Just weighed in a 197lbs! I started carnivore in October along with my wife. I started out at 228lbs! I must admit that I have had a few carbs here and there, but 95% of the time has been strict carnivore. Best decision I ever made! I haven’t seen any weight under 200lbs for a few years now! I haven’t even worked out! I can only imagine what the results would be! Thanks for the inspiration!
I was doing some research on veganism a few months ago, and I came across people who were using the meat only diet or the carnivore diet. After seeing the damage done to eating only vegetables, I saw that many people were eating the meat only or zero carb diet. The most notable YouTube videos that were the most compelling were from Jordan and Mikalia Peterson. Assuming they were telling the truth, I found their results were quite remarkable. I’ve been battling weight for most of my adult life, and I have always been looking for a better way to do it. I was never a vegan and I never considered it because the vegans I knew were very bitchy and hot-tempered.
I’m not going to write much here about nutritional issues because I’m not that well-studied in the subject. I’ve heard all sides but this one seemed to make the most sense. I’m in the habit of using the natural law or natural order to make important decisions. I wish I had known how to do this earlier. But the carnivore diet makes sense because before modern times, most of the nutrient rich foods were animals. While some vegans claim there is an ethical issue in killing animals, the truth is that is what we were designed to eat along with plants. It is a part of the natural law so I decided to give it a try based on the Petersons’ testimony.
What I now eat is as follows: chicken, fish, beef, cheese, eggs, and lots of bacon. That’s it. And I’ve been eating like this for 134 days as of this writing.
Here are the results from this test:
- Improved mental clarity (some may disagree)
- Improved mood
- Sugar addiction is gone
- I had pain in my right shoulder area and that’s gone
- Hunger is manageable and easy to control
- I’ve lost a little over 18 pounds since the beginning of this diet and 47.5 lbs from two years ago
- Macular degeneration is gone. This was a big surprise. I don’t have any more floaters in my eyes
- Sleep has improved
- My teeth have stopped deteriorating as I lost three molars last year
- I’ve had a chronic cough for over 20 years and now that’s gone too
- Bowel movements are limited to once a day, sometimes two. Sitting on the can once a day is plenty
- I can get up at 6AM and go through the day until 8PM without a nap
- Energy level feels like I’m in my twenties; I’m 72
- Type 2 Diabetes gone-actually did it before carnivore on the plain low carb Atkins type diet by losing weight.
- I take no more prescription drugs
I thought the Atkin’s diet was good, but this is a little better and easier to stay on without relapsing into the old ways. I’ve completely lost my desire for fruits and vegetables. I’m not sure I want to eat them again. I’m still considering it. With all of the sprays being used in agriculture, it may make sense to stay on the carnivore-zero carb. I like to drink beer but the last time I had one it made me sick and I stayed up all night trying to go to sleep. I’ve learned to just stay away from liquor as I don’t see any health benefits in drinking it.
I’m trying to find some negative effects from this method and I can’t find too many. My social life is different as I don’t want to go out and eat with friends because I don’t want the temptation to eat the rabbit food. I don’t have the desire to have my nightly Margarita as all of my sugar cravings are gone. The money I save from buying crappy food and eating out helps to keep me within my budget. My meat costs are about $200.00 per month and I buy most of it from the local butcher shop. I save money by not buying things like bread, peanut butter, nuts, popcorn, pizza, and produce.
However, I am really perturbed to learn this at the late age of 72 and I’m wondering now if this vegan nonsense is politically motivated. I think it is, but that’s a subject for another time.
Again, I look at the results; if it works, then I think it is useful. I’m still learning about all the nutritional issues, but at the end of the day, it still comes down to results. I haven’t felt better for a long time if ever. I’m actually startled but happy with the results. I see no reason to change anything in the future. If it is working; why fix it?
I suffered from debilitating chronic pain in my throat for 7 years. I went to good doctors who just kind of shrugged at me. A few years went by and I was still in pain, so I decided to see a throat specialist. I’ve been given a completely different diagnosis from the best throat doctors in Los Angeles as opposed to New York City. I wasted thousands of dollars I did not have on painful treatments that did not help.
My condition was a pain similar to strep-throat, except it was not caused by a bacterial infection. For years, I could not figure out what was causing the extreme pain. Thyroid? Acid Reflux? Tonsils? Completely different (top in their field) doctors were all telling me they were CERTAIN it was one of these culprits and absolutely none of the others. My throat pain was daily and unbearable for seven years.
I went on an all meat diet in October of 2017 — For an entire month, I ate only steak. The 7 year mystery vanished completely after a little over a week. Sinus headaches, acid reflux, brain fog, and other symptoms just all vanished — but most importantly, my throat was no longer sore.
I slowly introduced other foods back into my diet. Veggies still seem alright, but I found that even eating 2 bananas in a row would wreck me. The throat pain would return instantly. I would eventually learn that my body just doesn’t process carbs well and that eating them causes inflammation.
I had been so dependent on carbs in the past to ever realize that even bread or fruit could cause me a ton of harm for days if I eat too much of them. I would take a week off from eating cookies in the past when I was trying to be “healthy,” without realising how unhealthy my diet was outside of eating those obvious junk foods.
I used to eat whole pizzas for a meal. It is only bread, I thought. I would drink orange juice or have fruit in the mornings, or sometimes a muffin. Cereal. Bagels. Pop-Tarts. All high carb, high sugar foods.
I’m not a strict carnivore, but I will always base every meal around a large slab of animal protein for the rest of my life. Doing anything else would be like taking a hammer and hitting my own knuckles against the wall. I simply need meat to be healthy. I was vegetarian for years and even vegan for 12 months. I get people’s concerns, but we are simply designed to eat meat better than any other food. If anyone is suffering from chronic health problems, I bet an all meat diet for a month would see a dramatic change in health for the better. But that’s just based on my own experience.
My name is Tom. I have been on a 100% vegan diet for about 15 years.
I’ve followed the teachings of the likes of Dr. McDougall, Dr. Barnard, and more recently, Dr. Greger, for quite some time. I’ve always been careful to insure I get the right omega 3 to omega 6 ratios, eat leafy greens rich in iron, take multivitamins for adequate iodine and other important nutrients, and exercise regularly. I’ve always thought I was in great shape. Like many vegans, I wanted to go on a plant based diet because I was convinced that it was the most ethical thing to do; for the animals, the planet, and for human health.
It wasn’t until the last 2 years that I realized that I was wrong, at least regarding the latter part. My health had been deteriorating for some time, but slowly. I presumed this was just because I was getting older. I’m 45 now and thought the achy joints and irritable bowels that had become a more frequent occurrence were perfectly normal with older age. But about 2 years ago my symptoms began to worsen far more rapidly than before. I started to become lethargic, some days not even willing to get out of bed. I became irritable and angry (I’ve always been an easy going guy). I started to get skin rashes and terrible acne. Eventually, I became terribly depressed. There were days where I was nearly inconsolable with grief for no reason other than a persisting feeling of existential dread. At first I had nasty diarrhea but eventually, I developed severe constipation for the first time in my life which lead to painful hemorrhoids by struggling to go the bathroom. My depression caused me to stop exercising, and as a result I gained weight, and my blood pressure not surprisingly went up. My joints became more and more inflamed and the pain worsened almost daily.
My partner became deeply concerned and insisted I go to my primary care physician for some tests. The doctor determined I had SIBO and recommended I go on an elemental diet and take some antibiotics. I tried the elemental diet, and felt better for a few weeks. But as soon as I returned to my normal diet, the problems returned. The doctor explained I need to avoid foods rich in fodmaps. I did some research and realized most of what I eat has fodmaps! How could I live like this?
I kept researching for others who have had similar issues and came across a forum discussing the carnivore diet. (I wish I could remember the website, but this was months ago). I couldn’t believe my poor health may be the result of my vegan diet. I did everything right. I ate whole foods. Limited my refined oils and avoided ones with a poor fatty acid profile. I ate plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Got enough protein from legumes, nuts, and seeds. I even used cronometer to insure I was getting proper nutritional adequacy. But, alas, my diet was indeed the culprit. I became certain of this after my partner convinced me to try the carnivore diet. I gave in, very reluctantly. Being vegan was such a huge part of my identity and causing harm to animals was such a detestable thought. My partner begged me to try it.
In my desperation, after a particularly bad case of depression, I finally gave in. After a week, some of my symptoms were gone, but I still had severe digestion issues. My partner made me commit to try the diet for at least a month. If it didn’t work, we’d go back to the doctor and see what other options were available. I reluctantly agreed and suffered through the diet for another 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, I couldn’t believe it, but all my symptoms were nearly gone. Digestion, good. Skin, clear. Joints, pain free. Depression, in the past. It really was like a miracle. I was finally awake to the reality of a vegan diet long term, at least for me. I had been gambling with my life because of a childish notion of morality. Thank God for my partner waking me out of my indoctrination. I’ve now been on the carnivore diet for 6 months. I’m working out again and I have the energy levels I did when I was a 25 year old. I feel like a new man. Oh, and a huge bonus is that my sexual vitality is better than ever!
I’ll never go back to a plant based diet. I make sure to source all my meat from farms I’ve personally visited to see how the animals are raised. It sucks that humans were designed to consume other animals, but that’s the way it is. We can’t allow our health to decline because we feel bad for animals.
I hope my story helps others to wake up from the indoctrination of veganism and the reality that meat really does heal. #meatheals
[Written September 17th, 2018]
I had started the diet around July 17th which marks 3 months of being on this diet, and I can only say great things have happened. First allow me to preface with the issues I was currently suffering with.
- Chronic wrist pains ( tore the cartilage in both wrists)
- Shoulder pains not too sure what caused the pain or what the pain was, I am not a fan of going to the doctor who more than likely would have just tried to give me painkillers.
- Damaged Cartilage in my knees from wrestling
I was a piece of work for sure. I stumbled across Jordan Peterson on the JRE which led me to the interview with Dr. Shawn Baker. I was fascinated and the fact that I can eat beef products every day all day. I knew then and there the diet would be something that I could turn into a lifestyle, I did not anticipate the benefits to be as good as they were.
First 6 weeks I had digestion issues (very loose stool, erratic bowl movements). However, they were something that I would keep if it meant I got to keep the results I got. My wrist pains are non-existent I can do pushups, dips, and bench presses without the excruciating pain that plagued me for years making working out more of a torture session than anything else. I do see the occasional flair up on rainy days but that’s okay.
Knee pains & shoulder pains are also non existent I work in an environment where heavy objects are being lifted and I am on my feet 12 hours a day. I can do my job without worry of pain or discomfort.
Lastly my weight has dropped quite significantly from 213 down to a low of 183. The results are nothing short of amazing. It’s such a great feeling to watch your clothing just start to fall off. I haven’t been in this good of shape in years. I do weightlifting 6x a week, and cardio when I can now that my asthma has subsided. I would recommend everyone to try this for at least 90 days.
This almost sounds so cliche by now but after watching the documentary “What The Health”, my family went full blaze mode and changed their diet drastically. They started question and worried about my 90% protein (meat) and 10% healthy fat such as avocado or veggies such as baby arugula intakes. After my mother’s plea to try go vegan for one month, I gave in.
Pre vegan: I was 185 pounds, worked out often and eaten clean the 6 days of the week. My immune system was crappy since I was a child but I had chickenpox which resulted shingles at young age. It was once or twice a year incidents for me. Everything in my blood works came out great. I avoided workout supplements due to “natural flavors” and “added sugar” such as maltodextrin or other chemically known names.
1 month of vegan: I was 180 pounds, still worked out but my muscles just felt flat most of the time. My face was no longer puffy but my girlfriend noticed that my stomach was getting softer. I noticed that most of vegan diets allowed them to have complex carbs/whole grain stuff so I ate them moderately too. I’ve eaten high protein veggies such as broccoli, edamame and potatoes. I’ve also made sure to eat avocado and healthy fats by eating nuts. I wasn’t miserable as I’ve gotten used to eating carbs by this time. I avoided eating meat substitutes since the ingredients in the back had so many chemical stuff in there. Here’s where things went wrong. I’ve had shingles almost once every week and my immune system was shot even with ginger/lemon/kale etc juicing at home. My blood work showed I’ve had elevated blood sugar and though my cholesterol almost remained the same, my HDL actually were lowered.
After one month, I stopped and went back to my meat driven diet again. I’ve eaten almost strictly carnivore diet and oh boy! I missed red meat! Back in two month of my meat diet, my doctor said my HDL had been high and I was back to average. Also, immune system felt better. I try turning the table on my mother but still no luck. It’s just so hard to sway someone’s eating habits after they’ve been brainwashed for so long.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s over 30 years ago. During that time I had been a macrobiotic vegan, grew up veg and never felt well, energy nor digestive wise. That led to what I perceive as a lifetime of dietary experimentation, WAP, raw primal, raw paleo, raw vegan of every variety, including 80/10/10 which almost landed me in the hospital as my TSH shot up past 650. I have been paleo, whole 30, AIP and the whole gamut. After being keto once again for 3 months I decided to take the carnivore plunge 7 months ago. I have not looked back. Just got my blood panel back saying, “You may not actually need ANY more thyroid horomone again. Let’s do a recheck panel in 6 weeks.” I am elated, of course I have never felt better in my life, carni diet gave me back my vitality, and I do not suffer digestive issues as I did when ingesting plants. Red meat is my favorite but I also eat fish, game, seafood, organ meats, eggs and some raw dairy. I eat animal food both raw and seared blue. It is a most gratifying way of life, my mental state is calm and I have great clarity of mind. It has in essence transformed my life at 52 years young.
My journey began as I was looking for data on what the best method for weight/fat loss for a disabled and non-mobile psoriatic arthritis patient. I also have severe psoriasis and my skin was a nightmare.
I had been a long time martial artist with several black belts and at one time was a successful and healthy person.
Then I got really, really sick. Over the next decade and a half I gained 200lbs, lost the ability work and eventually lost the majority of use of my hands and feet due to the bone deformities that came over time.
My illness began in 2003 when I was diagnosed with a severe black mould infection that caused me to go stone deaf for 2 and a half months due to the congestion it caused in my sinuses and throat and lungs. a couple of days on IV antibiotics and the damage was done.
I had tried to follow the dietary guidelines my doctors had provided but they did nothing but make me sicker, fatter and less and less mobile.
On December 15, 2017 I weighed 401.6lbs with a BMI of about 51. I could barely move, had little use of my hands and living on a TIGHT budget with two teenage sons all while living on disability benefits.
I couldn’t walk more than 20-30 steps without collapsing from pain unless I had a cane and my hands were so weak I could not pick up a 5lb dumbbell.
I decided to follow the advice I was getting from a couple of channels but I found I was always coming back to the same sources for confirmation on what other “experts” were saying.
I also saw the Joe Rogan Experience with Dr. Shawn Baker and I knew I’d found the right thing for me.
I started keto/carnivory in January 2018 and have not looked back. I have switched back and forth from keto and carnivory but only for budget reasons. I always feel my best the greater ratio of meat I eat.
I’m now up at 4:45am daily for a 3km (2mile) walk then a quick simple session at the gym for a few sets of push, pull, lift or squat and then home to wake up my teen sons for school.
I’m a single parent too.
I’m not going to try and pretend I’ve developed into a ripped adonis. My skin started at <80% psoriatic coverage so it was a ruin to begin with. That coverage is down to under 40% now. I look more like a middle aged man wrapped in a slightly blown airbag but time will bring that under control as well. 🙂
My weight is now 212.3lbs as of December 31, 2018 and that’s after gaining 3.6lbs over Xmas. I’m aiming for a final body weight of 185lbs with a body fat of less than 15%. I figure I’ll hit that milestone eventually but no schedules just results as the body can make them.
Thank you for helping save my life.
PS: Keto/carnivory also helped me get out of a 10 year opioid prescription that was at over 100mg of dilaudid (hydromorphone contin) a day.
Now I’m opioid free.
This I can anecdotally correlate with my dietary changes as the digestive horrors and nerve regrowth caused by detox and opioid withdrawal were radically reduced by the constant monitoring of my electrolytes, digestive ease of meat and the massive reduction of inflammation. I’d tried to reduce my meds MANY times and was almost driven insane by the pain and withdrawal symptoms within mere hours.
Not so once I had switched my body from sugars and carbs to protein and fats.
Coupled with a dosage reduction to use only as much as needed to abate the worst withdrawal symptoms over time and the effect can’t be argued with me. That’s not to say it was easy but it was infinitely easier with the dietary changes.
Simply put, meat does heal.
Carnivore for 3 months
This diet is crazy, let’s get that straight. Acknowledge it and own it, and you will see great benefits as I have.
I lived the typical American diet, with a pretty serious addiction to refined sugars. Every night I ‘d have multiple servings of sugar – sleeves of oreos, cake, and when I was trying to be healthy, pounds of frozen grapes. Of course, your typical sodas, juices etc throughout the day as well.
I’m 5’5 and ballooned up to 215 lbs. I had so much belly fat that my back muscles weakened, as they were busy carrying my belly weight.
In January of 2018, I started experiencing sciatica pain. This quikcly evolved into a severely herniated disc, which required surgery and 8 weeks recovery. I knew something had to change.
Looking for a different way, I started a diet plan that I thought would work for me – experimenting with different diets every 2 weeks. That way, I thought, I wouldn’t get bored of any one diet and whatever I was doing, it would be healthier than before.
So I did Atkins, Vegetarian, South Beach, Vegan….and then carnivore.
My first carnivore meal after the vegan diet was incredible. But the next 13 and a half days were absolute hell. I was exhausted, my stomach was a mess, I got bored of my meals…I was miserable.
But a number of people told me not to quit, that 3 weeks or so is pretty miserable and then the results came. I was skeptical and thought it was BS.
I had noticed my back pain (residual from surgery months earlier) actually went away – for the first time in over a decade. I realized that when it came back when I started eating low carb for my next diet. So I decided to listen to the carnivore community and went back, and finished off 2 more weeks.
The stomach got normal, the sugar cravings went away, and I started having energy. Further more, and surprisingly, I started actually craving steaks. I realized I was trying too many different meats, trying to eat at “meal time” and not when I was hungry and was making it miserable for myself. Once I found my preferences (T-Bone, Porterhouse, Rib Eye and Strip Loin…sometimes burgers and Cheddar), all with tons of salt and butter…I would seriously crave a rib eye after dinner. I also started eating one, maybe two times per day and was fine.
Now, about 3-4 months later, I feel great physically. I never had mental clarity or depression, so mentally I feel the same, except happier with how I look, as I’ve lost 35 pounds. Most importantly, no back pain, which is incredible for me. I still am extremely tired in the morning (I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea) but am a ball of energy – frequently rising at 7 am and productive well through 1 am. Also, yes, for men, the rumors of sexual energy are true and have increased.
I thought this diet was insane before I started. I knew it was insane when I started, and I still acknowledge that it seems insane. In hindsight, I can see that the results are really the only insane part.
When I was little I used to constantly get sick and suffered from hay fever and allergies quite often, not only that but I was a rowdy kid who lived off of whatever my parents made and junk food.
A few years back I became self-conscious about my body image and feared the thought of acne since my parents had severe acne in their teenage years, so I went on Doxcycline yet I still had the occasional pimple or two. I later learned that sugar caused acne so I decided to cut out all foods with added sugar (that I knew of) and started cooking for myself, fast forward a bit more and I eventually cut out all grains, cereals and wheat; I was essentially on a Paleo diet. I lost a tremendous amount of weight due to the minimal food I was eating in comparison along with my intense exercise routine, but I didn’t feel good. Most of the time I felt lethargic and despite my concentration and attention span improving I was still too tired to care half the time.
Two years ago was when it got really bad. After eating partially undercooked salmon I contracted Liver fluke which is not recognised in Australia and I ended up becoming very underweight and extremely unwell compared to before, as well as having what was deemed irreversible fatty liver that the doctor found in my blood results (result of liver fluke); my predominantly high carb and fat diet didn’t help either since I didn’t know the two were a dangerous combination.
I ended up turning to alternative medicine to deal with the problem and eventually got rid of the parasite where I was on the road to recovery; later on I realised a lot of what mainstream media and doctors told us was healthy was wrong, and the paleo diet had started to fail me as I gained 7kg over a few months last year resulting in me becoming desperate and learning about the Ketogenic diet.
As soon as I went on the Ketogenic diet I felt like I actually had my life back, many people criticized me especially my family despite how my health was improving. But I suffer from sever IBS, something that I always struggled with and the Paleo diet didn’t help with it and it got better on Keto, but it was still pretty bad as some days I could still have debilitating nausea and stomach pains if my bowel ever decided to move, it wasn’t fun.
Fast forward to today at the age of eighteen and I have been on a high fat Carnivore OMAD diet for four months now and the health benefits I have had are beyond imaginable, I’ve never felt so healthy in my life; here are some of the benefits from only eating animal fat, red meat, fatty fish, cheddar cheese, butter and eggs (including coffee, salt, pepper, turmeric, rosemary and thyme):
- I have tremendous amounts of energy and a rarely feel tired unless I haven’t slept long enough, but I only typically sleep five to six hours (eight if I’m lucky) after changing my diet and I don’t feel lethargic at all.
- I no longer suffer from my IBS or bloating and my recent bloods say my liver is completely healed, and is much healthier than the average.
- I’ve lost weight and have been able to maintain 49 – 50kg at 167cm
- No more fatigue and I have clarity in everything I do, resulting in improved memory and my school performance and grades improving.
- Exercise is much easier and I don’t have to push myself as much as I used to like I did on the Paleo or keto diet to stay in shape.
- I reversed the leaky gut I was developing.
- I recover from injuries faster and have more stamina.
- Everything tastes better and I no longer have cravings unless it’s meat.
- I’m in a constant state of ketosis.
- Meat, fat, eggs and cheese is the only thing that look like food to me anymore.
- I constantly feel happy and optimistic, or like I’m in a good mood. Even if something bad happens I don’t get overly upset and bounce back quicker. You could almost say it’s like a constant state of euphoria.
- I don’t suffer from hay fever or allergies anymore, nor do I get sick.
- I don’t have behavioral problems or short temper anymore, mostly which were caused by diet from what I’ve learned
- I’ve gone off Doxycycline and no longer have acne accept for the occasional black head.
- No more digestive issues with eating cheese.
- No more indigestion when going to the gym after eating and I can lift heavier weights as well as do intense cardio for longer.
- I don’t feel stressed anymore, I feel a lot more at peace with myself and grateful for what I have.
Honestly my quality of life has just improved so much on the Carnivore Diet that I don’t know how else I could explain it, but it’s the best decision I’ve made in my life.