Heard the story on JRE and went all in. I talked about it a lot which helped me be consistent and dedicated. I lost 35 lbs with no muscle or strength loss.
I always had digestive issues, which were solved very quickly. One of the best side effects was it gave me consistent energy throughout the day where I used to get very groggy at work after lunch. It also allowed me to kick a sugar addiction I was developing. As a kid I was always thin and as a young adult I tried to bulk up by eating a lot, which was only adding fat. When I changed to only meat and eggs, I leaned out immediately and looked much better. “Get leaner to look bigger” was especially true for my frame and helped me accept that at my best I am lean and muscular and carnivore, not big and round and a carboholic.
I have struggled with weight loss MY ENTIRE LIFE. I have been a 14/16 since I was in high school. I have always accepted my body and been very confident but always wanted to lose weight. I also have worked out very frequently my whole life, but it was a challenge because I had joint pain. My knees were so bad any type of high impact was a no. And I just accepted it. 3 years ago I went vegan in an effort to help my joint pain and lose some weight. How terrible that was. I gained 25 pounds, I was always starving, lethargic and developed severe digestive issues. I went from someone who could eat anything (including once a VERY expired yogurt) and not have it bother my stomach to someone to was bloated, in pain, was having painful BMs 6-9 times a day and a hemorrhoid I couldn’t get rid of. I was in misery.
I heard Dr. Baker on Joe Rogan’s podcast and was instantly intrigued. As someone who had “you have to eat vegetables and fruit to lose weight and be healthy” engrained in them their whole life, I found it crazy you could eat only meat and feel good. WELL… that’s exactly what happened. I went carnivore at the end of March and have NEVER FELT BETTER. No more joint pain, no more brain fog, my skin is better (tho I never really struggled with any skin issues, it looks so much better), I feel energetic, lighter. I have lost 3 sizes since and have been able to do high intensity, challenging workouts I LOVE and could never do. Plus, it’s so refreshing not to obsess about what to eat. And to know what true hunger actually is and to eat when YOU ARE TRULY hungry and not bored or emotional or being social. THANK YOU SO MUCH, DR. BAKER, FOR CHANGING MY LIFE!
Jeremy from Sydney, Australia.
Current Age is 40
Current weight is 100kg
18.4% body fat
I have had mental health challenges since the age of 18. I played semi-professional soccer for a number of years until injury requiring extensive surgeries ended those days at age 25.
I have experienced chronic pain, nerve pain, weight gain, microalbmuniria, high BP, and insulin resistance.
In 2013 at age 35 in the same month I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis.
After continually fighting for my health, I saw an endocrinologist that got me onto eating only when hungry and with lots of meat and vegetables. I lost 4kg this way and started to explore just eating meat. After hearing Shawn on the Joe Rogan podcast I was convinced this was something I had to try. At the time of commencing on Feb 26, 2018, I was 113kg and about 29% body fat. Today (July 9) I am 100kg and 18.4% body fat. While I started and stopped in January due to getting the flu, I have since been a consistent Carnivore.
My health has been in the best shape in last 6 years. I had a psoriasis outbreak in March and continue on a biologic medication for this and the PsA. In the time of meat eating I have resolved all GI upsets, energy levels are best in years, I am sleeping better, and I am moving better. I am able to do strength training again for the first time in 5 years as well as Jiu Jitsu 4-5 nights a week. The way I am feeling makes this method of living the best decision for me. It is so easy and so fulfilling. I generally eat 1-2 times a day and sometimes once. Fatigue from Autoimmune illness is the most common issue and this method alleviates that dramatically with a profound impact on my lifestyle.
While I still have some tendon/ligament pain and my skin is still slowly recovering, the way I am feeling today cannot be beaten.
I am looking forward to the next 6 months to see where my health is and fitness goals achieved.
I have been engaged in a carnivorous diet since January and have gone from 270lbs at my highest, down to 197 today. Many aches and pains are gone, and my cardiovascular health is 100x better. I can breathe, I can carry things, I can run with no problems. I am 35, but I feel like I’m 21 again. Hopefully this inspires other people to try, like you did for me.
Allow me to say since as far back as I can recall I think I had IBS symptoms from a very young age. I had my gallbladder removed at the very young age of 18 years old as well.
I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia at 18 and maintained a daily dose of PPI medication for about 25 years which didn’t control the pain until I started following a ketogenic lifestyle and gave up all grains.
Fast forward to 4 years of ketogenic lifestyle and an 80 lb weight loss.
I was diagnosed in 2017 after severe episodes of pain lasting days. I went to the ER thinking I had appendicitis. I almost went into the OR for appendectomy, but the doctor did a CAT Scan and surprisingly I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in the ascending colon. The report indicates substantial inguinal gland swelling, diverticulitis on right side, and the sigmoid shows moderate diverticulitis and my appendix was normal.
I had been plagued with years of sudden drop to your knees pain, nausea, sweats, but this attack was different and most severe.
Fast forward to recently, when I had just met with the surgeon for a post consult after doing a colonoscopy a few weeks ago.
Shockingly, I was informed that there are absolutely no signs of diverticulitis or any bowel disease. One polyp had been found, but it was sent to lab and is benign.
My symptoms have completely disappeared. My inguinal glands after having been so enlarged they were visible to the eye are now normal.
My surgeon was baffled and asked what I felt was the reason for such drastic change.
I, with great apprehension told him I eliminated all fibre. Apprehension because I thought he would blast me. Instead he said he had never seen anyone have such drastic improvement to overall gut health and eliminating habits and that he would share this with his patients who obsess about continuously about getting healthier with more fibre in their diet.
I started following a carnivore diet in January of this year after hearing about this concept first on a podcast with Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan. This was the beginning of my healing.
I was raised by older parents who had gone through a series of health issues, especially my father who had a heart attack at 46. I was born shortly after his heart attack which led him on a health quest which led him to be a vegetarian/vegan and so I was raised on mother’s milk, carrot juice and coconut milk and was a bright orange, skinny baby. I was a thin child until I got older and discovered McDonald’s where my daily order became 6 cheese burgers, a large fry, and coke to wash it all down. Of course this led me down a path of becoming an obese young adult. I tried every diet known to man and just made a lot of companies rich selling me their snake oil treatment of the month. My parents both became obese eating cheap processed vegan foods like bread with margarine, potatoes and pasta.
My older brother had developed type 2 diabetes due to his weight, and I watched them slowing remove his toes and fingers, watched him go blind, undergo a kidney transplant, and then die with early onset dementia. Of course he was eating his recommended 300 grams of carbohydrates each day while restricting healthy proteins and fats. He was constantly upping his insulin dose to keep up with his rising glucose levels due to all the carbs and being disabled due to all of his health issues, which pretty much kept him bedridden.
I finally decided it was time to try being a vegetarian/vegan since that was the way I started life and was thin. When you go from a SAD diet to eating more veggies you feel better for sure, but it was not long before my weight began to climb due to all of the carbs. After years of weight gain and topping the scales at over 300 pounds, I refused to get on a scale after 306 showed up. Having a Dr. tell me that I would eventually need a knee replacement due to my weight, along with a consistently rising blood sugar, I decided to give Paleo a try. Paleo was a godsend, and my weight started to drop, but I quickly learned that I could still eat a lot of “healthy carbs” in the form of sweet potatoes, rice and sour dough bread, so the weight loss stalled pretty quickly. Some of my Paleo friends started talking about the success they were having going to a high fat, low carb diet called keto. Since I was stuck at around 250 pounds I decided to give it a shot. After all of my vegetarian/vegan training, the idea of eating more animal products took me couple of months to get over, but I was determined to get to my natural body weight so I ordered some grass fed beef and found a local source of true free range eggs, and I was off and running. I quickly lost another 30 pounds and felt much better but was still experiencing some joint pain, especially in the knee the Dr. has suggested be replaced.
A couple of months ago as I was fixing breakfast, and I was listening to a podcast, and there was this Dr. talking about the benefits of an all-meat diet, my first thought was this is nuts, but at the same time I was intrigued after my keto success. So I listened to every podcast that Dr. Shawn Baker had done and started researching, and I liked what I found. I have been carnivore for over 2 months and have never felt better. I currently weigh 195 pounds, have a six pack, zero joint pain, an A1C of 5.1, blood pressure is 115 over 68, and my resting heart rate is 62. On my next birthday I will turn 60, and I am in the best shape of life.
My name is Mathieu. I am 25 years old and live in Québec, Canada. I started the Carnivore Diet on January 14. I first heard of Shawn by listening to the Joe Rogan podcast. At first, I was intrigued by the benefits Dr. Baker talked about, so I began exploring the Zero Carb diet lifestyle, Keto diet, and diet and nutrition for longevity.
I was constantly bloated, I had a lack of energy, I had to take a nap everyday after work, and I work at a desk in front of a computer all day. I had sleep problems such as sleep paralysis and insomnia. I also began snoring louder with the weight I had gained.
I decided to try the carnivore diet initially for 2 weeks, after which I felt great so I decided to continue. Now 5 months later, I eat steak, butter, bacon, sometimes liver, fish and rarely chicken. The diet is very easy to follow, and grocery shopping and cooking is much simpler than before.
I feel much better overall, my energy is clean and steady, and my thoughts are sharp all day for work. I never get sick anymore. Before I could keep a cold of the flu for a month twice a year. My seasonal allergies are much better, and my skin is clearer and seems to heal faster.
I was able to cut all supplements like creatine, protein shakes, BCAAs, caffeine, pre-workouts, and all those other unnecessary bodybuilding supplements. Steaks are the most potent supplements IMO.
I had been working out in the gym since last July for 6 days a week. At first I thought that without carbs I would lose strength in the gym, but it only increased week after week.
I went from barely deadlifting 225 to deadlifting 405. My cardio is also much better. I feel I can run for much longer during races (I do mostly 5k and 10k obstacle course races). I have the best cardio of my life right now.
I lost a total of 43 pounds since I started my journey and my body composition changed drastically.
Thank you Dr Baker for opening my eyes on diet, nutrition and physical performance. I really enjoy listening to your podcasts, videos and your Twitter and Instagram pages.
By the way, I really like the Human Performance Outliers podcast with you and Zach. It’s very good. The amount of information is incredible, I am glad I found you and the ZC community online.
I am talking about it to my friends and family. One of my friends started carnivore and already went from 359 pounds to 334 in about a month. He loves it. He told me that his energy is much better.
Thank you for the awareness you give to people. I see myself continuing this WOE [ed: way of eating] for a long time.
Similar to some of y’all, I was first introduced to Dr. Baker on JRE. My first inclinations were that this guy was a complete nut job. All meat? What about healthy people 2020 and MyPlate guidelines? I shrugged it off, but began following Dr. Baker on Instagram because I wanted to see all the heat he was going to get.
At this time in my life, I was eating a light breakfast and 2 solid meals consisting of 3-4 cups of vegetables (high variety, mixed organic/non-organic), 1 cup complex carbohydrate, and either baked chicken breast, fish, or pork. Hardly any red meat. I did this all throughout undergrad, very methodical and didn’t miss a beat. My fitness goals at the time were to be as functional as possible (running, swimming, biking, lifting weights). I just cared about vitality and health. I wrestled growing up and never had any problem putting on mass, so my goal was not to put on size, although I felt emaciated on the diets coaches had me on.
I was diagnosed with IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) when I was a senior in high school (2011). Had a colonoscopy and was put on a low-dose Lialda (Mesalamine) to control the inflammation. For those of you that know about IBD, you know that there are certain “trigger” foods – spicy, fried, large amounts of alcohol, fresh vegetables (if in acute stage). Diet became everything for me. So much that I cut out all meat for 6 months. (There are articles/literature relating processed meats to higher incidences of colon cancer and this was the logic I used – true or not, I was desperate – I just wanted vitality and I already had risk factors). I had labs performed around the same time (insurance does yearly panels) and they showed I was anemic and had high LDL. I remember being very weak and tired all of the time. I concluded that I was taking steps backwards and not forwards – listening to my body holistically. I got back on my meal prep spread and started feeling better. All of this time I was rehabbing a back injury I got in college and was severely depressed because I was in pain every day – doing lots of rehab, diving into regenerative medicine as well. Was back on track for about 4 months until I heard about the carnivore diet.
I began straight carnivore mid-January 2018, about the same time I started a fast-bacc 1 year nursing program down in Houston. Everything was new for me. New city, new curriculum, less time, no social life, less sleep. In my mind, I needed optimal nutrition in order to function at my peak levels and make the grades I wanted in such a fast program. I considered all factors – I knew I was going to be sitting a lot (8-10 hours per day), getting less sunlight, not getting social interaction. At this time I stopped taking my Lialda because the cost went from $10 a month to $250 a month.
It’s been approximately 4 months on carnivore and I haven’t had an IBD flare, I sleep throughout the night, my mental and cognitive functioning have increased (I know this is subjective, but I’m able to sit through 12 hour lectures 2x a week, study 8-10 hours per day on the weekends and do 12 hour clinicals every week as well). I only have time to work out 1-2x per week and when I do, I just get my legs moving as much as I can, lift heavy, and work on mobility. Since I’m in school, I haven’t been able to afford all grass fed, so I just go to HEB or Kroger and pick up steaks, hamburger patties, eggs, and butter. I have not had labs performed, but I plan to do that in June, 2018, but I feel better than I ever have.
Nathaniel Champion, SN University of Houston College of Nursing ’18