The Complete and Detailed Guide on the Carnivore Diet

The Complete and Detailed Guide on the Carnivore Diet

May 23, 2020 1 By aure

Tl;dr: meat = good. The rest = bad.

If you have been reading some of my other posts, you know that I have been making lots of jokes about vegans and veganism.

While I do not care one bit about what people do with their lives, I do care about the spread of what I believe is harmful information.

I explain below in 7 points why I think we got nutrition all wrong. In the subsequent part, we’ll debunk some health myths together surrounding the “dangers of meat”, then I’ll talk about the actual potential downsides of the diet.

Finally, I’ll tell you how I discovered and adopted this all-meat lifestyle. Don’t know what the carnivore diet is?

Check out this article.

None of what is written below has been “invented”, it all comes from sources I have read.

Most of the time, I linked these resources, and if not, you can find all the information (and more) in the book “The carnivore diet” by Dr. Shawn Baker and the book “Carnivore code” by Paul Saladino, MD.

Check out my article on diets for more resources!

Disclaimer: This is no dietary advice. I am not a licensed medical practitioner and I only know as much as I read.

Should you try out the carnivore diet, make sure you do not suffer from any condition that could worsen on an all-meat lifestyle.

Let’s dive into it.

First Point: Plants Are Toxic and Dangerous

I know it’s crazy, but there are several scientific and logical explanations for this.

You see, the purpose of living beings, be it animals or plants, is to keep their species alive.

To do so, nature gave to every living creature an artifact to fight against a predator.

For animals, most often than not, this artifact is running away. Sometimes, it is fighting with claws, poison, teeth, arms, or even, poop.

Plants don’t have this luxury.

Unless you hadn’t noticed, they can’t run away.

The only way for them to fight predators is to manufacture powerful chemicals that will attack the animal that eats the plant.

Here’s a small sample of what we can find: phytic acid, lectins, saponins, oligosaccharides, oxalates, cyanide, phytoestrogens, and more.

These substances are called anti-nutrients. They decrease the absorption of nutrients by your stomach and exist in the plant to defend it.

If you speak with someone that has studied chemistry or pharmacy, they’ll tell you about the small fractions of chemicals present in plants that we are aware of.

In all of the biggest pharma labs around the world, scientists work relentlessly with plants to isolate their complex molecules and test them to treat diseases.

Studies have reported the fact that chemical pesticides and other products spread on plants in agriculture are in terms of quantity, much smaller than the same chemicals naturally present inside the plants.

Where do you think artificial chemicals come from at first?

It doesn’t come from meat, that’s is for sure.

Since plants have existed much, much before we did (about 450 million years ago), they had all the time in the world to perfect their defense mechanisms against predators.

As such, when we think we’re eating the plant, it is the opposite: the plant is eating us.

But then why are we eating them?

Well, we don’t.

We only eat a very small percentage of all the plants that exist, and as we will see below, most of the plants we eat have been domesticated and mixed to become “comestible”.

Vegans may fear GMOs, but almost all fruits and vegetables we eat today are the results of gene manipulation over about 13 000 years.

And that wasn’t enough!

Most plants still need to be detoxified through pealing, cooking, boiling, fermenting, processing, transformation, and more.

Very few plants can be consumed as such from nature, and when it is the case, the plant is more often than not an upgraded version of what it was originally.

After all, should we have been made to eat plants, we would have had a stomach to digest them.

Second Point: The Digestive System

Let’s start by establishing something even vegans can’t deny: the human stomach does not digest fibers.

It doesn’t, which is why vegans poop three times a day.

Fibers SPEED UP (and not “increase quality”) the digestive process because the stomach gets rid as soon as possible of these harmful components.

How is it with other animals?

The cow, one of the “veganiest” animal ever, has four stomachs and a four days digestive cycle.

First, the cow eats the grass and swallows, then the grass gets digested a first time, then the grass comes back in the cow’s mouth and the cow chews on it for 1 or 2 days, then the grass is finally digested, after a…96-hour digestion process.

But since the cow is quite far from humans genetically, let’s have a look at the chimpanzee.

The chimpanzee, an omnivore (eats animals, fruits, insects, and leaves) has, for example, a big great intestine, a smaller small intestine, and a big cecum where leaves come to ferment to allow easier digestion.

For humans, it is the exact opposite.

We have a small great intestine, a big small intestine, and a very small cecum.

It is further reported that while some apes don’t digest fibers well (among which is the chimpanzee, despite its different stomach), some other apes have a digestive system much closer to the cow’s which allows them to be happy herbivores.

Finally, the human stomach’s acidity measured in pH, is 1.5, one of the highest acidic stomachs in the animal kingdom.

What does an acidic stomach do best?

Digesting meat.

Do you ever feel bloated, with a stomachache, can’t digest well…after eating a lot of vegetables or fruits?

Now, try once a meal with only meat.

You won’t feel any of these symptoms, and digestion will go…rather smoothly.

Another effect that has been noticed with carnivore people is the number (and amount) of pooping: it is almost insignificant.

I practice bowel movement once every 5-7 days, and what I poop is always very little compared to when I used to eat a rich carbohydrate diet.

That is because the absence of anti-nutrients we talked about in the first point makes absorption of food much easier.

Better absorption means less waste, and if you add to that the absence of fibers…you significantly spare on toilet paper!

Third Point: Evolution

Homo Sapiens descended from Australopithecus, a “vegan” eating mostly leaves and herbs.

It has been shown that a bunch of Australopithecus at some point started eating meat.

After all, meat was available everywhere at all seasons, while plants (the digestible ones at least) were scarce, low-nutrient dense, and were not available at all seasons.

Furthermore, there were no possibilities to check for a plant’s safety: a red berry could have been comestible just how it could have been deadly.

While herbivores can recognize the plants they eat by instinct, we recognize our food visually: they usually run away as we approach.

As we transitioned out of a plant-based diet to a meat-based diet, this nutrient-dense food of higher quality helped boost the brain, which got bigger and Sapiens/Neanderthals (they later split) appeared.

There is a direct correlation between the period when we started eating meat and when the brain started growing.

Furthermore, this growth of brain size is the biggest and fastest of all of history.

As such, while an Australopithecus’ brain size was about 1100 cm3, the Neanderthals (big carnivores that went extinct about 40 000 years ago) had a brain size of about 1750 cm3 as it was about to go extinct.

If this proof is not enough, here’s another one, much more troublesome: brain size started to shrink about 20 000-10 000 years ago.

Our Homo Sapiens’ brain is only 1400 cm3 and lost 25% of its size compared to Neanderthals.

And what happened 20 000-10 000 years ago?

The agricultural revolution.

Now, it is interesting to pause and reflect.

Neanderthals, a big carnivore, went extinct as Sapiens started domesticating plants.

If you have read Harari’s masterpiece Homo Sapiens, you know that big animals always went extinct as humans were moving territory.

One of them is the mammoth and luckily, we recently discovered some giant mammoth traps, confirming that mammoths (and highly probably other big animals) were hunted down for their meat.

We can therefore propose the following narrative: as humans were spreading, meat became scarce because they were eating faster than animals could reproduce.

Neanderthals died of hunger while Sapiens had but no choice to start eating plants, which they later domesticated during the Neolithic.

As Sapiens ate foods that weren’t tailored to his needs, brain size, height and health drastically decreased, and only modern medicine and lifestyle have allowed humans to gain back on body size.

The brain though kept its slow shrinking phase.

Let’s summarize.

About 340 000 years ago, Homo Sapiens appeared and shared the planet with Neanderthals. They were both hunters. For 300 000 years, life was great, no government, no police, no vegans, food was plentiful and the air was pure.

About 40 000 years ago, food started running low.

Sapiens, to avoid hunger, started eating plants and ended up domesticating them while Neanderthals pursued their carnivore lifestyle.

The Neanderthals eventually all died out with their big brains while Sapiens’ were shrinking.

The sedentary lifestyle bored Homo Sapiens to the extent that they started studying their environment, building villages, writing laws, waging wars…until today.

While science has not validated entirely this theory, it is getting more valid as time goes by.

Has the sedentary lifestyle made us evolve?

It would make sense.

The nomadic lifestyle was full of adventures and quite comfortable: the cavemen were working about 30 hours a week and lacked nothing.

They had no reason to do anything else than they had been doing for 300 000 years. When food went scarce though, it created such a change of dynamism in Sapiens’ society that we ended up with what we have today: a tired, sick, neurotic, suicidal, auto-destructive, and depressed society.

Should this theory be valid, this period of decadence would have started about 40 000 years ago with the agricultural revolution, and wouldn’t hence be a societal decadence, but a species decadence, ending up with a “devolution” that would see us going back to the Australopithecus diet: veganism.

But I’m getting off-topic.

Fourth Point: The Current Tribes Diet

The Inuits and the Masaï have both the particularity to eat very little plants and plenty of meat and have an impressively low rate of about any western diseases: diabetes, cardiovascular problems, cancer, obesity (these four usually go hand in hand).

Coincidence?

Vilhjalmur Stefansson didn’t think so.

In 1928, after he discovered the all-meat diet of the Eskimos, he decided to prove how healthy it was by spending a year eating just meat, under observation at the hospital.

And so he did.

After a year, the results were clear: he was perfectly healthy and lacked no vitamin (see below for questions about vitamin c).

The key to the diet, he discovered, was to not cook the meat too much as to keep the vitamin inside, and to eat a lot of fat because the body can’t run on protein alone.

Fifth Point: Allergies

The most common allergies on the planet are tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, fish, cow milk, eggs.

See any meat here?

Fish and shellfish can be expected because we didn’t evolve from water (lol).

As for cow milk, humans are legit the only species drinking milk from another animal.

Furthermore, we must be honest and highlight the fact that Europeans got used to milk as we have been drinking it for 13 000 years.

Cow milk allergies mostly exist where there are non-European people.

Plants though, even though we have been eating them for about 15 000 years, are still giving allergies.

Why would nature ask us to eat something that kills us?

Sixth Point: Sugar

This point should in all fairness gets its article.

Books in 10 volumes have been written on the negative effects of sugar on the human body and the topic is so large that we are not doing it any favor by putting it in one section.

However, I want to spare your time, so I listed a couple of negative side effects of sugar.

First, though, we need some context because sugar is a key element in understanding how healthy is the carnivore diet.

As extraordinary as it is, sugar was originally why I went on an all-meat diet.

I was a huge sugar consumer in the past and saw instant benefits when I quit.

As a kid, I was eating cereals with plenty of sugar inside, and I was myself adding more sugar to it.

Then one day my sister told me to replace sugar with Nesquik, and so I did.

I was so addicted that I could eat up to 4 bowls of cereals per day, emptying a liter of soy milk within twelves hours and the maxi Nesquik box within two weeks.

On top of that, I loved chocolate and was eating a lot of it.

So sugar had been destroying my mind and body since I was born, and I didn’t know it.

Quitting was tough, but after fifteen days, the withdrawal symptoms were gone and I have been feeling much more mentally stable since then! Except for that one day.  

I quit sugar when I was in Medellin, Colombia.

Not thinking I was able to quit chocolate altogether, I started buying 100% cocoa chocolate with little sugar inside.

About two or three weeks after I quit, the shop had run out of 100% chocolate and so I bought 83% chocolate.

As I took a bite, my mind went nuts and I ate half the tablet.

The next day, everything had come back!

Low self-esteem, low confidence, depression, anxiety, and endless complaining.

I was shocked!

Fortunately, I was lucid enough to be able to understand what was happening to me and not to identify myself with my feelings.

That’s how I understood how terrible sugar was.

Now, taking a more scientific approach here’s why sugar is not good for you.

The body uses two types of energy sources: carbs (sugar or glucose, it is the same) and fat.

It can also use protein, but the process is expensive and inefficient for the body.

When you eat carbs, your stomach is going to break down these carbs in glucose.

This glucose is going to go to your bloodstream and your liver will start creating insulin to tell your cells to absorb this glucose.

The cells will subsequently use this glucose as energy.

If there is too much energy (you ingested more carbs than needed), some cells will transform the glucose into glycogen to use when you’re not eating: glycogen is a short-term energy source.

The rest of the glucose is transformed into triglyceride, which is in plain English, fat, and a long-term energy source.

When you see a fat person, whether they are “genetically” fat or not (there is no such a thing as a genetic disorder that makes people fat, if you don’t eat glucose, it is physically and chemically impossible to get fat), the reason why they have too much fat is that they eat too many carbs.

That’s it, it’s not more complicated than that.

So, does it mean that if you don’t eat sugar, you don’t get energy?

No, it doesn’t.

The body can run on a second source of energy: fat.

Fat is created whether by transforming the glucose as we have seen or by eating…fat directly.

This is why it is highly recommended to carnivore people to eat a lot of fat, otherwise, they might get too skinny.

But so, how does the body use fat for energy?

When your body runs out of glycogen, it will start using its long-term fat stored in tissues and your liver will transform that fat into ketones.

Ketones have been shown to be a much higher quality of energy source for the brain.

Among other things, ketones help with concentration and slow down the advancement of mental degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Side note: in almost all religions, a period of fasting is advised to “purify the soul”.

It is indeed correct that when one does not eat, the body produces ketones which helps immensely for mental clarity.

He who does not eat sugar benefits from this clarity almost all the time.

He who fasts benefits from it even more.

The Buddha was at his beginning, a huge fan of fasting to increase his mental capabilities.

Today, fasting is used to treat different eating and mental disorders, and greatly benefits your body.

So, as we said, sugar is a lower quality energy source for both the body and the brain.

When one eats too much sugar, one gets fat, which subsequently creates more blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, insulin is triggered too frequently and cells become insulin-resistant which leads to type 2 diabetes: there is so much sugar in the blood that cells can’t take it anymore.

We could also cite the role of sugar in concentration, depression, anxiety, the fact that cancer cells joyfully feast on sugar to develop (cancer patients are now fed a ketogenic diet, yet still considered “dangerous” by many MD), that sugar decreases the strength of the immune system, decreases vitamin absorption (the cells that move vitamins around also move sugar around, and they take care of sugar first), attacks your teeth, causes gum disease, increases stress and much, much, much more.

There is no positive effect of sugar on your body, besides giving low-quality energy.

“But what about complex carbs”, you may think.

No difference, I answer!

Complex carbs are similar to simple carbs, except that they take more time to be digested and there is hence less of an insulin spike.

If you want to increase your health, we can therefore reasonably assess that you should cut on carbs as much as possible.

And what are the foods that contain zero carbs?

Is it vegetables? Is it bread? Milk?

Nope.

It is meat, fish, eggs, and water.

And nothing else.

Seventh Point: The Results

The website meatrx.com is a great database. You can find 8000+ scientific articles there and read results from people having abandoned many of their medicine (most of them being for auto-immune diseases) and kicking ass now that they are eating only meat.

This last point is the most important.

We can speculate on the past as much as we want, seeing actual results is actual science.

Unlike the idiot vegan diet, the carnivore diet is NOT ideological.

While I do feel much better on a carnivore diet, I was having much more fun when I could eat pizzas, sushi, salads, cakes, croissants, and chocolate mousse.

The carnivore diet, therefore, exists as an answer to a basic yet highly complex question: what were we made to eat?

The tens of thousands of people that have switched to an all-meat diet feel now (and look) much better.

Ultimately, I found actual results to be the best argument to make the switch.

An Outlook on Myths

Maybe you heard in the past that meat gives cancer, that it raises your “bad” cholesterol, that eating only meat will give you scurvy, or that the surplus of protein will destroy your kidneys.

We will address each of these myths in this section.

Meat and Cancer

Maybe you heard that the WHO some years ago declared that meat gave cancer.

Well, meat does not give cancer, but I don’t expect you to eat up this statement without any explanation.

When a study on the effects of diets is made, scientists round up a bunch of people and ask them what they eat then look at whether these people get cancer or not (the alternative being to feed mice in a laboratory, but even that is not 100% reliable).

In the case of meat, the results showed that people that ate meat more often had cancer while vegetarians and vegans were had it less often.

Their natural conclusion was that vegans and vegetarians were healthier.

Unfortunately, that was a big mistake.

There are two reasons why meat-eaters appeared unhealthier.

The first reason is the social-economic factor. Vegetarians and vegans fit into the same social class: medium-high middle-class income, politically center-left, practice sport, very rarely smoke and lead overall a healthy lifestyle.

Side note: (I swear that the extreme of their diet goes hand in hand with their political views: vegetarians are often leftists and vegans are often communists. A lot of feminists don’t eat meat either. I’d be thrilled to scientifically prove this link if I had time to lose. Should you one day organize a protest, do so with a theme based on veganism, feminism, and environmentalism. You won’t be disappointed.)

Vegetarians also eat very little junk food because they become vegetarians “to take care of their own health“, or to “take care of the planet“.

Vegetarianism is in the extreme majority of cases, a lifestyle adopted by health-conscious people that believe what they read in magazines or hear from the radio.

No need to imagine that they went to check studies before getting rid of meat as if they had, they wouldn’t have become vegetarian in the first place.

Vegetarianism or veganism are examples of what happens when people blindly trust what they’re told.

The conclusion is: if you need a gullible person to work for you, hire a vegan.

But that’s a whole other topic.

People that eat meat don’t live this way.

They usually don’t really take care of their health, smoke, and enjoy life without any restrictions and as a result, end up with cancer more often than others.

If you smoke, don’t do any sport, eat junk food, and drink alcohol, you can eat as much meat as you want, this won’t compensate for your poor lifestyle choices.

When researchers at first saw this, they didn’t investigate it further and just screamed “meat=cancer”.

But as we are about to see, it’s not that easy.

The second reason concerns cancer cause: it is nearly impossible to trace it.

Cancer can be caused by an excess of sugar, by alcohol, nasty air, chemical products, genes, fried food, radioactivity, stress, lack of sleep, lack of physical activity, lack of social relationships (yes, you are more at risk to die of cancer if you got no friends) and much, much more.

Proteins and Kidneys

In the post-WWII world, the medical community noticed that a high-protein diet worsened kidney functions…of people that had malfunctioning kidneys.

They interpreted it as “proteins hurt kidney” and we all know what happened: “don’t eat fat, don’t eat protein, eat carbs and be obese, sick and depressed” was the subsequent message.

What these scientists failed to understand was that eating proteins when your kidney malfunctioned was the equivalent of running a marathon with a broken leg: it will make the problem worse.

However, should you have some well-working and solid legs, running the marathon will only strengthen them?

As such, it has been shown that the classic 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight is a very low protein limit and that, for the most athletic of us, one can go up to 3-3.5g of protein per kg, although you’d need to eat a crazy lot to reach this point!!

Cholesterol and Heart

As with most things, this statement needs to be studied in a certain context.

You have two types of cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol (called HDL) and the “bad” cholesterol (called LDL). None of them are actually bad since they are equal.

Cholesterol is a type of fat part of the building blocks of your body that needs to be carried around by lipoproteins.

When the lipoproteins leave your liver, they are called LDL and when they go back to your liver, they are called HDL. HDL is “less dangerous” because your liver will take off the cholesterol to expel it so it doesn’t build in your arteries.

You need cholesterol to survive and to acquire it, you can whether eat it (in red meat, eggs) or your liver produces it, which means that when you eat more cholesterol, your liver produces…less of it.

Why do people have too much cholesterol then?

Well, it’s not the right question to ask because there is no such thing as too much cholesterol.

Cholesterol becomes dangerous when it builds up in your arteries (especially coronary arteries) and plugs them.

And guess who is responsible for that?

Sugar!!!!

Sugar not only increases the amount of LDL and decreases HDL in the body, but it “carbonizes” cholesterol that subsequently builds up in your arteries.

Blood pressure increases and you eventually die of a heart attack.

Should you decrease your consumption of sugar, you’ll decrease your LDL and make cholesterol less dangerous.

Should you completely abandon sugar consumption, your arteries will be as clean as a whistle.

No Vegetables Will Give You Scurvy

This question ultimately treats whether there is vitamin C in the meat and the answer is yes: there is vitamin C in raw beef, livers, and fish.

Not a lot, but enough to survive veggies-free.

What happens in a condition of a normal diet is that the molecules that move VC around in your body also move…sugar around.

When you decrease both carbs and anti-nutrients consumption, you increase vitamin absorption and therefore need less of it.

As such, the daily recommended dose of vitamins may be correct in the case of a diet including carbohydrates.

If you do not eat carbs, you probably won’t need as much VC (recent science estimates we need about 10 mg, compared to the recommended dose of 75-90 mg).

Potential Downsides and Risks of the Carnivore Diet

Unlike vegans, carnivores are mostly honest about the risks of eating an all-meat diet.

Science has not yet confirmed some health-related questions that we will talk about below and that present potential risks.

The first mystery concerns ketosis. Ketosis is a state when your body burns fat for energy instead of using carbs.

While we know that ketones are a higher quality energy source, we do not know if there is a risk to be permanently in ketosis.

The tribes we have talked about do not seem to suffer from it, nor do long-term (20+ years) carnivores.

The second risk is the lack of fiber. Studies have shown how fibers participate in the equilibrium of the gut by feeding certain bacterias.

A “rich gut” may have a positive effect on your brain.

Should you choose to stop eating fibers, these bacterias may die and endanger the equilibrium of the gut.

That’s the theory.

If you ask me though, since fiber is non-digestible, I don’t see why we would need to eat it.

Furthermore, fiber makes you poop a lot, and every time you do so, you take off bacterias from the gut which subsequently needs to regenerate, hence fragilizing the gut (check out @biohacking.girl for her story).

As such, the latest trend to repopularize humans’ gut is a feces implant. I sh*t you not (pun intended), there are people undergoing surgery to have someone else’s poop introduced inside their gut.

If you’re looking for a business idea, a poop bank will make you rich.

We freeze sperm already, so why not poop?

Needless to say that a poop transplant does not apply to carnivores, since both the easiness to digest meat and the rare bowel movement frequency naturally enables the gut to regenerate.

Finally, the third risk is a lack of micro-nutrients only found in plant foods.

Once again, from what we can observe, the long-term carnivores and various veggie-free tribes have much better overall health than people following a classic diet.

How I Discovered the Carnivore Diet

It was probably between June 2018 and September 2018 that I first heard about the carnivore diet through Jordan Peterson on Rogan.

I was extremely disappointed.

Vegans extreme-left were a regular target of Peterson and I thought that he had adapted his diet as a way to annoy his detractors.

I thought it was ideological, that one thing Jordan Peterson had risen to fight.

It is only later that I heard he had gotten it from his daughter, which was extremely sick and was now feeling much better.

Symptoms she had cured were, among other things, depression.

And so I went to check her blog, which at the time, started with saying that the food pyramid was a lie.

I immediately dismissed it as a conspiracy theory and forgot about it.

Some months later, I moved to Colombia hoping to feel better.

But I didn’t.

Neither two years and a half of therapy, the girls, the country, the delicious food, or the weather were getting me out of this latent depression and anxiety.

As I was sitting in a giant mall over the city, Peterson came back to my mind.

A diet, after all, was the only thing I hadn’t tried.

Since diet affected physical health, I thought, maybe it was also affecting mental health?

Maybe this girl was onto something?

I went back to check her blog, it was the 28th of May 2019.

The next day, I gave a try to the paleo diet first and the rest is history.

I eventually adopted a carnivorish diet in October 2019 and finally, a zero carb diet (only meat, eggs, fish, and water and nothing else, no coffee, tea, beer, alcohol…nothing else) on the 17th of April 2020.

It is too early now to talk about the lasting effects.

What I can say though, is that since I kicked sugar out of my life end of May, it has been radically transformative.

I never went back to my therapist and I started doing stuff I had always been scared to do.

I could wake up without hating myself.

The anxiety was gone.

It took me more than a year between hearing about the carnivore diet for the first time and adopting it.

In between, I have read, read, read, and read because it seemed too crazy to be true.

I was brainwashed by mainstream media (I was reading the Guardian at the time lol), by the fake food pyramid, and by this plant-driven society.

Yet, here I (and many other people) am.

Much healthier, and much better.

One of the main issues of the carnivore diet is that you become skeptical.

By doing your research, you realize the science is there, yet the mainstream narrative, the World Health Organization, your parents, and society repeatedly tell you that meat gives cancer and vegetables are good for you.

Why?

How could they be mistaken up to THIS point?

Are we being manipulated?

Is there an agenda to put people in a robotic state where they work sh*tty 9-5 without complaining?

Even though I want to believe that the media tell the truth and the government doesn’t lie, this investigation on how nutrition works and how we are being told it works has me worried.

How can we ignore all the proofs that we produce?

On the other side, I tell myself that those in charge are just ignorant, like whoever wrote in the Bible that the sun turned around the Earth.

The Bottom Line

It is impossible to lead research on humans and to control for all variables without locking people up in laboratories.

As such, I’ll be the first one to admit that most nutrition science is garbage, which many food scientists will also be happy to tell you.

Strictly speaking, we don’t know for sure what diet is best, even though the majority of the few scientific quality proofs we have tends to lean towards meat.

So, what do we do in this case?

We base ourselves on the testimony of random people that eat these extreme diets: vegans and carnivores.

Indeed, vegans and carnivores are not so different from each other. They both want to have the best and healthiest diet to reach their highest performances and take care of the planet at the same time.

Vegans and carnivores lead a very similar lifestyle, except for one variable: food.

Comparing their respective health is, therefore, one of the best scientific arguments we have to understand the effects of plants and meat on the human body.

At this game, vegans are clear losers.

Most of the time, a vegan’s journey into veganism goes like this: they feel super good the first year (no sh*t, they quit McDonald’s) and from the second to third year, their health starts deteriorating.

The community is telling them that it is because “they are not doing it right”, that taking 5 pills of vitamins per day because “modern agriculture robbed veggies from their nutrients” is not enough and that it is all in their heads.

Then, if they are a bit smart, they realize their diet is simply not healthy and they quit to save their lives.

Amusingly, a lot of them go completely carnivore after their failed vegan experience (on Instagram, @biohacking.chick, @food.lie, @mikhailapeterson experienced veganism then turned carnivore, @alyseparkerr quit veganism and experienced with carnivore for 30 days, @humantimothy quit veganism altogether, and there are many more on the restoration health vegan recovery group.)

We have yet to hear about a similar case of carnivores turning vegans.

To Conclude

History taught that all great discoveries started with one person against the mainstream narrative.

In this case, it was probably the opposite that happened.

One day, someone said meat and fat were really bad for health and everyone believed it.

The avalanche of obesity, cancer, and other diseases should be an alarming sign that what we think we know about nutrition is plain wrong.

I have read an article recently in mainstream media about the “identification of a gene to treat obesity”.

You won’t believe me, but to control the trial, researchers fed mice…a McDonald’s diet.

If this isn’t intellectual terrorism…it is scientific bad faith. 

In case you skipped through the entire article to read the conclusion, there it is.

Obesity has for sole cause mental greediness and laziness expressed through the consumption of high carbohydrates and trans-fat diets. Should one remove this diet from their life, one will effectively get rid of obesity, 100% guaranteed. The carnivore diet is the best manner to do so.  

Maybe you read my article on the Buddha.

I can therefore only encourage you to be open-minded enough and defy, as Columbus or Copernicus did in their time, the established narrative.

It took me a lot of time, trust, and reading before I completely cut sugar off my diet and this decision may have been one of the most influential decisions of my life.

I hope that thanks to this work, you too will start questioning a bit what you are told.

Alternatively, you can always check out this video.

Photo credits: Photo by Emerson Vieira on Unsplash