Ryan M.

Hi Doctor Shawn and to everyone out there,

I have been somewhat of a diet elitist and have been lifting weights for 15 years now. As science would tell you my diet begun with a high protein, high carb, low fat diet.

Whilst being at that time in my 20s it worked, but calories wise, I had to eat around 1800 to get to the body fat I wanted along with going through the motions of constant hunger, irritability and still struggling to lose that last bit around my waist.

Then about 7 years ago I stumbled on intermittent fasting and began eating in an 8 hour feeding window. This way of eating freed me from food and eating every 3 hours as we are told as bodybuilders. I had never felt better and mentally and physically had made significant improvements. As I dived deeper I realised my body was inducing a state of ketosis so about 5 years or so ago I began a keto diet and had noticed even greater physique and mental benefits. These benefits included reduces waist size and body fat whilst getting stronger, with almost super cognitive function and a greater sense of well-being.

One thing I had always felt in my keto travels, however, was in my day of eating when I would only have fatty cuts of meat with no other oils, butter or added fat, I would wake up the next day with more energy and actually look and perform much better. I now fast from 20 to 24 hours a day depending on my schedule and have been following your carnivore diet for 3 months now.

I just wanted to thank you Dr Shawn Baker for your words of wisdom. My body has transformed before my eyes and my performance is on another level. People are consistently commenting, and I now train full body every day with a ton of volume. I am strong and have a crazy amount of work capacity. I have made more improvements in the last 3 months than I have in the last 3 years, all due to this way of eating. I am never sore and even my little aches and pains have completely disappeared. I can actually get by now with less sleep and feel almost superhuman. I now eat anywhere from 5000 to 6000 kcals a day which consists of usually 2.5 kg of meat, usually in one sitting (with pink salt added). My taste buds and body make me crave this way of eating, and I now believe I have found the most optimal way of eating.

Thank you for listening 🙂

Kari Moldenhauer

I first heard about the carnivore way of eating from my son, who had heard Shawn Baker on the Rogan podcast. I really thought he was nuts. At the time though, I had just been dealing with the start of Adhesive Capsulitis aka Frozen Shoulder… such horrific pain I was dealing with and no end in site.

I am a determined person and face things head on. I decided to research more and then after reading about the carnivore diet being anti-inflammatory, jumped in. This was February 10th 2018. Frozen shoulder can take years to resolve. I am now in the last stage of it, thawing out they call it. No more pain and range of motion returning. I did have a saline injection and some PT which also helped, but I am recovering much much much faster than a normal case.

I have also lost a solid 10 lbs, am losing inches, fitting into pants and buckling belts tighter. These are also good side effects! I love the simplicity of this woe [ed: way of eating]. I truly think it has helped heal me. 48 yrs old.

Lauren K.

This is my daughter Lauren. We live in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. Lauren has been with us since she was adopted at 2 1/2 years old. She was born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and her body and mind is always very busy. Her main symptoms have been:

  • Facial features associated with FASD.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Lack of focus.
  • Delayed development and problems in thinking, speech, movement and social skills.
  • Poor judgement.
  • Problems with eyesight.

She has now been Carnivore for 5 weeks, but the changes to her life occurred within 24 hours of this WOE [ed: way of eating]. We started the day before school returned after the summer holidays, and the changes in her behaviour were immediate. She’s now calm and still, absorbing information with an open brain, rocking her times tables, and her reading ability has sky rocketed. She brought home a merit award for great attitude and diligent effort in classroom activities. She spends hours participating in constructive play, and last weekend the whole family watched a movie from start to finish with everyone glued to the couch. She knows all there is to know about her favourite subject of horses, and she is crushing her twice weekly Crossfit sessions. She struggles a bit with steak but loves a good roast chicken with lots of skin. The carnivore diet has been life changing for her and her future now seems so much brighter.

This week was Clean Up Australia Day and the whole school participated in pickibg up rubbish in the neighbourhood and all students were rewarded with a Super Dooper Ice Block. Things did not go well and she had an extreme sugar high followed by the low but it was a good learning curve for her and she has declared not to partake in treats at school anymore.

Below are some photos. The first is of her partaking is a sugar overload. The other 2 are of her partaking in her healthy lifestyle.

Thanking You,
Murray

Lauren used to overload on sugar and couldn’t focus at all.
Today on a carnivore diet, Lauren is happy and healthy and able to focus and achieve her goals.
On a carnivore diet, Lauren is crushing her Crossfit sessions.

Nathan Miller

Dr. Baker,

Loved your podcast with Rogan! I decided to try out the carnivore diet for one month to see how my body would react. Let’s just say my body loves it and I will be sticking with this diet forever! I feel amazing, I have seen a change in my body fat percentage and my over all health has improved. I suffer from asthma and have gluten and dairy intolerance. My gut & lungs have never felt better taking those products out of my life! Thank you!

I took some before and after pics of my one month experiment. I went from 194 to 180lbs.

Nathan before, weighing 190 lbs

Nathan after, weighing 184 lbs

Trevor Williams

My name is Trevor Williams, and I am 28 years old. I’ve been on a fitness and health roller coaster since I was in high school. I wrestled my entire life and have forever been under the impression that “carb loading” was the answer to size and strength. While it may be the quickest option, it sure does have its negatives.

About this time last year, I dealt with a bit of trauma that sent me into a 6 month downward spiral in regards to my mental and physical health. I was too depressed to eat. That was fine, because I didn’t really want to or have a reason to eat anyway. I was too depressed to talk to someone about it, also okay with the fact that I didn’t really want to do that either. What I couldn’t wrap my head around was that I didn’t even have the motivation to do the things I thought I couldn’t live without. It made absolutely no sense. One day my wife and I were cleaning our house and I believe we counted 24 Cottage Inn pizza boxes littered throughout our house. Keep in mind, this was just dinner over the course of a month or so. This is when I decided it was time for change. It started off with restricting carbs and following your generic, cookie cutter, high-fat ketogenic diet. I had a pretty quick turnaround in how I felt, but what I felt more was that counting all of these macro-nutrients was absolutely not for me. I found myself stressing to choke down more foods that I had to convince myself, or train myself to like in the first place. What in the hell was I doing? Once I first heard that there was a diet out there where people were tossing 3-4 ribeyes down their gullet each day and getting strong and lean, I was immediately sold. I obviously had questions since it’s the polar opposite from the carb heavy diet we’ve been conditioned to believe is healthy.

I listened to a few podcasts with Shawn Baker and Mark Bell talking about this diet and the hundreds of people that it’s already helped and I decided this was the move. I jumped in with both feet and instantly cut out the fluff and bought a few pounds of steak. I’ve been going strong at this for about two weeks and have already felt an increase in energy, a lift in my mood, a more dense body composition, performance in the bedroom, focus, and most importantly, my anxiety has almost completely subsided.

I have not been happier about a personal decision I’ve made in a long time. This is a very good thing, and I can already see that this is building a very strong community of MEATEATERS out there. I only hope that more people read some of these amazing stories and see the power of steak.

Thanks for reading!

Don Ewart

Shawn,

I’m 87 years old and have finally gotten my health back, or at least what I could. My diet now consists strictly of animal products. Beef steaks, liver, eggs, and bacon. No foods from plant sources. I have at last returned to my high school physique. Same weight, same pant and shirt sizes, namely 32-32 pants and medium shirts.

I have suffered from hearing loss, eye cataracts, slow heart rate that have been dealt with hearing aids, cataract surgery, and a pacemaker.

Prior to my dietary epiphany nearly 20 years ago, I ate lots of carbs. Pizza, pasta, doughnuts, rolls, buns, toast, cakes, potatoes, corn, beets and everything that was recommended by dietary guidelines. It was a disaster for me. My transition to avoiding all plant foods was gradual as I slowly learned how dangerous to my health they were. Fortunately I caught it before being diagnosed with diabetes. Now Zero Carb for almost 33 months.

Don Ewart

Mary Hamilton

I am a 59 year old female.

Diet: Standard American Diet
Weight: 230 lbs
Health issues:

  • Dyslipidemia
  • Atherosclerotic coronary disease (CAC score: 99)
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Gout: right great toe
  • Autoimmune Inflammatory conditions
  • Anxiety
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Neuropathy due to peroneal nerve entrapment after left knee replacement
  • 3 Anti-hypertension medications
  • 1 thyroid medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Anxiety medication
  • Limited ability to walk any distance due to arthritis.
  • Limited ability to stand longer than 5 minutes due to neuropathy.

I started my carnivore eating in the 90 day Carnivore Challenge in August 2017.

My weight after 90 days: 192 lbs

I have tried so many ways of eating. From Weight Watchers to Nutrisystem to Jenny Craig to Low Fat. I just got fatter and fatter. I was put on more and more blood pressure medication. I had more and more arthritis, swelling and pains. One knee joint was so bad, I had a knee replacement. That set off another series of inflammatory issues and more health issue. Sad indeed.

I followed the Autoimmune Protocol diet to resolve my AI Hepatitis after my knee replacement. I also tried the ketogenic way of eating, but it wasn’t until I only ate meat did my issues start to change. And wow, did they change dramatically! I am no longer on any antihypertensive medications. I take 1/2 of my thyroid medication every other day. No more joint pain in knees, fingers, hips, or great toe, so I am no longer take any anti-inflammatory medications. My anxiety dramatically improved. I can walk long distances again. My left lower leg no longer goes numb. I can actually stand without worrying of falling or stumbling when I walk. My post Carnivore 90 Day blood work showed some improvements in a few of the lipids.

A1C level:

  • 7/17/2017 – 5.9
  • 11/17/2017 – 5.1

I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am tracking the dyslipidemia and coronary calcification. I will have additional testing for both next August.
I will continue to eat meats, drink water, coffee and an occasional wine.
My health journey continues and I will keep you updated as to my cardiac improvements!

Zane Zway

I was a pretty fit guy before 2015. In November of that year I started having intense crippling pain in my joints and connective tissue. Over the course of two years I started losing the ability to move and exercise or even dress myself.

I searched for answers for two years, going to doctors, neurologists and some rheumatologists, I even had a surgery on my right elbow thinking I had a pinched nerve. I watched my body and my youth melt away. Love handles and a spare tire showed up the less I moved. I was only 29 but my body became so old and sore. In December 2017 I found out that I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and began treatment with methotrexate.

On almost the same day listened to the Joe Rogan podcast with Dr. Shawn Baker. I was curious and desperate enough to try this wacky diet. Wow… The photo of me below was taken yesterday. I do not exercise or do crunches or anything like that. I just eat steaks, between 2 and 4 of them a day. I mountain bike once a week now and feel like I could walk on water. I’m going for the rest of the year. I hope this inspires and help some of you. Shawn Baker and his tribe have reshaped my life. It appears that I am a carnivore folks…

Zane has overcome rheumatoid arthritis, lost weight, and regained his fitness after eating a carnivore diet!

Dominic Quarless-Rapson

I have been working with ketosis for 4 years.

Carnivore since middle of December, not looking back now.

Growing muscle mass, while staying incredibly shredded at 82kg at the moment. Deadlifting over triple my bodyweight and going for the 80kg-85kg British deadlift record. Prior to carnivore, my lifts were not going up and only slowly when improving. Mental energy and focus for the lifts has sky rocketed since meat only.

Skin is completely clear, immune system is optimum, recovery every night from training 2-3 times a day and energy has never been higher.

George Briley

I am a 21 year old male. I currently weigh 297lbs. After listening to Dr Shawn Baker on JRE, I was convinced that the Carnivore diet would be worth a try for me… whilst I was overweight this was a very low issue on my list.

At 18 years old I had set 9 powerlifting world records and won 3 classes at the world championships. I was extremely proud that I had maintained a weight below 275lbs (265 was my average weight) despite smashing meals as I wished, priding myself on high consumption levels being offset by my training intensity.

But a year prior I had torn my left glute, I had not let it heal correctly and continued to train. I regularly needed time off in order to cope with the pain level I’d be in, often unable to walk. Thankfully my sport requires standing, laying and standing.

After becoming a world champion, this pain just got worse and worse. Starting a full time job, I suddenly had a requirement to be able to walk to and from work. This was a struggle. I dialed down training intensity until I trained no more and lived every day in pain. My eating continued, both to console my pain and because it was the only thing I could still do. I shot up to 450lbs eventually. Fat, unhealthy, and in pain. Even sitting in my car was a struggle!

George eventually shot up to 450lbs and was in constant pain.

After many visits to doctors… many returns to the gym and a lot of pain management… I got decently OK at managing my pain. I was back in the gym daily and once again the pain intensified. No more gym but at least I had started to take some control. I had started to lose weight. Back down to 340lbs… not great, but better than before! To give an idea of what I considered to be a manageable amount of pain: I couldn’t walk 100 yards without physically needing to stop and rest. By the end of the day, crawling up the stairs would usually lead to me crying in pain. I would lie in bed, need the toilet and had to continually decide between spoiling the bed or facing the pain… I’m happy to say I kept what dignity I had left. But that was me every day.

At 370 lbs, George needed pain killers to move around at all, and was still in great pain.

The doctors found I had degenerative disc disease, causing sciatica, and there was nothing they could do. This pain was what I faced for the rest of my life. Up until December 2017. Then carnivore began… now I walk regularly, going from an average of below quarter mile a day to averaging 3-4 miles per day (6,000 to 7,000 steps), including a steep 1 mile uphill walk daily! On top of that, I now cycle places I would often drive to, and I don’t have to make my fiancĂ©e take breaks every 20 seconds whilst walking. I’ve lost another 50lb and my muscles feel full and strong despite little to no weight training.

I can visit zoos, go shopping, and most importantly, enjoy life.

A year ago I was 20 years old, severely obese, in constant dire pain and had doubts I’d make it past 50 years old. A life that short would seem like a death sentence, but for me, 30 more years of this… that’s what seemed like a punishment!! Now I look forward to every day! I can’t wait to be in good, healthy shape! To make the most of my life and make the most of it with my beautiful fiancĂ©e who I can only thank for being so patient and helping me through this journey.

Thank you Dr Shawn for the new lease of life you have given me, and good luck to everyone else who is looking at this way of eating. The changes it makes to you may be big or small, but I hope they are as positive for you as they are for me!

George Briley today after a few months of carnivory, down over 50 pounds (297 lbs) and pain-free!