Carnivore Diet FAQ

The Carnivore diet means getting nutrition from animal sourced foods and severely limiting or eliminating all plants from the diet. The purpose is health improvement, healing the body, fat loss, and relief from many illnesses.

Many people have reduced or even reversed symptoms of diabetes, digestive issues, depression, mental disorders, skin conditions, joint pain, hormonal imbalances, lyme disease, chronic fatigue, candida overgrowth, pain, inflammation, etc

Any meat from an animal is fine, including fat, muscle, and organs if desired. Most people seem to gravitate to, and feel best on ruminant meat (beef, lamb, goat, deer, elk etc..). 

However pork, chicken, eggs and seafood are often also well tolerated. Dairy products can be included for some people but many will need to limit the amount or types of dairy.

Spices as seasonings are used depending on preference and tolerance. Coffee and tea can be consumed, but many people find that excluding them is helpful. The same goes for alcohol.

Depending upon your previous background, some people can just jump right into the diet while others will benefit from a transition strategy. Our Certified Carnivore Coaches are a great resource to help you transition.

Many people have reduced or even reversed symptoms of diabetes, gastrointestinal problems,  joint pain, mental disorders, skin issues, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, and blood pressure. 

There is also improvements in body composition including fat loss and muscle gain, strength, performance, and endurance. A large number of people have seen resolution of many disease symptoms and the elimination or reduction of their prescription medications.

The transition can vary from person to person, some having a very easy time, whereas others struggle.  Common transition issues can include fatigue, headache, general malaise, poor mood, insomnia, increased thirst or urination, change in bowel frequency, constipation, diarrhea, joint or muscle aches, and rashes. Once again our coaches can help make this go more smoothly.

Make sure you are eating enough food and getting plenty of rest. You can also add extra salt, electrolytes, or bone broth to replenish electrolytes. Avoid heavy exercise because it can take a toll on your body during the transition process. As you adapt you will gain more energy to exercise.

The transition symptoms naturally resolve within a few days to weeks. Then you will start seeing improvements in energy, sleep, digestion, and inflammation.

A few days to a few weeks. After the adaptation period, you will start seeing improvements in energy, sleep, mood, digestion, skin, and much more.

  • The short answer is “No, meat is very unlikely to be the cause of any particular disease”. Our extensive research library is at your disposal to further educate yourself on these matters. Unfortunately the majority of our nutrition science comes from very poorly designed study that have no possible way of realistically answering those questions. 

Many people prefer and enjoy grass fed beef and there can be an environmental benefit. But the majority of people that have successfully improved their health have done so with just plain old supermarket meat without eating organs.  For some select individuals organs and grass finished beef may ultimately prove to be the better option and is certainly worth experimenting with if desired.

  • No. Eat meat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are no longer hungry.  Carnivore diet is about eating meat. Choose the meat that you enjoy, and don’t worry about the ratios. Fat is good for you, and most meat is fatty enough. There is no need to cut back on fat or add extra fat.

It is simple. Eat meat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are no longer hungry. There is no need to fast or count meals, especially at the beginning of the diet. Make sure to eat when you’re hungry so you can fight the cravings and nourish your body.

The carnivore diet provides health benefits without any need to measure ketones. 

Most people that see a significant improvement in their health due to the Carnivore Diet tend to stick with it or something very similar. They may become “Carnivore Adjacent” and often that also works well for many.

It depends on the person and the plant. Most plants in the environment are downright poisonous and are deadly, whereas a small percentage have been found suitable to eat by humans and many of those require extensive processing to make them safe to ingest. Some people have a greater capacity to handle certain plants than others do. Remember things like sugar, vegetable oil and Oreos are all made from plants and some of them are clearly worse than others. It is unlikely that plants provided any real nutritional benefit as a food source when one is already on a carnivore diet. On a standard junk food diet it is likely that eating avocados is a bit better than eating twinkies.

Meat production definitely has an environmental impact, as all food and all human commodities do. Meat has been unfairly scapegoated by animal rights activists and the processed food industry as they see a potential financial windfall in plant based products. In the United States Cows produce a mere 2% of our greenhouse gases and range on land that is not suitable for planting crops. Learn more here  

Many people successfully do a carnivore diet without a gall bladder. For some people that requires some initial adjustments particularly with the transition phase. Your Certified Carnivore coach can help guide you through this process

There are literally hundreds of different types and ways to prepare meals for a meat based diet.  Some folks enjoy the simplicity of just cooking up a steak, but fortunately for you, our chefs have dozens of enticing “carnivore friendly” recipes in our ever growing library

Yes. Please see our research library here. Also, Dr. Shawn Baker put out survey for people to share their results on the carnivore diet. More than 11 thousand people shared the amazing health transformation as a result of the carnivore diet. See here