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

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.

Randall Smitham



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  2. Tube You Posted on October 11, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    What are the benefits of Carnivore Diet?

    Improved digestion from reduced fiber intake (I know, the complete opposite of what we’re taught!)
    Mental clarity from eating primarily fat and protein
    Decreased inflammation from limiting carbs and focusing on fats
    Faster weight loss from steady blood sugar levels.

  3. drofheim Posted on October 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Good video and agree. Seems a bit of a cult to me, I have seen doctors lately go full circle and leave plant based for total meat diets. Odd stuff.

  4. Charlie Summer Posted on October 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Eating meat and dairy led to me having gallstones.. The liver produces enough cholesterol according to the book "The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush" and gallstones are 85% cholesterol according to the book "Nutritional Pathology Third Edition" I personally have added eight pounds of lean mass eating and juicing plants

  5. Enshapeone Posted on October 11, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Do you think the keto diet is a long term diet?

  6. A.G Posted on October 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    that's what i did.
    i did a strict carnivore diet for 7-8 months and then very slowly started to add spices and vegetables, only foods that are beneficial to me and promote good health.
    at first i accepted that the carnivore diet is the truth and carbs are bad, but after some time i thought to myself, hey wait a minute, how come so many people can eat whatever they want and even some junk food and not get sick and stay healthy while i can't? i guess i just masked the problem and didn't really get it fixed.

  7. Steven Adams Posted on October 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Great advice as always.
    Ive recently been watching another YouTube channel with a young girl who seems very informative. Her approach to diet with candida and SIBO is to eliminate dairy, eggs, gluten. Cut protein and fat right down and eat as much vegetables and fruits as possible.
    I would love to hear your opinion on eating as much fruit as you can with these conditions.

  8. Vero A R Posted on October 11, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Please make more videos about carnivore diet and zero carb diets I don't think there's enough information talking about the negative effects of eating only meat and animal products, for a while I thought it was a good idea I almost tried it myself then I developed hypoglycemia from not eating enough carbs and now I truly understand we really do need carbs we really do need a balanced diet to be healthy

  9. clemensetz Posted on October 11, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    What do you think of the carnivore diet for cases of extreme autoimmune disease?

  10. sniurkst Posted on October 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

    While there's certainly not enough data from people doing this diet for decades and Inuit argument is almost a joke at this point, there's also little need to be dismissive with "let's see how you feel after 30 years" attitude. If you're at a position to do so, maybe look for committed zerocarb people to question and test over the years, because a lot of people would be very interested in the results of such research.

    Personally, I do agree that meat-only for a long period of time sounds pretty damn risky and plan to start gradually adding spices/berries/vegetables after I'll feel ready, but it's hard to shut down hundreds of testimonials of people who dramatically improved their health and lives with this. For some 10 years of relief from their auto-immune and mental conditions for a risk of something going wrong in the future sounds like an amazing deal and I can't blame them.

  11. Iris L Posted on October 12, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I desperately need to gain weight. Will fixing my gut microbiom help? I was born in a c-section coz I’m a twin(I was told that contributes to poor gut bacteria). I used to be mostly vegetarian on and off, tried the raw and vegan for only few months a couple of times. Now I’ve been adding more red meat, sea food, eggs and only raw dairy for the past three months and feel a lot better. I try to balance and still eat veggies, fruits and sometimes rice. But still struggling to have more appetite. Thank you

  12. thetruthfree Posted on October 14, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Can you talk more about your Mediterranean diet? I want to have your health at your age, I’m about half way there.

  13. DylanHughesss Posted on October 14, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Eric, sorry this is off topic, but I really wanted to know your opinion on this and haven’t been able to find you mention it anywhere. Do you find Colloidal Silver to be affective for Blastocystis??? I’ve been undergoing herbal treatment for about 2 months now and had great improvements in digestion, gained 15 pounds (Was pretty underweight before,) and have a noticeable increase in energy, but abdominal pain (Which is my main complaint and the symptom I find most bothersome) still comes and goes. Not as badly as before, but it’s still lingering. I want to get rid of it so badly so I can finally move on with my life. Do you think adding colloidal silver into my herbal treatment could help speed things up at all? And if so, how many ounces should I take daily. I have some 32PPM colloidal silver. And the herbal treatment I did for a month was called GI Synergy, and now I’m on something called GI- Microb X, FYI. Would love to hear from you. Thanks.

  14. Немања Стојић Posted on October 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    What is in your opinion the best medication to take for a short period for bad bacteria, candida and yeast infection??