The Differences Between A Keto and Carnivore Diet

What is the difference between carnivore and keto carnivore?

It all comes down to one thing: FAT.

Keto is a high-fat, lowing protein diet. Carnivore, while not actually defined, is going to be more protein.

What is better for fat loss? Well I did a video on just this, which you can see HERE.

But I will revisit this and then talk about the differences of each and how you can modulate each one or somewhere in the middle based on your personal goals.

  1. Keto is usually something like 70-80% of calories coming from fat.
  2. Carnivore is going to be a mix, so this def varies, but it would be something like 30-50% of calories coming from protein.
  3. Keto includes a bit of carbs, maybe 5%, under 20g a day is commonly recommended
  4. Carnivore can include very limited carbs depending on the style of carnivore. But if doing strict carnivore, it would be a nearly zero-carb diet.

Now here’s the thing: this stuff isn’t defined, there are wide ranges if we look at hunter gatherers, and your individual body preferences are going to fluctuate as well.

Let’s start with the difference between protein and fat.

Something I’ve personally been thinking and recommended lately, before stumbling upon Dr Ted Naiman's work, is the fact that protein should be prioritized for most people for many reasons, weight loss being a primary one. (Link to vid)

Protein:

Now let’s look at fat:

This leaves us with the primary difference between a keto carnivore, MORE HIGH FAT, less protein and a true carnivore, nearly zero-carb, more protein.

A final note I want to mention is goals. If fat loss is a goal, you’ll want to do a higher protein, more typical carnivore diet.

Replacing protein has a host of benefits for fat loss, form satiety, thermogenic cost of protein, oxidative priority, etc.

I have a video about this where I go more into depth with a carnivore diet and a weight loss plateau here.

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