Steve L.

6 months full carnivore. Can’t even begin to explain how it’s changed my life. Thank you so much for all you do and negativity you have to put up with. I feel like I have a new life.

I had reconstructive ACL and meniscus surgery on January 23rd, and thanks to this way of eating and lifestyle I’m already back skateboarding and to my normal routine 5 months before they said I would be. My physical therapist said she’s never seen anybody return to sport after surgery like that so fast, and I fully attribute that to this way of eating/lifestyle.

Before going carnivore I had horrible gastrointestinal pain for 8 years, multiple cameras put down my stomach just for them to tell me they didn’t know what was causing the pain. 3 weeks into carnivore and I’ve never felt that pain again. I feel like I have my life back again.

Also, here’s a fun story for anyone that feels like having a “cheat” day or thinks sugar doesn’t do anything. So my 30th birthday was a few weeks ago, and I was in the grocery store, and I don’t know why but for some reason a box of Little Debbie cookies caught my eye, and I don’t know if it was a flashback to my childhood that made me want them or what it was, but I gave in and bought those cookies and ate them all. Not even five minutes after finishing the cookies, my stomach began to twist and turn in ways I’ve never felt. The next day when I woke up I felt like I had been in a car accident. Every inch of my body and insides were aching. I had the biggest knot in my stomach, I had shooting pain’s throughout my entire body, and it had also given me a horrible hemorrhoid. Those pains lasted 10 full days. It took 10 full days for that crap to get out of my body! I couldn’t believe how much damage I had done from a few cookies. It was really eye opening.

Anyways. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! again for spreading the word. This way of eating has really opened my eyes to so much. I feel like I have a second chance at life. A much better and all around healthier life!

Nathan Carter

I am 38 years of age, live in the UK and have always been involved in sports and fitness. I have been fortunate enough to run my own business for the past 15 years, training both members of the public and potential/elite sportsmen at my own small facility. During this time I have also been able to enjoy my chosen sport of surfing along with the support of international companies. For the past ten years my surfing has very much moved in the direction of searching for and riding larger sized waves in cold water locations around remote parts of my local coastline. I have always trained for my health as well as my sport and I’ve always taken pride in “eating well” and avoiding the foods commonly considered bad for us. Although the sport certainly offers up it’s fair share of minor injuries, my knowledge of sports therapy and rehabilitation methods always meant I could recover appropriately and move forward without long lasting effects and I always implemented training approaches to promote injury prevention.

This all seemed to turn a corner around three years ago. My body basically felt like it was rebelling against everything I attempted. Even the lowest level training sessions resulted in days of muscle soreness, particularly in the Hip Adductors and Rotators and muscles of the Thoracic area. Surfing in any conditions above completely benign also caused intense soreness but more frustratingly severe joint immobility. This soreness would not alleviate with any conventional approaches, the only slight relief I would get was from heavy doses of transdermal magnesium, oral iodine supplementation and trigger point release, but I emphasise the word slight. I also found that despite my very best efforts my weight and body fat were slowly increasing. One interesting dynamic that occurred was that every bit of exercise I undertook resulted in intense hunger, particularly for high carbohydrate food.

I put most of this down to the fact that I was an athlete in my mid-thirties and this was essentially the start of the end as far as my pursuit of a decent level of human performance. It didn’t feel right as I genuinely felt that so many facets of my performance were still improving, my endurance seemed to get stronger every year but over the past few years I had pretty much resigned myself to surfing less and training at a reduced workload.

It was around 18 months ago that I discovered the Maffetone method and the premise of “Carbohydrate Intolerance”. So much of what Phil Maffetone said made sense to me and echoed my experiences. I implemented both the training approach as well as the recommended eating programme and I have to admit the initial results were pretty good. However I attribute most of this to the extremely low level of intensity and the associated low impact on the body. I also found that the prescribed re introduction of carbs really messed me up and affected both my muscular integrity as well as my gut health.

I also continued to suffer from a very strange phenomenon that was both frustrating and also a bit worrying. Every time I attempted to stretch, regardless of the methodology I adopted (from yoga to PNF) it actually caused my hips, glutes, hamstrings and upper back to effectively lock up. I couldn’t get any sensation of relief or mobilisation despite spending hours on foam rollers and stretching. The postures actually felt like they were damaging and shortening my range of motion. I was surfing so infrequently it was shocking, even the act of sitting astride my surfboard would result in cramping in the water and days of discomfort. Not exactly the best of situations when amongst icy water and fairly severe ocean conditions.

Because I felt a positive effect on the very low carb Maff test I began researching different approaches to food. The Keto approach made sense but something prevented me from giving it a go. It was during this time that I first discovered Dr Shawn Baker and his advocation of the carnivore way of eating. I initially though this was crazy, but I have always had a pretty open mind when it comes to essentially waving a middle finger at conventional “medicine” and the fact that Dr Baker was coming from a traditional medical background really intrigued me. The further I researched, the more I nodded in agreement. After a lot of reading and listening I took the plunge around three months ago and adopted a true carnivore approach, eating when I am hungry and not being restricted by traditional meal times.

I had almost immediate success. Within three weeks my weight and body fat levels were back to the levels I would consider my optimum. I also found that my sleep patterns and energy levels improved dramatically. This actually coincided with me relocating my business premises and undertaking both demolition and construction work on top of my usual workload, which I anticipated would result in high levels of fatigue.

My first couple of training sessions were pretty humbling experiences, I suffered intense muscle cramps while performing low intensity movements on the Skierg and light barbell work. Interestingly though these weren’t in the normal hips/glutes/mid back but felt more like deep in the bellies of the quads, hamstrings and the abdominals. Since those sessions however I have experienced a really positive step forward. My strength levels and lean muscle mass have improved and functional exercises have become so much easier. I feel like I am still enduring the adaptation phase regarding cardiovascular training however I am now feeling real progress.

The thing that has truly blown my mind however is the progress related to the muscle/joint pain phenomenon I was experiencing. I no longer wake up with hips that refuse to articulate properly and a thoracic spine that I could only describe as an iron bar. I now find trigger point therapy and stretching bring such a feeling of relief and release that it is euphoric! My ROM after a good session feels incredible and my brain/body connection seems to be re-learning movements I have been incapable of for a long time. I am now so optimistic that I can restore correct movement patterns with a combination of hard work and the carnivore diet.

They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and there was definitely some pudding consumed this past Friday. The perfect combination of swell, wind and tide combined for one of my favourite surf spots to light up for a few hours of good sized waves in the cold Atlantic Ocean. The spot demands a substantial cliff descent and long paddle out through masses of white water and currents and even the first move off the beach is a test of strength and endurance. The wave itself requires you to be on top of your game as the conditions are testing at the best of times with very little let up. Medical/nutritional experts would advise that a person consuming a 100% meat diet would potentially have compromised their wellbeing by attempting this. Well, not only did I get through it, I felt amazing! My strength and endurance were great and most importantly my body remained supple and responsive throughout, resulting in an awesome session. My post surf experience was phenomenal. No soreness, no fatigue, I just felt energised and strong. A hot bath, a plate of steak and a light stretch that evening felt incredible and the feeling of recovery was such a welcome sensation!

It was after this session that I felt inclined to contact Dr Baker and say thank you for tuning me into this Way of Life.

All the best,
Nathan Carter
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Kelly Roberts

Today makes 60 days since I went on a Zero Carb diet!

You know those thin people who can always decline their favorite desserts, or not eat the free samples at the grocery store? I know people, but I most certainly was never one of them- until now!

Food no longer rules my life!

I seriously no longer think about my next meal all day long! I just eat (meat and eggs only) until I’m satisfied or full, then I don’t eat anything at all for many hours (often 8-12 hours) because I’m satisfied from my last meal.

I no longer care about recipes, having to list and buy ingredients for some food concoction I want to make, counting points or calories, entering my macros, nor do I longingly think of the next gathering or party I’m going to because of the food I’ll eat (Cake, anyone?)

I believe I have broken my food addiction!

My skin looks better than ever. My joints no longer ache with arthritis, the bloated belly, tummy aches, constant gas, constipation and pain are all gone!

My weight is steadily decreasing while my body is reshaping and putting on muscle and bone mass. My body is definitely restructuring and the fat parts are shrinking! Gone from an 18 to a 12 so far!

Before you ask, I did do labs as a plant based (vegan) dieter, and compared them to just one month of ZC and yes, there were marked favorable improvements in important things like Triglyceride/Hdl ratio and HgbA1C!

And I have discovered that “zero carb Zen” is a real thing! My normally anxious ADHD mind feels calm and settled and it is a new feeling for me.

I don’t think about food anymore. The thought comes along, “do I have meat at home to eat for the next few days?” And if the answer is, “yes.” I move on to thinking about other things and then just have a steak when I get home.

I know I used to think that plants were the source of ALL good health, but now I believe that plants are medicine, and just like one can be allergic to some medicines, one can be allergic/sensitive to plant foods and never do a full elimination diet to see how good it could feel to be plant free.

Hey, with all the science coming out today, it may be worth a shot to try something seemingly unconventional for once and just see what you think and how you truly FEEL physically.

People should realize that the arrowheads that are found throughout the world from tribal civilizations were used to hunt for food. They certainly weren’t used for shooting at root vegetables! Agriculture and farming as we know it is a relatively new idea. Humans haven’t always had access to plant foods, but we all know and accept that they were all big-game hunters!

I can’t even explain what it feels like to have the food monkey off my back!

Thank you to people who have encouraged and supported us these past 60 days!

#meatheals

Tony Simpson

I’m a 57 year old male who is physically active. Until three months ago, I would eat anything I wanted A quart of ice cream or a dozen cookies in a sitting? Full steam ahead. Problem was, I had reached 280lbs and began to have knee pain and sciatic trouble, in addition to the sleep apnea, heartburn, diarrhea, and general lethargy I had grown accustomed to.

I decided to ignore the nay-sayers and accept myself for what I am, a carnivore. I am the product of a million years of evolution – the bulk of which time my species ate virtually only meat. It’s only intuitive that we should be awash in type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity when we glut our diet with things we were never designed to metabolize.

I’ve dropped to 254lbs, apnea is much better, heartburn and etc. are gone, and my energy level seems elevated.

I’m free and out of the closet, and all I can say to the flower children who advocate vegetarianism is, don’t let your cat out at night, because if the time ever comes when I cannot lay my hands on a beautifully marbled rib steak, all bets are off.

Elizabeth R.

After a lifetime of bad eating, I finally started to get healthy a few years ago. I and switched from the Standard American Diet to Low-Carb overnight.

I did pretty well with it and lost about thirty pounds (I was about fifty pounds overweight at that time). But I knew I couldn’t sustain it. I had to make just about everything from scratch so I could control the carb content. If I wanted a sandwich, I could have one, but I’d have to make my own bread first. It was exhausting, and the cravings I had were driving me mad.

Finally, I fell off the wagon just about as far as any can fall. I gave up trying to sustain that and went back to my old way of eating, and then some. I gained back that thirty pounds, plus another fifty. Every now and then I would try to force myself to eat “healthy” foods but, since I hate vegetables, I could never sustain that either.

Back in college, there was a short time when I became a vegetarian. That was over pretty quickly because it made me so sick and tired that I couldn’t continue.

That was it, then. I’d determined that “healthy eating” did not work on me, at least not in a way that I could keep up forever, and that I would be fat and miserable for the rest of my life.

Then, something happened that forced me to change. I started having very bad, painful reactions to food. It began with heavily spiced foods and things like that. I would eat it, and then my heart would hurt. It felt like pressure, like someone was reaching in and squeezing the crap out of my heart. It hurt like hell. Based on my own research and speaking with my doctor, it was a non-cardiac type of heart pain that was caused from gastrointestinal issues. Basically, my body could no longer handle the food I was eating, and I was given a special diet.

I wasn’t that surprised because I’ve always had digestive problems (IBS-symptoms and such), but I’d never had a reaction like that before. Still, I followed my new diet with the intention of being pain-free.

But I wasn’t. Almost overnight, I began having a bad reaction to almost every food I hate, bar none. It didn’t matter how healthy or otherwise the food was anymore. If it went into my body, it made my digestive tract flare up which sent the shooting pains and pressure to my heart.

I felt the best when I ate only meat (I’ve always been a meat lover) but I had no idea that you could sustain on that, so I always tried to force myself to have something with it.

I found out about the zero carb woe because a Youtuber I like to watch started eating it and shared her story (proof that procrastinating can sometimes be life-changing). She linked over to Kelly Williams Hogan’s blog, which I then devoured.

Holy moly. Everything that Kelly experienced resonated with me. Her extreme sensitivities to food, her constant struggle with weight, her feeling like healthy eating did not work for her.

And now, all she ate was meat. And all that was gone. That was really all I needed to hear to dive in face first. I had absolutely nothing to lose.

Now, I am still “new” to the zero carb woe compared to many people. But I don’t expect to ever go back to any other way of eating.

My gastrointestinal issues cleared up almost immediately. I could eat without any pain within the first week. There were times when I would be having such a severe attack that I couldn’t move and struggled to breathe, and my husband would be crying because he didn’t know what was wrong with me or how to fix it. That seems like ages ago now, but it really hasn’t been that long.

My weight has also gone down. I don’t know exact numbers because I’m not a scale person, but I feel lighter and I’m having to buy smaller clothes. Here is a list of all the benefits I’ve experienced thus far:

  • Depression and anxiety almost completely gone
  • No more digestive issues
  • Excess weight slowly diminishing
  • Brain fog cleared
  • Improved memory
  • Moodiness gone
  • Hair and nails grow faster and stronger
  • Acne cleared up
  • No more constantly sniffling and sneezing like I used to

I’m sure the long list of benefits will only keep growing. I would have tried this woe long ago if I’d known it was possible. I just never had any idea you could ever live on meat, and I probably would have laughed in your face if you’d told me otherwise. Boy, am I glad to be proven wrong!

Emily Duvall

I began a low carb diet after having my first child 7 years ago. Then after the birth of my second I switched to keto. I am a scientific-minded person with a master’s degree, and spent a lot of time working in the medical field and military. I was in love with the science, the benefits, and the results. I always noticed small symptoms of inflammation when I ate large amounts of veggies (even low carb). I cut them out.

Once I went carnivore, I not only got leaner, I also completely cured life long anxiety and depression. I’ve put my 5 year old son who is autistic on this diet, and he is now speaking (previously non-verbal) and is social and may lose his diagnosis. There is something significant to this and while I understand there is no money in it, more research needs to be done.

Mitch A.

I tried it for 90 days and based on the positive results, I’ve decided to keep going. I ate 99% beef for the majority of this time, a little chicken, lamb, pork, fish. I failed a few times before getting the hang of it and have been strict for 90 days.

List of health issues:
* IBS (Mostly fixed)
* Depressions and Anxiety (virtually gone)
* Circulation (about the same)
* Dry Skin / pimples (lessened but variable)
* Fatigue (variable to IBS flare ups. Improved recently with D3 supplementation)
* Inflammation or general body pains (variable but improved)

Performance

It took me 6 weeks to adapt properly. Before that I would feel worn out halfway through my workout or shift. It was like I had a smaller gas tank and once I hit a point my body just wanted to rest.

I lost roughly 3-4kgs eating as much as I like. Caloric intake varied between 2,500 and 3,500 depending on how I felt. I would mostly eat two meals a day within an 8-10 hour window. After week 2 food cravings had subsided, what I used to think was hunger was really carbohydrate cravings. It’s no wonder your mood stabilizes on zero-carb/keto.

My strength in the gym has not been impacted. As long as my energy is ok then performance is good as ever. The weight-loss has lowered my body-fat % and I’m at my leanest (69-70kg). I’m very happy about my physique.

I feel more focused and driven as long as I’m not in a fatigued state. Fatigue had been ruling me some of the time but supplementing D3 has helped tremendously. I work evenings and we’ve just come into Spring, so it only makes sense. The mental clarity and lack of depression/anxiety is enough to keep me going with this diet. I don’t know whether to accredit that to ketogenesis, low inflammation, low allergy, nutrient dense animal foods or all of it.

Key Lessons

  • Adaptation takes 100% commitment.
  • You will fail. Try again.
  • 6 weeks strict is a minimum to test results.
  • Never make more than one change at a time. Stick to the foods you set.
  • Be cautious of rendered fat. Too much results in diarrhea for some people.
  • Be cautious of eating too close to bed time.
  • Keep a diary. Track your symptoms and food consumption every day.

Grant Manhart

I kept asking my orthopedist “What did thousands of years of wrecked knees do before total replacement in the 1960’s?” His and everyone else’s answer was “Men died younger then.” Comforting. A total knee replacement surgery after 4 years of toughing it out was scheduled for fall if I could make it through summer. In May I agreed to a cortisone injection into the knee to maybe get me through an active summer. It helped 20-30%, but pain returned full bore by mid-July. Surgery was waiting. Icepacks and ibuprofen and a heavy limp all summer got me to August. I heard Jordan Peterson’s video on his total meat switch. I was interested in the losing weight part, so I took nothing but meat and water and a little vodka (and ibuprofen, ice packs and ace bandages) on a solo 3 day fishing trip on August 1.

It’s funny but sometimes you don’t notice when chronic pain slowly leaves. No ice packs no ibuprofen since August 3 when I returned from fishing. The pain went away so gradually I did not notice! Today I walk absolutely normally and pain free… Still bone on bone, no “healing” a 60 yr old cartilage that is gone… but the pain is gone except for a shadowy “dang this used to really hurt when I did this” feeling… I can even jog a bit, ride a bike! I am an old hockey player and skating was the last exercise my failing knee could do, but the pain would stop me after 10 mins last winter on the pond. I have not run a step or biked in 4 years. I stopped pheasant hunting on opening day with friends all due to dread of pain, for at least 4 years, where due to immobility I gained 20 lbs. Already lost 12 of them… and it is still August!

Note I only tried the meat to lose weight… the knee was completely unexpected.

Max M.

In March, of this year, I had a minor health scare. I was not in good shape and my weight was way too high, it caused some physical problems for me. My dad then told me about the Carnivore Diet, and showed me this website. Soon after, pardon my french, I got my shit together and really got into it. That health scare was a blessing in disguise.

Starting the Carnivore Diet was easily the best decision I ever made for myself. It was the easiest and simplest diet, and I love it. Months after starting it, my energy greatly improved (without caffeine), my skin is almost back to normal, and my weight has greatly decreased as well. I feel like a new man!

In March, my peak weight was 361.2 pounds. Today, 5 months later, I weigh 296.4 pounds and in the best shape I have ever been in my adult life. The Carnivore Diet was a God send for me and I can’t think of a better way to lose the weight than I have with this. Just eating all meat and losing weight may seem ludicrous to most, but it works. #MeatHeals isn’t a gimmick, it’s legit, and I’m one of many who prove that. Losing 64.8 pounds in a little over 5 months is something not a lot of people can say, and I’m proud to be able to say that.

I’d like to sincerely thank three people. The first being Dr. Shawn Baker. Thank you for putting this diet on the map. It truly was a God send for me and I am truly grateful for it. The second person I’d like to thank is my father. He was the one who told me about this diet and he was there for me every step of the way, and I’m so happy he was there for me in this journey. The third person I’d like to thank is my stepmother. She was there for me as well in this weight loss journey and her motivation truly did help me.

I may be 40 to 50 pounds away from my target weight, but this a huge step in where I want to be. If a 22 year old guy with autism can lose this much weight, then I’m certain many more can too. Congratulations to everyone on here and I wish you the best in your continued progress to a better life!

Beau Hammock

Hi Doc,

I’m a 34 year old male. I used to weigh over 400lbs. After getting my life together and doing BJJ, Muy Thai Kickboxing, and intermittent fasting I lost 165lbs. The past year I had a rough year and blew back up 50lbs.

When I heard about the Carnivore lifestyle I decided to give it a try. It’s been about three months with a couple of backslides but I’m back down to 235lbs. I’m still overweight but I can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel. My back that I had surgery on 12 years ago feels better. My joints, especially my bad knee, have been slowly improving. And any time I’ve been weak and eaten outside of the diet I feel like I have a hangover the next day as well as joint pain and inflammation. I’ve been strict carnivore again for two weeks with no plans to stray anymore.

I’ve learned my lesson. Humans are meat eaters.