The consistency of the Carnivore diet is the varieties of food from animal sources,
such as red and white meat, fish, eggs and animal fats, in addition to dairy and cheese.
On the other hand, the aforementioned diet prevents someone from consuming vegetables (broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes …),
fruits (pomegranates, apples, lemons …),
nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds …),
legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans …)
and grains (rice, wheat, bulgur …) and drinks (except for water).
The diet is easy to apply, because it does not require counting the calories consumed. The advantages and disadvantages of the Carnivore Diet, reviewed by nutritionist Sakina Al-Qadi.
How is weight loss achieved?
The body needs energy to function effectively. The body gets its energy during the day, usually from carbohydrates.
But when you limit the consumption of the latter, and focus on eating proteins and fats, as the “Carnivore Diet” calls,
one will feel full, which will indirectly reduce the total caloric intake, which will lead to weight loss.
The “Carnivore Diet” is full of proteins and fats, so it is forbidden to be followed by all individuals with cardiovascular problems, diabetes, blood pressure and kidney diseases,
or individuals predisposed to having these health problems, as well as pregnant women and children,
as it deprives them of many of the nutrients they need on a daily basis.
Benefits and disadvantages
Supporters of the “Carnivore Diet” claim that its benefits are great, but nutritionist Al-Qadi explains to readers of “Madam” that “the only benefit that the aforementioned diet may provide is due to its lack of white sugar, that is,
of sweets, although sugary varieties can be included in moderate proportions in any diet. A healthy and balanced diet. “
Saturated fat and sodium
Most of the fats in the Carnivore Diet belong to the saturated fat category, which raises the levels of bad cholesterol in the body,
which increases the risk of heart problems.
The foregoing is a bad thing in dieting, in addition to another, which is encouraging the consumption of processed meat (mortadella …) that is full of sodium, which may increase the possibility of developing high blood pressure, in addition to kidney problems.
In addition, the judge cites recent studies proving the existence of a strong relationship between
consumption of processed meat and the incidence of some types of cancer.
The individual gets most of the vitamins and minerals from vegetables and fruits, and the fact that the “Carnivore Diet” does not encourage his followers to eat them will lead to long-term health problems and weaken the immune system, which is dangerous in general, especially in the presence of the “Corona” pandemic.
In addition, it is known that vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants, which reduces
the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, blood pressure and kidney problems.
On the other hand, women generally need about 25 grams of fiber every day, but the Carnivore Diet is poor in its dietary fiber content, which creates problems in the digestive system, especially constipation.
Fibers also improve digestion because they contain prebiotics (the substance that flora feeds on,
meaning the good bacteria in the body to stay alive), which may increase the risk of colon cancer.
The specialist says: “To know if the diet followed is healthy or not, he must ask: Can I continue to follow this diet all the time?
Of course, no one is able to follow the” Carnivore diet “throughout his life.
As follows, an example of daily meals in the “Carnivore Diet”:
Breakfast: eggs with mortadella.
Lunch: meat or fish.
Dinner: chicken soda.
Snack: grilled shrimp.
On the other hand, it is known that the goal of following any diet is to reduce the calories consumed during the day,
but this should not be achieved by depriving food or focusing on a type of it in nutrition, according to the judge
The specialist elaborates on her idea, saying that “everyone who deprives himself of certain food types (mostly carbohydrates) when following any diet, he will return and consume them greedily after the days of the diet have expired.”