I’ve been obese all the way up to the age of 16. I got into MMA and lost over 80 pounds, from 230-150. I was eating a pretty “healthy” diet to get this weight down and maintained that diet to stay in fight shape. But I didn’t feel great. I got into fighting and had to do a lot of weight cuts (19 fights). Many of these cuts where terrible for my health. Some fight camps I was only eating only fruit salads, chicken breast, greens, and oatmeal. I would have to lose over 15lbs in a week to make fight weight by starvation and dehydration. When I would get into the ring, I didn’t look like a fighter one bit. I looked weak and always had a belly.
Eventually I took a break from the weight cuts and gained little muscle but was still fat and didn’t feel great.
Through this break I ended up terribly depressed to the point I had suicidal thoughts. I dropped out of nursing school after a year in because I had no drive. My sex drive was zero, wouldn’t even get hard from watching porn. I was always tired, always. I didn’t want to go out and never wanted to socialize. My confidence was zero. I couldn’t talk like a normal person, always stuttering and mumbling.
I contribute all of this to my diet, bad weight cuts, and getting hit in the head.
I didn’t have health insurance and didn’t really believe a doctor could help me. I’m not about taking medications to cure my symptoms when I wanted to fix what was causing these problems.
So I did my research and eventually tried Keto. I had some success but was still fat. THEN I listened to the Joe Rogan podcast with Shawn Baker.
I said I’m doing this after listening and it’s been ever since that podcast.
After the first year or so I felt amazing. I was finally getting stronger in the gym. Confidence went up. Sex drive back. I got my CNA certificate and got a great job as a CNA and went back to school for nursing.
But I was getting fat and had very dry hair on this diet. So I did some periods where I would try to eat normal again because maybe I thought it wasn’t right for me. But whenever I did this I would never feel as good as I did when I ate only meat.
But now things are finally working for me. I’m getting lean while eating 2-3lbs a meat a day. My hair is getting better. And I’m making a lot of progress in the gym. I’m in over a week of doing 100-200 pull ups a day and 200-300 push-ups a day with little sleep. I sleep around 3-6hrs a night. My awkward ass found myself a beautiful girlfriend. I’m performing great at work. Went from a 3.0 GPA at a community college to a 4.0 GPA in a university that uses a Harvard grading scale (94-100 is an A). I am not going back ever.
I mostly eat hamburger patty’s because of price. Before I was eating once or twice a day but now 2-4 because how hungry i’ve been lately. I do supplement w/ boron, ashwangaha, bone meal, and vitamin C. And I do drink about 8 cups of black coffee a day but because I usually don’t sleep until 3am and I love coffee. I fall asleep fine and could fall asleep right after I finish work at 11:30 but due to responsibilities I don’t get to sleep til then and I am fine with that.
I was unofficially diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis almost 20 years ago. I have the blood antigen HLA-B27 and all of the classic symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness in my hips and back. These symptoms were constant and exacerbated with any form of exertion and worsened with rest. I even began to develop the famous stoop in my posture regardless of how straight I would stand… While many my age were in “their prime”, I felt I was in decline. Always searching for health centered solutions, I was hopeful that the internet would produce testimonies of others that have found relief from their chronic inflammation. I was was often disappointed with the search results! I always found myself searching for Vegan or vegetarian solutions and never found relief… One day about 3 months ago my sister Laurie told me abut Dr Shawns information along with Mikhaila Peterson’s testimony of relief and I was so excited!
I made the choice and removed all plant sources from my diet (except organic coffee). Within 3 weeks I was sleeping through the night and waking pain free! I am so thankful that my sister thought of me and shared these ideas with me! I hope my story encourages some of you on your health journey to not quit trying to find your health solutions.
My name is Mathieu. I am 25 years old and live in Québec, Canada. I started the Carnivore Diet on January 14. I first heard of Shawn by listening to the Joe Rogan podcast. At first, I was intrigued by the benefits Dr. Baker talked about, so I began exploring the Zero Carb diet lifestyle, Keto diet, and diet and nutrition for longevity.
I was constantly bloated, I had a lack of energy, I had to take a nap everyday after work, and I work at a desk in front of a computer all day. I had sleep problems such as sleep paralysis and insomnia. I also began snoring louder with the weight I had gained.
I decided to try the carnivore diet initially for 2 weeks, after which I felt great so I decided to continue. Now 5 months later, I eat steak, butter, bacon, sometimes liver, fish and rarely chicken. The diet is very easy to follow, and grocery shopping and cooking is much simpler than before.
I feel much better overall, my energy is clean and steady, and my thoughts are sharp all day for work. I never get sick anymore. Before I could keep a cold of the flu for a month twice a year. My seasonal allergies are much better, and my skin is clearer and seems to heal faster.
I was able to cut all supplements like creatine, protein shakes, BCAAs, caffeine, pre-workouts, and all those other unnecessary bodybuilding supplements. Steaks are the most potent supplements IMO.
I had been working out in the gym since last July for 6 days a week. At first I thought that without carbs I would lose strength in the gym, but it only increased week after week.
I went from barely deadlifting 225 to deadlifting 405. My cardio is also much better. I feel I can run for much longer during races (I do mostly 5k and 10k obstacle course races). I have the best cardio of my life right now.
I lost a total of 43 pounds since I started my journey and my body composition changed drastically.
Thank you Dr Baker for opening my eyes on diet, nutrition and physical performance. I really enjoy listening to your podcasts, videos and your Twitter and Instagram pages.
By the way, I really like the Human Performance Outliers podcast with you and Zach. It’s very good. The amount of information is incredible, I am glad I found you and the ZC community online.
I am talking about it to my friends and family. One of my friends started carnivore and already went from 359 pounds to 334 in about a month. He loves it. He told me that his energy is much better.
Thank you for the awareness you give to people. I see myself continuing this WOE [ed: way of eating] for a long time.
I wanted to get in touch mainly to thank you for writing your excellent book, but also for the time you’ve dedicated to the medical world and the community.
The success stories I’ve seen are fantastic, I thought I’d share mine since I’m a little more of a normal case than some of the people with very difficult conditions I’m grateful not to have to deal with in my life.
I’m 30, lightly active, office job, a bit heavier than I should be, grew up vegetarian but have eaten meat on and off for the last 10 years of my life.
Since researching the carnivore diet and following advice from various sources since around October 2019 I bought your book and decided to give it a proper go in January.
I’m not 100% there but stick to meat as much as I can, around 80% of my food source is beef, pork, chicken with the remainder being as low carb as possible. I still drink coffee/milk, eat cheese/yoghurt, but avoid anything sugary.
The main things I’ve noticed are:
Loads more energy from morning to around midnight. Before I’d peak about 3pm, and then by 7pm I was wiped out.
Stamina. I enjoy bouldering, I can climb for longer, push harder, recover quicker.
I don’t experience hunger in the same way. I don’t feel ill when I’m hungry, I don’t crash, it’s a bit difficult to describe. It’s more like a thought than a physical feeling in my stomach.
I’m awful at running but I did a test, I ran 2 miles before starting, did the carnivore diet for 2 weeks, then did the same route. I knocked 2.5 minutes off my mile pace with no training in between. Since then I run 1-2 times a week.
I lost 10lbs in a month without “dieting”, I just upped my beef intake so I didn’t feel like snacking.
I feel the need to drink more water, which has the knock on effect of cutting out headaches. I often used to get headaches and migraines.
My joints feel looser/more fluid. I feel more solid, muscles feel more dense.
More confidence and drive, able to think more clearly.
No digestive problems, I used to get indigestion every night. Now I never have it.
Before I started looking into the carnivore diet my family went through a really tough time. For the last 9 month I’ve been juggling hospital visits, a full time job, no time off, financial issues, a death in the family unrelated to the hospital visits, personal stress. I honestly feel like this diet has helped me pick myself back up and carry on.
I would urge anyone to give it a go and take from it what they can, use what works for them. It’s certainly not a diet only for those with ailments.
About a dozen years ago or so, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had watched my sister eventually die of the disease, after many years of increasingly debilitating flares, and a wide range of drug therapies that often affected her more negatively than the disease did. When I was diagnosed, my very first instinct was to find another way to at least slow down the process, so I immediately began researching alternatives to chemotherapy.
One of the first things I found was relating to gluten sensitivity, so I had an DNA test done that looked for gene markers for a small number of genetic food sensitivities. All the other markers were normal, but the test revealed that I didn’t have all the genes responsible for digesting gluten. I tried supplementing with enzymes that claimed to digest gluten, but they didn’t work for me. That was disappointing, because bread was something I truly loved, and it was hard to give up. But I did, and that made a measurable difference, but not enough.
Like many on a similar path, I eventually discovered the Paleo diet, and found that helped even more. After a few years on that diet, my symptoms had stabilized, but I still had problems with my digestion (gas, bloating, diarrhea) and still had constant pain in my hands. I was still sensitive to overheating easily, and would have problems with fatigue that would last for days if I “overdid” it with physical activity. In other words, not everything was better, but a few things got better, and nothing got worse.
In the midst of a work-related transfer to another city, and all the stress and changes that entailed, I fell off the wagon on my diet, and I suffered for it. I gained a fair amount of weight, my blood pressure went up, my blood work wasn’t great, and many of my MS symptoms returned – such as overall joint pain and more frequent and profound fatigue. By December of last year, I knew I had to get serious about cleaning up my diet again.
After a fair amount of research, I went on a ketogenic diet. I felt I was “doing it right,” but the urine test strips kept telling me I wasn’t in ketosis. I bought a blood ketone meter, and happily found that the strips were wrong. I was in ketosis, and the weight started gradually melting away. My blood pressure fell in line with the weight, as did my blood glucose. I never had glucose high enough to be a real problem, but the previous average was around 110 or so. Keto made it drop below 100. My bouts of crippling fatigue went away, though sometimes I’d still get tired midday, and need to take a nap for an hour or so to recover. My joint pain went away, except for the long-standing arthritic pain in my hands.
I knew I was on the right path, but I truly felt there was more that could be done. If changing my diet got me this far in my battle with inflammation, maybe I could do more somehow.
Along the way, I found that I was getting better at separating what my body was telling me from what my brain tried to talk me into. I realized that my body had been trying to tell me things my whole life that might have spared me from the MS altogether, if I had only listened to it instead of the nutrition “experts”. I had always preferred red meat to any other food, even as a small child. I despised almost all vegetables. Fruit tasted good, but I never could really eat very much of it without feeling “off”. My only disconnect was with bread. I never really got the message that it was hurting me, until much later in life.
It really wasn’t planned, but while on the keto diet, I found myself just naturally eating more meat over time, and less of the keto-approved vegetables. They always seemed to give me more gas and bloating, and those didn’t seem like a positive sign to me. The fairly heavy reliance on the cheeses as substitute ingredients in keto baking also didn’t sit well with my body.
I instinctively began eating only meat at least 95% of the time, if not more. After considering what my body would need to repair myelin, I started incorporating more collagen-rich meats, and eating the connective tissues that I used avoid. I learned my body wanted that nutrient, because the connective tissues no longer seemed “gross” to eat, and I found that I actually enjoyed both the flavor and consistency of them.
My weight loss, which had stalled a few months into keto, picked back up again. My blood ketone meter said I was even deeper in ketosis than I was before. My blood pressure continued to drop into a completely normal range. My blood sugar dropped to an average of 75. In addition to that, my fatigue has completely gone. I only take a nap if it’s the weekend and everyone else is napping. It’s a choice, not a necessity. The residual joint pain in my hands has disappeared, unless I use them extensively, and even then, they recover quickly. I am no longer sensitive to heat or getting exhausted quickly. I have more energy than I’ve had in decades, and my endurance has increased dramatically.
As my diet has become increasingly more carnivore, I’ve found that my body has expressed preferences in meats as well. I like the taste of pork, but it makes me feel sluggish and generally “off”. So I’ve cut that out of my diet. I like chicken as well, and it doesn’t make me feel bad, but it also doesn’t make me feel satiated. Even when I eat the skin and dark meat, I’m hungry again within a couple of hours, no matter how much I ate. I’ve tried adding fats, but I sense that the problem isn’t the fats, but simply the fact that it’s less nutrient dense than the red meats are. I believe my body wants and needs the denser nutrients in red meat, and it won’t be satisfied with anything else. I also like seafood, but not fish. I can tolerate the relatively flavorless white fish, but I cannot stand fish that tastes like fish. Even if I force myself to eat it, it doesn’t sit well on my stomach, and I’m hungry again in no time as well. Again, I’ve listened to my body and happily deleted it from my diet. Even when I do choose to eat non-fish seafood, it’s in addition to red meat, not in place of it.
But things aren’t perfect yet, and I’m still tweaking my diet. The main issue is that my digestive system is still not where it needs to be. I still have diarrhea for most bowel movements, though I almost never have gas anymore, and never feel bloated. Whether I ate fiber, as before, or don’t eat it, doesn’t seem to matter. My colon just seems to refuse to extract the extra water. Most of the time, I just accept it. When it’s really too inconvenient, I take loperamide to make it stop, though I generally try to avoid medications.
I’m still not 100% carnivore, in that I drink coffee in the morning, and iced tea during the day. I will probably eventually stop those to see if there is any improvement, but I’m not about to beat myself up for not doing it yet. This is a process, and I believe in progress, not expectations of immediate perfection. Expecting perfection has always preceded a total failure for me. If I can’t do it “right”, why bother? Well, better is still better, even if it’s not perfect … yet. Some people do better keeping their sights firmly on their ultimate goal, but I do better by putting one foot in front of the other, and just concentrating on my next best step, only occasionally looking at the final goal to ensure I’m still going the right direction.
What’s my next step? Eating more of my ruminants at least closer to a raw state. I’ve always been a fan of extremely rare red meat, and I think that was another of my body’s unheard messages. I’ve begun only lightly searing or grilling the exterior of my meat, to kill any pathogens that might be lurking there from how it was handled prior to me buying it, but the inside is still completely raw. I’m sure I’ll become more confident over time, especially if I settle on a really good source of meat I trust, and will begin eating more of it completely raw. If it helps, that will be my new normal.
When people ask me how I can eat such a “restrictive” diet, I tell them that MS is much more restrictive. Eating food is just a small proportion of my time, and I don’t depend on it to bring joy into my life. Living with MS would take 100% of my time, and I guarantee there is no joy in any of it. Considering that I’m eating the food I’ve always preferred anyway, this doesn’t seem like a difficult choice. It’s a no-brainer, really. Even if the naysayers are right, and this eventually gives me heart disease or cancer, I’m still better off in the meantime. Everyone dies of something – usually heart disease or cancer. My goal is to feel the best I can until that day comes, and eating carnivore has given me my life back more completely than any other way of eating.
These are my health improvements after 1 year of cutting out all plants and dairy from my diet:
Healed knee: I had a bike accident as a kid and have always felt a slight pain in my knee since then. My knee is now completely healed. The healing process took 6 month and my body performed something akin to surgery on it self: my knee got really swollen during the healing process and I felt something (which I believe was a tiny piece of gravel left from the bike accident) was being pulled out of my knee.
No more back pain: I would wake up every morning with cramp in my back muscles. it’s all gone now.
No more stiff muscles: most of my muscles used to be really stiff.
Better bowel movements, no more diarrhea, no more bloody stool.
No more night sweats. I would occasionally wake up during the night and my pillow would be soaked in sweat. No more.
Not tired when I wake up in the morning. I’ve become a morning person.
Not tired after eating.
Better eyesight: everything is much sharper and colors are really vivid. I used to have to squint on sunny days before. Not anymore.
Ocular migraine is gone: I think this is due to quitting coffee.
Cleansed sinuses: my sinuses always used to be clogged up. now they have been cleansed. I have felt my pulse in my sinuses for the last 12 months.
Regained sense of smell: directly after starting zero carb I noticed that I could smell the perfume of people on the streets. This had never happened before.
No more anxiety: I used to get stressed out over stupid things. Now I’m the calmest I’ve ever been. I think this is due to quitting coffee.
Better cognitive functions.
Constantly high energy levels.
Better sleep and better dreams. I have not had a nightmare since I started with this diet.
No more dry skin.
No physical fatigue: I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt before.
No winter cold: this is the first year in +10 years that I haven’t had a cold.
No more nosebleed: I used to get nosebleeds on a regular basis. It’s all gone now.
Happier: I’ve never felt this happy in my life before. Now I get sudden bursts of euphoria from time to time.
Better fine motor skills: playing the piano has never been this easy.
No more red hands: my hands used to occasionally turn red. Not anymore.
No more white fingers (Raynaud syndrome): I think this is due to quitting coffee.
No cravings for food: I used to get cravings for e.g. ice cream and chocolate. Now I only feel hunger.
No more pain between toes (Morton’s neuroma).
Gaining weight: I’ve always been tall and skinny and has never been able to gain either muscle mass or body fat. Now I’m starting to gain weight as my body is absorbing the food I eat.
Quick recovery after physical exercise. I play squash, do TRX, and ride racing bike and recovery has never been this quick. Hardly any muscle soreness.
More stuff has happened that I cannot put into words: I just know that my body feels better and that something has healed that I don’t know what it is. I just feel that I have increased my life expectancy by many years.
All of this happened just because I stopped eating plants and dairy! Better yet, I haven’t paid a penny for it and haven’t been to an MD The Internet has been my only resource.
That being said, the healing process was quite intense. I certainly got the keto flu and was many time questioning if I was doing the right thing. I want to thank everyone who has gone through this process and has shared their stories on the Internet. Without having access to all these personal stories I don’t think I would have continued all the way through. Heck, I wouldn’t have come across this diet to start with if it wasn’t for the Internet! This is why I want to share my experience with everyone.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not an MD and have no training or education in nutrition whatsoever. This is purely anecdotal information. As such, I do not give any dietary recommendations. You will have to decide yourself what diet you chose to have. I’m an engineer and academic researcher, and as such the only thing I recommend is that you experiment with different diets and listen to your own body and how it reacts to the food you eat.
If you are like most people out there, you may clutch your pearls at the thought of somebody eating nothing but or mostly meat. And when it’s not meat it is exclusively from the animal kingdom. And NO fruits and vegetables!
Turns out there are lots of people like this. Not only are they doing fine — they’re thriving on it!
I am one of these freaky weirdos and here is why and what it is like.
My story — how I became a carnivore
My low carb “career” started, when pants I had bought for a trip to Argentina started to not fit any more. Although I would explain it away, or tuck in my tummy, I knew that this was not ok.
Everybody has a certain self-image. And mine was definitely not that of a fat and lazy arse. I clearly remember one day when I went to the supermarket that I could feel the fat dribble around my belly.
It’s not to say that I was obese, not even remote. I was rather slim by the standards of most people but I could feel I was drifting slowly away from my self-image. Unless I did something about it.
I had remotely heard something about carbohydrates being responsible for growing fat. I thought that low carb was just one of many diet crazes that regularly swash across the pond.
I was heavily influenced by certain Joe Weider bodybuilding magazines from the early 1990s which advocated for eating lots of carbohydrates, especially pasta and stuff. Which I did. In hindsight it is really a wonder I did not grow fat — although I could never really get rid of my belly fat. Despite running and all.
With this background, reducing carbohydrates striked me as odd. Until I stumbled upon Gary Taubes’ “Good calories, bad calories”, that is (thanks Gary for that! Someday I will translate your book into German — promised.).
We all know this quote which is attributed to Einstein that the definition of madness is that you do the same over and over again always expecting different results.
I thought: “What the heck? — let’s give it a try!”. I followed Coy’s rule of thumb to reduce carbohydrates to 1g per kg of bodyweight per day.
Results of my low carb journey
I dropped weight and reduced belly fat. I remember losing 5 kg bodyweight within the first week or so. That shocked me. Until I found out that there is a lot of water lost — carbohydrates drive inflammation. Inflammation drives water retention. Reducing inflammation means losing water. This explains most of the rapid weight loss in the beginning and is actually a good sign.
It was not long until I re-fitted into my pants bought for the Argentina-trip again. It is to this day my favorite measure of body-composition.
As most low carbers I first tried to stay as close as possible to “normal eating” — i.e. also eating low carb cakes and stuff. Although I never bought franken-food and always did it myself (I am a hobby-cook so not problem here) I believe that this way of eating does do no service.
For one thing it is hard to get away from your sweet tooth this way. This automatically leads at some point to “Ah, what the heck … let’s eat this chocolate — it’s dark and healthy” or “Come on, one potatoe is not much, is it?”.
So after a while I noticed that belly-fat was creeping in again — then again I had to reduce carbs.
In this thread Owsley Stanley, soundman of the Greatful Dead, known as “The Bear” talked about his carnivorous lifestyle he had been on for 47 years! This long thread with lots of interesting (and sometimes hostile) comments took me a few days to read. And I read every single page.
For some reason this idea of a totally carnivorous diet stuck in my head.
A year later I read the whole thread again. It again stuck. I started to eat my steak rare (or “bleu” —fried just one minute from each side).
It was only in 2017 that I stumbled upon Shawn Baker on Twitter who just had started a meat-only diet and posted regularly about it. Meanwhile he has turned into a kind of social-media celebrity with, at the time of this writing, more than 16,000 followers (it was less than a 10th of this when I started following him. Unbelievable!).
At this point I had pondered an all-meat diet for quite a while — and thought that I could try it too.
I also discovered certain carnivore websites which recommend to try an all-meat diet for 30 days (meat and water). I thought I could try it for 30 days.
Damn! I believe the authors of these website know exactly that once you start out on a zero-carb carnivorous journey, you won’t go back.
At least that’s what happened in my case. I have sticked to this all-meat regime since. With the only exception of a piece of low-carb cake on my birthday.
What I eat and drink
Ribeye or entrecote
ground beef/pork (50:50)
chicken (especially chicken wings)
all kinds of pork
liver every now and then
I drink water, raw milk, and kefir. Also homemade bone broth. Meanwhile only occasionally coffee — mostly on weekends.
It seems that a carnivorous diet somehow reduces your tolerance for alcohol. Even small amounts may give you a slight hangover. Automatically this leads to a reduction in alcohol consumption. I consider this to be a positive effect. I still consume an occasional glas of dry red wine or carb-reduced beer (for you German guys out there: Freiberger Schankbier or Köstritzer Spezial — only 4–5 grams of carbs per 500ml).
I eat my steaks fried 3 minutes from each side, so basically rare to medium rare. I season with smoked sea-salt and pepper or red pepper.
I consume plant-matter only in terms of condiments: pepper, basil, garlic, onions, lemon.
My current favorite “protein-shake”:
200ml raw milk
2–3 raw eggs
put in blender and mix well
Recently I have bought my first crock-pot. I love it. It has opened a whole new culinary realm for me.
I have also come to love “smashed burgers”. Which I had never come across before my carnivore way of eating. But they are incredibly tasty.
Butsch’s recipe for smashed burgers:
500g of ground beef and ground pork (50:50). You can also use beef-only — but this way the burgers will be even jucier.
Take a steel pan and make it really hot. Form a meat ball the size of somewhere between a golf ball and a tennis ball.
Put meatball in pan and press it flat. I use the downside of a pot. You do not have to use extra fat.
Fry for 1–2 minutes then turn around and fry again 1–2 minutes.
Take out the burger and start with the next one
Funny thing about carnivory is that you start to want to eat the same over and over again. I could it ribeye, smashed burgers, and chicken wings every single day and not get tired of it.
Recently find myself gravitating towards experimenting with raw meats — but “pssst!” don’t tell my wife!
My carnivore results
I am 46 and am now have the lowest bodyfat percentage since my early 20s. I feel the urge to workout more than I used to (what I do is intensive kettlebell workouts for 15 minutes and 2 x 20 seconds sprints every now and then).
I am essentially free of pain. Not that I was in pain before — but I somehow feel that my overall connective tissue quality has improved. Which is no wonder given that 15% of your body’s dry mass is collagen. Eating meat means consuming collagen which then can be used by your body to repair any tissue lesions. I believe that lots of pain-patients could relieve most of their issues by simply adopting this way of eating. This is also reflected in lots of anecdotes by people on a carnivore diet (see e.g. meatheals.com, zerocarbzen.com).
Mental clarity. Many people note a certain mental clarity when on very low carb or ketogenic diets. Carnivory, at least in my case, pushes that by a margin. I see clear pictures and am even more outspoken than before.
Clean teeth all the time. I have virtually no plaque on my teeth. They are so clear I sometimes even forget to brush them. Really. Makes me think that dentists are totally superfluous (well honestly: I believe that doctors are in general totally unnecessary — unless in an emergency. Surgeons are probably the only medical “species” of any use.).
I have lost any urge to eat sweet stuff. It simply is not appealing to me any more. Even if it is right in front on me I have no problem ignoring it. To me it is simply no human-appropriate food.
I have lost any left trust whatsoever in any “health” authorities — be it doctors, nutritionists or scientists. All of them have no fricking idea what they are talking about. I can see it from their body composition and also from their body structure. No doctor with a pot-belly is going to tell me what healthy eating is — because he himself is proof that he has no clue.
And , no(!), I have not developed scurvy!
The poop question
One question that seems to really concern people is “Can you poop without fibre?”.
People seem to be kind of obessed with their poop (what would Freud say?).
I normally am reluctant to discuss my poop or poop frequency in public.
But as this is apparently so important to most people I have to cover this here sigh.
Basically not only is fibre not necessary for regular stool — it might even hinder frequent stool and also cause constipation.
As a carnivore for the last 12 months I can definitely say that fibre is not necessary for frequent stool.
What changes on a carnivorous diet is the amount of poop and probably the frequency. When there is no more fibre left in your diet which sucks up lots of water and thus increases in size up to 5 times its original size, then it is logical that the amount of stool is reduced.
A reduction in size may also lead to different frequency of defecation. In the beginning it was in my case only every 2–3 days. Which did not bother me at all.
There have been times on my journey where I infrequently had runny stool. THAT bothered me. And this is how I fixed it:
I reduced my intake of fluids, i.e. drank LESS. Thing is that it might well be that we need far less water than usually recommended (hey, nutrition “scientists” and medical docs are wrong on practically every single nutritional advice — why would they be right here?). There are two sources I got the idea from: The chapter on “water” in the book “Fiber Menace” by Konstantin Monastyrsky and also from Tim Noakes’ extensive book “Water logged” — if marathon runners just need 1 liter of water when running in warm weather (or can even drink nothing at all) and do fine, even improve performance, then why would Average Joe (or Jane) drink 2–3 Liters per day? Does not make sense to me.
I reduced coffee intake. Not that I have been much of a coffee drinker. Compared to standard folks I am (was) a moderate coffee-drinker. But nonetheless I felt that this is somehow interfering with my digestion. We do not know much about coffee healthwise. All we have is some epidemiological data linking coffee to a number of health benefits. On the other hand we have alarmists like Stephen Cherniske warning of coffee in “Caffeine Blues”. Caffeine raises cortisol levels — which means putting your body under constant stress. Also caffeine messes with regulatory processes in your cell. Reducing coffee intake, almost abandoning it, feels good in my case. As coffee is also comparatively unnatural it is probably a good idea to reduce intake. My personal impression is that some advocates on coffee being soooo healthy try somehow to rationalise their own caffeine addiction, citing shitty epidemiological data they would otherwise laugh about.
I added raw milk and kefir. I was lucky to find a source of raw milk just a 10 minute drive from my home. At 1€ per liter it is rather cheap (ok, adding fuel for getting there it is more like double the price — but that’s ok for me). As raw milk is packed with minerals, enzymes, vitamins and good bacteria I thought this could be a good idea. Same goes for kefir — we have some russian-style kefir in our local supermarket. It’s sour, thick and creamy and incredibly tasty.
This fixed the poop-thingy for me.
I am regular, i.e. I poop almost every day. There might be 2–3 days still without pooping. I don’t care much about this. I trust my body to do what’s right. (Butsch’s first axiom: Your body never does anything wrong!). My stool is consistently Type 4 according to the Bristol Stool Scale. I do not need much toilet paper and it is rarely smelly.
Ok, enough embarassing poop stories for now!
What does it all prove?
James DiNicolantonio, the author of the book “The salt fix”, once asked on Twitter what it is that some people are so keen on restricting their diet in such a way.
Well, James, here is the answer:
It’s fun to prove to yourself that practically everything you have been told about nutrition is complete bullshit.
As there are:
Eat lots of carbs. Wrong! Carbs are not essential. They cause obesity and diabetes, destroy your complete metabolism and hormonal balance.
Meat is bad. Wrong! If there is anything like a superfood — it’s meat. Full of proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins. Try compare mineral or vitamin content of any plant with meat. Meat will always be way superior.
Avoid the sun. Wrong! Sun is essential for producing Vitamin D — which is extremely important to your health. Your body knows best. There is surely a reason why everybody exposes himself to the sun after a long winter, don’t you think?
Avoid salt. Wrong! Salt is essential for your body. And it does not raise blood pressure.
Saturated fat is bad. Wrong! Saturated fat is essential for your body to function normally. On the other hand vegetable oils — touted as “healthy” — are highly inflammatory and bad for your health.
Veggies are healthy and neccessary. Wrong! If 12 months of meat-only showed anything then that veggies are not (again: not) essential in any way. And how could they be? In terms of vitamins or minerals they are inferiour to meat in any respect. They also contain anti-nutrients which hinder mineral and vitamin absorption. In addition they contain phyto-chemicals which are potentially harmful to your cells ( I mean, hey: When these chemicals can kill cancer cells in a petri dish — they could kill healthy cells, too, right?). Read more about this here.
Drink lots of water. Hmmm … maybe wrong. The more you drink, the more you pee. The more you pee, there more minerals you are washing out of your body. The more you have to drink. The more you pee … and so on. Not only does drinking lots of water deplete your body of minerals — it also stresses your kidneys.
After hearing Dr. Baker on Joe Rogan, I was intrigued about trying the carnivore way of eating. I joined the zeroing in on health Facebook group and decided to start on 1/1/18.When I began I was 245lbs, had eczema on my scalp, beard, and some starting to come though on my chest. Today I am 63 days in. With the exception of a glass of dry red wine on a few occasions, small amounts of cheese, and coffee with heavy whipping cream, Iove pretty much eaten meat and water with every meal. I average 2 meals a day and do a lot of steak and burgers with bacon.
I am currently down 28lbs, my sleep is much deeper, my overall mood is better, and I have more energy throughout the day. My workouts have taken a step back as I dont have the strength and endurance I had before (I took the first 6 weeks off from Crossfit but gave recently returned). I know from reading what the vets of this way of eatin that it will eventually come back 10 fold.
Decided that there is no going back. Its clear to me after trying many different ways if eating that this one is the right one for me. looking forward to continuing the healing process and feeling even better than I already do.
I am 57 years old. On July 17, 2017, I was weighing 270 lbs. I am 5’10”. I started on a ketogenic diet on that day. I started on my carnivore diet on January 1, 2018. At that time I was 223 lbs. During the 6 weeks I have been eating carnivore I have lost an additional 18 lbs and have lost 4 inches off my waist, which is equal to the 4 inches I lost in my 5 months of the Keto diet.
Also I have osteoarthritis in my left hip. It had been painful to get up from a chair and I have not been able to put on my left sock for the last three years. The pain when I get up is gone. I still can’t put on my sock but pull my sock up once I get it over my heal. I’m hoping soon I will be able to put on my sock.
I upped my exercise level when I started keto but felt tired after my workouts. I know workout 3 times a day and have much more energy.
I have been an insomniac for at least 15 years. I haven’t slept a full night in my bed for years. Almost immediately after I started my carnivore diet I have been sleeping all night on my bed. I had been waking up 3 to 4 times a night to urinate. The last 3 nights I have not got up to urinate once. I wake up full of energy and immediately start my morning workout. I usually sleep 5 to 6 hours a night now. I have a Fitbit that records my sleep before carnivore I was sleeping maybe 3 hours a night.
On January 6, 2018 my father died unexpectedly, during this period I did not fall back into stress eating, which had been my habit in the past.
My normal eating is coffee with butter and heavy cream before morning workout at 4:30am. At 9:00am, I usually have about a pound of some type of beef. At about 5:00pm, I will have between 10 oz to 1 lb of beef. Early on I was having pork for dinner about every 3 days it was not filling so I now am almost exclusively beef for dinner. Saturday morning I usually have 3 to 4 eggs and about 3/4 lb of bacon. My intake is constantly changing I eat until full some days I eat more than others.