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Raymond lost weight, improved his pre-diabetes, digestion, eyesight, brain fog, sleep on a carnivore diet

My name is Raymond. I am 5 foot 11 inches and weigh about 185 pounds.  At my heaviest, I weighed 252 pounds and waist size of 44.

 

I have been a carnivore since September 15, 2017.  Looking back now 2 years 5 months later, I am so glad I made that decision.

 

I had many health issues, including pre-diabetes, plantar fasciitis, rosacea, mid-back pain, arthritic knee and finger joints, heel spurs, poor libido, high triglycerides, low HDL, pre-hypertensive  blood pressure, snoring, dandruff, acne, diminishing eyesight, poor wound healing, irritable bowel disease, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, constant brain fog, insomnia and more.

I felt so bad that there was a point during one of my IBD flare ups, that I was wondering how will I make another 5 years with feeling so awful. Every year it seemed that all my symptoms kept getting worse. I remember when it all started when I was 35 years old and that was the point I could not lose weight anymore. By the time I was 40, I was spending around 30 min to 1 hour 3 times per day in the bathroom. I was highly constipated, I would have leg numbness every time I came out of the bathroom.

I would spend a lot of time thinking of food and I had a insatiable appetite. I would often go out to eat with friends and if they had anything leftover on their plate, I would ask if I could eat their leftovers. I would also do that with my family. I ate around 5 or 6 times per day.

 

My Diet prior to carnivore was sugary cereals, microwave foods, hungryman, chimichangas, lasagna. I ate a lot of fast foods, Burger King, Subway. I also drank from one to two liters of pepsi per day, I also drank sweet tea, juices, etc.. I avoided water.

In the past, I was always searching for this “magic pill” to treat my many different ailments. I tried all kinds of detoxes, supplements, homeopathic, herbals, juice fasts, I even did 1 week of veganism, that was hell. Most of these had a short term effect but it would never last.

In my youth I was a typical youth that played football, baseball, basketball, ran track, tennis and any sports that I could get my hands on. I also got into weightlifting, all this began diminishing and at 35 was my last foray into weightlifting and I gave that up in 2 months.

 

I never knew how much of a carbohydrate/sugar addict I was, until researching other’s going through the same thing. That is what gave me the resolve to go through the carnivore diet and treating it like an addiction. I never knew that I could be that guy that can now eat every other day, hardly think about food, able to do incredible feats that seem to get better the longer I am on the diet.

 

Current diet is meat and cheese. I took away cheese this January, thanks in part to the Meatrx community that showed me how much impaired many other carnivores are with dairy. In that process it seems that I am getting rid of my remaining issues. I am still experimenting.

Last year I did an experiment for 6 months of alternate day eating then for the last 3 months I added 2 days a week of no food. I will be repeating this experiment again learning from the errors of last year. For example I constantly had cold extremities but I think I figured out a way around that this year.

 

In less than 2 years, the carnivore diet helped me heal completely, or put into remission, most of these ailments. Some have not fully resolved, like dandruff, acne, heel spurs, but they are drastically less and even more so now that I quit dairy.

 

Not only do I have less ailments, but I also have much more energy and strength. I can do so much now. After carnivore I joined karate and jiujitsu. I do my workouts at Orange Theory (HIIT training). I started hiking and love it. Because the pain is gone and my energy has increased, a world of activates have opened to me that I never enjoyed before.

I have run a 5k, 10k, and a 10 miler so far with just Orange Theory as training. I can do 50 consecutive pushups. I can now run a 7-minute mile. As a side benefit, I gained a 6 pack.

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Victoria lost weight and improved her skin and digestion on a carnivore diet

Hi,

 
I just wanted to reach out and thank you for providing this information. I’ve grown up in an Italian family and all my life, social events were focused around food. The last few years I have educated myself on fitness. For the past year I have been strength training 4-5x a week with cardio inbetween, and trying to eat “healthy” – that is, salads, lean chicken, veggie. Even with being more conscious of this, I have struggled to lose stubborn fat around my midsection and thighs. Also, I have had rosascea since I was a teenager and my skin is terrible, always ruddy and dull. My gym coach encouraged me to try the Carnivore diet for the month of January, so I dove in. I’ll admit I still drank coffee and diet soda, but I couldn’t believe how much I changed just a few weeks on this diet. I lost my cravings for sugar/carbs, felt satiated after my meals which prevented the habitual afternoon snacking (plus I never got bloated even after eating steaks), and my skin and body improved greatly. I couldn’t believe how many people commented on how lean I looked in such a short amount of time. I finally dropped below 140 on the scale for the first time in years. Also, my rosascea calmed down! It’s nowhere near as red and patchy as it was, and my skin even looks healthier! I think it’s because I cut out sugar at the beginning of February I went off Carnivore for the Superbowl weekend and instantly felt like garbage. I was drinking, eating carbs and processed foods, and I realized: this feeling isn’t worth it. I even noticed how snap peas cause my throat/tongue to tingle, so I’m more aware of how my body react to vegetables which I assumed my whole life were to be consumed in abundance. Now I have completed another week of carnivore and feeling amazing! It’s a no-brainer to me to prioritize fat and protein in my diet now! And ultimately I’m just excited to see how carrying on this way continues to improve my rosascea and helps me to reach my goal weight.The journey has just begun!
 
Kind regards,
Victoria
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Jennifer improved her cravings, digestion and mood on a carnivore diet

Hi,

I ate strictly meat and primarily red meat OMAD in January.  Before I was an ultra runner to try to keep my weight down.  Running and eating a ton a supplements and “clean” foods.  No matter how much I ran and ate clean my weight eventually increased.  I am a tough girl and dragged this 200+ body over more trail miles than I care to admit.  My longest race was a 50 miler.  So, I stopped running and started lifting weights and eating strict Carnivore.  First thing to go was stomach bloating.  I have been on strict Carnivore now for just over 3 months and I am not going back to vegetarian, vegan or raw vegan (did that for 20+ years).  I definitely experience the zero carn zen now.  Before, my emotional rollercoaster of a personality ran me ragged.  The changes now are now as fast as when I first ate raw vegan but now they feel sustainable with ZERO cravings and I like calm, strong, grateful me.
 
Hope this helps 🤗 -Jennifer
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Mike C. improved his skin, chronic pain, digestion and mood on a carnivore diet

Hello Dr. Baker and the MeatRX team!  I wanted to wait until I had a full year of Carnivore under my belt before I did my testimonial.  I kind of accidentally discovered this WOE going from 2 months of Keto and just kind of skipping the plants part.  Then I started researching if Carnivore is something that can be sustained and ran across Jordan Peterson’s story and that led to researching you.  Very happy I did!  So for the most part I have been living with all the things that “go to shit” when you hit certain ages.  Got issues from being a teen, 20s, 35, 40…etc. (I’ll be 45 in July)  All things I was told by friends/doctors/everyone that is just part of life.  My worst injury was a bulging disc from a few years back, all my other issues were just listed under “natural wear and tear”.  Turns out that NONE OF THAT IS TRUE.  At the end of this I will be putting a list of all the awesome things that have happened over the past 12 months.  Before that I wanted to say that this lifestyle is an absolute game changer.  Even for just an average person with average problems like myself.  I had no idea how crappy my body was doing until I started making this list.  I almost feel like a low level superhero. I’m at the midlife crisis stage and I feel better than I can even remember.  Thank you so much! 

Mike

The following is a list of everything I could list that significantly improved since I started carnivore:

   

Skin:

Keratosis gone

Bad body acne gone

Cracked bleeding feet healed

Chapped bleeding lips reduced 90%

No dry skin on arms/hands

Athletes foot gone

No lobster sunburn (no suntan needed)

No body odor

No vinegar smell after workout

Chronic Pain:

Tennis Elbow gone (had for 5 years)

Shoulder tendonitis gone (had for 10 years)

Carpal tunnel syndrome gone (had for 10 years)

Radial tunnel syndrome gone (had for 5 years)

Finger and thumb tendonitis gone (had for 4 years)

Knee pain gone (had for 30 years)

Hip pain gone (had for 15 years)

Lower back pain gone (had for 25 years)

Plantar Fasciitis gone (had for 3 years)

Seasonal Ailments:

No colds/flu since Feb 2019

No constant level of phlegm

Tension/Stress/Sinus Headaches, 3 out of usual 25 per year

Seasonal Allergies gone

Digestive:

Hemorrhoids gone

Diverticulitis symptoms gone

Bleeding/receding gums healed

No plaque/fuzzy feeling on teeth

95% reduction in farts

Heartburn gone

No bad breath

Food allergies gone

Hair:

New hair on knees

New eyelashes

Small amount of head hair regrowth

Some gray hair disappeared

Thicker beard

Finger/toenails less brittle

Other Neat Stuff:

55lbs fat lost

7lbs muscle gained

Road Rage almost gone/more chill while driving

No more “old man” warm up time in mornings. 

More motivated in general

No Migraines

2-3 nose bleeds a month down to 1 for the year

Grew an inch taller

Tinnitus gone

Can be around sick slobs that sneeze on me, no fear of getting sick

Eye floaties gone

90% reduction in eye crusties

Greater range of temperature tolerance.  Jeans and T-shirt weather: 30-80 degrees

No other illness of any kind since Feb 2019

Injuries heal 50% faster

Fell down half flight of wood stairs, got up no problem!

Overall strength increase

Most food/alcohol cravings gone.  (still some alcohol cravings though…just some)

Random chest/internal torso pains gone

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Marion improved her back pain, digestion, skin and energy on a carnivore diet

My partner ( he is 67)  myself ( 63)  began the meat diet last March.  If we hadn’t  did this way of eating we would not have believed it.  I am of indigenous heritage and did believe we should eat as our people did, but somewhere along the line we are convinced this is wrong.  Luckily we didn’t totally buy into it and still ate meat everyday and enjoyed the fat but when we went strictly meat, eggs and dairy the results were unexpected.

We noticed right off the hop how much energy we had (almost ADHD..lol) Sex drive way up.  As continued it was amazing, NO MORE BLOAT OR GAS.(  I had taken up eating one particular salad with brussel sprouts and broccoli and the bloat was unreal ) sugar cravings went away,  sleeping better, no snacking & eating twice a day usually, sometimes once,  different kind of hunger, the rumbling/shakes didn’t happen,  just felt hungry,   skin tags gone, no more hang nails,  hemorrhoids gone ( I had for years), our arthritis went away and backpain decreased significantly, we both have more muscle definition, the muscle is harder/tighter & we are definitely stronger,  (we don’t go to gym, our work over the years & daily living has given us good muscle)  Our eyesight has improved. I apply beef/pork grease on my skin and people have commented on how amazing my skin looks.  They thought I was wearing face makeup and one commented did I have surgery! Incredible. Not only that but my eyebrows are growing back in after going years with only half brows.

My partner is growing just not thicker hair, but brown hair & on places there wasn’t any, the white hair is turning brown on his head and chest.  He was also taking high blood pressure and gout pills after appx. 3 months he discontinued use. ( I did not take any pills) Our attitude was happier ( not so cranky) and his depression decreased and eventually disappeared.  My anxiety disappeared as well.  

Overall,  we have found the majority of  people think we are killing ourselves with “ so much fat /meat/butter etc.”

Note: when we have fallen off the wagon we notice the arthritis, hand nails, gas etc. return.   Hence it is motivational for us to continue with the meat.

My brother was doing keto previous to our diet change and we thought wow, that’s a little too much meat and ignored the diet.  Once again goes to show how manipulated we were even though we knew better.  

My daughter decided to give it a go and she has had amazing results as well.  She is 43 and when she went to her doctor for check up she stated her test results were “ off the chart” and what was she doing.  When she said the Carnivore diet,  the doctor didn’t say a word!  Interesting eh?  

Thank you for all the info you provide. It is much appreciated.

Marion and Roy from Ontario, Canada

We did forget to mention , although we were not hugely overweight and that was not our reason for doing the meat, I lost 20 lbs. and Roy lost 26 lbs.

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Hadi improved his fitness, sugar cravings, and depression on a carnivore diet

Hello,
 
I was 260lbs, addicted to junk food and sugar and in a really bad place. I initially lost around 28lbs by cutting out most junk and not eating as much as I used to (which was often to the point of being overly full). Being a loose Carnivore (with huge carb cheats every weekend) and then for the last 3 months a strict Carnivore helped me lose the last 40lbs and get in the shape you can see in the after pictures. I’m fitter than I was in high school, lifting heavier weights at a lower bodyweight and no longer a slave to my cravings. The mild to medium depression I had is 100% gone and I literally surprise myself at how optimistic I am about life. I am thriving in every possible measure of health and overall wellness.
 
Thanks for everything you’re doing for the movement. 
 
-Hadi
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Grant improved his energy, recovery, cognition, and fitness on a carnivore diet

Hey Doc. I’m a college pitcher for Shepherd University and I was hit with some devastating news about a month ago, I will need my second arm surgery in two years to keep playing baseball  With about a month and a half, I decided to go all out in the weight room so I don’t too lose strength while I recover.

I saw you on Joe Rogan’s podcast and I gave the diet a try. This has been the easiest month of powerlifting of my life. My numbers increased by 8% in 30 days, I sleep better, I have more energy, I concentrate better in class and I recover so much faster. I also have no doubt that I would be throwing harder as well. This diet has truly changed my life. Not to mention I look better overall.

My diet has been nothing but moose, deer, chicken and water.

The transition was actually really easy, I ate when I was hungry and I haven’t had any cravings for sugar or carbs cause I’m just full.

Keep up the great work!

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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

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Lee improved his energy, cravings, mood, and mental clarity on a carnivore diet

After over indulging in carbs for a month with weekends away and a holiday, I noticed my body composition starting to slip so decided to take on the challenge of a 50 day strict 100% carnivore way of eating.  Before this challenge I was 90/95% carnivore. 
The first thing I noticed was how when on a strict carnivore diet my cravings for sugar disappeared after around 10days which made the whole process so easy!!! I ate two meals a day, and ate both meals until I was full! 
I experienced zero hunger throughout the challenge and found my energy levels were through the roof!!! On top of this my mental clarity and mood were so good!!! The more I experiment with this way of eating, I find the stricter I am the easier it is!!! 
 
Thank you for all the support you provide us. 
 
Cheers Lee
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Brittney improved her mood, join and back pain and lost 40 lbs on a carnivore diet

I didn’t even realize how much pain I was experiencing day to day until I went carnivore and then didn’t have the pain anymore. I used to have pain in my lower back, neck, knees and ankles. I dealt with significant fatigue every day, some days I’d get home at the end of the day and just sit there for a long time in my car because I didn’t have anything left to walk in the house. I thought it was normal being a mom of three to just be tired all the time. Since starting Carnivore 8 months ago my life has changed. I no longer have pain in my body every day. My husband used to get asked to rub my back and ankles constantly and one day I realized it had been weeks since I’d asked. I no longer experience the restless leg syndrome that was something I dealt with every night for years.  I haven’t sat it my car for twenty minutes waiting on the energy to go inside. 

My mental health has improved significantly. I don’t have any diagnosis’s surrounding it but had normalized the level of stress and aggravation I was dealing with, I am significantly happier, more calm and more patient now. My anger isn’t something I feel like I’m constantly having to control because it’s not there like before. I’m a better mother and wife because of this. I was experiencing what I would consider depression around ovulation time for about a year.  It was overwhelming sadness that I could not snap out of for two to three days. That doesn’t happen anymore. After about six months being CV my cycles began to be lighter and shorter and with less pain. I used to have to take ibuprofen for cramps and now I don’t need to. I still have cramps but the pain is a bearable level. 

My adult acne cleared up. My libido made a return, it’s been gone since I was a teenager. I’ve been a mother for 11 years and my sex drive was just gone! Now gradually it’s coming back. Life has become easier because meal planning and cooking has never been simpler. I don’t stress about grocery lists and prepping or planning like I used to. Less dishes, it’s awesome!  I’ve been able to incorporate exercises into my life for the first time ever in my life!  I had two skin tags on my neck that fell off, my Grey hair is turning dark again at the roots!   Before CV I’d only ever been able to stick with any way of eating for 30 days.  Two weeks in I notice I didn’t crave all the carbs and sugar like before and that has made this possible to continue and even easy. I’ve never in my life known what it felt like to not crave bad food. I’ve lost 40lbs at this point and it feels almost effortless. 

 

Brittney, RN