Carnivore Diet – The other Extreme to Veganism
The carnivore diet is not to be mistaken for paleo diet or ketogenic diet, which focus mainly on leaving out grain and added sugars as well as eating only high protein food. In fact, the carnivore diet is one of the most extreme outcomes of these diets at the moment and the exact opposite to the nowadays popular veganism.
Whilst veganism concentrates on whole foods and eating or using no animal products, the carnivore diet focuses only on the eating aspect and what it does to your body by arguing that its foods decrease inflammation processes and therefore help with all kinds of health issues.
The carnivore diet follows no exact definition. It allows mainly meat and any other animal products, such as dairy and eggs, on your daily menu. In its most extreme, people practicing the carnivore diet start eating meat exclusively and nothing else.
The carnivore diet uses an effect that most people who have gone through extreme diets, no matter which direction, describe.
By concentrating on such a small range of variation in food, they feel much more energetic than ever before, feel less need of sleep and clearer in thinking, although this is mostly a benefit from excluding added sugars and eating only naturally grown food. Focusing on one kind of food exclusively, except for junk food of course, clears out the body, no matter which kind of diet one follows. The increased protein rate in the carnivore diet creates a metabolic rise, automatically followed by burning more body fats and, if sports are included, building up muscles in a fast pace. Thus, it is mostly comparable to the ketogenic diet, as meat, dairy and eggs are high in protein and fats. For someone who does not practice any sports at all, however, the diet can easily end up in gaining weight instead of loosing it, as too much protein tends to be stored as fat reserves, if the body is not forced to use it for building up muscles.
It has to be said, that this form of diet is not meant to be for a long period of time, neither is it useful as a life long diet plan. Whilst meat and dairy products can cover the need of almost all vitamins and essential fatty acids, the lack of secondary plant substances found in vegetables, whole grain and fruits is likely to cause problems at some point as well as having serious effects on gut health, which needs dietary fiber.
Therefore it has to be mentioned, that there is still scope for further scientific research on the carnivore diet. Implications on health and well-being in the long range are yet unknown and not predictable.