The Carnivore Diet : Healthy or Totally Crazy?

Author: Adam Macdougall   Date Posted:25 February 2019 


The 'Carnivore' diet is set to be the trendiest ways to lose weight in 2019 - but is it worth the hype? 

If you could make up a diet for blokes who hate diets and vegetables it would be the so-called carnivore diet.

The Carnivore Diet is essentially a meat-only diet with some key vegetables. In many ways, it can be likened to the Paleo diet in that it promotes ditching carbs and processed foods in favour of protein-based meals.

Paleo is built on the principles of eating the way our ancestors did, and as such dispenses with all processed foods. Meat, fish, and vegetables tend to be the main foods consumed while sugars, grains, dairy, and legumes are eliminated.

In a bid to explain the science behind the diet, Adam said there's an understanding that plants, specifically legumes, can produce lectins when consumed. Lectins have been found to increase inflammation and compromise gut health.

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He says it's believed that anti-nutrients (lectins) produced by plants are behind a raft of health issues, in particular, auto-immune problems.

'Proponents of the diet recommend that you eliminate everything from your diet except meat,' he said.

'Some will say you can still have coffee and tea, although strict adherents will say these are plants'

The downside: 

Adam said that those embracing the diet may find they have positive results, not so much because they've started eating more meat but because they've stopped eating unhealthy food.

'The key with these diets is that when people go from eating a bad Westernised standard diet, of course, they will see benefits because their food intake is bad to start with,' he said.

'Eliminating things like soft drinks, lollies, processed foods, high amounts of dairy and high amounts of gluten means you are going to see some benefits in the short term.'

Adam said that while some think people are becoming healthier because they are only eating meat or only eating fat, it's more so because they are eliminating bad foods.

'The problem with a lot of these sorts of diets is they focus on the macro-nutrient component (proteins, carbs, and fat) and not the micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals),' he added.

'When you eliminate these things entirely, you will obliviously be missing out on a lot of key nutrients that are very important for basic health and well being.

'When it comes to health and wellness, moderation works best. A more diverse style diet is better over the longer term because it gives your body everything it needs.' 


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