Patrick Kuehner

I am 33 years old. For a long time I consumed a lot of bad things on a regular basis: Mountain Dew, Monster, all kinda of carbs (especially rice; my wife is Asian). I wasn’t taking good care of myself.

In 2013, my body started rejecting the abuse. I knew this would be coming, but I didn’t expect it at that age. I was very active (military). Vigorous exercise for at least an hour every day. Then, I started gaining weight, and my knee got real bad. I had chronic tendinitis in my knee caused by Osgood-Schlatter (misdiagnosed many times as Chronic Osgood-Schlatter). I started getting stomach issues; diarrhea, inconsistent BMs, bloating, gas, heartburn (I never had heartburn!), trouble sleeping, hip pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. It all came to a head when I got diverticulitis. My diverticulitis was actually on the lower right side. So, everyone (including me, I did my research before going to the ER) thought it was appendicitis. It was like, “Oh. It’s appendicitis. No big deal. We’ll prep you for surgery. Meanwhile, we’ll take this CT just to confirm.” Well, that CT showed diverticulitis, not appendicitis. And, the doctor’s were freaked! They made me think that was way worse than anything else. Why? My age. They concerned about the pockets that form to create the diverticula, or if I had other issues. Scared the crap out of me. I had a colonoscopy on my birthday in 2014. Some minor polyps were discovered. I had surgery on my knee a month later to do a patellar tendon cadaver graft. I felt horrible. I felt like my body was giving up on me, and my knee never recovered.

So, started my journey towards trying become healthier. At the end of 2014 I started a calorie restrictive diet. Whole foods, low fat, lean meats, plenty of veggies and fruits…and, more resistance training. Yes, I lost a little bit of weight. I started feeling a little better, but I couldn’t sustain it. It was too expensive, and cravings started to kill me. And, I started feeling bloated all the time, gassy, and heartburn. Then, I started a high protein diet, and restricted my carbs. The advice at the time was like 20% carb, 30% fat, and 50% protein. Not exact, but basically stick with low carb intake and only whole grain products. I continued exercise as well. My knee had a brief period where it felt a lot better (but, still about 60%). Again, not sustainable. Same feeling with my gut, still too expensive, and my energy levels started dropping. I just couldn’t stop the cravings for Mountain Dew and energy drinks. I wouldn’t last a day without them. So, I tried going back to calorie restriction again, but extreme this time. No more than 1,200 calories a day. Still didn’t work. Unsustainable. This was over the course of 3 years. I had been back to the doctor with another case of diverticulitis, my knee had gotten worse again, my hip got worse, and I had some serious BM issues. I gave up. Just figured my body was breaking down and there wasn’t anything I could do about it.

So, since January of 2018, I’ve been listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. I heard him speak about keto several times. High fat, when it was broken down seemed like it was a good idea. I looked into some things to get started, and realized it was a lot of counting macros. And, I just didn’t have the money to ensure I was on that kind of level. Then, a little over a month ago he brought up the Carnivore Diet briefly, and mentioned Dr. Shawn Baker. So, on Wednesday, March 21st, I listened to the episode with Dr. Shawn Baker. I was blown away. I started doing my research into evolution, brain size, digestive systems, and cholesterol. I realized what was Dr. Baker said wasn’t crazy. Finally, that Friday, I came home from work, and said no more carbs! Only meat and water. I ate just the meat of what my wife had cooked that night. Ended up getting hungry before bed. Ate some hamburger and eggs. The next morning I woke up starving! I hadn’t had an appetite like that in years! I had been eating for two reasons: random cravings, and I knew I had to. That day it continued. I was ravenous! I wasn’t bloated, I didn’t have heartburn, and I felt good! I could not believe that in just a few hours I was feeling that much better. I said to myself, I need to slow down, and not get too excited. Some of that had to be attributed to a placebo effect, right? Maybe. I don’t know. What I do know is the feeling continued for the last month. Also, that day, I drove almost 10 hours. Got out of my vehicle when I got to my destination, and my knee was fine! It wasn’t stiff, or painful at all!

Maybe it’s too soon to know everything. I’m only a month in. But, this is what I know: down 14 lbs., no bloating, no heartburn, I have an appetite, knee pain way less than before, no hip pain, no back pain, no shoulder pain, sleeping better, waking up easier, more energy, and I can afford it! It’s just so simple.

Jón Jakobsson

I was asked by the man that really started the carnivore movement in Iceland to share my story.

Then, let’s begin at the beginning. My name is Jón Jakobsson. I am 48 years old and from Iceland. I have always been fat. When I was a kid, I was fat until I discovered Judo, and then I got massive – huge, not fat, but powerful – and that lasted about 10 years or until I blew out my back. I had to undergo surgery for a slipped disk in my lower back.

The thing is I gave up Judo, but I did not stop eating like a competitive athlete, and it went out of control. When I was practicing Judo, I was 120-130 kilos and had a very little fat on me, I could eat about 12-15,000 calories per day, and still ate like that after I had given up the sport.

One of my worst days was when my weight got to 183 kilos my blood pressure was too high, and my sugar levels were as well.

My doctor decided to send me to a weight program clinic for 6 weeks. There I was taught that you could eat everything but in smaller portions and do that about 6 times a day. I have to mention that this program is mostly for people that are going to go for the GASTRIC BYPASS surgery. I spoke to the head doctor of this program (he actually was my home physician before he became the head doctor of this program) about the possibility of if I should go for this surgery, but the doctor said NO. He told me that I had top large of a frame, and this would not be good for me. I really was relieved that he said that.

So, after this program I got down to 140-150 kilos, and my sugar levels normalized and now I thought, well I’m on the right way, but NO, the last few years I have been around 160 kilos and still taking high blood pressure meds.

4 years ago, my sugar levels got too high again and my doctor put me on pills (Glucophage). It started at 1 pill twice a day, and I ended up taking 3 pills twice a day. I tried to stop eating sugar and lost 7 kilos, but all for naught and finally last year I got an extra pill (Januvia) to take once a day on top of the Glucophage and the doctor wanted me to try this for one month.

So now we get to the part why I’m telling you my story, the date is 4 January 2018, I have a new doctor and he is young 😊. I had heard about this “diet” (I personally don’t like to call it a diet) called carnivore diet from a friend of mine that had tried it out for a month before Christmas.

I went to my doctor and told him about this and he was a little sceptic but said ok to try this out.

Well at that time I’m 154 kilos sugar levels about 10 mmol/L.

My doctor wanted a thorough blood test, and that was scheduled later that same month.
So, I started to eat meat and lots of meat. I went for the blood test on 30 of January a week later the doctor phoned me and told me that my sugar levels where down to 8.4 mmol/L everything else was good. Me and my doctor decided to lower my sugar meds to 2 pills a day as I was only eating once a day (I did not need to eat more). I was feeling good in my body, full of energy, and my aches in my knees were gone (I always thought my knee aches were associated with years of practicing Judo). So, I continued with eating meat.

Last week I ran out of Glucophage and as I knew that I had a doctor’s appointment today I wanted to experiment a little and skip them until I would see the doctor.

Now I went to the doctor this morning and the first thing he said to me was, you lost some weight. I went directly to the scale and stepped on it 141 kilos. He measured my blood sugar levels with a little blood drop from my finger, 7.3 mmol/L and blood pressure 138/80.

So, I was happy about this and so was my doctor, and he is still a little confused that this happens by only eating meat. We talked about what to do next, he said that the next step is a thorough blood test where they will measure long term sugar levels.
He also said that I should stop taking Glucophage at least until after the result of the blood test.

And that’s that, I hope you guys can forgive this long ranting, but as a closing I only have to say MEAT HEALS.

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.

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Ethan before carnivory and a few months later

George Ramos

I would like to start by thanking Joe Rogan for having Dr. Baker on his podcast, because it was that day that I heard about such a simple and very effective carnivorous diet. After hearing such helpful and full of information, on Feb. 27, I started my journey in the world of a carnivorous diet and have lost 70 lbs. It feels amazing and also would thank Dr. Baker and my cousin Tony for helping me gain knowledge about this diet. It’s not just a diet but a lifestyle. #meatheals

Andrew Funnell

Like so many others here I watched Dr. Shawn Baker on the Joe Rogan Podcast.

After two months on this woe [ed: way of eating] I have lost 8kg of fat, gained a little muscle, but gained a lot more strength. My asthma and hay fever issues are almost totally gone, and I’m feeling great.
The ability to get away from the old cravings/crash cycle of my former woe to a now steady level of energy for the whole day is so calming.

Jeremiah Squier

In October of last year, I heard the Joe Rogan podcast with Shawn Baker. Shawn was talking about just eating meat. It sounded crazy, but I was willing to try it. At the time, I was close to 260-275 pounds, borderline diabetic, my cholesterol was over 250, my LDL 205, and my blood sugar and blood pressure were both high.

I was on the path to a heart attack and diabetes. So I started eating meat and slowly working out. I dropped 20 pounds in the first two months. Currently I’m down almost 50 pounds, my cholesterol is 205, my LDL 148, and both my blood sugar and blood pressure are normal. I’ve never felt better in my life. I even stopped taking sleep meds and anxiety meds. Who would have thought eating meat and not being lazy would do the trick? Shawn Baker is dead on and I have no doubt about being a meat eater now.

Christopher M.

Hey everyone,

I would like to make this short and simple since this diet is just that. Cutting out all carbohydrates has been the most profound thing I have done for my health. It’s been a phenomenal 3 months. The benefits of this diet are undeniable and obvious. I have experienced optimal health for the first time after a long journey of seeking it. I now know what it feels like to be nourished for the first time in my 32 years of life, even after vegan, paleo, Atkins.

I have to ask, why has this been hidden for so long? As an ICU nurse I care for a never-ending line of heart attack and stroke patients. They just never stop coming and its all day everyday, and everywhere.

  • Neuro: My mood is stable and peaceful all day, my mind is easily focused. No more need for coffee or caffeine intake. No more energy crashes after meals. Nagging back pain from a pinched nerve is gone.
  • Cardiopulmonary: A significant improvement in both short and long distance exercises. Recovery during exercise is much faster.
  • Gut health: NO more gas, bloating, hemorrhoids and painful bowel movements. There is very little stool output every 3-4 days. I used to eat 2-3 bananas a day just to keep everything regular and soft.
  • Losing weight is effortless: I lost 17 pounds of water and fat in 2 weeks (from 205-188). I’m leaner than I ever been. I eat beef, eggs, and lard. I’ve never been more satisfied and still get excited for every meal. I’m never hungry between meals, I can easily work a 12 hour shift without food or snacks. I stopped taking all my supplements: vitamins/minerals, fish oil, protein powders, pre-workouts. I no longer feel like I’m missing out on anything in my diet anymore. Sugar cravings no longer exist. The idea of something sweet is now repulsive to me.
  • Genitourinary: Kidneys still work just fine. Libido healthier than ever.
  • Musculoskeletal: I can see my abs again with relatively little work. I used to work out twice a day! Crossfit has been my life. After adopting this diet I no longer feel the need to exercise as much. (this is a huge benefit for me). If I miss a few days or even a week in the gym, it’s no big deal. I just feel so good and my joints are happier for it. This is the lowest percentage of body fat I’ve ever experienced.

Lastly, we need to advocate this diet to our friends and family. I know the majority of people will scoff at the idea of an all meat diet, but statistically speaking these are the same people who will eventually be rotating through emergency rooms, ICU’s, nursing homes, and morgues.

Cut out all plant food. Stay away from coffee and tea. Eat meat and drink water. Do this for a month and you’ll better understand that humans evolved to eat this way for a reason.

Kyle Ennis

Hello Dr. Baker,

My name is Kyle, and I am in debt to your expertise. I have set out on this no carb all meat journey with little to no expectations on the outcome. I started the day after Christmas of course feeling like crap from the terrible insulin dump, and this time I told myself I’m going to change my life around. After hearing your competing interview on JRE I was compelled to try this at least for a week… slowly that week turned into 2 and then grew to a month… I’m currently on day 63 of what has been the healthiest experiment I could have ever tried.

I started this with a notebook that I have write everything down in, consumption, water, workouts, feelings, etc. and branches out to experimenting with water retention for cutting weight for jiu-jitsu. I am a 10th Planet jiu-jitsu competitive athlete, and I have always had issues with my weight. This diet turned that around for me I set a goal to podium at the lowest weight I could make and I did just that.

On a carnivore diet, Kyle is leaner and stronger than ever before.

Over the 60 days my weight cut went extremely easy, and I have decided to go down another class with more prep time! My strength was extremely high, my cardio was through the roof, and most importantly the fat basically melted away. I have never felt happier/healthier in my life and have become “that guy” that tells everyone meat heals… (Hahah I have turned a couple). Words can’t express the thanks that I have for you!!!

Kyle’s jiu-jitsu performance has increased tremendously and with ease on a carnivore diet.

Michelle S.

I have quite a history with food and diets. Since Junior High I have maintained a 30 lb weight range (118-148 lbs) which fell into the “normal” range for my 5’5″ height. I struggled with anorexia in my early teens, and then in the 80-90’s, I ate low fat/low calorie, exercised, and was bulimic. Through 7 pregnancies and nursing I would eat “normal low fat SAD” and then return to calorie restriction and bulimia & over the counter diet pills/supplements.

In 2003 I tried Atkins, eating mostly low fat/low carb/low calorie and was able to maintain my weight without bulimia, but I still exercised regularly. Being hypoglycemic I had times I would pass out or even have seizures from blood sugar drops. In 2007 I turned to Paleo, but I was at my highest weight and didn’t feel comfortable/confident. In 2012 diagnosed with breast cancer & had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. I then began Keto/HFLC and chased ketones for several years!

In 2013 a rash developed on my shins, I saw numerous doctors and specialists with no answers (family doctor diagnosed scabies :/, dermatologist tried numerous topical creams and I ended up with the strongest steroid cream and living on Benadryl for itch). After some research, in 2015 I did a 21 day water fast – my skin began to clear after a week and by the end of 3 weeks I was free of rash & inflammation. I returned to eating Keto, and the rash returned. A naturopath ordered several tests & discovered I was gluten/dairy/nut/corn intolerant, my hormones were all over the place, thyroid wasn’t functioning optimally, and I had developed an autoimmune disorder. I then began AIP, which was very difficult as most of the veggies I liked were nightshades or on the “no” list. The rash and incredibly itchy, inflamed, red, alligator like skin was consuming me again – even the cream (could only be used 2 weeks then off 2 weeks) wasn’t working.

I listened to Dr. Shawn Baker on a podcast and decided to join the N=many experiment. I began carnivore 9/15/17 and within a week my rash was gone, and inflammation was greatly reduced. After 3 months I had no rash/achy joints/headaches/sniffles/inflammation, and my blood glucose is much more level. I would love to have dairy again someday, but at this point I’m just hoping to heal my body of the years of mistreatment. If only I had discovered Carnivore 35 years ago!!! I’ve continued to run half and full marathons and Pikes Peak since Carnivore, practice Yoga & feel fabulous and confident with Carnivore. 🙂

Adam M.

Hello to Dr. Baker and everyone,

Just for some background, I’m 26 years old. I have been a police officer for the past three years and serve on a variety of specialized teams, to include the SWAT Team, K9 Bloodhound Tracking Team, and Riot Team. I have also been serving for the past six years in the Army National Guard as in a Light Infantry unit in charge of a heavy weapons squad. So over a deployment and the requirements of these units, it entails aggressive physical standards with a demanding training schedule.

The demands as of late have been weighing down on me, it was taking me longer to recover after workouts or call-outs, my sleep had gotten worse, and I had been putting on some noticeable body fat.

Cut to seeing Dr. Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan’s podcast. The science of Dr. Baker’s diet, the results, the evidence was very compelling. Moreover, the simplicity of it. It just felt right.

After a few months of the carnivore diet, everything has improved. My workouts have significantly improved, recovery is renewed, my energy levels are up, and my sleep is better than I have felt in years, my body fat is disappearing and I am steadily gaining more muscle. Then there are the other aspects. My grocery shopping takes 10 minutes on a long day and I look forward to every meal. I am finally eating the amount of protein I need to be getting and cutting out the carbohydrates and the sugar has really helped to lean me out and improve my mood, workouts, and energy.

Take the time to look into this diet and the science and research that Dr. Baker regularly displays. The results are real, you become a more optimized and resilient version of yourself.