Keto Vs. Carnivore Diet: Which One Is Better?
Keto vs. Carnivore Diet: Which One is Better? The carnivore diet is the new talk of the diet town. Its a simple meat and animal products only diet which means you cannot have any plant-based (fruits & vegetables) or carbohydrate foods. It is also described as a high protein and low carb diet . Seasoned carnivore dieters who take it very seriously will only eat meat and drink only water. However, others include a bit of dairy (cheese and eggs) and coffee without sugar in their diet. Although the carnivore diet has been rising in popularity lately, its been around for centuries, if not thousands of years. For example, Mongolian people consumed a large amount of meat and milk-based diet than fruits and vegetables [ 1 ]. As stated earlier, the carnivore diet is a meat and animal products only diet that requires you to eliminate everything else. Youre not allowed to have any carbs or plant-based foods whatsoever. The simple protocol of this diet is that you only eat meat and animal-based products and drink water. Eggs, cheese, and heavy cream are also allowed. People who love their cuppa more than anything else are allowed to have it moderately without sugar. Even though this diet has existed for centuries, it seems to have gotten a sudden rise in popularity after the claims of Shawn Baker who appeared on the Joe Rogans podcast. Shawn Baker is a doctor, athlete, and an earnest advocate of the carnivore diet. He has a fast-growing YouTube channel dedicated to carnivore diet with over 19 000 followers the last time we looked at it. He recently published his lab test results showing that his testosterone levels were lower which confused him a bit considering the fact hes been on a high protein and low carb diet for years. Upon further research, Dr. Shawn talks about a study th Continue reading >>
Carnivore Vs. Ketosis: How To Do Ketosis & The Carnivore Diet Correctly
As you can read in my articles Four New, Cutting-Edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-Burning Mode & Ketosis and How To Use Ketones For Longevity, How I Personally Use Ketone Salts & A New Chemical-Free, Clean Way To Get Into Ketosis, I have a long history of experimentation with a ketogenic diet dating all the way back to 2012. In this article, I'm going to give you an overview of several of the problematic issues I've discovered many people experience on a ketogenic diet, compare and contrast a carnivore diet with ketosis, and also give you as many tips as I possibly can about how to do a ketotic or a carnivore diet the right way based on my own personal experience and research. Feel free to leave your questions, comments, and feedback below this post! I'm open to any and all thoughts, criticisms, feedback or additional ideas that could be helpful to others. When you think about it, our ancestors, along with many Blue Zones and hunter-gatherer tribes, were often in a state of ketosis. However, they achieved it via natural habits such as frequent fasting, low intake of processed foods full of starch or sugar, high plant intake, and drowning real, whole food with healthy compounds such as extra virgin olive oil . This stands in stark contrast to the modern, somewhat bastardized version of ketosis that involves buying ketone supplements that cost $15 a serving, eating ungodly amounts of butter, coconut oil , and other saturated fats, and spending several precious minutes each day hunched over a blood or breath ketone monitor. Fact is, many people have problems metabolizing and utilizing fat that isnt related to clinical conditions or missing nutrients but are instead the result of variations in the genes that encode for fat metabolism. If you have one of the fol Continue reading >>
Understanding A High-fat Ketogenic Diet—and Is It Right For You?
While food trends come and go, high-fat diets—lauded for their weight-loss potential and brain-function benefits—have proven to have some staying power. Functional medicine M.D. Sara Gottfried contributes frequently to goop on the topic of weight-loss resistance. She’s spent the past two years rigorously studying the ketogenic diet—high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein. Named for ketones, which Gottfried explains are “the energy source made by the body when there’s not enough carbohydrates to be burned for energy demand,” the goal of the diet is to get the body to burn fat instead of sugar. Gottfried recommends the keto diet (as it’s commonly called) to help with a range of brain and focus issues—she finds ketones to be “very efficient fuel for the brain”; she also says it works well for some patients (not all) who want to lose weight but have trouble kicking sugar cravings. We talked to her about who the keto diet is right for (and whom, or when, it isn’t); the nutritional ins and outs of mastering it; and which keto-friendly meals are healthy for practically everyone, regardless of what diet we do (or don’t) practice. A Q&A with Sara Gottfried, M.D. Q What is ketosis? A In most circles, ketosis refers to nutritional ketosis, an optimized state in which you burn fat instead of sugar. Nutritional ketosis has been used to treat epilepsy since the 1920’s and its popularity for mental acuity and weight loss has surged recently. More technically, ketosis refers to a metabolic state in which most of your body’s energy comes from ketones in the blood, as opposed to glycolysis, in which energy supply comes from blood glucose. Ketones are the energy source made by the body (in the liver) when there’s not enough carbohydrates to be burned for energ Continue reading >>
Ketosis Vs Keto-adapted
As you might know already, I started a Facebook group called Ketogenic Success as a positive, success-oriented community of like-minded folks who are on their own keto journey. Well, the group is growing every day (almost 15k members as of right now), which is awesome. Because the group is growing so fast, new folks will frequently ask the same questions. There’s nothing wrong with that. Asking questions is how we all learn and grow. So I wanted to take some time to address one of the most common questions we see in the group: What’s the difference between being in ketosis and being keto-adapted? It’s easy to see why this is such a confusing topic, and it’s not made easier by the common misconceptions (and just plain errors) that seem to abound. First, let’s address the subject of ketosis. Ketosis is a situation where your body is producing ketones. There are three ketone bodies: acetone, acetoacetate, and beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB). Ketones are produced hepatically (which is a fancy way of saying “by the liver”) as a product of breaking down fatty acids. But there’s a bit of a problem with this simple definition of ketosis. You see, your liver is constantly breaking down fatty acids, and therefore creating ketones, but it would be difficult to say that you’re in ketosis. That’s because the level of ketones isn’t high enough to be considered ketosis. So, having ketones in your body doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in ketosis. Okay. Cool. Cool, cool, cool. But, hey…so…wait a sec. Is there, like, a level of ketones that DOES mean you’re in ketosis? Well…yes. Yes, there is. Dr. Stephen Phinney is the grandmaster of ketogenic research (along with Dr. Jeff Volek), and he’s the person who coined the term “nutritional ketosis.” Before Phi Continue reading >>
Making The Case For Plant-based Nutrition
The Drivers of the Herd, Part 15 The NuSI Guys, Part 5, The Ketogenic Advantage Slide 3 You know those Holiday Inn Express commercials, right? The premise is always the same: someone is an instant expert in a difficult field just because he had a good night’s sleep at one of their hotels. Here a professor is shocked that a legendary math problem has been solved by a dad visiting campus. It’s funny because no one gets to be an expert in anything without first paying their dues in school. Slide 4 p.178. Taubes, Gary. Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print. Ketogenic diets must have a Holiday-Inn-Express-like effect that convinces dilettantes that they have special insights into evolution. Here is Gary Taubes telling us that ketosis is the normal human metabolism because there were no carbs in human history or something – I defy you to apprehend a cogent thought from those two sentences. If he’s saying hominids didn’t depend on carbs until the Neolithic and someone out there is believing that then there isn’t much I can say. Slide 5 p.227. Taubes, Gary. Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print. I’ll just remind you that all these people read what you just saw and those lines still made it into this book. Remember this the next time someone says we shouldn’t teach evolution in public schools. Slide 6 p.178. Taubes, Gary. Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print. If you have this book then go check this page out. He immediately goes on to say that evidence in support of these statements you’re looking at is that some kids with intractable epilepsy have fewer seizures when they’re on a ketogenic diet. That’s a little like saying that we can Continue reading >>
The Benefits And Dangers Of A Ketogenic Diet For Dogs
A ketogenic diet for dogs helps prevent seizures in dogs with epilepsy, according to a recent trial published in the British Journal of Medicine. Of the 21 dogs in the trial, seven experienced a 50% reduction in seizure frequency, while three became seizure free, said study author Tsz Hong Law, of the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield, United Kingdom. Less than one percent of dogs have epilepsy, yet it is one of the most common neurological disorders in dogs. Should your pet switch to a ketogenic diet for dogs to treat his or her epilepsy? If your pup isn’t epileptic, why choose a ketogenic diet? If your pup is healthy, should you avoid a ketogenic diet for your dog? What is a Ketogenic Diet? Ketogenic diets include a high ratio of fat compared with protein and carbohydrates. The high fat content of the diet results in the conversion of fat to ketones – short-chain fats produced by the liver – which the body uses as energy in place of carbohydrates. Humans have treated epilepsy with ketogenic diets since the 1920s. However, it hasn’t been extensively studied in dogs. Why Choose a Ketogenic Diet? In addition to a potential reduction in seizures in epileptic dogs, ketogenic diets are also gaining popularity for cancer treatment. In 1924, Otto Warburg theorized cancer feeds on sugar, which is what carbohydrates become during digestion. However, cancer does not process fats well. As such, Warburg concluded patients could cut out sugars and carbs to slow cancer growth. KetoPet Sanctuary outside Austin, Texas utilizes the Warburg theory. The nonprofit sanctuary rescues dogs with terminal cancer. KetoPet claims to cure dog cancer with a combination of a ketogenic diet, metabolic conditioning (strenuous exercise), and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, their finding Continue reading >>
How To Go From Keto To Carnivore
As the Carnivore Diet picks up speed with people feeling better, healing disease , and performing at new heights, the largest segment taking the plunge by far are people going from Keto to Carnivore. It has become the natural progression. Bad diet to Keto to Carnivore. And while the Keto and Carnivore are similar in many ways, there are some critical differences that people need to be aware of when making the transition. Unlike going from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a Ketogenic diet where getting fat-adapted can be a tough transition to get through, those going from Keto to Carnivore are already fat-adapted. Theyve already been through the Keto Flu. Yet, going from Keto to Carnivore often results in Round 2 of the Carnivore Flu. In going from Keto to Carnivore the transition symptoms are not about getting fat-adapted or switching to a fat-based metabolism or using ketones for energy. If you zoom out and look at both diets the glaring difference is vegetables. A typical ketogenic diet consists of a lot of vegetables. And removing these can cause some side effect. And its not because of any vitamins or minerals or antioxidants they might contain. Its the fiber. In the Carnivore Diet there are no plant-based foods. And thus, no fiber. As you might expect, this results in many people experiencing a significant change in bowel movements. While fiber is not necessary for healthy digestion (and can be causal of digestive issues) it does impact bowel function. Absorbing water, creating bulk, and regularity, fiber lets the colon to get lazy. A major function of the colon is to reabsorb water. Since fiber does most of this work in a diet high in plant-based foods, the colon gets lazy. It quits doing its job. Its like a muscle that hasnt been worked out. It gets weak. Going Continue reading >>
The Real Reason We Started Creating Raw Ketogenic Food
Only the first 200 customers will get a chance to try our food. Register below to get on the waiting list and claim your 33% discount. GET THE BEST VERSION OF YOUR DOG AND SAVE MONEY. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW THAT'S POSSIBLE, REGISTER BELOW. WILD INSTINCTS For the past year we’ve been working together with nutrition specialists, scientists and animal experts developing a food formula that dogs might eat in the wild. Being carnivores, dogs have no dietary need for carbohydrates in the form of plant food, at all. What they do need, is the predigested stomach contents (green tripe) of the herbivore prey animal. Keto dog food consists with 35% of FATS, 17% PROTEINS and only 1% of CARBS. TOXINS FREE INGREDIENTS FROM SUSTAINABLE FARMS AND WILD FIELDS IN NORTH OF EUROPE Did you know that the food and water your dog ingests can cause damage to their organs or tissue? That’s why it's important to cleanse or remove these toxins from their bodies regularly. Our mission at Keto dog food is to create a convenient and delicious detoxification product that provides key nutrients and herbs to remove toxins from your dog’s body on a daily basis. That’s why we only use clean and toxin free ingredients that Mother Nature has been providing mammals since the beginning of time. We are big believers of holistic living. That’s why toxin free nutrition always has to be complimented with a decent amount of exercise. We encourage you to move as much as you can. A dog is the best companion for an active life. Moreover, when you step outside with your dog, you start socializing and sharing your energy with the environment. Mammals are able to generate and accumulate energy. Remember, cells stop moving only when they die. Mother Nature has been providing such diet for wild dogs since the b Continue reading >>
Wonders Of The Ketogenic Diet: Two Men Who Ate Nothing But Meat For An Entire Year!
Share Share Share by sott.net Low-carb diets and paleolithic nutrition are all the rage these days, and for good reason. Compared to the Standard American Diet, both of them are superb. Few of us would dare to take the two to their extreme, however. Giving up sugar and wheat is one thing, but what about giving up everything except meat? Yes, I’m talking about an ultra low-carb diet with even foods like nuts and berries removed. Unsurprisingly and understandably, studies on the long-term effects of such a diet are severely lacking. There is at least one study that did just this, however. If the diet brings the Eskimos to mind, it’s no coincidence. You may have heard of Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson – the Canadian ethnologist who spent more than a decade with the Inuit during his arctic explorations in the beginning of the previous century. For nine of these years, he lived almost exclusively on fish and meat (you can read about his experiences here). At the time, this was considered heresy and life-threatening, just as it is today (note that Stefansson apparently refers to both fish and meat with the word “meat”): A belief I was destined to find crucial in my Arctic work, making the difference between success and failure, life and death, was the view that man cannot live on meat alone. The few doctors and dietitians who thought you could were considered unorthodox if not charlatans. The arguments ranged from metaphysics to chemistry: Man was not intended to be carnivorous – you knew that from examining his teeth, his stomach, and the account of him in the Bible. As mentioned, he would get scurvy if he had no vegetables in meat. The kidneys would be ruined by overwork. There would be protein poisoning and, in general hell to pay. To the surprise of many (including Continue reading >>
Ketosis In An Evolutionary Context
Humans are unique in their remarkable ability to enter ketosis. They’re also situated near the top of the food chain. Coincidence? During starvation, humans rapidly enter ketosis; they do this better than king penguins, and bears don’t do it at all. Starvation ketosis Humans maintain a high level of functionality during starvation. We can still hunt & plan; some would even argue it’s a more finely tuned state, cognitively. And that’s important, because if we became progressively weaker and slower, chances of acquiring food would rapidly decline. Perhaps this is why fasting bears just sleep most of the time: no ketones = no bueno..? Animals with a low brain/carcass weight ratio (ie, small brain) don’t need it. Babies and children have a higher brain/carcass weight ratio, so they develop ketosis more rapidly than adults. Is this a harmful process? No, more likely an evolutionary adaptation which supports the brain. The brain of newborn babies consumes a huge amount of total daily energy, and nearly half comes from ketones. A week or so later, even after the carbohydrate content of breast milk increases, they still don’t get “kicked out of ketosis” (Bourneres et al., 1986). If this were a harmful state, why would Nature have done this? …and all those anecdotes, like babies learn at incredibly rapid rates… coincidence? Maybe they’re myths. Maybe not. Ketosis in the animal kingdom Imagine a hibernating bear: huge adipose tissue but small brain fuel requirement relative to body size and total energy expenditure. No ketosis, because brain accounts for less than 5% of total metabolism. In adult humans, this is around 19-23%, and babies are much higher (eg, Cahill and Veech, 2003 & Hayes et al., 2012). For the rest of this article and more, head over to Pat Continue reading >>
The Ketogenic Diet Experiments: Carnivore Diet
The Ketogenic Diet is a pretty niche field, although it has been progressing nicely over the years. I follow a lot of facebook groups etc, for tips and to see what people are trying. There are some overlapping groups and viewpoints that you regularly see with Keto. For instance, Paleo, Primal, Intermittent Fasting and Carnivore (which has noticeably been getting a lot of traction recently). Typically the Carnivore Diet is meat and fish only, with maybe a few spices, seasoning and butter for cooking. Carnivore and Keto are certainly brothers in the eating world. They both require you to eat fatty meat and limit carbs. Its just that you pretty much scrap carbs altogether on Carnivore, although their are trace carbs in meat and eggs for example but it is very low. Hence why calling Carnivore a zero carb diet isn’t strictly true. Now I will die of scurvy or some vitamin deficiency wont I, if I stop eating vegetation? Afterall we are omnivores are we not? Well when you look into it, not really. We are more opportunists. Our greatest leaps and progression is definitely down to our hunter side, not the gathering. It was eating fatty meats or organs that helped us, not the handful of nuts. I think the romanticized thoughts of us as hunter gathers is that, the men went out to hunt during the day. Whilst the women gathered fruit and veg to accompany the meat for a nice campfire meal at night. What is actually closer to the truth is that the men and women both went out to hunt, and the gathering was strategic at certain times of the year or if all the meat legged it. For example fruit was consumed in the autumn to fatten us up for the winter, if you have grown your own fruit before you realize it is not available all year round like in the supermarkets. Our teeth suggest we are Continue reading >>
What Is Carnivore Keto?
To say that the last eleven months have been exciting would be a gross understatement. If you have known me or followed along over the past two years, you already know that I am extremely passionate about learning new ways to optimize my health and performance by tweaking my diet and training. I have always been this way for as long as I know, but honestly, nothing really made much sense before I started following a ketogenic diet on June 12, 2016. It felt like a lot of what I tried before that time was guess work. One of the first observations I made after switching to keto was that I was just so much more in tune with my body and the effects that new stimuli would have on all types of measuresthings like blood sugar, blood ketones, breath ketones, as well as subjective measures like mental acuity and focus. One of the first things I told Brian (Ketovangelist) describes this as accurately as I feel I canCarbs are noise. Yes, this is a generalization. Carbohydrates arent completely evil. However, being able to take full advantage of them when you need them is pretty difficult unless you are knowledgeable enough to do so correctly, and more importantly, insulin sensitive enough to actually feel their effects without experiencing the possible drawbacks of consuming them. Along with my self-experimentation, I have never stopped learning. From the moment I started keto, I did researchlots of it. I will let you in on a little secret. I try to read at least one article, blog post, research paper, or other educational piece every day. I have been extremely fortunate to meet some of the most knowledgeable people in this arena and learn from their writing and lectures, interview them for the ketogenic athlete podcast , and sometimes even just by asking them about subjects I tho Continue reading >>
Is The Full Ketogenic Diet Bulletproof?
The word is getting out about ketogenic diets. Eating keto – getting about 75% of calories from fat, 20% from protein, and <5% from carbs – is a powerful way to shed body fat and sharpen your brain. Without access to glucose from carbs, your body turns to fat as its main fuel source. You begin to break fat down into ketones, little molecules that fuel your brain and curb hunger, and keep you lean while they do it. There’s been a lot of research on keto in the last few years. The science is starting to reveal just how powerful ketosis can be: It’s anti-inflammatory. Burning fat for fuel creates far less inflammation than burning sugar does , and ketones themselves turn off inflammatory pathways . It builds a stronger, denser brain. Ketosis causes your brain to create more mitochondria, the powerhouses of your cells . You can literally generate more energy when you strengthen your mitochondria, leaving you with excess willpower and a sharper mental state (shameless plug: for a full guide to building stronger mitochondria, check out Head Strong). It burns body fat. Ketones influence ghrelin and cholecystokinin (CCK), the hormones that control your hunger [4,5,6]. Hunger feels different when you’re in full ketosis – it fades from a pressing need to a background thought. In full keto it’s very easy to fast, and during that fast, your body is burning up your fat stores for energy. You can eat like a king (or queen). Bacon, grass-fed steak and butter, pastured eggs, olive oil, raw dairy (if you tolerate it and in moderation)…you can eat real, satisfying food on a ketogenic diet. Sounds pretty good, but don’t cut out all your carbs just yet. There are a couple possible downsides to keto, too. You may do better with a variation of keto, depending on yo Continue reading >>
Keto Vs Carnivore: Everything You Need To Know
Keto vs Carnivore: Everything You Need to Know The keto and carnivore diets are two distinct styles of eating that both fall into the low carb camp. But dont confuse them for the same, while they are both a far cry from the food pyramid, there are some distinct differences that set them apart. The diet definitions are included here for those of you who have been living under a rock for the last few years or so. If youre clear on the difference go ahead and skip down. Ketosis is the metabolic state of using fat for energy instead of sugar. Any diet that is low enough in carbs to make this fuels switch can be categorized as ketogenic. Entering into ketosis is a little different for everyone. Depending on body composition and activity, ketosis can generally be achieved when calories from carbs are around 10% or less of the total diet. Larger people can usually get away with slightly more carbs, but in general around 10% does the trick. When people say they are doing keto it generally refers to a classic ketogenic diet: Classic Ketogenic Diet: A low carb diet comprised of animal protein, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and dairy products. Many variations of the ketogenic diet exist. A classic ketogenic diet will allow for 10% or fewer calories from carbohydrates. The carnivore diet falls under the umbrella of ketogenic in that it promotes a state of ketosis but it is more strict than classic keto. Carnivore Diet: A more restrictive version of the ketogenic diet that is virtually carb-free. The CD is made up primarily of meat and some fat. No plant foods are included and organ meat is encouraged. There are in fact, quite a few similarities between keto and carnivore diets as you might expect. Both styles of eating cut out grains, beans, fruits, starchy vegetables Continue reading >>
Hunters Of Wild Game Can’t Remain In Ketosis
Below, I have another Duck Dodgers post for you, derived from a comment on a previous post. But first, you’ll recall a recent post; wherein, I made mention of Part 1 of a Catalyst episode on the gut microbiome: Australian Catalyst: Gut Reaction; It Signals The End of VLC and Ketogenic Diets For Everyone. Part 2 is now up and running. See what happens to the athlete’s insulin response after just a month on a high fiber diet. In other news, Tom Naughton, who has always been the kind of guy who can change his mind (evident even in how his views changed during his making of Fat Head), has now solidly come over to the The Dark Side. See: Reactions To Arguments About Ketosis. Alright, here’s Duck. ~~~ More nails in the coffin for those who think that it’s possible to stay ketogenic while consuming wild game. From: ￼Energy Source, Protein Metabolism, and Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence Strategies Our concern is with periods of high lean meat (i.e., high protein) consumption, when carbohydrates and animal fat would have been scarce or unavailable to hunters and gatherers as sources of calories… …It should be pointed out, however, that the few minimum values that do exist for wild ungulate meat may nevertheless tend to underestimate somewhat the actual amount of fat available to hunter-gatherers in a carcass, because the values do not include subcutaneous and visceral fat deposits, fat in the bone marrow, and so forth. On the other hand, as will be discussed more fully below, many of these fat reserves may become largely or totally depleted during the winter and spring, bringing the available fat levels more in line with the values for meat alone… ……Second, hunter-gatherers may augment their supplies of storable fat through labor-intensive activities such as rend Continue reading >>