So what is a Keto-Hypercarnivore Diet? Is that different than a Zero-Carb or Carnivore Diet? Is it a ketogenic diet?
Carnivores are often classified according to the total percentage of animals in their diet:
As you can see, even those consuming only one third of their total calories, or less, from animals are still classified as 'carnivores' versus as an 'omnivore' despite a greater percentage of their diet coming from fruits, fungi, or other non-animal sources.
Technically speaking, humans are carnivores. Our physiology and stomach pH best matches that of other carnivores.
Herbivores have an entirely different digestive apparatus designed to help them appropriately digest and assimilate grasses and plants. In fact, they are able to convert grasses into fatty acids, hence why many herbivorous animals grow quite large. They essentially consume a ketogenic diet!
Our Keto-Hypercarnivore Diet is defined by the actual biological definition of a hypercarnivore, that being an animal who consumes 70% or greater total calories from animal foods. In practice, this allows for plenty of wiggle room with which each individual can include plant foods, as per individual preferences and tolerances.
Most Americans consume a carb-heavy diet, obtaining around 15% of total calories as protein. A large portion of the carbohydrates consumed is in the form of highly refined and processed foods, often containing pro-inflammatory refined plant oils, a double-whammy attack to your health.
It has been our observation over the years that people are by and large addicted to their favorite carbohydrate-rich foods, whether breads, pastas, potatoes, pizzas, pastries, sugary sodas and more.
Many people call a hypo- or mesocarnivore diet an omnivore diet, falsely believing that we are fully adapted to a carbohydrate-rich diet, however our physiology is designed to preferentially obtain energy and nutrients from animal protein and fats.
We eat mostly animal proteins and fats, and use vegetables and herbs like condiments, with small amounts of seasonal fruits, or other plant foods. Our diet is a low-carb, moderate protein, ketogenic diet, with plants optional ~ or a Keto-Hypercarnivore Diet.
As I outline in The Trust Your True Nature (TYTN) Low-Carb Lifestyle, we recommend a flexible plan, with plant foods enjoyed or avoided, according to one's tolerance and tastes. This will vary for each individual.
Pictured below is a very nutrient-dense breakfast we often enjoy, that is simple to prepare and very satisfying, containing bacon, eggs, chicken livers, and cottage cheese, with 2 tsp. of Carlson Labs Lemon Cod Liver Oil on the eggs.
Yes, I feel tons better, and have improved my body composition by opting for bacon and eggs over kale, rice, and beans!
In addition to making sure to include small amounts of super nutrient-rich chicken or calves liver on a regular basis, we also make a big batch of bone broth every 1-2 weeks, which we consume with meals, and we supplement our dietary intake of calcium with ground eggshells.
We also like to make big batches of naturally brined cabbage, and/or beets with red onions, which go great with roasted meats or sushi, and as an alternative to the laborious process of preparing big piles of greens and vegetables ~ which, by the way, we did daily for many years, without achieving any noticeable health improvements.
For a lot of my life, I avoided dairy foods, believing them to be the root of excess phlegm and sinus congestion, allergies, acne, and digestive distress. Of course, I had major phlegm and sinus issues, and horrible seasonal allergies all made worse while eating an entirely plant-based diet!
Once I eliminated all the carbs, I found that I easily tolerated dairy foods! We often make our own yogurt. It is easy, and far more economical.
We also enjoy cottage cheese, cheese, heavy whipping cream, and butter on a regular basis ~ for enjoyment, satisfaction, and in most cases ~ for the calcium!
In late 2018, I was turned on to Pruvit Exogenous Ketones which provided an even greater, yet unexpected boost to my moods, focus, clarity, and ability to go longer between meals.
The various fun-flavored exogenous ketones, Keto Sweet Kreme, and Keto Salted Caramel Broth now helps me to fill in the gaps. I carry a packet and an empty jar or shaker container every where I go, and take 1/2 to 1 packet as needed, just adding water and possibly cream if available.
The ketones really helps while busy traveling or working away from home allowing me to go for several hours without having to pack or even have a thought about food. SO LIBERATING!
Several professionals, including Dr. Ken Berry have concluded that a ketogenic diet is the natural human diet.
While I do eat a higher-fat diet, it's the addition of the ketones that caused me to dub our approach a keto-hypercarnivore diet.
I have had a tremendous boost to my moods ~ often feeling nearly elated ~ and far more clear and focused since I began taking their delicious Keto Kreme, Keto Broth and MAX or Keto OS (OS stands for Operating System) drinks in a variety of flavors.
A great optional supplement to our Keto-Hypercarnivore Diet.
Our Keto-Hypercarnivore Diet is a low-carbohydrate diet. We aim to get roughly twice the amount of total grams of fat as protein, keeping our total carbohydrate consumption to under 50-60g for me, and topping out at 75g for Don, often lower for both.
While we were consuming larger quantities of protein at one point, we find that we have several improvements when we make sure we consume closer to a 2:1 ratio of fat to protein, including:
Studies do indicate that we need a higher protein intake as we age, because we become less efficient at utilization of amino acids and maintenance of lean muscle mass. Amino acids found in protein are essential for a myriad of functions in our body including growth and repair of tissues, development of lean muscle mass, hormone production and much more.
Hence each person will need to determine their optimal lower and upper limits of each of the macronutrients, which can fluctuate over time.
Pruvit Keto OS Chocolate Swirl w/ 1 Tbsp. Great Lakes Collagen, heavy cream, and Pruvit 1:4:3 Oil blend ~ a fat & protein charged, great alternative to your morning coffee!
Fried Egg on top of Pan-Fried Sweet Italian Sausages tossed with Zucchini, Onion, and a little Cabbage Simmered in a Fire Roasted Tomato & Bone Broth Sauce, Topped w/ Grated Munster Cheese
Steak grilled to MR, enjoyed with a Cucumber & Roma Tomato Salad (tossed with a little lemon, & ~ 1 Tbsp. +/-each XVOO & Coconut Oil, topped of goat cheese
Many people have found their greatest relief from a variety of chronic conditions by consuming raw dairy, raw meat, raw fish, and raw liver and other organs into their diet, just as native populations worldwide have traditionally done.
Whether or not to eat raw animal foods is a controversial issue, however ~ whether raw or cooked ~ we do regularly include at least small amounts of liver ~ a true super food ~ and other organ meats.
Worried about cholesterol?
Don't be. It was never proven to be a factor that determined heart disease, however high cholesterol is a good tool for selling statins! Learn more by reading The Great Cholesterol Myth Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - And The Statin-Free Plan That Will, by Stephen Sinatra.
The Trust Your True Nature Low-Carb Lifestyle is available in print, Kindle and e-book versions. Look for the color versions if you want the delicious food photos included!
Aside from The Hypercarnivore Diet, by Don Matesz, here are a few more recommended reads to help you understand why our low-carb, keto-hypercarnivore diet is an ideal diet for long-term health:
NeanderThin, by Ray Audette; Life Without Bread, by Christian B. Allan, MD, and Wolfgang Lutz, MD; and Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes. Why We Get Fat, by Taubes, along with Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter, MD, are also recommended.
Dr. Ted Naiman discusses the influence of high insulin levels in most diseases, from skin disorders like psoriasis, to obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even conditions like tinnitus!
I've included two of his videos below.
You can find presentations by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who has several lectures up on YouTube including Low Cholesterol is Dangerous, Dr. Georgia Ede, Dr. Ted Naiman, and many other experts discussing various aspects of health and a low-carb, high-protein, ketogenic diet on DietDoctor.com.
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