Carnivore Diet & Fasting FAQ

How carnivore diet works

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

 

Thousands of 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..)

 

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 on previous dietary 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. MeatRX coaches can help make the transition into carnivore 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. You will then 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. 

For heart health see MeatRx’s heart resource and anti-meat debunk page.

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 that 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.

See this comprehensive list of anti-nutrients, their negative effects, the foods that contain them, and how they can be neutralized.

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, plenty. Please see our medical research library. Did you know that Dr. Shawn Baker has put out a survey for people to share their results on the carnivore diet? More than 11,000 people have shared their amazing health transformation stories. Meat Heals!

Great question, we’ve researched and put together a comprehensive list of books on the carnivore diet.

It has become popular to blame meat production for the majority of our environmental woes. While meat production does have an environmental impact, there is far more nuance to the discussion. The belief that stopping the consumption of meat will be a net benefit for the environment is patently false when examined comprehensively.

The following information is a great resource to help you understand the complexity of this issue.

See our comprehensive library of resources on meat and the environment put together by Dr Shawn Baker.

How Fasting Works

Fasting is the voluntary abstinence from nutrition for a predetermined time period.  It is not the same as starvation which is generally a non voluntary situation.

Weight loss, improvements in blood glucose, enhanced performance or cognition, improvements in certain medical conditions.

If practiced appropriately, fasting can and should be very safe and potentially very beneficial 

In general pregnant or nursing women, children, those that are currently under nourished or those with anorexic eating disorders should avoid fasting 

Yes, fasts can be classified by duration, frequency and types of nutrition allowed 

Yes, but it is generally suggested that they obtain the support out there healthcare provider while doing so.

Yes, dehydration, hypoglycemia, exacerbation of reflux, gout, refeeding syndrome

It can be initially, but most find it becomes fairly easy with some practice

That is a potential issue, but can generally be avoided if fasting is implemented correctly 

No, fasting is not an excuse to eat an unhealthy diet.

Yes, many can and do exercise in a fasted state.

Often many people report minimal hunger during a fast, particularly as time goes by.  Although hunger can definitely appear early on.

While many people experience similar benefits and issues, many people can have a unique or uncommon experience with fasting.

Yes, the scientific literature is full of studies on this topic, many of which show significant benefits. See our research library

Yes, many diabetics see a significant improvement in their disease when including well planned fasting in their routine.

An experienced fasting coach can help you to avoid many common errors, help design an effective schedule, provide support, accountability and help to ensure your fasting is done in both a safe and effective manner.