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The Carnivore Diet: Can It Really Transform Your Health?

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To some, the carnivore diet might sound a bit “out there.”

That’s the diet where you sit down to a breakfast of steak and eggs, a lunch of liver and kidney (perhaps accompanied by some beef suet) and a dinner of ribeye steak with a side of shrimp.

Carnivore proponents say this all-meat approach is the key to unlocking fat loss, regulating blood sugar, even improving mood.

But can all meat, all the time, really be that good for you?

In this story, we’ll explore that question, telling you what you need to know about this increasingly-popular eating style. (Spoiler: the diet might work for some people—but not for the reasons carnivore diet proponents claim.)

You’ll also find:

A framework that can help you nail down whether the carnivore diet is a good fit
Our comprehensive plan and food list for getting started (if that’s what you decide to do)
A FREE downloadable, dietitian-approved carnivore diet guide

As they say, knowledge is power. So no matter why you’re curious about the all-meat trend, we’ve got answers ahead.

FREE PDF: The smart carnivore diet plan

Interested in trying the carnivore diet? Our totally FREE dietitian-approved guide includes:

A quiz to help you decide if the diet is right for you
Our comprehensive carnivore diet food list
Worksheets that help you track your progress and results

Sound good? Download the FREE carnivore diet guide here.

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What is the carnivore diet?

The carnivore diet is an eating style that focuses on eating meat.

Well, mostly meat. Animal organs, too. (Which are packed with nutrients, FYI).

Versions of the diet have been around for years. One of the earliest modern references dates back to 1856, when a German writer published a book about the virtues of eating only animals.1 More recently, all-meat diets have been popularized by Dr. Shawn Baker (an athlete and orthopedic surgeon), Dr. Paul Saladino (a psychiatrist), and Jordan Peterson (a psychologist).

Carnivore variations range from super strict meat-and-organs-only to iterations that include:

fish and other types of seafood
eggs
animal fats (suet, lard, and tallow)
small amounts of full-fat, low-lactose dairy
small amounts of certain fruits and vegetables

(For a complete carnivore diet food list, check out the graphic below.)

Why so much meat?

In the carnivore diet world, you often hear terms like “evolutionarily consistent” and “toxic plant compounds” as proof that the diet works.

Evolutionary consistency means eating the way our ancestors did.

Toxic plant compounds refer to the idea that some plants contain substances that make humans sick.

Let’s take a closer look at each, starting with evolutionary consistency.

Carnivore proponents often point to hunter-gatherer tribes who’ve eaten primarily carnivorous diets for thousands of years. And some research does seem to show that today’s hunter-gatherer tribes (yes, many still exist around the world) have much lower rates of the health problems that plague people who eat a standard Western diet.2

But that’s not the whole story.

Virtually all hunter-gatherer tribes—historical and modern—eat more than just meat. That’s because they have to eat what’s available. Truth be told, plants made up the bulk of what most historical hunter-gatherers consumed.3 4 5 6

Plus, some research shows that groups typically thought of as healthier because of their animal-heavy eating patterns, such as the Inuit, may not have had as much of an advantage as once thought.7

As for those toxic plant compounds? Advocates of the carnivore diet also believe plants aren’t as good for you as everyone says due to the chemical compounds they contain.

One example is lectins, which are found in plant foods like grains and legumes, and essentially serve as built-in defense mechanisms against microorganisms, insects, and other pests. Some people are sensitive to them, and if certain foods aren’t prepared properly (like kidney beans), they can make you sick.

Here’s the thing: As long as you prepare your legumes properly, lectins generally aren’t harmful. (Learn more about lectins and how to prepare foods that contain them.)

Bottom line: There’s no scientific evidence linking the carnivore diet with good health.

We don’t have data on what happens to people long-term. That includes no long-term data on weight and body composition, the digestive system, metabolic health, or anything else.

Still, a quick Google search will uncover an abundance of “incredible carnivore diet results.” So what gives?

In many ways, the carnivore diet isn’t so different from other popular diets.

Sure, the carnivore diet’s rules and rationale are somewhat unique (though there are some parallels with the also-popular Paleo diet).

But, at Precision Nutrition, we’ve seen a lot of diets. We’ve coached over 100,000 clients—and they’ve tried it all: fully plant-based diets, Mediterranean diets, intermittent fasting… and we’ve found that success doesn’t depend on the factors that make any single diet unique.

It’s the stuff these diets all have in common that produces results: eating enough protein, and focusing more on minimally-processed foods and less on highly-processed foods.

For a visual, check out the illustration below. (And if you’d rather use your ears, listen to Diet Debates and Purples States—a fascinating podcast from PN co-founder Dr. John Berardi—that explores the biggest diet debate of our time: plants vs. animals for human health.)

What are the benefits of the carnivore diet?

Some people credit the diet with resolving ailments from metabolic dysfunction to autoimmune problems to arthritis to depression. Others say the eating style gave them all-day energy and the washboard abs they’ve always wanted.

As a reminder, these are anecdotal reports, not results from published studies.

But even so, what is it about eating mostly meat that can feel so transformative for some?

How the carnivore diet might improve health

The carnivore diet is basically an elimination diet.

This eating style is super restrictive. Because of that, people end up drastically reducing the types of foods they eat. And that’s where the diet’s benefits really come from.

People who feel so much better on the carnivore diet are probably addressing an intolerance. Food intolerances can cause a whole range of symptoms: digestive troubles, chronic inflammation, and feeling sluggish.

So it’s not that the carnivore diet is magic. It’s that by omitting dairy, gluten, FODMAPs, and so many other foods, they stop eating what’s causing their problems. End result: they feel better.

(To learn more about food intolerances—and what to do about them—check out our Complete Guide to Elimination Diets.)

This same line of reasoning goes for other health issues that clear up with the carnivore diet.

If a person has metabolic dysfunction, for example, and they normally eat a ton of highly-processed food, they might suddenly find themselves feeling a whole lot better after six weeks on the carnivore diet. Maybe their health markers are even improving.

But it’s not necessarily because they’re eating so much meat.

All the stuff they’re not eating makes a big difference too.

(Think: highly-processed, refined foods.)

How the carnivore diet can lead to weight loss

Similarly, people who experience fat loss on the carnivore diet are likely benefitting (at least in the short term) from the diet’s restrictiveness.

The clear-cut rules reduce decision-making about what to eat. Highly-processed foods are off the menu, and you have to rely on protein, some fat, and maybe some fruits and vegetables to fill your plate. If these are your only food options, you’ll likely end up in a calorie deficit.

(Find out why a calorie deficit is crucial fat loss here: Calories in, calories out: Everything you need to know.)

Potential side effects of the carnivore diet

Because the carnivore diet includes few if any plant foods, you’ll likely be dealing with some nutrient deficiencies. Especially if you keep eating this way for many months.

Yes, liver and other organ meats are loaded with good stuff. But here’s something liver has none of: fiber.

That means you may experience constipation.

Plus, all the evidence we have about our microbiome suggests that a diverse and fiber-rich diet is the best thing for your gut.8

Several vitamins are hard to come by on a carnivore diet, including vitamin C, which is found in citrus fruits, peppers, berries, and other plant foods.

And then there are all the phytonutrients—healthful chemicals only found in plant foods—you miss out on by following this diet. Research strongly suggests that these provide all kinds of health benefits.9,10

Other downsides of the carnivore diet

There’s another really big con here, and I’ve already mentioned it.

This diet is extremely restrictive, which may help some people at first. But when it comes to long-term health outcomes, restrictiveness is not an asset.

Let’s take weight loss. No one goes into a restrictive diet thinking: “I want to lose 30 pounds, then put it back on when I can’t follow this anymore.”

Right?

When you look at the research on people following highly restrictive diets in the long term, the vast majority end up regressing toward their old eating habits.11,12,13

Why? Following a carnivore diet long term means, sorry, you can’t eat cake at your kid’s birthday party this year, or on your birthday. (Although maybe you could enjoy some… meat cake?)

When you go out for drinks with colleagues, no booze for you. Because, that’s right, all alcohol is plant-based. And Grandma’s lasagna? Not a chance.

If your goal is to lose weight and keep it off, you need to have a plan that allows your diet to become more sustainable. The same goes for people trying the carnivore diet to deal with a specific health issue.

So do we recommend the carnivore diet?

Not really.

But we also wouldn’t discourage someone from trying it. (If you’re a coach, you can learn more about how to approach these trendy diets in our article: Surviving the Dr. Oz Diet.)

Instead, we help set them up for success. How, you ask? See below.

The smart carnivore diet plan

To determine the right level of carnivory for you (yes, carnivory is a real word), use the three-step process outlined here. It’ll take you from a strict carnivore diet to something that’s ultimately more sustainable.

Think of it as a diet experiment—one that’ll help you figure out which foods are right for your body. (Also, if you’re into the whole experimentation thing, check out this article: Three diet experiments that can transform your body.)

REMINDER: You can download this FREE carnivore diet plan, print it, keep it handy on your phone, or share it with a client. 

The evolution of the carnivore diet

The carnivore diet started out as a strict all-meat experience.

But the approach is starting to evolve, perhaps because of the issues we’ve mentioned in this article.

You have the animal-only people, of course. But we’re also seeing some of the leaders in the space talk about how they’re starting to eat the following foods that were previously considered off-limits:

Higher-lactose forms of dairy
Certain fruits and vegetables (such as squash, avocados, and small amounts of fruit)

Some of them even consume a bit of white rice. (Scandal!)

So taking the approach outlined below isn’t necessarily inconsistent with carnivore diet ideology.

In fact, this might be the direction the diet is headed.

Step 1: Check in with your healthcare provider.

You’ve probably heard this advice before, but it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor, nurse practitioner, or main healthcare provider before starting the carnivore diet.

Let your provider know you’re trying an all-meat diet, and that you’d like to keep track of how things are going during the process. They might recommend a standard blood panel that includes blood lipids, blood sugar, and markers of inflammation.

They might also want to keep track of your nutrient status with blood tests to ensure that you’re not starting out deficient in any key nutrients.

During this appointment, ask your provider how often you should check in with them to repeat any of the tests they’re performing in this initial stage.

Step 2: The elimination phase

Now you’re ready to start on either the strict carnivore diet or the modified carnivore diet.

Take a look at the chart below, and decide what would be the best fit for you. If you’re comfortable with a more restrictive approach, then the strict carnivore diet could feel right. If you think something more moderate would be better, try the modified version.

Remember: We’re treating this like an elimination diet, so this phase will be short, lasting anywhere from two to six weeks, depending on your preference.

Important note: If eating only meat is giving you non-stop diarrhea or constipation, feel free to abort this mission.

After at least two weeks, use the How’s The Carnivore Diet Working for You? Assessment in the PDF to gain insight into your experience. Hang onto your results, because you’ll need them later for comparison.

Step 3: The reintroduction phase

Now it’s time to systematically reintroduce foods, and see how you respond.

Of course, if you’re completely happy with how things are going on a stricter version of the diet—you don’t feel like you’re missing out, you’re feeling good, and your blood work looks great—you could keep going the way you are. Based on our experience, though, people are usually ready to have a little more variety in their diet by this point.

During the process, you can take notes in the How Food Feels Journal (also found in the carnivore diet PDF). Here’s how it works:

Day 1: Reintroduce one food, eating at least two servings of it at different times of the day. For example, you might reintroduce Greek yogurt by having it at breakfast and lunch.

Days 2 and 3: Stop eating the new food.

Day 4 and beyond: What happens after day 4 will depend on how things went on days 2 and 3.

If you feel great, add the food you just reintroduced to your “safe” list, and reintroduce a different food the next day.
If you experience a reaction, take note and wait until the symptoms subside before reintroducing another food.

Keep introducing foods and noticing how you react.

The foods in the modified carnivore diet and sustainable carnivore diet columns are a great place to start, but you’re not limited to just these foods. The point is to create a diet that works for you. So include those must-have foods that make your life worth living.

Every so often, return to the How’s The Carnivore Diet Working for You? Assessment from the PDF to check in on your progress. That way, you can:

Compare how you feel now to how you felt during the elimination phase
Ensure you’re still on track with the goals that drove you to try the carnivore diet in the first place

You might also want to follow up with your doctor after a few months to check your objective health markers.

(By the way, in case you’re the type that likes to understand every detail, we have an entire ebook on elimination diets that’s TOTALLY FREE.)

The bottom line

It’s difficult to argue with dramatic before and after pictures, or firsthand stories of incredible results.

We see this effect with all kinds of trendy diets, and the carnivore diet is no exception. But for every success story, there are probably hundreds of people the carnivore diet didn’t work out for, mostly because of how restrictive it is.

That doesn’t mean you can’t try it if you want to.

Just remember: It’s an experiment.

If it works out for you, that’s awesome.

And if it doesn’t, try not to think of it as a failure. You gain valuable insights when you try a new eating approach—even if the biggest insight is “I hate that diet!”

So mainly, don’t beat yourself up. Because the carnivore diet isn’t right for everyone… and millions of healthy plant-based eaters will attest to that.

References

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European Court of Human Rights Affirms Freedom of Religion or Belief of Russian Scientologist

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 6, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has once again affirmed the rights of Scientologists in Russia to practice their religion based on Article 9 of the ECHR Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, announced the Church of Scientology International.

PHOTO CAPTION: European Court of Human Rights (Photo by Katrinitsa, Creative Commons license).

Article 9 states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

“Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”

In its September 28, 2021, judgment in Kuropyatnik v. Russia, (Application no. 64403/11), the ECHR ruled that Scientologist Vladimir Leonidovich Kuropyatnik, a Moscow Scientologist, was illegally detained by a Russian police officer who questioned him on the basis of his membership in the Scientology religion.

The Court found Kuropyatnik’s October 13, 2010, detention deprived him of liberty and violated Articles 8 and 9 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which guarantee the right to respect for private and family life and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The ECHR noted that at the time this incident took place, the Church of Scientology had been registered as a religious organization in Russia for more than two decades and that Russian authorities had consistently over the years acknowledged the religious nature of Scientology. This Court found Russian police targeting Mr. Kuropyatnik for being a Scientologist was a blatant abuse of his religious freedom by the Russian state and ordered Russia to pay him EUR8,000 in damages for violating his human rights.

This decision is consistent with the European Court of Human Rights landmark decision of 5 April 2007 in the case Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia (Application no. 18147/02), which overturned the Moscow city government’s refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization. The Court found that Russia violated the rights of the Church of Scientology under ECHR Article 11 (the right to freedom of association) “read in the light of Article 9” (the right to freedom of religion) when it refused to reregister the Church of Scientology of Moscow.

Once again, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld that Scientologists are guaranteed the same rights by the European Convention on Human Rights granted to those of any other religious organization.

The European Court of Human Rights was established to create a mechanism for the resolution of human rights complaints against States parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1950. Located in Strasbourg, France, the Court has jurisdiction over 47 states in Europe, including Russia, with a combined population of some 820 million citizens.

This announcement was originally published as a blog on the Scientology Religion website. The Church of Scientology publishes this blog to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion’s ecclesiastical leader.

For more information on Scientology, visit the Scientology website or the Scientology TV network.

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Debt Cap Voting: Republicans Are Poised to Thwart Efforts to Raise Borrowing Limits As Defaults Are Approaching

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Washington-As the country barrels towards default, Republicans are ready to sink Democratic efforts to suspend federal borrowing restrictions.

Senate Republicans are blocking measures passed in the House of Representatives that will be suspended Debt limit Until December 2022. At least 10 Republicans must join all Senate Democrats to break the GOP filibuster and pass the bill with a simple majority vote.

Democrats argue that this will give Republicans exactly what they are looking for: a country’s borrowing limit approved only by Democrats.

“Tomorrow’s vote is not a vote to raise debt caps, but rather a procedural step to get Democrats to raise debt caps,” Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday. “We’re not asking the Republicans to vote for you, they’re just letting them vote.”
more: Why Daily Americans Need to Care About Debt Caps

But the Republicans aren’t retreating. They have full control of Washington and plan to pass trillions of socio-economic packages with zero Republican input, so Democrats must act to raise their federal debt caps themselves. I’ve been doing things that don’t happen for months.

“They said they were ready to work on their own,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “The easiest way to do this is to use the tuning process, as I’ve pointed out for two months.”

Republican McConnell has reiterated that Democrats need to raise debt limits to cover the potential trillions of costs in the unpassed portion of President Joe Biden’s agenda, but it has already taken. Debt limits need to be raised to cover spending under the unified Republican-backed Trump administration.

Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) said she did not support voting on ABC News on Tuesday.

“We are not going to empower a radical march towards socialism,” said Graham, a top Republican member of the Budget Committee.

Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has highlighted potential solutions, including temporarily suspending filibuster rules that require 60 votes for most bills.

“It could go down, at least for a demand on a debt limit to end the filibuster and pass it with 51 votes,” Sanders suggested.

However, to do this, a rally of 50 Democrats needed to remain unified, and both Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinecine of West Virginia opposed the change in filibuster rules.

Republicans haven’t been recorded yet and say they’re ready to join the Democratic Party to pave the way for a final vote on Wednesday’s debt restrictions, but moderate Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Many have opened the door to potential participation.

“I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to avoid falling into the default situation, and I don’t want to get close to it,” Marcusski said. “We need to confirm. We just need to confirm.”

The country technically reached its debt cap on August 1, and the Treasury took special steps to pay the country’s invoice. However, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said her division’s efforts would be completely exhausted by October 18, and defaults would be nearly certain.

Pressure is rising alongside party gridlock, and backup plans have not surfaced.

McConnell and his meeting insist on using a swift budgeting tool called reconciliation that allows Democrats to break filibusters and pass certain laws. The use of this mysterious process is tedious and can take weeks, freeing Democrats into a series of potentially politically distressing votes.

However, insisting on using this process could have additional political interests for Republicans. It will leave Democrats a record of raising debt caps by a large amount, but Wednesday’s vote-simply suspending debt caps at a certain amount-is not. It will affect the Republican story that Democrats are out of control spenders.

Senator Mike Rounds (RS.D.) said on Tuesday that he was “very interested in a particular amount.” “They would have to come in front of the Americans and say,’This is the amount we’re going to spend, so we’re going to increase our debt cap by X.’ There. “

Some Democrats say they support the use of a settlement if it means a quick solution to the debt restriction issue. Manchin said the process should be considered, and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said when asked by reporters whether to consider fast-track budgeting tools, “everything should be on the table. “.

But with each passing day, Democrats are limited in the amount of time they have to quickly track up debt cap increases through a multi-step process, and Democrats have not begun work on the reconciliation process, even behind the scenes. Tell ABC News about it.

“No, not at this time,” Sanders told ABC News.

Some Democrats were more emphasizing.

“The settlement was never at the table,” said Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I don’t have enough time for the settlement to work.”

But on Tuesday, Schumer did not explicitly exclude it.

Schumer repeatedly mentioned Wednesday’s vote as the preferred way to raise debt caps when asked if they would be excluded using the budgeting process.

“Reconciliation is a complex process drawn out. We have shown the best way. We are moving in that direction,” Schumer refused to entertain Plan B.

If a country defaults, the consequences are definitely catastrophic. The White House warned that unprecedented defaults could shock the global economy and cause a recession. The political impact of both parties is unknown.

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People use their computers and laptops to bet on sports and play casino games all the time. Thanks to the different online betting websites, accessing your favorite hobby has never been easier. Everyone (assuming you live in a country where i Gaming is legal) can try out several betting websites in a matter of seconds. There are many differences between the brands, but in general, all of them allow you to use different features and promotions.

Even though those things are great, there are some drawbacks that have to be taken into account. The biggest one is related to the fact that you need to have access to a computer in order to bet. Some people don’t consider this to be a problem because their job requires them to sit in front of the computer all the time. However, others don’t have the privilege of using a PC or a laptop while at work. That’s why those people have no other option but to use their mobile devices.

We live in a world where most people around us use a smartphone or a tablet daily. We always carry those devices with us, which makes them the ideal “tool” to allow us to bet on the go. Let’s take a look at the two things that you can do if you want to have fun without the need for a computer.

Downloading and installing a mobile app

The first thing you can do if you want to use your smartphone or tablet is to download and install a mobile app. This process is complicated and it might take some time, depending on your preferred mobile OS. Luckily, punters with Android and iOS can get the BoyleSports app directly from this source by EB and start using the services of one of the most popular online betting platforms. Although you can download and install this app within seconds, there are many potential problems that some users might come across if they want other apps.

The most common issue Android users have to face is the lack of an app inside Google Play. Only a few iGaming sites have apps there, so you will most likely have to download and install an apk file. To do that, you need to open your device’s settings and enable the option to install apps from different sources.

Using a mobile website

The mobile application that you might want to download and install has a lot of advantages. However, unless you get the BoyleSports app for Android and iOS from Efirbet, you may spend a lot of time trying to find a legit apk file. The good news is that there is a solution to your problems – the mobile website.

Online bettors who don’t want to deal with the problems of getting an app can simply use the operator’s mobile website. Every online casino and bookmaker has a mobile version of its desktop site. Some of them try to make exact copies of their original websites, whereas others are more innovative. No matter which kind of mobile website you choose, it will let you bet on sports and play the casino games you want to. Furthermore, you can use the different features and promos.

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