Mike Altizer

Back in high school I was your prototypical athlete playing football, running track. Best shape of my life, had the ripped six pack, could eat everything and anything. Just like most when high school ended everything changed except the way I ate. I continued to eat everything and anything I wanted. My metabolism kept up for the most part until I hit the dreaded 30 year mark. In 19 years I went from 5’11”-195lbs to 244lbs. I would look in the mirror or see pictures and think “This isn’t you”. That football body is still in there I know what to do and how to work out. Which is true, however between family, work, and just plain life the time and in reality the effort was not there. Every time I went on a diet of some sort I felt miserable and starving.

Then in early December of 2017 I came across the Joe Rogan podcast with Dr. Shawn Baker. I must have watched it 20 times as it intrigued me. Here is this doctor not necessarily pushing his diet, just talking about how for almost a year at that time he had only eaten meat and drank water. Dr. Baker’s results weren’t what intrigued me, it was how he talked about it. The fact he said multiple times different things work for different people do what works for you. I thought to myself, “I love steak!” In fact the only time I ate vegetables or fruits was as a topping on my pizza or burger. So on December 11th, 2017 I told my wife I was going on this carnivore diet. To which she rolled her eyes as if to say here we go again, another diet that won’t last.

In the beginning I found myself hungry as usual. I was eating a variety of chicken, fish, pork, and beef, eating cheese cubes as snacks. Once I hit the third week I found my body only responded to beef. Nothing else gave me energy or made me feel full and satisfied. From that point on it was steaks, steaks, and occasional ground beef. No need or want for cheese cubes anymore, I was feeling the best I have felt in years. I was dropping weight at an amazing pace even though I average eating 3lbs of beef a day. Probably because I was obese for my size and frame. For the first time ever, I saw my goal coming into reach. I sit here today having surpassed my goal of 195lbs. I am 192lbs and have never felt so amazing. I love what I eat (ribeyes) and how I feel. Thank you so much to Dr. Baker for unintentionally inspiring me to try a new way of life!

My advice to anyone thinking about trying this is the same I took. Try it but in the end do what works for you.

Left: Mike, down 50 pounds after only 2 months of carnivory; Right: Mike, before carnivory

Jacob B.

Keep up the good fight, doc.

At 28, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my hands.

At 29, I had my first colonoscopy and diagnosis with diverticulitis.

At 32, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

I powerlifted through my 20’s, but at 35, I couldn’t run or push hard for fear of a-fib.

I got fat.  At 27, I had man boobs and love handles. I couldn’t walk flight of stairs and had very few solid bowel movements.

I began cutting stuff out and realized that every time I cut a grain or veggie, I felt better and got leaner. Exactly 18 months later, I am approaching 37 years old and have 8.5% body fat and run 3.5 miles/day. I have lower blood pressure, higher good cholesterol. Zero a-fib issues. Zero diverticulitis issues. I require less sleep (4.5 hours), and I get more done during day.

And, I’ll tell ya, the benefits in the bedroom with the wife are off the charts.

Go carnivore, live better.

Amy van Oostende

Left: Amy at 21 years old, 216 pounds; Right: Amy at 43 years old, 120 pounds

Hi!

I’m Amy van Oostende. I’m 43 years old, married with 4 children (4, 13, 21, and 24). I’m a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP).

Before I became a nutritionist I was a personal trainer. Food and nutrition has been my passion for many years. However, I grew up on the standard American diet. After the birth of my first baby I fell for the “fat free” scam and subsequently became super depressed and gained tons of weight. At which point I got pregnant with baby number 2 and proceeded to gain an additional 67lbs!

I spent the next 6 or 7 years miserable. Counting calories. Trying to starve then binging on food. Laying in bed every night hating myself for screwing up. Vowing “tomorrow would be different!” Exercising the whole time, mind you! Many thousands of hours spent on the elliptical or treadmill!

Years passed. I thought I was “normal” with my daily headaches (there’s a king size bottle of Tylenol at Costco for a reason, right?!), heartburn, knee pain, depression, irritability, PMS, debilitating cramps, awful skin, breakouts, skin tags (eww), gray hairs starting in my 20’s, frequent colds, the flu and an epic string of strep throat (8 times in 15 months! And yes, antibiotics every single time… I shudder at the thought).

I didn’t lose weight in any miraculous or healthy way initially. I tried Metabolife and it certainly worked. I drank coffee all day and starved myself. This went on for awhile, I did give up the Metabolife thank God but kept on counting calories and fat grams and hours at the gym. At 5’5″ I hovered around 140lbs doing this.

Fast forward a few years, I started doing CrossFit and Paleo. I attended a nutrition seminar held by Robb Wolf and committed to “30 days of Paleo”. That was over 8 years ago. And believe me, the early days were full of many mistakes! Cheat days, sugar free popsicles, nasty chemicals, splenda in my coffee, you name it!

Since then I’ve spent most of my years on a keto/paleo template. I did tinker with higher carb paleo for a year. That was awful. I gained about 10 lbs of solid fat. Didn’t feel any better and my strength did not improve one iota!

I really only tried a carnivore diet out of sheer curiosity! (I thought that Baker guy was nuts! Lol) I already felt “pretty good”, or so I thought… however:

    • I had random gallbladder pain
    • occasional heartburn
    • my hair was falling out!!
    • my strength was stalled. I hadn’t improved any of my lifts in years (I do powerlifting. For fun, not competitively)
    • my mood, while better wasn’t great
    • my joints were a little achy especially if I sat in the same position for a long time. Which I chalked up to normal.
    • I was still fairly lean but not quite as lean as I had been previously. I’d pretty much lost all visible abs. Which I attributed to a reduction in exercise. And age.
    • my cycle was ok, although it took takes to “get going” – start, stop, start, stop.
    • I had adrenal fatigue (low cortisol all day)

I actually love veggies (with loads of fat, of course!) So, I figured I would try the carnivore thing and maybe last a week.

Within 8 days (I think) I got my first pullup EVER. Keep in mind I’ve been training seriously for over 20 years and never gotten a pull up before!

This almost surreal zen feeling came over me… I can’t explain it, but I knew I had no desire to stop! I started losing weight and body fat… my abs came back! At 5’5″ I went from maybe 130lbs to 117-120lbs and 13% body fat.

  • My heartburn, gone
  • My gallbladder pain, gone
  • My hair QUIT FALLING OUT
  • My mood and energy shot through the roof
  • Zero joint pain/stiffness
  • My cycle is perfect! Starts like normal, no cramps or PMS at all!
  • While I have not tested my cortisol levels again, all my symptoms of adrenal fatigue are gone!

Cooking and shopping is SO EASY! I have a family of four and we all eat basically the same.

After over 6 months I continue to see improvements in the gym. I eat primarily beef, pork, chicken. A little bit of cheese and eggs. I generally eat twice a day. Around 2lbs a day on average. I drink alcohol a few times a month (tequila). I don’t cheat at all. I have no desire.

For a nutritionist, this is a huge paradigm shift! But, all you need is an open mind and a willingness to experiment!

Amy while on a keto diet eating tons of veggies
Amy on a carnivore diet eating no veggies!

I run a Facebook group, Healthy Curiosity where I post a lot about the carnivore life (among other things!):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/298586013807972/

I’m also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/amyv_ntp

Instagram: http://instagram.com/amyvanoostende

 

Catarina Carson

I’m a 24 year old woman who has been eating a carnivorous diet for almost 6 months! I eat mostly beef and pork with some dairy, eggs and bone broth. Prior to adopting a zero carb lifestyle I was eating a TON of vegetables on a low carb Paleo Diet. I even went so far as to only eat natural, pasture raised, grass-fed and free-range meats. I ate that way for a few years. Then my mom told me she was switching from keto to carnivore and felt amazing! I was skeptical but sick of having painful cystic acne and mood swings. I was ready to try absolutely ANYTHING.

Within a DAY of eating zero carb I noticed a difference in my mood. Heaps of energy and euphoria! I didn’t know I was lethargic before, but looking back, I certainly was. I woke up the next day with NO new acne and existing acne already improving! This was plenty to get me hooked on meat. That was in August 2017. I started carnivore at about 115 lbs 5’2″ and I now fluctuate between 107-110 lbs.

I have noticed the following improvements: overall leaner body composition, increased libido, CLEAR SKIN, softer skin, more restful sleep, zero cravings for sugar or alcohol, more energy, hair / nail growth, more visible muscles, increased strength, better stamina, confidence, a feeling of being calm or even zen (I would have described myself as panicky and anxious 6 months ago.) My cycle has regulated itself. Two years ago I was diagnosed with irregular periods! I now have a very predictable cycle with next to zero cramping and much milder mood swings. The list grows.

Catarina’s face before and after going carnivore. No more acne!

Grocery shopping is a breeze. Hardly need a list! I went from spending 20+ hours a week meal prepping/cooking for my boyfriend and myself, to maybe 8 hours a week. I can go longer between meals! I eat twice a day on average and I still drink coffee in the morning with heavy cream. When I started carnivore I was still occasionally smoking cigarettes and a few weeks in, my nicotine cravings vanished. I quit cold turkey!! My whole life has improved and I completely attribute it to replacing vegetables with a TON of meat. #meatheals and I have to thank Dr. Baker for his commitment to this movement. Without this way of life I’d be surviving but not thriving the way I am now!!

Keto Endurance

Hello Shawn,

I am 37. I have been Low Carb for 2 years. The first 20 months probably 80% Keto and 20% LCHF similar to Primal Blueprint. I have been on a Carnivore Diet for the last 4 months.

I have never been obese or had any noticeable metabolic diseases. However by the time I was 35 I was the heaviest I had ever been – 212 pounds which is heavy for me and the weight sat around my belly.

In the 20 months on Low Carb I dropped from 212 to 182 pounds, then from 182 to 171 pounds on Carnivore. Weight is so easily managed on Keto and Carnivore.

I fully respect Keto, and it helped me a lot. I would recommend it to anyone. However I have found that Carnivore is superior in a few way for me personally:

  • Dropped 11 pounds almost immediately from a maintenance weight of 182 pounds on Keto
  • I had chronic ankle joint morning stiffness/arthritis due to soccer injuries for over 10 years, cleared up in 2 weeks.
  • Would get sporadic lower back pain, which I put down to slouching. Experienced no lower back pain in 4 months.
  • No improvement in my running but has not declined either.
  • I do get the urge to lift stuff. So I am going to do a Press Up / Pull Up challenge in January.
  • No cravings for any plants, and I actually like fruit and veg but I have no desire to eat it.
  • It is also really easy to plan as you just buy meat, keto can get a little tiresome at times.
  • Shockingly I have not died of Scurvy and I still poop 🙂

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Steph S.

Hey there!

I would love to share my story!

It’s only been 6 months but an all meat diet has changed my me as a person drastically! I came from the keto diet. I have since lost 50 lbs of fat. I still have a long ways to go in the weight department. My mind is what has gotten me through this. I’ve had depression and anxiety since I was little. I was scared to talk to people and had planned out suicide 3 times. I should have been medicated but I hated the numb feeling. I was also bulimic for 15 years. I would binge and purge everyday at least twice a day and never thought that would be something I would ever get rid of. I have not had an emotional outburst or a bulimic episode in the six months of eating nothing but meat. No looking back!