September 10, 2018

The Facts About the Carnivore Diet


Many people will battle about how diets work until the cows come home.  (Literally, since we are talking about beef here.)  The carnivore diet is getting a bad rap by people, and Good Housekeeping cites that it can lead to vitamin and mineral deficits.  Today I’ll share some facts about this diet, from a guy who loves beef, but has gone a bit cleaner and focuses on plant-based foods more than simply protein.

How the Carnivore Diet Works

In this diet, which is amazingly simple to follow, you eat only beef, salt, and water.

Cows in Pasture

The average American will eat 222 pounds of beef this year. (Source:

It’s sort of like the Keto Diet, but not really.  You can’t eat vegetables, fruits, (Adios, Kiwi), nuts, legumes, seeds, or any dairy products.  It claims to assist in weight loss, but as mentioned, it certainly lacks the vitamins and minerals a steady diet consisting of the four food groups will give you.  When you omit many vitamins and nutrients, you can suffer from bone loss as well as organ failure.

Yikes!  Maybe that’s why this wasn’t named in the most popular social media diets?

I’ll once again go on record saying that I will never pass up a rib-eye, made black and blue or at the very odd occasion – rare.

However, without any greens or fruits I could never subscribe to this diet plan.  I love steak, and could eat it daily.  In fact, I used to until I learned how to cook fish and found out how delicious poke bowls are.

It’s fun hearing from the like-minded beef enthusiasts out there that will say this diet is life-changing, but if I’m going to go for mostly protein, I’m going to do something like the anabolic diet that allows me to eat some greens and not get so bored with simply one food.

The diet also calls for some weird things, namely infrared saunas and cryotherapy, giving your body both extremes – hot – and cold.  This is said to have a metabolic affect, but hey, you can do those anyway without this beef diet.

Can you imagine how regular you must be when you just eat beef? No need for these pills.  

Why You Should Avoid the Carnivore Diet

Let’s start – and end – with the fact that there is zero scientific backing to this diet.

Of course a low carb diet can help speed up weight loss, there aren’t any long term studies on people to make sure they are safe for a lifetime.  Sure, many people who follow a Paleo lifestyle will cite their successes, but again, until an actual agency with some credentials pipes up, we can’t assume anything.

I’ll never turn down a solid piece of beef – or heck – an American Wagyu steak at Snake River Farms – but the prospect of organ problems and mineral deficiencies that could lead to bone loss, pain, and failure simply freak me out.

But hey, if this is something you want to do, go ahead.  I’ll be right along side you eating beef, but with a side salad or some vegetables.

If you suffer from obesity, my advice to you would be to try one of these fat burning supplements.  Unlike the carnivore diet, these have some scientific data behind them.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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