Starting the carnivore diet, 19 tips

1. When transitioning to this way of eating pick food you enjoy and eat to satiety even if that means lots of variety, red meat, fish, dairy, pork, chicken and spices. Undereating often leads to uncontrolled cravings and ultimately failure.

2. Realize that you are eating for your health and for no one else. You do not need to apologize for what you are eating. People that are critical about what you are eating are not going to be there to support you in 5 to 10 years if you don't eat this way and your health is not doing well.

From Dr Shawn Baker

3. Commit to trying the carnivore diet for at least 30 days, ideally 60-90, to see meaningful changes in the way you feel, look and perform.

4. Eat as much and as often as you want. Don’t go into the diet expecting to lose weight right away. If you do that and deprive yourself, you won’t adapt to eating only meat and you’re much more likely to give in to cravings and fail

5. While many experienced carnivores will recommend you stick to only beef and salt or mandate that you include organ meats, it’s more important that you make the diet sustainable for you as you get started.

6. Focus on the cuts of meat you find the most delicious and don’t worry about organs at the start (you won’t develop any nutrient deficiencies in 90 days and many 10 years + carnivores don’t eat organs at all)

From Scott Myslinski (The Carnivore Cast)

7.  When going carnivore know what is your “Why?"

The reason for doing carnivore can change the approach.

The two main reasons to do carnivore are for general health and weight loss or for healing from autoimmune, Lyme, Chronic pain and inflammation, bipolar and other chronic diseases.

If you are doing carnivore for weight loss and healing, then you can eat pretty much anything from the animal kingdom. If you are doing it for chronic disease then you want to use it as an elimination diet.

8. The next tip would be for digestion. It can take time for the body to adjust to eating more animal proteins. You may get constipation or diarrhea. If you get constipation, add salt and magnesium. If you get diarrhea, add HCL and digestive enzymes until the body has adjusted.

9. Be confident in the fact that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs

From Craig Emmerich - Keto Adapted

10. We often recommend the addition of a real unprocessed natural salt used daily to manage hydration. When coaching clients remove all carbohydrates they find they begin to lose a lot of stored water

From Melody and Steve Barrons

11. Don’t underestimate the slight awkwardness of social situations.

Be prepared to answer and enlighten those around you that still think a bowl of kale is healthier than a juicy fat steak. By encouraging and answering questions might just encourage friends and family to try your carnivore lifestyle too.

12. For some it might be best to slowly transition from your current diet to the carnivore diet.

Don’t make the mistake of saying, “I will wake up tomorrow and only eat meat”, that won’t help you. Start by eating more meat with every meal and reducing things like pasta and bread from your meals.

13. Try to eat meat that has a good amount of fat as it can be cheaper to buy from your butcher, will make the meat more tasty to eat and help make sure you are getting healthy fats along with the protein.

14. Eat until feeling full each day

15. Let meat like steak rest for a short period after cooking to get the best taste

16. Dump vegetable oils and cook in butter, tallow or lard

17. Some people find milk and yoghurt can stall progress so be aware of that 

18. If you need snacks, have them prepped in the fridge such as, boiled eggs, ham, cold meats, ready cooked crispy bacon.

19. Find support, use mighty networks, YouTube channels, friends or even book some coaching! 


Do not worry about your weight, take progress photos, measure your waist and see the body composition change!