Where's the line? What's Carnivore and what's not.

"Can I use ketchup on this diet?"

"Do I have to stop drinking coffee?"

"On this WOE, can I have avocados?"

"Is it bad if I add seasoning to my meat?"

Frequent any of the numerous Carnivore groups on Facebook and you will see these questions asked daily. Literally. Every single day.

What is a carnivore?
car·ni·vore ˈkärnəˌvôr/noun an animal that feeds on flesh.
That's it, folks. If you want to follow the Carnivore Diet, then you can only eat the flesh of other animals.

End of story. Nothing else qualifies.

What's the point?
The Carnivore Diet works for so many people for two main reasons.
1. Everything we need to survive and be healthy can be found in meat.
2. Significantly reduces the impact that plant-based foods have on our bodies.

That's it. It's simple until you get people involved.

If you tried to eat a strict 100% animal flesh diet, you would probably get bored and not last very long as a carnivore.

Each of you has a different…

It's just one drink

I am a bourbon guy. I love trying new bourbons, and I have several that I enjoy drinking. I used to have 1 glass of bourbon 3-4 nights a week. I’ve had issues limiting myself to drinking one Manhattan a night.

I still enjoy a good Blanton’s or Woodford Double Oaked occasionally. I have, however, cut back significantly once I realized the effects it was having on my body, and my ability to improve my health.

A while ago, I went on a 21-day nutrition challenge and didn’t drink for 3 weeks. It wasn’t that hard to do but the results were very eye-opening.
I slept like a rock on a log every night, best ever.I didn’t feel as sore from workouts anymoreI lost 9lbs. in 3 weeks After these results, I did a little more digging to find out why these things happened. I had a pretty good diet already before I did the challenge. The biggest change I made was the reduction of alcohol I drank each week.

Here’s what I learned.

Alcohol hijacks your metabolism. It stops the body from using fat for fuel, incre…

Building muscle on the Carnivore DIet

But you need carbs to build muscles! A Zero Carb Diet won't work for strength gains or getting bigger.


It will. Differently for sure, but it will work.

Just to keep it simple let's talk about my experience. 12 weeks into being carnivore I've added 2 pounds of lean muscle. I've lost 7% body fat. At the same time. I went from 200lbs to 185lbs with more muscle than I started.

Some personal records in the last 12 weeks:
- Added 10 pounds to my Split Jerk (195 to 205)
- Did 4, 15' Legless Rope Climbs (only ever done 1 before)
- Did 17 Bar Muscle-ups in a workout with a set of 7 in a row in there (most I've done was 3 in a row)
- Added 10 pounds to my Overhead Squat 3 rep max (185 to 195)
- Added 10 pounds to my Banded Sumo Deadlift 1 rep max (315 to 325)
- Completed 6 out of 8 benchmark workouts faster or with more weight than I've ever done before

I started at about 17% body fat and 92.5 pounds of lean muscle. My goal when I started this was to get to 1…

How to lose body fat on the Carnivore Diet

Losing body fat is probably the number one reason people try the Carnivore Diet. There are a ton of other reasons to do it, but fat loss is usually the first step.

Over the last few months, I've seen a fairly consistent theme of discussion in many of the carnivore-based social media communities.

A lot of people are getting stuck losing fat.

I went through this. If you look at some of my earlier posts I had 2 periods where my fat loss stalled. I figured out what I needed to do to fix and I did it within weeks. I've now dropped 7% body fat in 10 weeks without losing any muscle mass. In fact, I have more muscle now that when I started.

Think about that, losing fat without losing muscle. That's targeted body fat loss.

There is often an initial bang within the first month or two and then nothing. They lose, 10, 20, 30 pounds and then can't seem to lose anymore.

There are most likely a couple of things going on here. It's not that difficult a problem to fix if you stop …

Dangerous advice

"But how do you feel?"

"If you feel ok then your body must need it"

Every time I see these kinds of questions or statements I cringe.

Anyone making the assertion that we are able to innately feel when our bodies have the right chemical balance, functioning systems, compound interactions, or any number of other processes and reactions that happen in our bodies is,... misguided.

The Carnivore Diet is doing many great things for people. Regardless of what anyone may say, no diet in the world can negate the need for medical evaluation and testing. NONE.

If you take the stance that "If you feel ok then you must be ok." Please keep that opinion to yourself. You could kill someone.

How many thousands of people feel ok on a Standard American DIet?

How do we show them that they aren't well? Science-backed, medical testing, that's how.

When someone goes to the doctor and they have tested with high insulin, or high glucose, or hypertension, or who knows wha…

Fitness Blitz Podcast

I did a thing the other day. Eric Malzone asked me to be on his podcast so I hopped on and talked a little bit about being a Carnivore. There might be a little business stuff in there too ;-)

Eric does a lot of good stuff in the fitness marketing world. Check out more of his podcasts here.

The Protein Myth

Protein intake and its effect on ketosis has been both speculated and improperly suggested for a while. The information that is used for diabetics had somehow become canon for people without insulin resistance who just want to lose fat.

In a non-diabetic person, protein will not adversely affect ketosis. You are likely not stalled in your weight loss because of too much protein.Protein is essential for your health.Proteins are the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.Without protein, your muscle mass and bone density will suffer.
I'm not going to write a lot about this. I'm going to simply link to information that covers these topics. Take the time to read and watch. You need protein in your life.

NOTE: If you do a search on ketosis and gluconeogenesis, you'll find a lot of blogs and articles by some big names in the keto world. Many of them are old and dated. 

This has caused A LOT of confusion for many people. The new info and research that has been done show that the old…