As a personal trainer, I thought for sure I had heard it all when it comes to dieting and food fads--- I figured each diet offered something different from the last with the same promises: weight loss, healthy and results. It wasn't until I was training a past client; that he brought up the "carnivore diet", at the time I rolled my eyes because I wasn't even sure what to think of it (I LOVE MEAT) but still the thought made me shake my head that something like this would even be a thing (of course it would be, it's 2019 and people never run out of ideas). I promised him I would look into it because I was interested to learn more due to the fact I love meat and I had very little knowledge on it.
Well It has been months, but finally I took the time to do some research on this diet and I figured why not share it on the site so that my readers could be aware of this diet / especially since my clients are always curious and reading up on the newest fitness/health topics to date. I want to mention as much as I love meat, I am not being bias when it comes to writing this article today, because I simply live by "health is having a balanced nutritional long term lifestyle and staying active" while also finding a positive mental balance. No matter your thoughts, beliefs, research, etc, when you read this, take it as a learning experience and NOT as me promoting it because I don't promote diets on this blog, I give you the ins & outs and you decide what works best for you.
The Carnivore diet consist of eating all things meat, fish, eggs, and low lactose dairy products. The diet excludes fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and high lactose dairy products.
Butter, lard and bone marrow is allowed on this diet. Along with seasonings that have NO carbs
The diet encourages drinking water and bone broth but to stay away from alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, pop, fruit juices, plant based drinks.
In summary, I wouldn't recommend this diet long term wise because there is not a lot of research or studies that back it up with being a longer term healthy lifestyle but in the short term it could be helpful (pending how your body responds to it). This particular diet might be more expensive considering meat is expensive to buy compared to plant based foods. I think like many diets before this one, it can work for you and against you & it won't work for everybody, it won't magically help you to lose weight and it isn't guaranteed to work.
Personally, If I was to try this diet, it would be to see how my body responds to it no more than 30 days, how well it works with me being a powerlifter and if any results come from it. Hopefully all of my readers/clients reading this have a good idea of what this diet consist of & if you do decide to give this a go, please be safe about doing it and pay attention to your body.
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer