Our Collective Curiosity About the Carnivore Diet

March 06, 2024

The carnivore diet  means eating 100% animal foods. There are no fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, or seeds.

If I’m honest, I’ve been curious about the Carnivore Diet for some time now. Not for the weight loss or any particular health issue, but because the people who are all about this diet claim they feel GREAT on it. I can imagine it would feel amazing at first, just like at first you feel amazing practicing Intermittent Fasting or cutting down on carbs. You feel light on your feet, more alert and energized and are able to just be more productive because of it. Which I love. The reason I always quit Intermittent Fasting or low carb diets is because I inevitably hit a wall, where I feel I need more sustenance in my diet to keep me operating at the level I need, and eating within those restrictions for a prolonged period did not give me the fuel my body needed.

I believe Mikhaila Peterson was one of the first people in the media to discuss the benefits she experienced with the Carnivore Diet (as you can tell, the video above is from 7 years ago). The diet is making its rounds in the media with tons of DIE HARD believers, and some would say it’s todays trendy diet just like Keto was not too long ago.

The proclaimed benefits of this diet are:

  • Eliminating plant toxins and antinutrients
  • Weight loss
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Improved gut health
  • Improved heart health
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Increased testosterone and libido
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Simplified Dieting

The reason why I will not be trying this diet, is because of the earlier mentioned factor: I know a diet like this will not be able to sustain me for a prolonged period of time and my workouts will suffer and like Andrew Huberman (in the video below) I LOVE to workout.

Even Joe Rogan who had previously spoken about how amazing he was feeling on this diet, admits that he couldn’t maintain it:

Be wary of diets that eliminate the majority of food groups. It is often the equivalent of a “get rich quick” scheme.

No controlled studies support claims that the carnivore diet can help eliminate health issues. It lacks beneficial nutrients, including fiber and plant compounds like antioxidants. It may be unsafe for some people. I’ll continue my research, but what I can take from this for now is using this diet as a BASE, and adding onto it (with grains, fruits, and veggies).