It’s no secret that when it comes to dietary advice, there is plenty of conflicting information out there. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to narrow in on what approach is the healthiest for YOU!
Maybe it’s time for you to explore the animal-based ketovore diet? That’s right—I’m about to teach you how this diet changed my life and how this way of eating is nature’s way of ensuring good nutrition and overall wellness NATURALLY…no boring lectures or complex biochemical theories are required for this one!
In fact, I invite you to kick up your feet (if you aren’t already), grab a meaty snack and keep reading….
- What’s a Ketovore Diet, exactly?
- Keto Diet/ Carnivore Diet for Health & Healing
- 7 reasons why the ketogenic/carnivore diet is actually healthier than you think
- How to Follow the Keto Carnivore Diet (Ketovore)
- What To Eat on An Animal-Based Ketovore Diet? (Sample Ketovore Meal Plan)
- The Wrap –
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What’s a Ketovore Diet, exactly?
A ketovore diet is a way of eating that focuses on consuming foods that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates, with the goal of strictly redinducing a state of ketosis in the body. In a state of ketosis, the body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates, resulting in weight loss and improved health markers.
The diet is usually comprised mostly of almost only meat, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products, and typically limits or eliminates carbohydrates from grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables.
The concept of ketovore is similar to a ketogenic diet, but the term is used to emphasize the importance of consuming animal-based foods, with a nod to the traditional carnivore diet.
Worried about high-fat animal based foods wreaking havoc on your health and wallet?
In this blog post, I will go over seven reasons why an animal-based ketovore diet may actually be healthier than you think!
Keto Diet/ Carnivore Diet for Health & Healing
If you’ve been looking for ways to improve your health and weight, you may have dabbled with eating more veggies or increasing your protein without much help. And you’re not alone – I ate vegan for years, thinking I was helping my chronic illness state… but I never got better. As a matter of fact, I got worse!
I came across animal based keto diets, or the ketovore diet in an online migraine group. I was super skeptical, but after a few weeks of going all in, I’ve never looked back! (And never felt better!)
The Carnivore/Ketovore animal based diets have been gaining traction among health enthusiasts lately, but there are still many misconceptions out there about this particular way of eating. Hey, haters gonna hate – right?
But it’s way healthier than you think –
7 reasons why the ketogenic/carnivore diet is actually healthier than you think
1. Better Quality Protein
An animal-based ketovore diet provides higher-quality protein than plant sources do.
This means that your body can absorb more of the amino acids that it needs in order to build muscle and repair tissues. Gram for gram, animal proteins contain fewer calories and carbohydrates and provide more nutrients compared to plant-based proteins
Additionally, animal proteins contain all nine essential amino acids—something that cannot be said for plant proteins. (and our bodies need all nine from the protein we eat!)
2. Optimal Fat Profile
Animal fats are considered the optimal source of fat for our bodies because of their high energy content and essential vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, and K, which are important for proper neurological function and emotional well-being.
Reducing and replacing animal fats with vegetable oils has been linked to an increase in chronic inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. A
Believe it or not, animal fats are considered the single healthiest and most beneficial nutrient in the human diet!
Animal products provide a balanced fatty acid profile which can help reduce inflammation in the body and support healthy cholesterol levels.
You won’t find this balance in plant sources of fat, making an animal-based ketovore diet the ideal option for those looking to maintain optimal blood lipid levels and overall heart health.
3. More Nutrient Dense
Animal foods are considered the most nutrient-dense because they contain a wide variety of essential nutrients, including complete proteins, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
Additionally, many animal foods, such as organ meats and shellfish, are particularly rich in nutrients that are often lacking in plant-based diets, like iron, vitamin B12, and zinc.
AND…. the bioavailability of nutrients in animal foods is much higher compared to plant-based foods, meaning that our bodies can more easily absorb and use the nutrients from animal-based foods.
4. Easier To Digest & Easier on the Gut
Ok, this one might surprise you, but plant foods can be difficult for some people to digest due to their fiber content (even though we associate fiber with pooping well!)
however, animal products are much easier on the digestive system since they don’t contain any fiber at all.
Another reason is that animal-based foods contain higher amounts of certain nutrients, including complete proteins and essential amino acids, which are critical for good gut health and digestive function. Animal-based foods are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and iron, that support gut function and promote healthy digestion.
Finally, animal-based foods are less likely to contain compounds that can irritate the gut and cause digestive issues, such as lectins and phytates, which are found in some plant foods. Plant toxins!)
Therefore, ketovore is often ideal for those with sensitive stomachs or gastrointestinal issues like IBS or Crohn’s Disease. (And for those battling chronic autoimmune diseases, like myself!)
5. Longer Satiety Periods
The animal-based ketovore diet provides greater satiety as animal foods are rich in protein and fat, which are both highly satiating macronutrients.
In comparison, plant foods are lower in both protein and fat and tend to be higher in less satiating carbohydrates.
The high-fat and low-carb content of the ketovore diet also helps to regulate hunger hormones, such as insulin and ghrelin, leading to greater satiety and reducing the likelihood of overeating.
Additionally, eating high-quality animal-based foods, such as grass-fed meat, pasture-raised eggs, and wild-caught fish, provides a range of essential vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that support overall health and well-being, which may also contribute to feelings of satiety.
This makes it easier to stick with your diet plan and avoid snacking throughout the day! Hello, weight loss!
Many ketovores say they have an easy time doing 2MAD or OMAD since their satiety from the high fat and protein keeps them fuller, and longer! Sign me up!
6. Lower Risk Of Nutrient Deficiencies
Since an animal-based ketovore diet is so nutrient-dense, it reduces your risk of becoming deficient in certain vitamins and minerals—something that is common when following vegan or vegetarian diets due to their lack of variety in food choices available!
For example, vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods, and vitamin D, which is difficult to obtain in sufficient quantities from plant sources.
Additionally, the absorption and utilization of some nutrients, such as iron and calcium, is often lower from plant-based sources compared to animal-based sources.
When I was vegan, my hormones got WORSE – not just imbalances, but down to ZERO and my labs showed dangerously low protein levels and no creatine (the muscle building block!)
My body had MANY nutrient deficiencies I couldn’t overcome until I added (and prioritized!) meat!
7. Easier To Follow & Maintain
Last but not least, an animal-based ketovore diet is much easier to follow than other diets because it doesn’t require a lot of meal planning or prepping like vegan or vegetarian diets do; you simply need to choose high-quality meats, eggs, and dairy products to get all the nutrients your body needs without having too much hassle!
And you can go out to eat easily and find snacks on the go!
Additionally, many ketovores no longer need to track macros, calories, etc since their bodies regulate to normal hunger and satiety cues.
How to Follow the Keto Carnivore Diet (Ketovore)
The Keto Carnivore diet, also known as the Ketovore diet, is a strict form of the ketogenic diet that focuses on consuming (obviously) only animal products. Here are my quick steps to follow start the Keto Carnivore diet:
- Eliminate (almost) all plant-based foods
- Consume high-quality animal-based protein. Choose grass-fed, organic, and wild-caught animal products when possible.
- Eat plenty of healthy fats. This includes saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Keep carbs low – Aim to keep daily carbohydrate intake under 20 grams.
- Hydrate – Drink plenty of water and electrolyte-rich beverages such as bone broth and LMNT to avoid dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
- Eat more, mostly fat- Fat helps to maintain healthy hormone levels and keeps you from feeling depressed, which can happen on many other types of diets!
- Monitor your progress: Keep track of your weight, energy levels, and overall well-being.
What To Eat on An Animal-Based Ketovore Diet? (Sample Ketovore Meal Plan)
- Breakfast: Eggs and bacon + buttered coffee
- Lunch: 2-3 quarter pound burger patties + butter + green salad (if you tolerate veggies)
- Dinner: Steak + green veggie + beef tallow
- Snacks: Epic beef bars
- Note: add fat/butter at each meal – especially as you get started.
The Wrap –
With its nutrient density, satiating properties, ease of digestion and lower risk of deficiency—not to mention its convenience factor—it’s no wonder why so many people are turning towards this type of lifestyle!
A ketovore diet gets its name from being based on sources of fatty acids such as eggs, meats, and seafood – all big parts of traditional diets around the world for centuries (no pun intended) – with high levels of healthy fats known to provide added protection against chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Try an animal based ketovore diet today – you won’t regret it!