The carnivore diet and the keto diet are two popular diets that have been gaining traction in recent years.
Both diets focus on reducing carbohydrates and increasing fat intake, but there are some key differences between the two.
In this article, we’ll compare the carnivore diet vs keto to help you decide which one is right for you.
The Keto Diet
The keto diet focuses on reducing carbohydrates- most people restrict their intake to 20-30 grams of carbs per day, but some can also stay in ketosis with up to 50 grams of carbs per day.
15-30% of calories come from protein, and 70-80% come from fat. This diet is based on the idea of reaching ketosis, a metabolic state in which the body uses fat for energy instead of glucose.
The Carnivore Diet
The carnivore diet on the other hand- focuses on eating only animal products.
Most people following this way of eating consume close to zero carbohydrates and get their energy from animal proteins and fats such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy.
People on the carnivore diet can and do reach ketosis, but it’s not the main goal- rather, the main goal is to consume only animal products.
Keto vs Carnivore- What Are The Differences?
So, as you can see- both diets share similar principles. But, there are some key differences that you should be aware of.
These differences will have an impact on the success you experience with each diet. Here are the main ones:
There are SO MANY keto recipes online. On KetoAndEat you can find hundreds of keto recipes – starting from breakfast to dinner, snacks, and desserts.
On the other hand, the carnivore diet is much more limited. You can find great carnivore recipes on my website, but compared to keto recipes- there are much fewer options.
And it’s not surprising- on the keto diet, you can eat so much more things compared to the carnivore diet.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you don’t like spending hours in the kitchen preparing meals, the carnivore diet might be a great option for you.
You can make amazing carnivore dishes in no time. And you don’t have to spend your time wondering if the ingredients you want to use are keto-friendly or not.
Some find the keto diet easier to follow, while others find the carnivore more straightforward.
Those who are really addicted to carbs (carb addiction is a real thing and it’s VERY powerful and hard to overcome)- in most cases, will have betters results on the carnivore diet.
By eliminating carbs altogether, most people can overcome their carb addiction easier and faster.
It’s not an easy process (keto or carnivore flu are not fun, but they are temporary), but it can be done.
If you are someone who likes spending hours in the kitchen making interesting recipes, you may find the keto diet easier to stick to.
There are so many delicious recipes out there that you can make with keto-friendly ingredients.
Carnivore recipes, on the other hand, are a bit more limited. Again, depending on how you look at it, this can be a pro or a con.
Both the keto and carnivore diets are great for weight loss. But, many people who stall on the keto diet find success with the carnivore diet.
By eliminating all other foods besides animal products- you allow your body to heal and reach its natural weight set point.
I’m not claiming one must follow a carnivore diet to be healthy weight-wise, but for many- it works so well that it’s worth a try.
Without any doubt, the carnivore diet is a very strict diet compared to the keto diet.
The carnivore diet only allows foods that come from animals such as beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products (which actually some avoid them).
On the other hand, the keto diet allows for a variety of foods, including vegetables and nuts.
A strict diet is not a “bad” thing, but it is important to understand the difference between these diets.
Some people will benefit from starting with keto, and only then going to a more strict carnivore diet.
When you go out with your friends, or with your family, the social aspect of being on a carnivore vs keto diet can be very different.
No one wants to be the one at the restaurant with all the “weird” restrictions. Obviously, if you go to a restaurant that serves steaks- it’s not a problem.
But restaurants offer many other dishes as well. Someone on a keto diet, can “afford” to try more dishes, as long as his carb intake is within the limits.
On the other hand, someone on a carnivore diet will be limited to meat-based dishes. Sure, your health is the top priority, but it’s nice to have some flexibility when it comes to socializing.
Muscle Mass & Bodybuilding
There are many bodybuilders who follow a carnivore or keto diet. You can build muscle mass on both diets- with ease.
Meat contains all the essential amino acids, which are necessary for muscle growth and repair. Check my article for tips on how to build muscle on a carnivore diet.
Most people who follow a carnivore or keto diet will once, twice- or maximum of three times a day.
Some find it’s easier to “naturally fast” on a carnivore diet, while others may find fasting on a keto diet easier.
By fasting I mean your body being efficient- and not having to digest food all the time. You shouldn’t fast intentionally. When you follow a proper carnivore or keto diet, you are just not hungry as often.
To conclude, both the carnivore and keto diets can be effective for weight loss, but they have different approaches.
Carnivore focuses on eating only animal products and eliminating all other food groups, while the keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet that allows for some plant-based foods.
Each way of eating has its own pros and cons, and it’s up to the individual to decide which one is best for them.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to find a way of eating that works for you and that you can stick to long-term.