Is The Carnivore Diet Different for Women vs. Men?
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Both men and women have seen phenomenal results of going on a carnivore diet and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence showing weight loss, improved autoimmune disease symptoms, increased energy and overall performance.
Men and women have plenty of differences but when it comes to a carnivore diet it seems we are both able to eat with a very similar dietary guideline and have similar results.
What dietary guidelines? Very generally and simplistically speaking eat some salted meat and drink water when thirsty. Easy peasy.
But let’s dive a little deeper and see what some of the top carnivore diet doctors and proponents are saying when it comes to the differences between men and women and the carnivore diet.
If you haven’t already you should probably buy these two books from two carnivore diet doctors. I highly recommend them.
One of the main differences between males and females is hormones. Each sex has different amounts. Probably the most popular discrepancy between hormones when regarding men and women is estrogen, androgen, and testosterone.
But do these differences in hormone levels mean we should eat different quantities and/or different cuts of meat?
While reading Dr. Paul Saladino’s book, “The Carnivore Code”, he mentions that from a historical perspective going all the way back to ancestral humans both the men and women had eaten a relatively same diet.
Just amounts would have naturally been different as men obviously ate more due to body size. None the less they would have both most likely enjoyed the meat from a recent kill equally.
The carnivore diet doctors and experts say when it comes to the carnivore diet both sexes can approach it the same, eat when hungry.
Dr. Saladino says, “Men and women can approach the diet similarly. They should both think about how much protein they will need to support lean body mass and obtain the rest of their calories from fat while including as many organ meats as possible.”
What About Women Only Studies?
We all want to see studies when it comes to diet and nutrition but when it comes to the carnivore diet there simply aren’t any with respect to the differences between men and women.
However there are studies that have been done with regards to the ketogenic diet and weight loss which may be useful when studying the carnivore diet.
When on a carnivore diet we are eating almost no carbs and the possibility of reaching a state of ketosis is possible. That’s why a lot of carnivore diet proponents resort to some of theses test and trials of the keto diet.
When it comes to women only tests Dr. Saladino points to these:
- Randomized Trial Comparing a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet and a Calorie-Restricted Low Fat Diet on Body Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy Women
According to the researchers, “the subjects on the very low carbohydrate diet experienced significantly more weight loss than the low-fat group and maintained comparable levels of plasma lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors while consuming more than 50% of their calories as fat and 20% as saturated fat.”
- Resistance Training in Overweight Women on a Ketogenic Diet Conserved Lean Body Mass While Reducing Body Fat
These researchers concluded by saying, “Resistance exercise in combination with a ketogenic diet may reduce body fat without significantly changing LBM (lean body mass), while resistance exercise on a regular diet may increase LBM in without significantly affecting fat mass. Fasting blood lipids do not seem to be negatively influenced by the combination of resistance exercise and a low carbohydrate diet.”
And one other study shows the benefit of a ketogenic diet and the potential of helping obese, insulin-sensitive women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
PCOS is an ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age.
This study took obese women and put them on a ketogenic diet of fewer than 20 carbohydrates per day for 24 weeks.
The conclusion stated, “In this pilot study, a low carb diet led to significant improvement in weight, percent free testosterone, LH/FSH ratio, and fasting insulin in women with obesity and PCOS over a 24 week period. “
…and two women that had trouble getting pregnant prior to the low carb diet were able to get pregnant!
Which brings up the question. Would a low carb carnivore diet improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant?
You may also ask if a carnivore diet is okay for women that are pregnant. We tackle the issue in this article.
Dr. Saladino believes it may be ok and says, “getting enough calories to meet the increased requirements of pregnancy and lactation will be key if we choose to eat a carnivore diet during these periods.”
Disclaimer: Obviously when it comes to diet and pregnancy you should talk with your physician and not this blog post. I’m not a doctor and this blog post is for entertainment purposes only!
Men & Women & Keto Diets for Weight Loss
Like we were saying at the start of this article we can use the ketogenic diet studies as a kind supplemental way of understanding the carnivore diet.
Basically we are taking their diet studies for now until the world starts doing carnivore diet studies…not super scientific but it’s all we got for now.
Which brings us to these ketogenic studies showing the effects of a low carb diet on weight loss.
- A Randomized Trial of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Obesity
- This study took 63 obese adults and split them between a low carb diet and a low fat diet. After 6 weeks the low carb group lost 7% body fat whereas the low fat only lost 3%
- A Low-Carbohydrate as Compared with a Low-Fat Diet in Severe Obesity
- Working with severly obese subjects (132) the researchers divided this group in half. One group was put on a low fat calorie restricted diet and the other group a low carb diet.
- Over 6 months the low carb group lost on average 12.8 pounds and the low calorie low fat group lost 4.2 pounds.
- A low-carbohydrate diet is more effective in reducing body weight than healthy eating in both diabetic and non-diabetic subjects
- This study took 23 people, half with diabetes and the other without.
- Half of the randomized groupings with given a low carb diet and the other a “healthy eating” diet.
- After 3 months the low carb group lost on average 15.2 pounds. e other “healthy eating” group only lost 4.6 pounds on average.
Carnivore Diet Problems for Women
One of the potential challenges for women on a low carb or carnivore diet is the maintaining of enough calories. Reading forums as well as books it seems getting enough calories can be a challenge.
Obviously if weight loss is the goal then of course less calories would help in that department. Yet there are women and men that have a problem of not eating enough calories due to the nature of eating a high fat all meat diet.
A lot of the times women become satiated rather quickly and not filling up with enough calories is a realistic possibility. Especially when eating fatty portions of meat.
This can be a problem for women trying to maintain a certain weight or even gain muscle mass.
What’s the solution? If new to the carnivore diet it may be helpful to count calories and make sure you are getting enough specific to your body and goals.
Keto or Carnivore?
We basically took a lot of studies from the keto diet and tried to apply it to the carnivore diet which begs the question which is better?
That’s a question you will have to answer for yourself. There are pros and cons to each one.
Me personally I prefer the carnivore diet due to the elimination factor or taking out harmful and toxic plant foods. Also I like the simplicity of the carnivore diet. You don’t have to worry about counting carbs or checking to see if you are in ketosis. It’s a time and mental energy saver.
It you want to get into the details check out this post.
When it comes to the sexes it appears there are only minimal differences between a carnivore diet for men and women. The hormone factor seems to be the main difference.
Whether man or woman it appears the carnivore diet is good at regulating the hormones especially when based on testimonials from people that have had issues with them.
Check out MeatRX and see what I’m talking about. There you will find plenty of men and women talking about the positive results of going carnivore and improvement in hormone levels.
If you are interested in going carnivore we have a few resources that may help you with both time and money. Check out!
- 7 Best Carnivore Diet Supplements | Reviewed and Tested
- What Can You Drink On a Carnivore Diet?
- 21 Essential Carnivore Diet Products You Need On Your Shopping List
If you are new to the carnivore diet and need a little community for motivation and communication then I suggest the World Carnivore Tribe on Facebook. Here you will find like-minded individuals discussing all things carnivore from health to recipes.
Thanks for reading and I wish you nothing but good health and success in whichever endeavor you decide to pursue!
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. Consult with and ask your doctor about any diet or medical-related questions. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.