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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a carnivore diet?
A carnivore diet is a diet that primarily consists of animal products. It is a strict form of diet that excludes most, if not all, plant foods.
Is a carnivore diet only for weight loss?
No, a carnivore diet isn't exclusively for weight loss. It should be seen as a holistic approach to life that directs everything you do, and not just as a weight-loss hack.
How can I implement the carnivore diet in my lifestyle?
Start with a strict carnivore diet for 30-60 or 90 days, then slowly add in certain foods you enjoy while listening to how your body responds. This way, you can create an ancestrally appropriate animal-focused eating plan that suits your needs.
What are some quick tips for weight loss on a carnivore diet?
Eat beef jerky, drink more water (preferably with salt and lemon), eat protein first, raise your percentage of protein calories, walk daily, meditate and practice mindfulness, get out in nature, and be patient.
Why should I eat protein first?
Protein is the most satiating food you can eat. Eating it first will help you manage your appetite and control your energy intake.
What's the difference between protein and energy in a diet?
Protein is a macronutrient that builds and repairs tissues, while energy in a diet is primarily derived from carbohydrates and fats. Balancing the intake of protein and energy is important for weight loss.
How does stress affect weight loss?
Chronic stress from an overactive mind can hinder your weight loss efforts. Engaging in mental maintenance strategies such as mindfulness and meditation can help manage stress levels.
How does being in nature affect weight loss?
Being in nature helps with stress management, which positively impacts your physical health and weight. Activities like "forest bathing" can be beneficial.
Why is patience important in a weight loss journey?
Weight loss takes time and your body will resist changes. As you approach your weight loss goal, each additional pound may become harder to lose, requiring additional effort and strategies.
How can walking help with weight loss on a carnivore diet?
Walking daily for at least 30 minutes can help with weight loss by increasing your daily caloric expenditure. It also contributes to your overall physical and mental well-being.
A carnivore diet can be a way of life, not just a short-term weight loss strategy.
Stress management is an overlooked but significant factor affecting weight loss.
Walking daily, preferably in full sunlight and minimal clothing, can contribute to weight loss and overall well-being.
Making homemade beef jerky can be a simple and effective strategy for managing hunger and supporting weight loss on a carnivore diet.
Understanding the difference between protein and energy (carbs and fats) in your diet is a crucial aspect of weight management.
The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus
This study showed that a low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet led to significant weight loss and improvements in glycemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes.
Effects of Stress on Eating Practices among Adults
This study highlights the effects of chronic stress on eating behaviors, potentially contributing to weight gain and hindering weight loss efforts.
Protein, weight management, and satiety
This study outlines how protein contributes to weight management by promoting satiety and lean muscle mass preservation.
The benefits of walking for physical activity
This study explains the numerous benefits of walking as a form of physical activity, including its role in weight management and overall well-being.
Forest Bathing Enhances Human Natural Killer Activity and Expression of Anti-Cancer Proteins
This study demonstrates the health benefits of spending time in nature, or "forest bathing," which can contribute to stress management and overall health.
In conclusion, diets are not merely weight loss tools but should be regarded as a holistic approach to life. They guide what we consume, shaping our wellbeing and lifestyle.
Embracing a carnivore diet, for instance, demands viewing it as a life choice rather than a brief strategy for weight loss. It is about evolving the diet gradually, starting strict, and then modifying it based on personal experiences and bodily responses.
Weight loss, while a notable aspect, is a result of several factors like maintaining a high protein diet, staying hydrated, regular physical activity, mental wellness, and spending time in nature. As with any journey, patience is key as weight loss is not instantaneous but a gradual process that demands consistency, adaptation, and resilience.
Above all, understanding the balance of protein versus energy in our diet and making conscious choices will significantly aid in our quest for healthier living.
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