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Why you're not losing fat on a Carnivore Diet?
The carnivore diet is not a weight-loss or fat-loss diet. It’s actually a nutrient-dense, high-fat, low-carb lifestyle that supports your body to burn fat as the main fuel source.
To be clear: If you are eating a carnivore diet and still think you need to lose weight—stop worrying about it! You will not lose weight on this diet unless you have some other underlying medical condition that affects your hormones and metabolism.
The only way for anyone to lose any significant amount of body fat is for their body to be able to use stored energy (fat) as its primary fuel source instead of relying on glucose from carbohydrates in foods like bread, pasta and potatoes. This metabolic state is often referred to as ‘ketosis’ because the production of ketones increases when the body switches from burning carbs for energy (glucose) which results in an increased rate of fat mobilization/burning while at rest (and during exercise).
Why just fat loss isn't the goal
The carnivore diet is not a weight loss plan.
The goal isn't to just lose weight; it's to have lean muscle mass and healthy organs. The goal isn't just primarily health; it's optimal performance in life, including activity levels! It may seem counterintuitive because most people equate leanness with good health, but what matters most is how well we function as humans rather than how low our BMI (body mass index) is or how much visceral belly fat we have.
Why being fat-adapted is more important
If you’re a meat eater, then going on a Carnivore Diet may be the easiest way to achieve fat adaptation. This is because it allows you to eat as much meat as your heart desires without taking in any carbs and sugars at all.
If you are trying to lose weight on this diet, I have some news: being “fat-adapted” is more important than losing fat (and it can prevent you from gaining muscle).
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