Mistake #5: Restricting calories too much
While the carnivore diet can promote rapid fat loss, excessively restricting calories can signal the body is in a state of famine.
This can lead to nutrient deficiencies and a host of side effects, such as lethargy, hormone imbalances, and gut dysfunction. Eating until you are full and ensuring an adequate calorie intake is important to support overall health and well-being.
Mistake #6: Eating only one meal a day
While fasting can be easier on a carnivore diet due to the satiety provided by meat, combining a low-carbohydrate diet with fasting can increase stress levels in the body.
This can lead to symptoms like insomnia, water retention, and poor recovery. Having two meals daily with a fasting window of 16-18 hours is recommended to manage stress levels better and allow optimal nutrient absorption.
Mistake #7: Overconsumption of chicken and pork
Ruminant animals like cattle and sheep have a more efficient digestive system than monogastric animals like chickens and pigs.
More reliance on chicken and pork, especially when not raised on a species-appropriate diet, can lead to imbalances in fatty acid ratios and poor meat quality. It is advisable to prioritize ruminant meats like beef and lamb for better nutritional outcomes.
Mistake #8: Overconsumption of liver
While the liver is a nutrient-dense food, consuming excessive amounts can lead to hypervitaminosis and copper toxicity.
Liver should be consumed in moderation, and a few ounces per week are usually sufficient to meet nutrient needs. It is important to be mindful of portion sizes and not overindulge in liver consumption.
Mistake #9: Banning all supplements
While the carnivore diet can provide a wide range of nutrients, there may be cases where additional supplementation is necessary.
Supplements such as betaine HCL, probiotics, and vitamins can help address specific needs or deficiencies. It is important not to be dogmatic about avoiding all supplements and to consider individual circumstances and requirements.