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!
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, higher 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 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.
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.
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!
I also supplement with Pruvit Exogenous Ketones which fills in the gaps, allowing me to go for several hours without a thought about food.
While I do eat a higher-fat diet, it's the ketones that caused me to dub our approach a keto-hypercarnivore diet. Plus our approach can be modified according to your needs ~ whether more ketogenic, focusing on the percentage of fat consumed, or with a more protein focused approach.
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 chocolate, vanilla, orange and other fruity flavors.
Our Keto-Hypercarnivore Diet tends to be roughly 30% protein, and 65-70% fat, with around 5-10% carbohydrates, give or take. As a petite mid-aged woman, I generally consume at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight, and often 1.5g/pound. That comes to between 100-150g of protein.
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.
While many people who eat a low-carb diet, or ketogenic-diet fear eating high protein because protein can still cause insulin spikes, research indicates that this only occurs in a moderate to high carbohydrate fed state.
Steak seared to medium-rare/rare will be tender inside, and retain far more of the nutrients and enzymes than well done cooked meats.
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. It is only in our modern 'civilized' society that many have become more squeamish!
Contrary to the common perceptions, raw organs, fish, and some cuts of meat is easy to chew, and easy to digest.
Whether or not to eat raw animal foods is a controversial issue, however think carpaccio, caesar salads, sushi or Steak Tartar!
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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