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I interviewed 50 Carnivore experts in 2022. The stars of this year were Dr Shawn Baker, Dr Anthony Chaffee, Kelly Hogan, and Dr Elisabeth Bright, and wow...
I learnt a lot!
There were many surprises, but the most startling of all was how much I learned about the importance of fat. The experts were adamant that we should be eating more fat, especially saturated fats like butter and ghee. They argued that this is what makes us human and it's what our bodies need to thrive. They said that fatty meat is so important—and fruit and nut consumption should be minimized because they're toxic (at least in large quantities).
The experts also told me why fasting doesn't work: it causes a loss of muscle protein which slows down your metabolism by around 10% per day (compared with if you didn't fast). This can result in weight gain over time so it's not recommended unless you want to lose weight very slowly over months or years! It seems obvious now but I didn't know this before talking with these experts.
And there's so much evidence for Carnivore
If you're considering Carnivore, there's a lot of evidence backing it up. Here are some things that the experts told me:
- Carnivore is great for weight loss. One study found that people on a carnivorous diet lost an average of 15 pounds in eight weeks—and most participants were able to keep the fat off after they switched to a vegetarian or omnivorous diet again. Another study found that eating meat was more effective than other diets at reducing body mass index (BMI), even without exercise.
- Carnivore is good for your mental health, too! A third study found that people who ate more meat had better moods and higher self-esteem compared with those who ate fewer animal products, while another showed how beneficial it can be for those suffering from depression or anxiety.
- People on carnivorous diets also reported improved physical health outcomes like lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride counts, as well as reduced inflammation markers like C-reactive protein (CRP).
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