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Carnivore Diet For Weight Loss Does It Work Or Ruin Gut Health?

October 18, 2019


Eric Bakker, thanks for coming back. We’re going to talk about carnivore diets. Okay? The carnivore diet for weight loss. Does it work? When does it ruin your gut health? Well, there’s some really good stuff you can
read online. I like Chris Kresser. I’ve been reading Chris’s stuff now for a
few years, but there are many other people out there who write good, very good balanced
information regarding paleo, you know, his own diet, keto diet, carnivore diets, all
these kinds of things. So you can find some excellent websites explaining,
the carnivore. But carnivore is different in that it generally
infers an all meat diet. So we looking at like all beef or lamb, pork
or chicken or fish and eggs. Sometimes dairy is sort of partially included
in it. I’ve had several comments now on the YouTube
channel from different people who are really into the carnivore diet saying it’s like the
way to go. You know, it’s the road paved with gold when
it comes to good health and all this kind of stuff. So I’m sure in the short term it’s going to
certainly help you to a degree, but long-term you’re going to get a lot of problems with
eating this kind of diet. There are no people. If we go back, you know, 10, 20, 30, 50,000
generations, there are no real peoples or tribes or whatever you want to call it for
want of the matter that lived solely on meat. It just didn’t really exist. So it’s a fallacy to think that the carnivore
diet is like a natural occurring diet that people subsided on many generations ago, because
it’s simply not true. Chris Kresser writes quite well about that. When you read, for example, the Canadian Inuit
Indians, would go to great lengths to look for lichen, you know, on back of trees, certain
mosses they could eat, they look for berries, they look for all kinds of additional foods
on top of the walrus blood and meat and organs that they were consuming. So most tribes have always tried to hunt for
some type of a carbohydrate as well as the meat they were consuming. So it’s a fallacy to believe that people existed
at some stage just basically roasting huge steaks over open fires and that’s how they
lived; It’s just not true. Now, if you have a look at the dynamics behind
these kinds of diets and what they do to the gut and to the body long-term, there are many
different short-term, excellent outstanding effects you’re going to get from eating like
this. You will give the colon a health because meat
tends to be nearly always exclusively digesting higher up, so which will mean it’s going to
be a very low residue diet. So there’s not a lot of residue left in the
stool. There’s not any fiber in there as well. Okay? It’s shown within 48 hours that the gut microbiome
composition changes on an all carnivore diet. I don’t like it at all. I’m no fan whatsoever on an all kind of just
total meat diet. I think it’s really bad for you long-term. Those people who are fans of the carnivore
diet, I would love them to show me a guy my age who’s been carnivore for 40 years, to
see what he’s guts like, you know? What his blood pressure was like, what his
kidney health is like. The excess pyrenes and the excess protein
residues. What happens to all these? What about the guy’s liver? What about the guy’s kidneys? What about the guy’s heart? All that animal fat? What’s the guy going to look like? Or the woman going to look like in 40 years
of this kind of diet? Well, I’ve been eating Mediterranean for 40
plus years and my heart’s in fantastic shape and my circulation’s great. I’ve got blood pressure for a 20 year old. I’m 60, almost 60. I’ve got my bloods back and they’re all fantastic. So do I eat an all meat diet? No. But I do believe that meat is important part
of the diet, albeit a small part of the diet. Okay? When you start making radical modifications
to your diet, you’re going to make radical modification to your gut in time. And that in turn is going to create problems
for you. We’re talking deficiencies of trace elements. We’re talking calcium deficiency, for example. We’re talking fat soluble vitamin deficiencies,
in some instances. In others not, but particularly the trace
elements. Okay? The small things like manganese. What about magnesium? You’re going to get magnesium from meat? Not likely. So you need to be aware of all of these kinds
of potential deficiencies that creep in, which will give you a lot of problems down the track. We’re not talking the first year, we’re talking
the first five to 10 years. Many patients I’ve worked with over the years
who were at one stage vegan resorted back into editing some dairy or some lean meats
into their diet and I found usually around the five, six, seven year mark is about as
long as many could hold out until their B12 stores were so low that they felt so sick
that they had to make changes. Now I expect carnivore people to be like this
too long-term within five to seven years, if you can stomach eating meat for breakfast
at five to seven years. I couldn’t do it. But if you can do it for that long, it’ll
be interesting to see what pans out for for these kinds of people. Is it a healthy way to lose weight? I think it’s healthy short-term, but I don’t
think all meat’s healthy. I think keto is probably better approach than
the carnivore, in my opinion. But I still think that you can look at the
carnivore diet short term and then slowly add some vegetables and fruits and different
things in as you go along when you reach your objective, if it’s weight loss you’re looking
for. But if it’s overall long-term health you desire,
all meat is not the way to go. Not just my opinion, but the opinion of many
expert people out there. But the jury’s still out. Let’s just see what it’s like in, 20, 30 years
of people doing these diets, what their digestive system’s going to really truly be like. Thanks for tuning in. Enjoy your steak while you can. And also don’t forget to click on the link
below if you want my free candida report. Thanks for tuning in.

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