet.
He wrote: “[I]t is equally true that the human body needs only such a tiny bit of Vitamin C that if you have some fresh meat in your diet every day, and don’t over cook it, there will be enough C from that source alone to prevent scurvy.”
Do You Count Calories?
Almost every food item in your home has a mandated list of the product’s caloric content. Do you often read this portion of the label? Neither, do most carnivores. Part of being on a consistent regimen of the same food products means measuring the portions you consume.
Imagine someone tried to sell you on an all chocolate diet. You would be consuming a narrow group of foods that offer a limited quantity of nutrients. There would also be downsides to a diet like this including radical fluctuations in glucose levels. Which leads to the next point.
Can You Keep Losing Weight?
It’s foolishly optimistic to think you can lose weight just from eating. Many people who benefited from the carnivore diet are also those who experiment with the Keto regimen. Others lead active lifestyles of competitive sports and regular exercise.
Losing weight from food intake depends on glucose levels in your body. Mitochondria cells are responsible for consuming and burning fat to create energy. Glucose undercuts that process. The number of cells depends on muscle mass. How much mitochondria do you have?
It pays to keep on top of these things when deciding to start a new diet. Everything from your lifestyle to where you live affects diet. It also pays to have a support group and people in your area, such as El Paso, who are committed to the same things you are to stay on top of your diet.