186: Carnivore Diet, Ketosis, Macros, & Diet Variation With Dr. Anthony Gustin

186: Carnivore Diet, Ketosis, Macros, & Diet Variation With Dr. Anthony Gustin

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Ketosis, Carnivore Diet, Macros and Diet Variation with Dr. Anthony Gustin

It seems like there’s always a new diet to try… the keto diet, the carnivore diet, different types of fasting… the list goes on.

The question is, how do we know if any of them are actually good for us?

What is the Carnivore Diet?

Today’s episode should answer a lot of questions. My guest Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports physician, a functional medicine practitioner, and an overall food and fitness skeptic like I am. His focus recently has shifted from private practice to starting his own company, Perfect Keto and Equip.

Dr. Gustin’s mission is to create products that improve the accessibility of whole food nutrition and ketosis, and he’s the perfect person to explain a little bit more about the carnivore diet, how it works, and if it’s right for you.

Episode Highlights

  • why not to follow one diet for too long
  • the best way to fast for women
  • how to do the keto diet correctly
  • which diets have their place in a healthy lifestyle
  • what the carnivore diet is
  • how much protein we actually need
  • and more!

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  1. Please stop saying that we don’t have a need for carbohydrates. Yes, we do not need processed junk food, but demonizing an entire macronutrient due to a high-fat fad is both ridiculous and dangerous in the same way that demonizing fat was. Even if we don’t know a lot about the microbiome yet, we do know enough to say that diversity is key, not to mention the fact that plants offer the widest variety of health benefits of any food on the market. Limiting your diet to meat flies in the face of all knowledge, even if it does have so-called short-term health benefits. Most people in the US are already constipated. We don’t need everyone running around trying to eliminate the little fiber they are getting and making it even worse. Absolutely horrible advice for anyone who wants to be truly healthy.

    • I agree! I’m an A-Type blood and follow that. It’s obvious that their are foods I need to avoid. Carbohydrates…veggies and fruit are a big part of my diet I can’t eat red meat and pork and eat a lot of fish. I also had my raw data from 23andme and had it uploaded for my doctor as well as a website that will read it and tell me the best foods for my DNA. So I’m taking supplements that are a match to my DNA weaknesses. This makes much more sense to me than going on these ridiculous diets. The key is being healthy.. the pounds will come off naturally because your enteric system is digesting and healing.

  2. This was an interesting podcast episode.
    I just wanted to say that for anyone out there considering the Prolon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) developed by Dr. Valter Longo, I get that Dr. Gustin doesn’t like the macros of the FMD, but I think a point that was missed (maybe not emphasised enough) was that the FMD is not just an option for people who don’t have the willpower to comply with a strict 5 day water fast.
    For some people (including me) a 5 day water fast involves more stress than the body can handle. For these people, the FMD is a chance to get some of the benefits of fasting, when to do a strict water fast would only be detrimental.
    I understand that Dr. Gustin finds modified fasting with protein more effective, but, again for some people this is not possible.
    I think this serves as yet another reminder to us all, that we are all unique and so the approach that works for one person, will not work for everyone.
    Please do bear this in mind.

  3. I don’t know if you are familiar with the work of Weston A. Price or not. He was a dentist in the 30’s and people kept asking him, “What is a healthy diet?” He decided to find out. He traveled the world and found indigenous people of all types and analyzed their diets. They had NO chronic illnesses, NO mental illness and virtually no cavities or crooked teeth due to beautiful, healthy bone structure that allowed their teeth to come in straight. Their diets varied A LOT! Some were more in the direction of vegetarian (in areas where fruits and vegetables were plentiful) and others like the Inuit, had NO plant foods save for a few berries in the summer but none of these groups were vegetarian. The things that were common to all their diets were that the foods were local, unprocessed, they had some fermented foods, and they all had plenty of healthy fats. They had NO sugar or “foods of modern convenience”. He was disappointed that none of them were vegetarian. (Maybe he was a 7th Day Adventist?). He also followed what happened to the next generation of these people when their parents moved to the city. All of a sudden, they had autoimmunity, deformities, tooth decay, depression and sometimes violent dispositions… Their offspring had been introduced to white flour, sugar and processed, nutrient-depleted foods. His book, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” was a text book at Harvard Medical School until the sugar lobby donated apparently conditional funds to the school… I think it’s fair to say that our genetic heritage–including the genes in the microbiome that we inherit from our mothers, dictates to an unknown degree what kinds of foods we feel best eating. I can’t be a vegetarian. I’ve tried several times and the last time, with the expert counseling of my Seventh Day Adventist best friend. I get tired, moody, depressed, fuzzy-headed, ADD… My family is Danish. When I was in Denmark, I ate a ton of seafood. One day in particular, I stuffed myself with lobster and butter with a simple salad and some new potatoes drenched in more butter and parsley. I was in heaven! The next day, I felt an impressive sense of happiness and well being. I was eating my native food and my body responded. One thing I need to say, the ketogenic diet is far from just eating meat. If you eat too much meat, your body ends up producing glucose from it (don’t ask me how) and you are kicked out of ketosis. For a better understanding of the ketogenic diet, refer to Dr. David Perlmutter’s latest book, I think it’s called, “The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan” and/or the documentary, “The Magic Pill” which can be viewed on Netflix. There is no one size fits all diet. Look into what your ancestors ate! There’s a good chance that diet would work best for you.

  4. Oh there is a lot of bad information given here. The more protein we eat the more acidic our body becomes and sets us up for chronic illness. This is a total fad and very very dangerous. Again, bad information.

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