Carnivore Diet Weight Loss Hacks
Here's the thing about diets most people assume—they are exclusively for weight loss.
But that's not the whole picture, or it shouldn't be.
A diet should be a way of eating.
So whether you are eating a carnivore diet, a keto diet, a Real Food omnivore diet, or even a vegan diet (though I don't recommend it), you should be thinking about your diet as not a weight-loss hack but as a holistic approach to life that directs everything you do.
And as much as I dislike some of the diet dogma you get in carnivores and all diets, there is something to be said for having a diet plan in mind with specific parameters.
So I disclaim that because I want you to think about a carnivore diet as a way of life and not just a short-term method for losing weight.
If you were to think about a carnivore diet this way, you could think of a strict animal-only carnivore diet like this. It would be fine if you then take a strict carnivore didn't and open it up to create the perfect ancestrally appropriate animal-focused eating plan for you.
I recommend most people do that: Start with strict carnivore for 30-60 or 90 days, then slowly add in certain foods you enjoy while listening to how your body responds.
That is how you build the perfect diet.
Now for the main course of today's video: Carnivore diet weight loss hacks.
Let's go through some rapid-fire tips for helping you hit that next level of weight loss:
Eat beef jerky
Make homemade beef jerky and keep it nearby. They have a few bites before each meal, or anytime they feel hungry but want to make only part of the meal.
Drink spiked water
Add salt and lemon and maybe ACV in your water. Then drink more water in general.
Sometimes hunger pangs are just signs of needing to drink some water.
Eat your protein first.
If this were all you did each meal, you would make massive strides in managing your appetite and controlling your energy intake.
Protein is the most satiating food you can eat. So use it to fill you up and cue your brain that it's time to PUT THE FORK DOWN.
Consider raising your % of protein calories. You may be at 15-25% of calories from protein right now. Consider adding another 25g-50g each day, then let your energy (fat and carbs) fill in the gaps.
Always ask yourself if you are eating protein or energy. Check out Ted Naiman's work and internet on our show here: The Ancestral Mind.
Every time you make a food decision, ask yourself if you are eating PROTEIN or ENERGY (carbs and fat).
If you are trying to lose weight on any diet, understanding the difference between and balancing the intake of protein vs. energy is the most important consideration for how you comprise your diet.
Take a walk
Walk daily for at least 30 minutes, ideally in full sunlight, with no shirt or sunglasses.
Meditate and practice mindfulness
No one talks about this for weight loss. But here's the thing: Chronic stress from an overactive mind, a monkey min, as the Buddhists say, destroys your weight loss efforts. If you are easily anxious or constantly worrying, the most impactful thing you can do for life and your waistline is to engage in mental maintenance strategies. This cannot be overstated.
Get out in nature
This will help with number 7 with your happiness and mental state, which will impact your physical health and weight. There is a ton of research around "forest bathing" and getting in nature in general, and it should be obvious. Yet, our inability to "test" it in a lab setting has let it go underappreciated.
I know this is your favorite tip. After all, you found this video and want HACKS, not philosophy, incredibly trite and overused philosophy. Weight loss takes time. Your body will fight you each step of the way.
If you have 20 pounds, you'll probably lose the first 5-10 relatively quickly. After that, each additional pound will become more challenging to lose, so you'll have to experiment with techniques for going the extra step each time.
This will require you to do things you still need to do. And you'll have to dial in your entire lifestyle.