The carnivore diet has a lot of benefits. It works for many different goals and can serve many different functions. Like most things, it works more or less effectively depending on the outcome you are looking for. Here are a few things we believe the carnivore diet works well for:
The Carnivore Diet Works for People With Autoimmune Disease
If the outcome you are looking for is a reduction in autoimmune disease, like ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, or systemic lupus, definitely give it a try.
It is probably the most effective intervention currently available for people suffering from these types of diseases. Even though there are no clinical trials or studies done on using the carnivore diet to treat autoimmune disease, the case studies are undeniable, and if some humans have success reversing type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis using an animal-based diet, it definitely warrants giving it a try if you have an autoimmune issue.
The Carnivore Diet Works for Those Wanting to Improve Athletic Performance
For athletic performance goals, it might be more effective than a conventional diet for you, but, you will have to go through an adaptation period with decreased performance in order to get to a point where you will see improvements.
The Carnivore Diet Helps Identify Food Intolerances
One of the most powerful functions a carnivore diet can serve the average person with is as an elimination diet.
Suppose you want to find out what your own personal tolerances and sensitivities to food. In that case, nothing works better than a 30-, 60-, or even 90-day‘ carnivore cleanse with a mindful reintroduction and monitoring of foods you introduce. A carnivore cleanse involves consuming only meat, salt, and water for a certain length of time. I have completed a 30-day carnivore cleanse, and it was really easy.
I then was able to introduce one thing at a time to see how it reacts to my own system. The information I gained after the cleanse was very interesting and it would have taken a much longer period of eliminating and reintroducing foods to gain the equivalent amount of information.
So Does The Carnivore Diet Work?
Absolutely. Hopefully, these three instances I used as an example will illustrate that the carnivore diet works and it can work in many different ways according to your own goals and needs.
How Long Does It Take For A Carnivore Diet To Work?
The length of time for a carnivore diet to work for each individual is dependent on individual differences in age, genetic variability, lifestyle, and the diet leading up to the start of the carnivore diet.
A young person, who does intermittent fasting and follows a ketogenic paleo/primal diet before starting a carnivore diet, will adapt a lot faster compared to an older person, who eats simple carbohydrates throughout the day and gets the majority of their food from fast-food franchises.
I’m not saying that the carnivore diet won’t work for the second person, only that it will take longer for them to adapt to the change in their diet and lifestyle and for them to feel like the diet is now “working” for them.
The way genetic differences play a role in choice of diet is still being studied, but I’d bet that there is not enough genetic variation to make an animal-based diet unhealthy for anyone and that genetic differences predict more your ability to tolerate plant sources of nutrition.
How Long Do You Need to Do The Carnivore Diet For it to Work?
The minimum amount of time I would suggest trying a carnivore diet for would be at least a month, but I do think that 60-90 days is probably more effective because the half-life of certain plant compounds in the human body can be months, so to get the best sense for how you would feel completely plant-compound free will take more time.
Making the Carnivore Diet Work for You
You have to make this diet work for you.
Make sure you eat enough fat, as it will help you feel satiated, adapt to the diet, and see results.
Include organ meats to make sure you get as many nutrients as possible. Liver is particularly high in vitamin A and is a great source of folate and vitamin C.
Consume enough salt to keep your electrolytes up.
Don’t try to restrict your calories but eat until satiated.
If you don’t feel well on a zero-carb carnivore diet, try adding animal-based sources of carbs like honey and dairy.
We highly recommend giving the carnivore diet a try and seeing if it works for you. You can also try a carnivore-ish diet, where you mostly eat animal foods but will add in some other foods like fruit, root vegetables, coffee, etc.