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  • Writer's pictureJulien Chamoun

Carnivore Diet. What is it?

The carnivore diet is a way of eating that involves consuming only animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. This diet is also known as a zero-carb diet, as it eliminates all carbohydrates including fruits, vegetables, and grains. Some people follow this diet as a way to lose weight or improve their health, but there are risks involved with eating an animal-only diet.

On the positive side, the carnivore diet can lead to rapid weight loss in the short term, as animal products are high in protein and satiating. High fat and high protein foods will often be more filling than low protein and high carb foods. However, the high consumption of saturated fat has been linked with an increase in LDL cholesterol, putting you at risk for heart disease. In addition, without the fiber and nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, the carnivore diet can lead to constipation and nutritional deficiencies over time. Additional vitamins and minerals are required during a carnivore diet to avoid these deficiencies

As a dietitian, I recommend that people focus on a balanced, varied diet that includes a variety of foods from all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. It's important to choose high-quality lean sources of animal products and to limit processed and high-fat meats. Just because the carnivore diet can help you lose weight, does not mean it is best for your health or lifestyle. By following a balanced and nutritious diet, you can achieve your health and weight goals while reducing your risk of chronic disease.

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