If you eat according to the carnivore principle, you eat a lot of meat – every day and with every meal. It’s not just vegetarians and environmentalists who stand on end, but also nutritionists. But that’s not all: The vision of this extreme low-carb diet propagates a “zero-carb” diet.
FITBOOK explains why people with the carnivore diet lose weight far from sustainability, but ultimately endanger themselves. In addition, expert Beke Enderstein summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of a pure meat diet and draws a conclusion from a nutritional point of view.
Who Invented the Carnivore Diet?
Ultimately, carnivore nutrition is not a special diet concept, but a biological designation for creatures that mainly feed on meat.
The counterargument to the vegan boom: As a diet that clearly opposes one vegetarian lifestyle positioned, the hype about schnitzel, steak and co. goes back to one author in particular. Like most diets, this nutritional concept also comes from the USA. There the convinced carnivore, doctor and bodybuilder Shawn Baker published the book “The Carnivore Diet” in 2019.
What does the carnivore diet promise?
Proponents of the carnivore diet believe that the lifestyle of previous generations, who lived and ate similar to wild animals, is the healthiest way to eat. If you eliminate carbohydrates from your diet and serve protein in the form of an extra portion of meat with every meal, you should lose weight successfully. In addition, he should muscle building supports and the testosterone levels be pushed.
In addition, carnivores emphasize that the risk of chronic and diet-related diseases such as inflammation, diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure) is reduced. Last but not least, it is promised that the meat diet affect mood positively and bring forth a clear, focused mind. For all the critics, the Carnivore supporters still have a “plausible” theory ready: If the body does without carbohydrates, it can get all the nutrients it needs from meat.
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Principle of carnivore nutrition
To put it very simply, the Carnivore concept is one ketogene „Hardcore”-Low-Carb-Diät. While other low-carb diets focus primarily on reducing foods high in sugar and starch, the goal of this “high-protein” diet is not to consume any carbohydrates at all.
“Meat & Goose Wine Only”: Depending on the variant, this claim can go so far that not a single lettuce leaf is tolerated and in fact only meat products and water are allowed. Even coffee and tea are frowned upon because they are of plant origin.
In order to provide the body with sufficient energy, large amounts of meat are consumed. Instead of an extra portion of micronutrients, antioxidants and fiber from salad, whole grains or vegetables, the meat base is served with other animal products such as eggs. The classic rules of nutrition have to be thrown overboard. The motto is: “Meat is my vegetable.”
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The principle of action of the carnivore diet: As with all strict low-carb diets, the body is supposed to be put into ketosis. As soon as no more glucose is available for the energy supply of the brain and Co., ketone bodies are synthesized from fat and depot fat is broken down.
“Optimized Carnivore Diet”: There are also some groups among carnivores who spice up their meat meals with at least some healthy plant food. With that in mind, green leafy vegetables, avocados, and nuts are allowed.
Which foods are taboo?
All foods that are not of animal origin must be avoided. The consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, potatoes, rice or pasta is prohibited. Even nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods that form the basis of most diets, e.g. B. vegetables and salad, are rarely found on the plates of carnivores.
Salad-Topping instead of Salad: Foods that are part of the basics with a high nutrient density in classic nutrition are sometimes completely eliminated. Instead of a large salad with fillet strips…