184_Is the Carnivore Diet Right for You with Dr. Anthony Chaffee

by | Mar 23, 2023

Should you go carnivore? If you ask that question to my next guest on the Smart Nutrition Made Simple Show, the answer would be a resounding yes.

In today’s podcast, I have the pleasure of chatting with my former rugby teammate turned neurosurgeon, Anthony Chaffee, MD. Dr. Chaffee is a fierce advocate of the carnivore diet and has completely eliminated all plant-based foods from his repertoire citing them as toxic and carcinogenic. 

No fruits. No vegetables. No carbohydrates. No sugar. No artificial sweeteners. His diet consists entirely of meat and water, and he says he feels incredible.

In today’s conversation, we talk about:

What the carnivore diet is

The ideology that “plants are trying to kill you”

Health benefits of a high-protein, high-fat, no-carb diet

Assertions that carnivore is the best diet for optimal health and performance

Whether we need to be concerned with the carnivore diet from an LDL cholesterol standpoint

Types of diets most prevalent in the Blue Zones (areas where people have low rates of chronic disease and live the longest)

Grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef

How to get started on a carnivore diet

Now, if you’re familiar with me, you know that I am personally not a proponent of overly restrictive diets, particularly because they are really hard to stick with long-term. However, at Body Systems we also believe that you need to develop the skills to become your own best nutrition detective, and for you that might be eating a high-fat, high-protein, low/no-carb carnivore-type diet. 

I also want to be clear that it is my opinion that the carnivore diet is not necessarily any better than a plant-based diet or a paleo diet or a Whole30 diet. Every one of these types of eating methodologies facilitates weight loss, body composition change, and improved health by virtue of eliminating processed, sugar-laden foods, and replacing them with satiating, whole foods, ultimately resulting in a calorie deficit. 

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Connect with Dr. Chaffee:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonychaffeemd/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@anthonychaffeemd

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-plant-free-md-with-dr-anthony-chaffee/id1614546790

Referenced Studies:

Journal of the American Academy of Cardiology: https://www.jacc.org/doi/abs/10.1016/j.jacc.2020.05.077

Framingham Heart Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4159698/

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame at Fat (NPR): https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat

 

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