Le régime carnivore est tendance sur TikTok, mais ne vous laissez pas avoir : c’est extrêmement dangereux

Le régime carnivore est tendance sur TikTok, mais ne vous laissez pas avoir : c'est extrêmement dangereux

The carnivore diet is trending on TikTok, but don’t be fooled: it’s extremely dangerous

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From the age of pro-ana (pro-anorexia) sites to the excesses of social media, the internet has always been a haven for bad ideas when it comes to finding weight loss inspiration. Today, it is on TikTok that dangerous trends are born. And among the most sadly popular of the moment, we find the “Animal Based” movement, or carnivorous diet. Or the art of eating exclusively animal products.

Vegetarians regularly receive waves of criticism, vegans even more so. All over the world, and particularly in France, country of beef bourguignon and blanquette, many people find it difficult to imagine a meal without meat. But there are also people who only eat meat, eggs, dairy products. Neither fruits nor vegetables, nor cereals… It may seem strange, and yet this carnivorous diet, or “Animal Based” in English, is promoted by accounts that have thousands of visits on TikTok, despite the dangers that this form of diet represents. feeding. .

Video. “They are considered the enemies of weight loss but they are essential”

Carnivore diet: meat, meat and more meat

There are many accounts on TikTok that promote the carnivore diet, but we won’t mention them here so as not to promote them. There are recipes of all kinds, including a “carnivorous soup” recipe made with ground beef, cream cheese, and milk. Men and women repeat that “vegetables are a scam”, that “fiber is useless”, and explain that they eat “between 800 grams and 1.5 kilos of meat a day”. Some fruit from time to time, not the slightest vegetable on the horizon. Something that makes every nutritionist on the planet shudder. And yet this diet was promoted by a famous American doctor, Dr. Paul Saladino… Also known for having developed a range of food supplements to accompany his program. On his shirtless Instagram account, he doesn’t hesitate to proclaim that vegans are liars, that the agriculture required for a vegetarian diet is more polluting than that required for a carnivorous diet, and that plants don’t contain antioxidants. So many claims that have been refuted by many specialists.

Especially since it is based on a false preconception: that the carnivorous diet would be that of our prehistoric ancestors. Plants are often described there as toxic foods, and supporters of this movement say so: prehistoric men only ate meat and they did very well. This statement in itself is widely disputed by both scientists and historians, who claim that finding meat in prehistory was not so easy, and that the latter also ate, if not essentially, plants: fruits, vegetables and other roots, much more. accessible on daily.

Hazardous food for health

But beyond food, it is serious misinformation related to “carnivorous food” that worries health specialists. Les adeptes du régime carnivore affirment en effet que c’est la meilleure solution pour perdre du poids, prendre du muscle, améliorer l’aspect de leur peau, leur transit… Ce qui peut être vrai sur le court terme, mais pas nécessairement long-term. Numerous studies have shown that the vitamins and fibers that fruits, vegetables and starchy foods provide are essential for good digestion, good protein assimilation and good health, under penalty of developing a certain number of deficiencies. . On the contrary, the consumption of meat (and more specifically red meat) in large quantities has been implicated and could be responsible for cardiovascular problems, accelerate the aging of the body and could even create a breeding ground for the development of cancers.

In addition to its highly restrictive side, which could be compared to a mono-diet, the carnivorous diet can cause problems at different levels, starting with transit. But against constipation, the followers of this diet have the solution: they use (and abuse) laxatives, often used in the context of dangerous diets. On the Cleveland Clinic website, physician and dietitian Kate Patton goes further by strongly advising against this diet “especially if you have chronic problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, passive heart attack, heart problem or stroke, or if you have digestive problems .”

The specialist affirms: the carnivorous diet is rich in saturated fats and increases the level of bad cholesterol, but it can also cause kidney problems due to its high sodium content. If he claims that this type of diet leads to weight loss, since the body will have no choice but to tap into its fat stores for energy, he says, “It’s not a recommended program for me.”

An opinion shared by Anne-Laure Laratte, dietician-nutritionist, who states: “The brain and the muscles are glycodependent, they need carbohydrates. Aside from meats and dairy, they don’t add much, if anything, to meat. It is difficult to be healthy in these conditions.” The French specialist also mentions several health problems that can develop: “Scurvy is an example. Kidney problems, in case of excess protein too. Normally, 0.8 to 1 g of protein per kg of body is needed. Above 1.5 g/kg of body, kidney problems may appear. Kidney failure, particularly as proteins are large molecules that need to be filtered. Not to mention digestive cancers in case of excess red meat…”

Video. “You will lose kilos very fast but it will be terrible for your digestive system”

“I thought I had found the miracle diet, I started losing my teeth”

Amanda (first name changed for reasons of anonymity) is a 28-year-old American who has fallen into the trap of a carnivorous diet. “I came across the first videos almost a year ago. The promise was even more enticing than all the crash diets I’ve been able to do in the past. By eating only animal products, followers reported that they had lost several dozen” . kilos in the space of a few months.

The young woman was not suspicious, because the benefits of protein have always been promoted in the context of weight loss. “Whether it’s the Dukan diet or the high-protein diet, there are many diets in which animal protein is presented as the ideal food to achieve satiety quickly, without overloading calories. So I said to myself: why not! by the end of the first week, my weight loss was already well underway with 3 kilos less on the scale”. However, any doctor will tell you: 3 kilos in a week is too much. Healthy and lasting weight loss means losing about a kilo a week, often less, but certainly not more, or risk putting your health at risk.

Amanda’s goal, to lose 15 kilos, was achieved in six weeks and the young woman was delighted. “I didn’t feel in great shape, I was tired all the time, like in slow motion. I wasn’t hungry, but I had no energy.” She is normal: without sugar or vitamins, her body did not receive the necessary nutrients to function properly, and the effects were quickly noticeable. “After two months, my gums started to hurt. One day, one of my teeth came loose. I was in a panic. My dentist didn’t understand what was going on until we talked about my diet.” Severely deficient in ascorbic acid, Amanda had contracted scurvy, a disease that has become extremely rare and whose consequences can be dire.

Today he is back on a normal diet, and as expected: “I have gained weight, but without the slightest regret. My blood tests show that I am in better health than when I did not just eat meat and I have regained my energy.” I think I might have lost my health if I hadn’t received this alert from my dentist.” Proof that you should always listen to your body instead of marketing pitches.

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