A new health trend is taking off on TikTok called “The Lion Diet,” but experts are warning against the “extreme” plan.
The Lion Diet is billed as “a curative elimination diet” and consists of eating only meat, salt and water for 30 days.
While people have raved about its “benefits” online, claiming it helps with allergies, headaches, bad skin and balanced moods, experts have urged caution saying there is no “evidence science” behind claims that a meat-only diet is healthy.
The Australian Heart Foundation advises Australians to limit red meat consumption to 350 grams of unprocessed beef, pork, lamb or veal each week, totaling one to three meals.
It also says it should be eaten along with vegetables and whole grains.
More specific advice on “The Lion Diet” has recently emerged overseas, with experts calling it “unsustainable, unhealthy, ineffective, overly restrictive and extreme”. New York Post reports
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“The lion’s diet eliminates all foods except salt, water and ruminant meat,” the researchers told Healthline.
“In addition to being high in saturated fat, it is unsustainable and likely leads to nutritional deficiencies.”
He added that in addition to being “potentially very unhealthy, the lion’s diet is difficult to follow and unsustainable in the long term.”
But the warnings haven’t stopped Australians from giving the controversial diet a go, including Brisbane man Rory, who has been documenting his experience trying the questionable diet to see if it helped with his long list of al allergies
The social media user, who goes by @roryskitchen, said she was trying the diet for 30 days to find out three things: if it can cure her health problems; what would happen to his body; and what his poop would look like.
Rory, who has 220,900 TikTok followers and 2.8 million likes, is currently on day 23 of the strict meal plan which involves eating chopped grass cooked in broth seasoned with just salt every day.
When she started the carnivore diet, she claimed to have had the “best night’s sleep” but started feeling sick soon after.
As the diet progressed, she said her skin began to look better, her sinuses began to clear up, and she had more “regular” bowel movements.
She decided to take on the challenge after seeing other TikTok users claim that “The Lion Diet” – which podcaster Mikhaila Peterson boasts of having created – had helped them in various ways.
Peterson describes it as a “cure-all” after saying the switch to the “ultimate elimination diet” helped him overcome a number of health problems he’d had since childhood.
The diet is very similar to the carnivore diet, which allows you to consume only animal products such as meat, fish and poultry.
However, the lion’s diet is “even more restrictive, allowing only certain types of animals to eat along with water and salt,” according to Heathline.
Peterson, 28, claims it “supports your body’s nutritional needs” by “eliminating all other dietary variables, allowing you to thrive” in a post on his website.
Before eliminating virtually everything from his diet, Peterson suffered from a chronic illness until he was 23 years old.
His health battle began at just two years old when he developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This was not diagnosed until five years later, leading to her being put on immunosuppressants after she was officially diagnosed.
At the age of 12, Peterson was diagnosed with severe depression and was medicated with SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), a drug that was later withdrawn.
Two years later, he began to itch all over his body, which was eventually diagnosed as chronic fatigue.
When he was 15, Peterson had hip and ankle joint replacements due to his arthritis. He had chronic pain for 10 years after his ankle replacement and spent a year on OxyContin after surgery and had “nasty” withdrawal.
When he was 21, he was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia (chronic fatigue).
It was only when she developed a rash associated with celiac disease that she decided to turn to a change in diet to solve her problems.
He started with what today would be akin to a restrictive paleo diet and eventually worked his way up to an all-meat diet.
“My brain and bowels were so damaged that a diet of beef or ruminants (such as lamb and bison), what I call the lion’s diet, was all I could tolerate,” he wrote in your website.
Peterson has been on the diet for five years, is now “healthy” and hopes to show people that “they can improve their lives themselves.”
He later gave a Ted talk on the subject, but the global media platform refused to publish the footage online.
Peterson gave the speech at an independently organized TEDx event in California during which he acknowledged that his evidence is purely anecdotal.
“I’ve been talking about this diet to spread awareness in hopes that the medical community can take something like this seriously,” he explained.
“[It] it would be great…if the medical community could take this seriously and do some case studies. This is. “
Originally posted as Experts Criticize TikTok’s Controversial ‘Cure Everything’ Trend, The Lion Diet