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What is the best diet for weight loss? Show more Show less

There now exists hundreds of different wisdoms on what the best and most effective way to lose weight is. All have different philosophies and different benefits, real or alleged. But which has the most evidence behind it? And which, in reality, is the most effective way to lose weight?

Eliminating carbohydrates is the best way to lose weight Show more Show less

Eliminating carbs is the most common rule for popular diets, and with good reason.
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The carnivore diet is the most effective diet for weight loss.

Looking for a change? Why not eat literally nothing but meat!
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Context

With skyrocketing obesity rates, the race is on to find the most effective diet that people can stick to. With so many diets out there, dieters are often at a loss about which one to choose. This argument seeks to finally settle the debate so that people can take control of their health.

The Argument

The carnivore diet, much like it sounds, encompasses eating only meat. That includes seafood, and sometimes eggs and dairy. It is a high-protein diet, rather than a high-fat diet like keto. (Both are very low-carb.) Many people don’t snack on this diet because of how full the protein keeps them, which restricts calories. They also frequently end up lowering calorie intake because of the extremely restricted diet [1]. This results in maximum weight loss by practitioners of this diet. The reason eliminating carbohydrates leads to such dramatic and consistent weight loss is that it forces your body to use fat for energy. Carbohydrates become a sugar once digested, and the body will use them for fuel. Once you eliminate them, your body has to use its fat reserves for fuel, thus producing weight loss.

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The carnivore diet is ridiculous for several reasons. Firstly, it doesn’t just eliminate carbohydrates, it eliminates everything. For example, leafy green vegetables and nuts are both carbohydrate-free foods. Furthermore, we don’t have the right digestive tract to exist only on animal products, so the diet isn’t nutritionally sound [2]. Even if one does manage to subsist off of only meat, there’s no guarantee that you’ll end up consuming fewer calories. And too many calories will prevent any and all weight loss, so the diet as is may not be effective at all.

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References

  1. https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/diet/carnivore-diet-benefits-risks-food-list-more/
  2. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/08/the-peterson-family-meat-cleanse/567613/

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