The Carnivore Diet is a restrictive diet that
only includes meat, fish, and other animal foods like eggs and certain dairy products.
It excludes all other foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Its proponents also recommend eliminating or limiting dairy intake to foods that are
low in lactose such as butter and hard cheeses. The Carnivore Diet stems from the belief that
human ancestral populations ate mostly meat and fish and that high-carbohydrate diets
are to blame for today’s high rates of chronic disease. Other popular low-carb diets, like
the keto and paleo diets, limit but don’t exclude carbohydrate intake. However, the
Carnivore Diet aims for zero carbohydrates. Following the diet involves eliminating all
plant foods from your diet and exclusively eating meat, fish, eggs, and small amounts
of low-lactose dairy products. Foods to eat include beef, chicken, pork, lamb, turkey,
organ meats, salmon, sardines, white fish, and small amounts of heavy cream and hard
cheese, with butter, lard, and bone marrow also being allowed. Proponents of the diet
emphasize eating fatty cuts of meat to reach your daily energy needs and encourages drinking
water and bone broth but discourages drinking tea, coffee, and other drinks made from plants.
The Carnivore Diet provides no specific guidelines regarding calorie intake, serving sizes, or
how many meals or snacks to eat per day, and most proponents of the diet suggest eating
as often as you desire.