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Jeff eliminated his type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea on a carnivore diet

Jeff used fasting and carnivore to lose 85 lbs and keep it off for over 2 years. He went from 270 lbs to 185 lbs.

 

He eliminated his type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint inflammation and sleep apnea.

 

Jeff has killed his carb addiction and also his alcohol cravings.  His blood work is normal and he is off all of his medications.

 

He feels better and stronger at 50 than 20 years ago! 

 

Listen to Jeff’s success story on the MeatRx.com podcast

John gained mental clarity, energy and focus on a carnivore diet

First picture was in May – I was a “SAD” diet eater and heavy drinker.  After two 6 week periods of attempts to control and count calories, and then counting calories and periodic fasting (and losing zero weight), I decided to go all-in on Carnivore.  These are pictures I took monthly, from May 17th (day 0) to August 17th 2020.
 
I’m currently 37 years old, but In my mid 20’s I was extremely fit and did crossfit 5 or 6 days a week, ate a strict paleo diet, and was overall really “heathy”, but my lifestyle and health declined as I got older (injuries and other hobbies came into play, and I started to work out less).   My relatively healthy lifestyle took a nosedive in the summer of 2019 when my wife and I had our baby boy – Fitness took a back seat, and as laziness set in, and my diet turned into eating pizza, chicken tenders, and any other “junk” i could make while dealing with all the things new parents deal with, I also started to get into the craft beer scene, and started drinking IPA’s like they were going out of style – and the mimosa-marathon Sundays just got longer and longer…The excuses are plentiful, but the reality is, it was all my fault, I’d let myself go.  I ate like shit and drank too much, and I knew I had to make a change.  In a period of around 6 months I had gone from a 34″ waist to my recently purchased 38″ jeans barely fitting.  My belts were almost out of holes…not good!
 
Rewinding a bit:  January 2020, I had this lofty goal of losing weight, stopping drinking, etc.  The normal new years resolution stuff.  I watched the vegan doc “Game Changer”, and thought that a lot of what they showed the viewers was pretty compelling.  It definitely made me consider the extreme vegan route – not for any moral reasons, but just because I wanted to lose weight and turn things around as far as how I felt.  BUT, I compared the food on a vegan diet to how successful I had been losing weight eating a paleo diet, and decided I just really couldn’t see myself giving up food that I knew worked for me in the past.  The one thing that always bothered me with paleo, however, was that I was constantly crapping my brains out.  Salads gave me major stomach issues, and lean meat never made me feel really full.  So even on strict paleo, I was “healthy” looking, I wasn’t fat,  but I never felt that good.  I remember having ridiculous weekly cheat meals where I’d crush two pizzas by myself.  Again, it’s like the diet should work, but it never left me feeling as good as I looked.  So Feb 2020, I started to move in the direction of eating paleo, but I was still drinking beers, having “cheat meals” all weekend, and sometimes during the week.  I couldn’t – at that point – really control my drinking…it had become a habit.  I’d drink because that’s what I did when I got home from work.  I knew I was in trouble.
 
 
In March of 2020, I was fortunate enough to stumble on the Joe Rogan / Dr. Shawn Baker interview on youtube…that was the beginning of my “game changer”.
 
The truth is, over the next several weeks,  I did a deep dive into the topic.  I found the meatRx website, found Ken Berry, found Saladino, started reading studies, started looking into my family history of medical problems, learned what an autoimmune disease really is, and started to learn all the science behind diet, and why it mattered.  Then,  May 17th 2020.  I was drunk off champagne sitting on my deck, taking pictures with my son, and saw how fat I had become.  I was embarrassed, I was depressed, I’d let myself go, it was time to change.  I went strict carnivore on May 18th, 2020.
 
 
 
This carnivore diet, from about the second week forward, has made me feel better, mentally sharper, more focused, and more energetic.  I don’t have cravings for any junk food, I don’t drink anymore – and don’t have any cravings for alcohol.   I work out almost every day – and remain injury free.  It’s hard to put into words exactly how good I feel, all I can say is that I feel bad for people who don’t eat carnivore – they have no idea what they’re missing!  This website, Dr. Baker’s podcasts, and the other info available from this community has opened up the door to learning so much more about health and wellness, that I’m confident now that I can say this diet is without a doubt the 3rd best thing to happen to me in the last 20 years (my beautiful bride and baby boy are  #1 and 2). 
 
 
I would guess in 90 days I’m down at least 40 pounds, but honestly, weight loss is a great side effect that goes along with just how damn good it feels to be on this diet.  I eat mostly grocery store beef, less than 10% grass fed (I think grain fed just tastes better…!).   I add in organ meat on occasion, but find desiccated organ capsules from Amazon are more palatable for me.  I get the “carnivore crack” from a local grocery store, I make my own “carnivore” mayo, I eat some cheese, I drink coffee with heavy cream, and I eat the thunder out of some red meat – and the fattier the cuts the better.  I feel satiated all the time, I feel “good” all the time, I don’t get headaches, I don’t get sick, I don’t get tired.  I sleep like a baby, I wake up ready to kick-ass, and I honestly feel like I’m reverse aging.
 
I’m a  huge advocate of this diet, in my social circle.  I’ve started to educate my friends and family about the benefits of Carnivore / Keto, I’ve shared information with my mom and sister who both are suffering from autoimmune diseases (hoping they’ll see the light), and I’m happy to be a part of the “Carnivore” family here on meatRX.  The stories on the site definitely played a part in me trying this, and I’m happy to now share my success story as well.
 
 
I highly recommend this diet to anyone who needs to make a big change in their life – It might be the 3rd best thing to happen to you too.  3 months has totally changed my outlook on the next 20 years of my life. If you stick with the program, I promise after 90 days you won’t be disappointed.
 
Thanks Dr. Baker – and team – for what you’re doing.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or want more info.
 
My only regret is I didn’t get pre-carnivore blood tests, I’m sure you all could have used that (oops!) 
 
Regards,
 
J

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Sean improved fitness, cannabis addiction, and heart burn on carnivore diet

Hey,

Im 23 and Ive been doing carnivore coming up on 3 months now.

The carnivore diet has changed my life, I suffered with depression and anxiety that caused me to quit multiple jobs, and now they are completely gone.

I had a cannabis addiction that seems to have faded away.

Im effortlessly loosing all my fat, and my workouts have been 100x better in terms of performance and recovery.

I learned that my hayfever allergies are mainly triggered by gluten and dairy, symptoms have reduced so much I no longer have to take antihistamines every day.

I have no more brain fog. I can wake up in the mornings. Mental cognition feels the best its ever been!

My acne is 99% gone. Heartburn completley gone. Previous gut discomfort non-existent.

The health benefits I have experienced are so vast im probably forgetting some.

Here are some before and after pictures 2 months apart, eating as much meat as I can!!

Craig improved sleep, mental clarity, is staying sober on carnivore diet

Hi Dr Baker and team,

 
Here is my story. 
 
4 months ago I was a 312lbs alcoholic. I was on antidepressants and had sleep apnoea. I was killing myself. I knew that I needed a change. I had tried switching to vegan of all things to lose weight the month prior but I just never felt right on it; I had low energy, figuring out my macros consumed a lot of my time and no matter how I altered the diet, I was always hungry. It was as I was about to give up that I saw the transformations of the Bell brothers and saw you on the Joe Rogan podcast. Even though at first I thought carnivore sounded crazy, I eventually realized it couldnt be crazier than the way I was killing myself with how I was already eating. I decided to jump in head first and commit. I lost 15lbs in the first couple weeks, my energy improved and I finally felt capable of getting back to the gym (something I loved before I wrecked my body and health with food and alcohol). This is when I started seeing enormous changes in my body composition. By the end of the second month I was down more than 40lbs and felt amazing. 
 
Here I am a little over 4 months in, I am down to 235lbs, wearing a smaller pant size than I did when I played college baseball and have completely altered my body. I have drastically increased my lean muscle mass and I feel like a completely different person. I stand today 133 days sober, entirely free of medication, no more sleep apnoea, more mental clarity than I have ever had and living my life to the fullest. Not only did you and the carnivore diet get me in better shape, but you quite literally saved my life. Thank you for all that you do
 
Forever indebted,
 
Craig 
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Listen to Craig’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

Hi Dr Baker, 

 
I wanted to take a second to tell you my success story with the carnivore diet. In my early years I was an elite level baseball player, playing division 1 NCAA ball as a right handed pitcher. After my playing career, I yo-yo’d up and down in weight and could never find something that worked. I had tried all the restrictive calorie diets, even going vegan for a while but just couldn’t stick with anything because I was always starving. It wasnt until I started a carnivore diet that I saw real success. The last 3 months I have been eating a red meat heavy carnivore style diet, I gave up alcohol, and i am diligent with my workouts. I have gone from 307lbs to 240lbs and drastically increased my lean muscle mass. Thanks to outside of the box thinking and throwing out the social concept of demonizing red meat, I have never felt healthier and my energy in all aspects of my life shows it. Thank you for being the voice for this important movement. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Craig

Andrew improved his mood, energy, cravings, and anxiety on a carnivore diet

Coming out of high school I had never considered what I was eating, and had never deliberately exercised. I wasn’t overweight, but I was soft. By the time I was 22, I was overweight, tired, lazy, probably depressed, at 6’ 235lbs. I tried a low carb and low fat diet, with lots of chicken and egg whites, which was popular at the time, and after some ups and downs I eventually got down to 165, which was leaner than my high school days. This is when I started lifting and experimenting with carbs again, and by about 24 years old I was 200 lbs of lean hard muscle and finding a lot of success with a sort of paleo diet— lots of avocado and nuts with my chicken breast and blueberries. By 26 all of the “good” eating habits were out the window, gym sessions were rare, and my weight was steadily increasing as my muscle was melting away. By 30 I was severely depressed, I couldn’t for the life of me get back into chicken/veggies, and especially couldn’t get myself into the gym. Every day I was looking at a big burger or a steak with an IPA for 20 minutes of enjoyment after a long hard day. I felt a little guilty about the beers and potatoes, but I felt really guilty about the steaks. That’s how brainwashed I was. I had vegan friends and family members influencing my thoughts but I wasn’t doing any reading. Steak was a guilty pleasure and I blamed it (and the beers to a lesser extent) for my decline— I even tried having plant based days and weeks here and there thinking it would help (it didn’t, it made me hungry and sad, even with a grain, a green, and a bean on every plate). That routine lasted about four years, until late 2019, when I hit a soft 230, then to avoid passing 235 and being at my “worst ever” I simply decided not to eat anything that comes with a side of guilt. That was my new diet plan, whatever was guilt free.

Being back on chicken and veggies for a month, with no alcohol or caffeine, I felt really good, and I dropped like 9 lbs. Usually a month was my breaking point for chicken and broccoli and I feared that I was going to cave soon, as I was craving a beer or a whole cake. A few months prior I met a woman who’d lost 80 lbs on carnivore, and I thought she was crazy, or lying. Curious, though, and worried my chicken and spinach diet was going to fizzle out, I researched carnivore and found Dr. Baker. After buying his book and reading half of it I switched from chicken/veggies to steaks and eggs. I thought I felt good on chicken with asparagus, but I felt REALLY good on carnivore.

Within a week I had dropped another 9 lbs or so. I didn’t feel hungry ever, my mood and energy were at a constant 90% or higher, just STABLE. After another week I started to notice my anxiety, while still there, was attached to real problems (like running late, etc) instead of just being constant and for no apparent reason. My appetite was super steady and consistent, I knew a steak and four eggs for breakfast would leave me SATISFIED for 8-10 hours. This made life easier, especially while traveling, or looking after my 10 month old daughter. It’s a lot easier to be a super busy business owner, a good husband, and a good father when you’re not worried about feeding yourself. I stopped obsessing about calories and macros. I stopped feeling guilty. I stopped craving alcohol, sweets, cheese (crazy, right?), or even bread. Bread was hard to give up for chicken and veggies but not hard at all for steaks.

I’ve been almost completely carnivore for seven weeks and they’ve been the most colorful and exciting seven weeks I can remember. Today I weigh just over 190 lbs and I still haven’t gotten back in the gym or taken two steps into a run— but now I’m actually craving it. I plan to get my fitness straightened out very soon and I imagine it’ll be a breeze with how much better I’ve been feeling. Right now a steak makes me feel like I have a pump, it’s pretty much euphoric.

When I was posting pictures of baked potatoes covered with bacon and cheese next to a Guinness, my friends would comment that it looked amazing. Now when I post a rib eye with a side of porterhouse they message me “concerned about my health.” This diet is insane, people think you’re nuts, but for every one “worried” acquaintance I have, I have a dozen who say I’m glowing. I don’t know if I’ll stick to this forever, but I do know I’m keeping it in my back pocket to fall back on in case I ever slip into horrible habits. This has been the EASIEST and most rewarding approach to my physical and mental wellness I’ve ever tried. Thank you, dr. Baker, the Petersons, and joe rogan for sharing about this crazy diet!

-Andrew

Hans got his beach body on carnivore diet

Hey Meatrx!

 
My name is Hans de Wet. I am currently 28 years old and extremely grateful for the carnivore diet and the things I have learned from Dr. Shawn Baker.

fat all my life

I think I was insulin-resistant early in life and always felt I was in the wrong body. I only wanted to eat carbohydrates as a kid and into my late teens and my health suffered as a result.
 

Getting into lifting weights

After high school, I studied a diploma in exercise science in the hopes of changing my situation. I became entrenched in lifting heavyweights and the gym environment. I fell in love with the weightlifting lifestyle, but I never lost the weight. I could row a quick 500m row, but I was strong and fat.
I have been dabbling in low carb diets for quite some time, but couldn’t get below 105kg! The last year I have been doing carnivory and have been blown away with the results and how easy it has been. I had used to have constant heartburn throughout my school years and did not even know what it was!
 

Tired and unfocused

 I remember not being able to concentrate during math classes after break times, eating bread every day and falling asleep(literally!) The teachers only thinking I was ill-disciplined. Which was not true.
 

The last year I have been doing carnivory and have been blown away with the results and how easy it has been. I had used to have constant heartburn throughout my school years and did not even know what it was!

 

Smoking away my depression

Consequently, my grades suffered terribly and it has affected my life quite drastically. My peers where all lean I suffered extreme weight gain and terrible acne as a result of my diet. This made me very depressed as a young adult and all I wanted was to be good looking and happy. I never removed my shirt on vacation at the beach and always making up excuses. I medicated with cannabis and only recently was able to quit during my carnivore experiment. I smoked daily for 10 years!
 

Now happy with my shirt off

But all has changed. I got more sun than any December vacation before and spent all day on the beach in the sun without a shirt. I am now very happy and disciplined, I never cheat and I have zero cravings! I now weigh 88kg and want to lose even more! I bought my carnivore Coaching course today and can’t wait to start coaching people!
 
Kind regards
Hans 

Andrew improved digestion, brain fog, joint pain, libido on carnivore diet

Hi My name is Andrew 
 
I gave up alcohol 5 years ago which is a great achievement in itself.
2 years after giving up the drink I though my health would have improved but I found it getting worse. I had problems with Libido, gut issues, brain fog, poor memory, joint pain, lack of energy and I also became fat.
 
In 2017 I read 84 books and I’ve lost count of the podcasts I’ve listen to, all health related.
I did 6 months of Keto where I did loose some weight but it was until New Years Day 2019 I began my Carnivore Journey. The first month or two I wasn’t sure that this was the right way of eating for me, I didn’t feel quite right.
 
 I stuck with it and I can tell you I’m so happy I did. I’m like a teenager again,my libido returned, testosterone through the roof at 1020mg/dL . No more gut issues, no more brain fog, memory and mind sharp as ever it was, joint pain no longer, fat evaporated with solid muscle and strength build with just 10 minute bodyweight workouts 4 times a week.
 
I dreamed of having a six pack at 18 now I have one. My advice to anyone jumping in board with this diet is that transition may take some time, just stick with it and you’ll come out the other side like I have. I have my life back.

Listen to Andrew’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

Mandy solves chronic throat pain, regains singing voice through Carnivore Diet

Mandy is a professional musician and theater artist. During an intense rehearsal, she developed severe throat pain. It was painful for her to speak but the pain wasn’t in her vocal chords, it was at the top of her esophagus and felt more like a throat infection. Over time, the pain got progressively worse until she couldn’t continue on with the shows. Weeks turned into months and even after a year, she could only speak a word or two per day without aggravating her pain. Mandy was challenged both emotionally and physically because of the pain: an excruciating burning sensation all day long. She felt as if she had neither friends, nor a life so she stayed indoors living in isolation.

 

During this time, she saw approximately 30 different doctors who, in her mind, neither had a clue as to what was going on nor did they know what to do. The ones who did provide some sort of response said it was something irrelevant, that is, maybe she should try medication for depression or take a steroid to snort into her nose. She felt it was pointless. She didn’t bother with any medication because she knew it wasn’t the problem. The problem was the pain that no one understood. She became extremely depressed.

 

She finally took matters into her own hands. She tried every single diet that she could in an effort to find some relief. Several of them were unsuccessful. She would eat but then would be hungry right afterwards. She felt as if she could eat twice more but yet still feel hungry. She cut out sugar for a bit and that actually seemed to help a little. That was the first time she felt any sort of relief so she knew that diet was going to help.

 

Her friend kept messaging her about the carnivore diet so she decided to give it a shot. It actually didn’t take too long to get used to it. Visiting a naturopathic doctor, she underwent a test and was found to have heavy metal toxicity.

 

After trying virtually everything else possible, she found that being on the carnivore diet actually started to show results. She started to see the pain subside in her throat. Slowly she began to say more words, then small conversations. After six months, she’s now able to have conversations and sing. “It’s just such a relief to be able to have social interactions with people and to be able to express yourself through words.”

 

She’s learned a lot from being on this diet, things like learning about the basics of health and how important it is to fuel our bodies with quality food that we are supposed to be eating to give us energy. Because of the carnivore diet, she no longer craves sugar and is able to go the entire day feeling satisfied and not feeling hungry. She’s also 14 months sober as she overcame a binge drinking problem. The carnivore diet also helps her to feel more secure in her sobriety. She looks forward to continuing on with a more positive quality of life. She sees things more clearly now and it has helped big-time with her anxiety.

 

Mandy loves the diet and would like to thank everyone in the carnivore community for all of the available support. “I feel like as carnivores we are part of something really powerful.”

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