Is the risk worth the reward?

So much debate about the long-term health of the Carnivore Diet. So much angst and worry is being placed on people that follow this way of eating. Anyone who is considering it has got to wonder why people are doing it and is it really safe? 

I know people look at me all the time and just can't comprehend how I'm surviving without eating vegetables. When I show them my bloodwork and medical data, along with my body composition changes, and improvement in the gym......they usually just shake their head in disbelief and retreat into a self-reflective silence.

The concepts behind why this way of eating works are not new and they are not even "fringe". It is a ketogenic diet that eliminates dietary carbs. The only reason it is seen as extreme, is because we've been told for the last 50 years that we need carbs, plants and fiber, in order to be healthy.

The science behind ketosis and low carb nutrition is abundant and becoming more so. There are many factors that have been verified and explained that establish the veracity of the carnivore diet.

Eventhough there is not a lot of verified scientific data specifically gathered on this diet, there is a butt-load of anecdotal and historical evidence that shows an overwhelming case for the benefits of following the diet.

So the big question is what are the risks, what's potentially wrong with the diet and is following the diet worth the risk.

What's the risk?
If you're looking into the Carnivore Diet, here's a few things you may have heard:

1. No plant-based food means very low fiber intake.
There is not as much of a need for fiber as we have been led to believe. You can go here to learn about what's going on with fiber and why everything you thought you knew about it may be wrong.

2. There is a much lower level of micronutrient intake.
This is the big one that gets a lot of people. Here's the thing. Plants make our bodies work a lot harder to get the micronutrients out of them. Meat doesn't. There is no real data on how much we need if we're just eating meat. I wrote an article about this here.

3. Higher red meat consumption may increase cancer risk.
I'll leave this here.

4. Fat will give you a heart attack.... and a great book on the topic

What's the benefit?
Why are so many people jumping on the Carnivore bandwagon? How long has this been a thing? What do people get our of eliminating carbs from their diet?

Let's talk healing first. More and more information is coming to light that is pointing to inflammation being the cause of a whole host of diseases and conditions that we are increasingly dealing with as a society. Inflammation is stress on all aspects of how our bodies work, and it can manifest itself in a number of ways.

Outside of environmental factors, the number one thing that creates inflammation in your body is carbohydrates and plant-based foods. This is not disputable. Plant-based foods (carbs) deliver less nutrients and require more energy to use than fat does (+10% more) and they aren't digested completely ether.

Here's a short list of diseases and conditions where people have reported success and improvement from moving to a zero carb diet.

Ankylosing SpondylitisKidney stonesDental health
ArthritisMood/mental healthDigestion
AsthmaMultiple SclerosisDiverticulitis
CancerReproductive healthGout
Cardiovascular healthRespiratoryIleostomy
Chronic fatigueSciaticaImmune system
Crohn's diseaseSleep/fatigueJoint pain
Type I diabetesUlcerative colitisWeight loss

This, in and of itself should give you pause to reflect on the impact this diet has and how effective it could be in your life.

If it's not enough consider the everday impact of carbs on your life. Things you may not even think about.

How's your sleep? Do you have regular bowel movements and are they manageable or is it a disaster? Do you have enough energy throughout a whole day? Any skin irritations or acne? Do you get bloated, or feel full after eating only to be hungry again 30 or 40 mins later?


The most visible sign of cutting carbs out of your diet is losing body fat. As your body improves how it works, it starts burning the fat off, building muscle better, and in general operating like a well oiled machine.

This way of eating has been around for ages. The Mongols in 1200-1300 conquered all of the known world and subsisted on a diet of:

"meat, milk and game and on Pharaoh's rats (marmots or jerboa), which are plentiful everywhere in the steppes. They have no objection to eating the flesh of horses and dogs and drinking mare's milk. In fact they eat flesh of any sort."

In the mid 1800's Dr. James Salisbury invented the Salisbury Steak (ground beef) as a medical solution to malnutrition and illness. In 1888, he published his research and recommendations in his book, The Relation of Ailmentation and Disease.

"The first step is to wash out the sour stomach and bowels , and to change the food. The food selected should be such as is least liable to ferment with alcohol and acid yeasts. This is muscle pulp of beef, prepared as heretofore described, when it affords the maximum of nourishment with the minimum of effort to the digestive organs. Nothing else but this food, except an occasional change to broiled mutton."

In the 1930's two men ate nothing but meat for a year, under medical supervision and went through with flying colors. Summary on page 666 and 667.

I won't get into the history of current nutrition guidelines and the lies that have been indoctrinated into society today. It's too long of a story.  Here are a few books you should read to get the best picture of how we've been misinformed over the last 50 years....

Modern day carnivores include people that have been following the diet for 20 plus years. Thousands of more people are trying it everyday. I follow much of the community online and with those I coach. I have yet to see anyone have a health issue from eliminating carbs in the diet.

Ask youreslf, are the "Risks" you perceive, actual risks or is there a preconception keeping you a prisoner to carbs? 

What if our definition of a balanced diet was wrong and instead of managing 3 macronutrients we could actually attain a healthy balance with two? What's keeping you from trying it for 90 days?

You could try anything for 90 days and even if there's a vitamin deficiency you'd have time to correct it. What's to lose?

If you want to get started, go here to get the best walkthrough at your own pace, with all the info and references that you need to answer questions and be successfull.

Making the Carnivore Diet work for you - Online Training Course


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