Can eating like a lion trigger easy weight loss and roaring good health? Devotees of the carnivore diet say it can — and they’ve got so many people curious, the meat-centric approach has gone viral on TikTok. So far, #carnivorediet boasts more than a billion views and interest in the diet on social media has risen significantly since the start of the year. And it’s helping women over 50 lose big when other diets fall. Keep reading to learn more about science behind the trend, then get ready to be inspired by carnivore diet before and after photos of women who found amazing success.
How the carnivore diet works
The carnivore diet is an offshoot of the carb-cutting keto diet, but it’s a good deal simpler: The key is to eliminate all plant foods and eat only animal foods. So you’ll enjoy options like eggs, butter, bacon, cheese, fish, poultry, pork and beef until you’re comfortably full. And since carnivore staples are naturally zero-carb or quite low in carbs, you don’t have to measure, count or track anything.
In many ways, carnivore works exactly like keto. By replacing most of the carbs you eat with protein and fat, your body no longer makes enough blood sugar to fuel itself. “This triggers your body to naturally begin turning excess fat into an alternate fuel called ketones,” explains Tennessee-based keto expert Ken Berry, MD, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me. The result? Your body can burn a lot more fat.
Why carnivore may work better than keto
“A basic keto diet is great for many people. But if it’s not working for you or you want those next-level results, that’s when you try carnivore,” Dr. Berry says. That’s because the fewer carbs you eat, the more ketones you make. And studies show boosting ketone production speeds weight loss by up to 1,150%. On top of that, carnivore guarantees carb intake stays very low, “which leads to remarkable hunger control,” the doc says. “Some people only eat one or two meals a day because it’s all they want.” (Click through for more on how the carnivore diet for weight loss may be more effective than keto.)
Another potential carnivore advantage: “You’re eliminating a lot of foods that may be inflammatory specifically for your body,” notes Dr. Berry. That might be anything from artificial sweeteners or soy to spinach or zucchini. “When inflammation comes down, you lose retained fluid, burn more fat and see health turn around.” (Click through to read more about the link between inflammation and weight gain and find out how the carnivore diet even helped one woman cure chronic sinus infections.)
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Is carnivore safe?
“When I first tried carnivore myself, my metabolic health improved so much that I did research to see if was safe to skip veggies long-term,” Dr. Berry shares. “I learned that, for millennia, cultures have thrived eating carnivore-style.” He’s been mostly carnivore for years.
Maintaining a 65-pound weight loss, Dr. Berry adds that carnivore can jumpstart wellness as well as weight loss. “You dramatically improve diabetes, joint pain, mood and so much more in a few days or weeks.” No matter your starting point, it’s not too late. “We see people in 50s, 60s, even their late 70s use carnivore to look and feel decades younger.”
Carnivore diet: Before and after success stories
Women who’ve transformed their bodies and health using the carnivore diet are quick to back up the docs. And the following transformations are sure inspire you. Want to try it yourself? Click through to learn more specifics about the carnivore diet and get some fun recipe ideas to get you started.
Connie lost 122 lbs — and got off 28 pills
Though retired and living in Hawaii, Connie Joy was miserable. “I was over 300 pounds, taking 28 pills a day. I knew if I didn’t get weight off, I’d die,” she recalls. But after years of low-calorie diets, her metabolism was shot. Internet research led her to Dr. Berry’s keto and carnivore guidelines. She was already losing at a steady rate when Dr. Berry ran a BBBE challenge. BBBE is an ultra-simplified version of carnivore during which folks eat only beef, butter, bacon and eggs. He finds that temporarily avoiding chicken can actually help some carnivore dieters amp up their results.
“Steak and eggs became my favorite meal,” says Connie, 65, who shed as much as 21 pounds in two weeks as her constant urges to eat disappeared. In six months, she lost 80 pounds. “Even after losing 110 pounds, I did a 30-day BBBE challenge and lost 10 inches!” Down 122 pounds in all, “I’m off all my prescriptions. No more diabetes, high blood pressure, GERD, heart arrhythmia. I feel like I’m 30 again,” she says. “This way of eating makes your life so much better!”
Ruth lost 105 lbs — and eased menopause symptoms
At 265 pounds, “I had a slow thyroid and was exhausted. My rheumatoid arthritis and gout caused a lot of pain. And my hot flashes and insomnia were miserable,” recalls Montreal mom Ruth Hovsepian, 55. She tried keto but didn’t feel much better. She heard about carnivore on a podcast from nutrition expert Vivica Menegaz. “Vivica said it helps with thyroid and menopause. It seemed like she was talking right to me,” recalls Ruth, who switched to mix-and-match meals made with ingredients like eggs, sausage, salmon and steak.
“It was instantly clear veggies and fruit had been triggers for a lot my problems.” Her hunger, cravings, fatigue, hot flashes and pain disappeared; she began shedding up to five pounds a week. “The healing is amazing, and the weight loss is immediate!” Down 105 pounds, Ruth has traded her size 22s for 6s.
Joann lost 89 lbs — and reversed diabetes
Not long ago, Joann Tarkington’s health seemed to get worse by the day. “I had trouble with my pancreas, my liver, blood pressure, thyroid and heart, type-2 diabetes, digestive issues, a genetic condition that affects my skin and joints,” recalls the Texas travel agent, 59. “And seizures on top of it all. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.” With doctors doing little to make her feel better, she did research and came across Dr. Berry’s videos. “It seemed like his approach might help me, so I tried it.”
Joann leans toward carnivore eating most of the time, but does add small amounts of veggies and nuts. Her typical meals include bacon and eggs and steaks or fish cooked in butter. She’ll also snack on bacon and cheese sticks. “It was easy to get start, and I was losing about a pound a day.”
Her health turned around. “My diabetes reversed, my pain went away, my thyroid began improving and my seizures stopped.” She also has a condition called gastroparesis that was so severe, she was at the point of needing surgery to implant a pacemaker-like device to get her stomach working properly. “As long as I stick to a mostly carnivore diet, I have no symptoms at all. This way of eating really cured me!” Today, Joann is 89 pounds lighter and feels fantastic.
Rebecca lost 82 lbs — and healed her IBS
For decades, “I tried every diet out there, but I never had enough success to continue,” shares Tennessee retiree Rebecca Davis, 63. While battling health setbacks — prediabetes, severe knee pain, pancreatitis — she finally tried keto and had luck. She then switched to a carnivore diet because she read it might help her IBS. When she realized the plan calls for only animal products, “I thought I’d try it for 30 days.”
As she filled up on eggs, ribs, cheese, homemade yogurt, the difference was stunning. Her constant hunger disappeared, she went long stretches between meals without trying. “My knee pain was gone in three days. The scale kept going down. My prediabetes reversed.” All told, she’s shrunk from a size 24 to an 8. “I feel strong again, like I can conquer the world!” Learn more in the Facebook group ‘Keto and Carnivore for Women Over 60 and Beyond.’
Anita went carnivore to get off a plateau — and lost 131 lbs
Anita Breeze first tried keto while caring for her late mother. “As bad as my mom’s health got, the hardest part was watching her struggle to do everyday things because of her weight,” recalls the British Columbia bookkeeper, 64. “I didn’t want that to be my future.” So she went low carb and eventually started a blog to share her experiences.
“Plateaus are common when you have a lot to lose like I did. So I experimented to try get things going again.” Stints of carnivore eating have been one of her greatest successes. “When you have fewer choices, it’s just easier. Plus it’s inexpensive and really kills your appetite,” says Anita.
Keto cloud bread had already been one of the most popular recipes on her site, so she created a carnivore version. “It’s nice to be able to eat a sandwich and still see the scale moving!” All told, Anita is down over 131 pounds and is off the cholesterol meds she took for 15 years. “I highly recommend carnivore whether you’re new to keto or just need a boost. It does amazing things!” Click through to read more about a carnivore-based kickstart egg fast Anita loves.
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Cases of COVID variant BA.2.86 have tripled in 2 weeks, says CDC report
Cases of the COVID-19 variant Omicron BA.2.86, also known as Pirola, have tripled in two weeks, comprising between 5% and 15% of all infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The COVID-19 variant Omicron BA.2.86 — as well as its offshoots, including JN.1 — has been reclassified as a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Despite its prevalence, BA.2.86 “does not appear to be driving increases in infections or hospitalizations in the United States,” the CDC stated in its report.
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Both the CDC and WHO agree that “the public health risk posed by this variant is low compared with other circulating variants.”
The updated COVID-19 vaccines that were approved by the FDA in September are believed to “increase protection against BA.2.86, as they do for other variants,” the CDC noted.
“To date, existing vaccines have been very effective in protecting people, particularly those who have been boosted multiple times through a vaccine or natural infection, not only from symptomatic infection, but importantly from severe disease, hospitalization and death,” said Richard Reithinger, PhD, a distinguished research fellow in the Global Health Division at International Development Group in Washington, D.C., in a statement to Fox News Digital.
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The CDC said it is not clear whether BA.2.86 causes different symptoms — but noted that most variants produce similar effects.
“The types of symptoms and how severe they are usually depend more on a person’s immunity than which variant causes the infection,” the statement said.
The variant is also expected to respond to the current tests and treatments.
Reithinger noted that while the pandemic is officially over, COVID-19 is not a thing of the past.
“A concern of the new BA.2.86 variant was that because it has 35 mutations in the spike protein, it would be able to evade the immune response more readily than other variants that emerged in the last couple of months,” he told Fox News Digital.
“Early clinical data does not seem to indicate this being the case.”
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The increase in BA.2.86 cases is due to the U.S. entering the “COVID-19 season” and also a sufficient number of people having developed non-BA.2.86 immunity, according to the doctor.
Outside of vaccines, Reithinger recommends that high-risk groups adopt risk-mitigating behaviors, including wearing masks, frequently washing hands and avoiding crowded environments.
“People — particularly those with greater risk of infection and severe disease — should continue to be sensitized and vigilant about COVID-19 and the disease it may cause,” he told Fox News Digital.
“People who are at greater risk of infection and severe disease should consult with their physicians about whether they should be administered one of the currently available boosters,” he added.
Those at highest risk include people older than 60 years, the immunocompromised, those with comorbidities such as asthma and diabetes, and people working in high-risk-of-exposure employment, such as the service industry, Reithinger noted.
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Friends run for a cure for lupus, completing NYC Marathon in honor of longtime pal and lupus sufferer
All marathoners have their own particular motivations for running a 26.2-mile race — and for Molly Anderson, Sarah Edwards and Laura Haley, it was to honor Rosie De Queljoe Herzog, their longtime friend who is living with lupus.
As a 30th birthday surprise, the three runners flew De Queljoe Herzog from her home in Los Angeles to the Big Apple, where she was able to cheer them on as they ran the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5.
Anderson, Edwards and Haley were part of Team Life Without Lupus, the official competitive team of the Lupus Research Alliance, the largest private funder of lupus research in the world.
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The four friends shared with Fox News Digital what the experience meant to them — and how its impact is lasting well beyond that one day.
It was in 2021 when De Queljoe Herzog, a public relations professional, first started noticing symptoms, including rapid hair loss, joint pain, fatigue, swelling of her face and hands — and a malar rash (butterfly rash) on her face.
“In the early days, I attributed the hair loss to a stressful 2020 and stressful work schedule, but it turned out to be something larger,” she told Fox News Digital.
In early 2022, De Queljoe Herzog was officially diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, an inflammatory disease that occurs when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
She was hospitalized due to a lupus flare-up shortly after that.
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“I was put on a number of drugs to help quell the flare,” she said.
“I’ve been able to taper off some of the drugs since then, but am still on a few to help keep future flares at bay. I am no longer in a flare and am back to feeling healthy and ‘normal.’”
Over a decade of friendship
The four friends, all 30 years old, attended college together at the University of Arizona, where they competed on the triathlon team and developed an “inseparable bond,” said De Queljoe Herzog.
Their friendships continued to thrive after graduation. They were in each other’s weddings and took trips together.
“We’re all so uniquely different, but have such an incredible time when we’re all together,” De Queljoe Herzog told Fox News Digital.
She was “floored” when her friends said they would be running the NYC Marathon on her behalf to support the Lupus Research Alliance.
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“It was such a selfless act of friendship and love,” she told Fox News Digital. “They know how much lupus has impacted my overall health, and to see them rally around me and around lupus research was astonishing.”
De Queljoe Herzog and her husband traveled to New York City to watch the race.
“It was such a fun weekend and race day — we were able to catch them at three different points during the race to cheer them on,” she said. “It was an emotional day that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
“They know how much lupus has impacted my overall health, and to see them rally around me and around lupus research was astonishing.”
For those who are just starting their lupus journeys, De Queljoe Herzog stressed the importance of finding a support system to lean on.
“It can be a lonely road, but friends and family make it so much more manageable — especially friends who provide an endless supply of belly laughs.”
A race to remember
For the three runners, the race represented a way to support their friend while also marking a significant accomplishment.
“As much as I would do anything to take Rosie’s symptoms and flares away, I can’t,” said Anderson, who lives in Spain and works as a sports psychologist.
“It’s difficult living so far away, but after her diagnosis, I began to brainstorm ways to support her in my own way,” she went on. “That was when I had the idea to fund-raise for lupus research and encourage her to come to support the race.”
The other two runners, Edwards and Haley, were on board right away.
“We have always been motivated by physical and athletic challenges, so this seemed like the perfect combination of a challenge for us and raising money for an amazing cause,” said Edwards, who lives in Bend, Oregon, and works as an outreach coordinator for environmental organizations.
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“I’ve always dreamed of experiencing the magic of New York City and the energy I had always heard about in the marathon setting,” she went on.
Race day exceeded the team’s expectations, the women agreed.
“Being able to run with two of my best friends for such a great purpose was incredibly gratifying and emotional,” said Anderson.
Edwards described the race as “pure magic from start to finish.”
“It was like running on cloud nine — it felt like a dream,” she said. “The energy and spectators, especially all our friends and family who came out to watch, were absolutely electric.”
She added, “My most sore muscles after the race were my cheeks from smiling the whole time.”
“Seeing Rosie at mile 18 made me remember why I was doing this, made me cry and helped me get to the finish line.”
Haley, who lives in Tucson, Arizona, and works as a physical therapist, said the best part of the race was taking the ferry to Staten Island and watching the sunrise over Manhattan with her best friends, as well as running through Brooklyn and the Bronx.
“The people were so fun and full of life, energy and support,” she said.
Haley said she struggled at around mile 16, and found herself wishing she had trained more.
“Oftentimes, while training or running the marathon, I would want to stop or ask myself, ‘Why am I doing this? This is miserable,’” she recalled.
“And those moments are when I would remember Rosie’s challenges. It would make me grateful for my healthy body and carry me through those rough times.”
Haley added, “Seeing Rosie at mile 18 made me remember why I was doing this, made me cry and helped me get to the finish line.”
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Running the marathon was “a huge joy” for all of them, said Edwards.
“And what has been even better is raising so much awareness among our family and friends through the fundraising process,” she said. “The more people know about lupus, the more support we can raise to find a cure one day.”
“Every time I got tired or frustrated during training for this race, I would think of how much frustration Rosie has been through with lupus.”
While De Queljoe Herzog is grateful for her friends’ support, they all agree that she is a huge source of motivation for them.
“Before her diagnosis, Rosie was always the most positive person I knew,” said Anderson. “She is an incredible listener and has an incredible ability to process information in a way that is productive. After her diagnosis, she was able to channel these parts of herself to listen to her body and manage her symptoms.”
Edwards said thoughts of her friend’s challenges helped get her through the race preparations.
“Every time I got tired or frustrated during training for this race, I would think of how much frustration Rosie has been through with lupus,” she told Fox News Digital.
“She is incredibly thoughtful and the kindest person I know. She motivates me to be a better person every day.”
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Albert Roy, president and CEO of Lupus Research Alliance, noted the significant impact that all of the teams make toward advancing research.
“We so appreciate how these young women and all the members of our Team Life Without Lupus ran the world’s largest marathon to raise both awareness and funds for lupus research,” he commented to Fox News Digital.
Women make up about 9 out of 10 adults with the disease.
“By pushing themselves to reach the finish line, they challenge us to keep striving to reach our goal — more treatments and ultimately a cure.”
Lupus is one of the most complex autoimmune diseases an individual can have, the organization notes. “It affects each person differently, with symptoms that are sometimes hard to detect and differ from patient to patient,” the group says on its website (lupusresearch.org).
While anyone can get lupus, the disease most often affects women, who make up about 9 out of 10 adults with the disease, the group also notes.
The chronic autoimmune disease affects millions of people worldwide. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes lupus, but they believe that something, or a combination of things, triggers the immune system to attack the body, WebMD indicates.
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Could flu vaccination reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular deaths?
People who get the flu vaccine may have improved heart health, according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports.
Researchers from the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, concluded that patients who received flu vaccinations had a 26% reduced risk of having a heart attack and were 33% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
This finding is based on a review of five randomized controlled trials that focused on myocardial disease and influenza vaccines.
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The patients who participated in the studies had all been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease previously and were 61 years old, on average.
Out of the total of 9,059 patients, 4,529 of them received the flu vaccine, while 4,530 received a placebo shot.
After a nine-month period, 621 of the people who received the placebo shot experienced “major cardiovascular events,” compared to 517 of the patients who received the flu vaccine.
Those outcomes included myocardial infarction, cardiovascular death and stroke.
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“Revealing a compelling insight into the potential benefits of influenza vaccination, our comprehensive meta-analysis, based on the latest randomized controlled trial data, demonstrates a significant interaction between influenza vaccination and the reduction of major cardiovascular events,” wrote the researchers of the study.
“Notably, patients who received the influenza vaccine experienced a remarkable risk reduction of over 20% in cardiovascular death.”
As for why influenza vaccines seem to reduce the risk, the researchers noted that the shot could prevent inflammation and secondary infections, while also stabilizing plaque amounts in the heart.
The vaccine could also help stimulate the immune system, which the study authors noted is essential for cardiovascular health.
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Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, called the study “important” and said it “builds on what we already knew.”
He was not involved in the research.
“It is not surprising that flu shots would decrease the risk of heart attacks,” Siegel told Fox News Digital.
“The flu is one of the great enablers,” he went on. “It adds stress and inflammation to the body and decreases the overall immune response, all of which can lead to acute cardiac events.”
The flu “adds stress and inflammation to the body and decreases the overall immune response.”
The researchers called for further research to “elucidate the precise mechanisms driving this association and to explore the long-term impact of influenza vaccination on cardiovascular outcomes.”
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In the meantime, they recommended that “health care providers and policymakers should take heed of these findings and consider prioritizing influenza vaccination for patients with recent cardiovascular disease as a feasible and potentially life-saving preventive measure.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the study authors for additional comment.
Heart disease is the primary cause of death among U.S. adults, killing one person every 33 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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