Carnivore diet – yes or no?

One of my followers ask me to do a quick video about the Carnivore diet’s applicability for us older muscle seekers.

What is the Carnivore diet?

Before we start, let’s look at the definition:  The Carnivore Diet excludes all foods except meat, eggs, and small amounts of low-lactose dairy products (butter and hard cheeses). Thus no carbs, no bread, no pizza (!), no fruits, no vegetables, lumes, grains, nuts or seeds. Even coffee and tea is discouraged. Meat, meat and more meat, only meat!

The name sounds “lekker” as we would say in Afrikaans. Just the diets name alone makes one hungry. Apart vegans and vegetarians in this world, who would will not like a diet which basically only your favourite food group with all other food groups banned.

Meat, meat and more meat…sounds like heaven.

But is it?

The benefits and claims

Well there has been quite a few people who absolutely believe in this approach and their claims about its benefits are certainly interesting.

The claims amongst others are that (apart from the obvious fatloss and muscle gain) the carnivore diet can treat depression, anxiety, arthritis, obesity, diabetes…and the list continue.

Anything with such excessive claims always (!) let me always lift an eyebrow! The main problem with the Carnivore diet at this stage is the fact that there is absolutely NO SCIENCE that backs any of its claims. Nadda, niks, zero! So, all one can do is listen to people’s experiences and opinions.

Now that out of the way, the original requests stand in what I as a transformation coach think of the Carnivore diet.

I am a science guy and with no science behind it, it is already a big negative.

But let me dissect it a bit more. With all the protein consumed (especially if you get a good variety in), it is definitely a potential bodybuilding diet. You will meet and exceed your daily muscle building protein requirement. And since Creatine is found in meat, you going to get a healthy dose of that in as well. Creatine is considered the most potent muscle building supplement this side of steroids.

The animal fat consumed with this diet is high. Much higher than what any dietician would recommend. So, there should be no problem about getting enough calories in.

So definitely it has positives.

What about the negatives?

But now, the negatives:

  1. Testimonials from people are untested from a science point of view. It is just opinions until it can be verified by science. However, this does not mean none of the claims are true.
  2. The diet contains no fibre and a shocking shortage of vitamins and minerals. This shortcoming has a magnitude of problems coming with it.
  3. Cholesterol problems will be a high concern.
  4. And there are more, but let’s stick with that for now.

My conclusion?

For a guy between 20-40, it might actually be a intersting idea to follow this diet for short term periods. A possible idea might be to follow a healthy bodybuilding diet (here is sample’s of such a diet structure: (CLICK HERE FOR CUTTING DIET) during your 3 months cutting phase and then consider (with your doctor’s approval) the Carnivore diet for the 3 month Building Phase obviously with a Potent Multi Vitamin. It will be interesting to see how the body responds on an all meat diet during a building phase. So, if some of you are willing to do this experiment it will be great if you can give us some feedback.

If I were waaaay younger with no kidney issues, I might have just consider to give it a try but only short periods of 3 months during the Building Phase.

But, for the 40-50 y/o guy I think it might be risky. Two major negatives come to mind:

  1. pressure on kidneys from excess protein and
  2. cholesterol problems.

For the guy over 50, I think is simply very unwise. After 50 the kidneys cannot work through such a lot of protein on a daily basis. Kidney function will definitely drop as a result. And off course at this age high cholesterol becomes death threatening.

So, there you have my opinion and insight as a transformation coach. Younger than 40, maybe a give it a try. Over 40 it may be wise to rather steer clear.

Obviously, we are waiting for some science studies to give us a clearer understanding of the Carnivore diet. But right now few health professionals support this diet and actually consider it a rather dangerous and risky diet approach.

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In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, my youtube channel and spending time with family! And off course me and my son's new adventure https://mediax.photography ...and love flying my drone - DJI Phantom 4 Pro For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 13 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! So donations very welcome! Just click the donation button... I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

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