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- American martial artist, podcaster, sports commentator and comedian
Joe Rogan is starting his year with steak. Lots and lots of steak. The podcaster and MMA commentator announced on Instagram that he will be adhering to the carnivore diet for the entire month of January, a challenge that he has previously participated in which involves eating nothing but meat. This time, however, he is making one minor adjustment.
"January is world carnivore month," he wrote in the caption. "This time I’m adding fruit to this diet. Just meat and fruit for the whole month."
The meat-only meal plan generated a lot of buzz in 2018, when Jordan Peterson revealed that he and his daughter Mikhaila live on only steak, water, and the occasional glass of bourbon, and that they have both seen positive health results as an outcome.
Writer Jack Crosbie tried the carnivore diet back in 2018 when it was blowing up as a phenomenon, and documented his experiences. He lost 5kg, but also felt so weak and nauseated during a boxing workout that he nearly threw up. "I have zero energy and it feels, literally, like I’m punching under water," he said. "Every time I get hit with a body shot, it feels like I’m going to vomit out the entire bag of cement (three days of steak) in my stomach."
While nobody is arguing that protein isn't important when it comes to building strength and muscle, eliminating vegetables from your diet as a source of nutrition is a lot harder to justify. "The removal of all vegetables is not something I would personally recommend,” said clinical dietitian Scott Hemingway. "There’s very little science if any science to support any negative effects of consuming vegetables on our overall diet... If people find things that make them feel better or that works for them, I’m all for supporting that. However, there really is no science to back these claims currently, and there’s definitely no research to determine the potential long-term effects, whether beneficial or harmful, on a fad diet like this."
Dietitian Abby Langer, R.D. agreed, telling Men's Health: "Even keto or Atkins—as limited as they are—still include vegetables, and you can still have some low-sugar fruits. But the philosophy of carnivore is that carbs, fruits, and vegetables aren’t healthy. Yes, you’ll lose a lot of weight... But that’s because you’re cutting out every other food except for protein."
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