Ethan Torgersen

My story is quite the roller coaster. Most of my life I had been obese. That all changed when I moved to Mexico. I ended up losing 65 lbs. I was very happy with the amount of weight that I was able to lose even though I was sick. When I moved back to the U.S. my stomach always hurt. My stomach was always bloated and cramping. I also was very gassy and felt sick when I ate. I had super bad acid reflex as well. Not only did I suffer with a chronic illness, but I also suffered emotionally. I had pretty bad anxiety and depression.

The doctors ran many test on me. They did many colonoscopies, endoscopies, many tests on my thyroid. They ran a gastrointestinal emptying study. They prescribed all kinds of pills. I felt as though these pills were making it worse. Finally they diagnosed me (uncertainly) with a form of IBS.

It wasn’t until I found keto that I was able to find some sort of relief. I stopped taking my medication and stopped going to the doctor, because I was sick of wasting money and having them not find anything. With losing all this weight it caused a form disorder eating. I was using keto to build muscle but was eating at a major deficit. I felt tired and was always so worried about counting calories and macros. The huge amount of veggies I was consuming also made me feel super bloated. Not only did I feel bloated still but bloated but I still had bad cravings.

It wasn’t until I found the carnivore diet that this disappeared. Even though I was a little nervous about gaining weight and putting on fat I decided I should try it. From the start I realized I was full for longer, I wasn’t bloated, I felt much more happier and my cravings that I had on keto were non-existent. My strength in the gym had increased a lot. I was able to up my deadlift from 375 lbs to 485 lbs while only weighing 163 lbs and after only a couple months of eating this way. Not only is my strength increasing, but my energy is constant, and I feel no need to supplement with any form of caffeine before workouts. I am gaining weight, but I realized that I was never giving my body what it needed. I restricted calories for over 2 years, and it is now rebuilding itself.

I am happy I have found an answer to my problems and found a way to overcome an eating disorder that I had struggled with for a couple years. I can truly say that meat heals.

Instagram: @fit_and_ketoned

Ethan before carnivory and a few months later

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