MY CARNIVORE RESULTS ARE IN..... (IN DEPTH LOOK)
We FINALLY got the results back from my carnivore experiment (well, at least most of them). Lately, the carnivore approach has been getting a lot of attention so I decided to do it strictly for a month. If you haven’t already seen the overview of the carnivore experiment you can check it out here (http://bit.ly/2Ffa3ga).
To briefly give an overview of the carnivore approach, it’s quite simple – no plant-based foods (and yes that includes avocados). It’s quite contrary to what many doctors might tell you – eat a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and limit your red meat. Well, this does the exact opposite and several people have seen tremendous results.
In fact, I spoke with my friend Paul Saladino on What the Fat about this recently (http://bit.ly/2wYbWt1) and he drops some knowledge bombs on how to implement a carnivore diet effectively. Several other thought leaders like Danny Vega, Shawn Baker, William Shewfelt (http://bit.ly/2WOh16A) and many others advocate for this frequently.
Chris Kresser has a great article overview of the topic ( http://bit.ly/2WNET5x ). In short, Chris mentions 4 reasons the carnivore approach may work::
1. The Carnivore Diet Can Restrict Calories and Mimics Fasting – it’s difficult to overeat meat.
2. The Carnivore Diet Is a Low-Residue Diet – this is the one that I see people utilizing the carnivore approach the most for
“Residue is essentially undigested food that makes up stool. A low-residue diet is a diet that limits high-fiber foods like whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. It is often prescribed for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to alleviate symptoms like diarrhea, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. Meat is made primarily of protein and fat, which are absorbed high up in the GI tract, leaving little residue leftover to irritate or inflame the gut. In other words, an all-meat diet is effectively a very low-residue diet and gives the gut a rest.”
Hence this explains some of the results you will see in this video
3. The Carnivore Diet Is Often Ketogenic
4. The Carnivore Diet Changes the Gut Microbiota
“A 2014 study found that putting healthy human volunteers on an animal-based diet resulted in significant changes to the gut microbiota in less than 48 hours (www.nature.com/articles/nature12820). The animal-based diet increased the abundance of bile-tolerant organisms and decreased the levels of microbes known to metabolize different plant fibers.
One of the biggest concerns, however, is nutrient deficiencies. Now, this is why you need to listen to my podcast with Paul Saladino. Similar to how a well-formulated ketogenic diet isn’t bacon covered in butter dipped in peanut butter for every meal, a well-formulated carnivore approach is NOT just muscle meat – it’s nose to tail.
— My Results —
Overall, it was an interesting experiment to me. I am very used to eating large volumes of food (i.e Cobb Salads) so it took me a bit to adjust to the smaller portion sizes that I was eating. Soon, I became satiated and overcame that volume hurdle.
1. I definitely noticed less bloating
2. I was easily able to do OMAD whereas with keto I typically do 2 meals a day
3. Brazilian Steakhouses were fun 😛
1. I ate pretty much the same thing every day
2. My bowels weren’t regular (some may say that was a good thing)
3. It took some time to adapt to smaller portions
4. I had a hard time getting in enough potassium. I typically consumed 6-7 grams of sodium a day with how much I salted my water and meat.
Lastly, it’s unfortunate that they lost my pre-NMR Lipoprofile test results. On top of that Viome still hasn’t gotten back to me on my post results thus I don’t ever recommend using them to track acute changes. The deuterium piece is a very interesting one and one that I think more carnivorous advocates might want to look into. The research on it is scarce but promising from what I’ve read - here is a good breakdown (medium.com/@core...748e34)
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