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Jon lost weight, improved his fitness, pain and cardiovascular health on a carnivore diet

With every word I type I am cringing like mad. I never wanted to do anything like this but the last few months have led me to writing this blog. The number of people asking questions or making comments have forced my hand a little. The main aim of this blog is to document what I am doing and hopefully something in here can help someone. I am also not going to sugar coat any of this or write it like a “real” writer. I am just writing it how I would tell you it in the person.

Ever since I turned 18 I have struggled with my weight. I’ve been on a diet or thinking about being on a diet or being told I need to go on a diet since. In the past I have had one major weight loss success, getting down to 97kg in November 2015 but before six months were over I was back above 110kg. The years between then and now have been the most frustrating. There was always a reason why I kept failing and I was just looking for the next excuse to binge or get a pizza ordered.

I had done loads of different diets in the past. Keto, chicken and rice, vegan, Palaeolithic , calorie counting apps, juice diet. I had success with chicken, sweet potato and broccoli for lunch every day in 2015 but every time after that I had tried it, I just couldn’t stick to it. I even ran weight loss competitions at work to try and sort myself out but none of it worked. It got to the point where I was just miserable after every meal, struggling to be a good dad, waking up feeling tired every day and something needed to change.

I was working in Manchester and had recently moved offices to further away from the main train station. This was a 15 minute waddle across town. The first few times I did this I was fine but after a few more times I started getting pain in my feet and ankles. So I started catching the free bus. Sitting with the over 60’s, folk in wheelchairs or the people who were morbidly obese. At 31, I was embarrassed to be on this bus.

I knew I had to do something but didn’t know what, so I spoke to a colleague. He is an ex-Marine, built like a tank and is one of the most intelligent people I know. We talked about Keto and how when I tried it the first time I probably didn’t do it properly, but would be one of the best ways for me to shift the weight. I said that I was sick of the sight of spinach broccoli and mushrooms, and that I am a salad dodger. He then said something that has changed my life.

“If you can’t be bothered with the veg, then don’t eat it. You don’t need it anyway. Google “Carnivore Diet”…”

The Carnivore Diet Experiment

Monday 1st April 2019 – Weight 122kg/ 19 stones 3lbs

After a few hours of research and not really understanding the complex nature of a true carnivore diet, I went into April knowing I had 40 days before going on holiday. It was only to Butlins at Skegness but it was to be my first real break from work since August 2018 and a good length of time away to try and lose some weight. My aim was to lose 24lbs and get to 17 and half stones. I went into it with my eyes shut and just literally ate any meat product I could. I committed to researching the diet a few hours a week and also to stop drinking any booze.

I decided early on to couple the diet with intermittent fasting. I had to get up early to get to work on time so skipping breakfast was easy. The first few days were rough. The food tasted amazing but I soon realised I was reacting to any dairy I was eating. The first week ended and I wondered if it was all worth it. I got weighed and saw that I had lost 9lbs. In a week.

Soon I was doing 10-12 hours of research every week and had cut down to eating one meal per day. I also started doing 36 hour fasts every week and even a 60 hour fast at one point. I just didn’t need to eat as much. Cutting out all sugar, all carbs and all plant food was meaning the meals I were eating were extremely filling. That being filling without the bloating and the “food coma” feeling. I had got to a point where I was basically only eating beef and prawns with occasional meal of chicken and chorizo or pork belly when I started to lose will power.

The 40 day challenge ended and I felt miles better. I was happily walking to and from the office with no pain, training 3 or 4 days a week, with no soreness the next day even though I was working harder than ever. To top it off I had smashed my target and lost 35lbs. I went on holiday and came off the diet but committed to getting right back on it when I got home to see how far it could take me.

The more I read and learnt about the diet, the more that other people told me I was an idiot or would have a heart attack, the more convinced I became that this was the perfect diet for me and something I could stick to longer term. I was still loving the food and loving the results.

In the past when I lost weight, as the weight came down so did the strength. This time I was getting stronger and stronger. I even started to run on the treadmill. For anyone that knows me or played football with me will say, I hate running and I am lazy but I wanted to prove I could do it and run for 5km without stopping.

By the end of August I had been on the diet for 5 months and people were commenting on my appearance all the time. The comments made are what sparked the idea for this blog as I was being asked all the time what I had done. The changes were drastic.

Friday 30th August 2019 – Results Day

The end of the five months Carnivore Diet experiment came at the end of the 3rd week of my new job. It had been a pretty stressful few weeks given the new routine and being out of the house 6am to 6pm every day. While trying to impress the new bosses and hit the ground running I had stopped training at lunch as much but was keeping up with the diet. Id given myself my birthday off but had stayed pretty consistent for the whole five months, give or take a few cheat meals when hitting milestones plus my week off in May.

I had also booked in for a blood test on the advice of a former colleague who was concerned that I was killing myself. Either that or he wanted to be proved right that meat is evil and a plant based diet is optimal. I was due a blood test anyway and found my old results from the previous two years. Both tests were couple with blood pressure checks, and both sets of results showed the start of problems that would either see me on medication before I am 35 or face being a heart attack risk. Pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes, low HDL, high triglycerides. It was pretty grim reading that back now that I was feeling so much better about myself. I had the blood test in June so the results may well be better now but I will retest them in the 2020 when I hit my end target.

Tracking the results each week gets addictive when you are improving week on week, so I knew I had done pretty well and it was the final push to hit the 5 stones mark. I knew that if I saw 90.3kg or lower on the scale then I had done it. I got on, held my breath and saw it flash up. 90.1kg. Get in.

Results in full
Weight 90.1kg/ 14 Stones 3lbs – Weight lost – 31.9kg/5 stones – 26% lost.
Waist – 20cm lost, Chest – 12cm lost, Stomach – 23cm lost
T Shirt size XXL to L
Jeans – 42 inch waist to 34 inch waist
Unable to walk for 10 mins to 5km in 27 minutes 58 seconds
Bench Press – 75% body weight 8 reps to 101% body weight 8 reps
Blood Pressure – Pre-hypertension to ideal
Blood Sugar – Pre-diabetic to ideal
Cholesterol – Low HDL, High LDL, High Triglycerides to ideal HDL, High LDL, Low Triglycerides

Below are some before and after pictures

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Charlie lost weight, and improved his insulin resistance on a carnivore diet

About 2 years ago the VA had me attend nutrition training as my weight was going up and up. Calories in, calories out. I was so hungry I kept failing.  VA offered to send me to the SAME training over again.
 
16 or 17 Months ago my A1C hit 6.1 so I started reading and vids. Then one evening one of my feet wouldn’t fit into my shoe.
 
VA said I was heading towards diabetes. Offering me the SAME training again.
 
Decided to go Keto/Carnivore but to avoid Keto Flu I went on an 8 day fast. While fasting still in Day Eight  I went in for my bloodwork at the VA. They were shocked at my LDL and Triglycerides count and told me to stop fat and meat and take pills.  THEN I called them out: I went from hardly any meat to total fasting, my numbers go up and they blamed food I was not eating.  QUACKS!
 
That was 13 months ago, last November. 
 
Now I know FAR MORE than my VA doc and VA nutritionist who can’t even explain to me what is a Triglyceride and why LDL is supposed to be bad.
 
Autumn of 2018 I hit 262 pounds. By this Summer I hit and maintain 210 -217 range comfortably. 
 
No more near fainting spells if I don’t eat every three hours.  Now I can go for DAYS without eating.
 
Funny, my pre-med son is learning chemistry and biology and he agrees that LDL is just a (harmless) transport vehicle.  His current training is the opposite of what the practicing  docs and nutritionist AR the VA say.  For brevity I gave them links to Dr. Berg’s short videos explaining LDL and Triglycerides. They both said, “I can’t believe you “trust” a chiropractor more than us. 
 
“trust”…….   “trust”……    how about new research instead of blind faith in dogma?
 
In reviewing a year of food logging I see that I consume a lot of eggs.  Vegetarians would say this is carnivore. But I must be 100% honest and admit this to ask: “Shouldn’t we include (chicken) eggs along with meat?”  
 
Yes, except for about 20 days I kept a log of everything I shoved in my face. If Dr. Baker would like this data I can send the log file.
 
Today’weight 211 pounds, down from 262 about a year ago.
 
I hope that eating eggs could be considered “carnivore” for the purposes of this program. I’ve watched all the Dr. Fung vids on the chemistry of Keto/Carnivore. Seems to me eggs could be considered “carnivore” as the VA docs still claim they’re as deadly as meat.
 
Thank you for your time. I would like to become a coach because I have learned so much and would love to share this with others. It simply works.
 
I neglected to mention one COMPLETELY unexpected benefit: mental clarity.  It felt like a (brain) fog lifted.
 
Charlie 
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Raymond heals prediabetes, sugar addiction, diverticulitis, plantar fasciitis on a carnivore diet

I’m 46 years old and I have been Carnivore since September 15, 2017. Prior to that I was keto for 1 year and tried carnivore for 6 weeks but failed due to carnivore flu.

I began with A1C of 6.0 and this is what triggered me to research all this to find a solution. I am now at a A1C 5.7

At my highest I weighed 252lbs and now I weigh 192 lbs.

I do intermittent fasting and I tried all the different variations and picked a personal favorite. I do Alternate Day Fasting. I fast between 32-40 hrs and I am comfortable in doing that.

My strength and endurance has huge improvements and it seems that I keep improving the more I tighten my diet to ribeye and salt. Right now I eat untrimmed ribeye beef 98% of the time around 3 lbs every other day.

The ailments that have gone in remissions are many through this diet. I have diverticulitus, it used to be so bad that during flare ups the pain scale was 11 (want to kill yourself) to a 12 (passout). I know it’s still there but I have not had a single flare up in at least 4 months.

Urinary Tract Infections happened every other months and were very painful and last 1-2 weeks.

After carnivore I can’t remember the last time I got one, it’s been at least 6 months and when it came I barely noticed it.

I used to get colds at least once a month. I got my last cold this past September 2018 and it’s hardly noticeable compared to my colds prior to carnivore.

I also had plantar fascitis and heel spurs, both seem to be in remission as now when I walk I feel no pain but if I eat out even on carnivore then I can feel them again.

I have so many list of ailments that has gone away and I will list them so as not to bore you.

  • acne
  • dandruff
  • sinus infection
  • snoring
  • sleep apnea
  • skin tags (not all are gone)
  • dry skin
  • rosacea
  • morning erections were almost nonexistent

I was a couch potato before my diet journey, now my workouts consists of Orange Theory Fitness, Shotokan Karate and Jiu Jitsu. I usually do my practices in a fasted state and lately I have been fasted at least 30+ hrs and do up to 4-5 hrs workout and have no problems handling the intensity.

I have never felt healthier in my life and that includes in my 20’s.

Carnivore is life for me.

My thanks to all my hero’s out there: Dr Shawn Baker, theAndersen family, Kelly Hogan, Esmu00e9e La Fleur, Gary Taubes, Dr. Jason Fung, Nina Teicholz, Professor Tim Noakes and many more out in the low/carb carnivore space.

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Brandon lost weight, gained libido, energy and improved his metabolic health on a carnivore diet

I am a 25 year old man who has seen incredible changes since going carnivore. I tried many different diets and a majority of them were not as effective. As of this writing, my weight has dropped to 179lbs, a level not seen for at least 7 years, the last time this happened was in 2012 or 2013, and down from nearly 280lbs which happened in December 2017. For most of my life I was on a Standard American Diet (SAD) with a higher fat content, as well as consuming alcohol once I was legally allowed and until going sober in 2018, until late January 2019. In February 2019, shortly after my 25th birthday, my weight has declined to about 250lbs, and I decided to go hardball with exercise with a calorie restricted diet, with extremely streneous exercise and capping my caloric intake to no more than 600 calories. Calories in, calories out, was what I was told all my life. I took various weight control pills. Despite all this effort, my weight loss stalled out after 25 pounds, and I went to my old SAD diet, not to mention cravings and cheats during this restrictive diet-exercise regimen. I decided to go on a ketogenic diet in May 2019, despite some oppositions, and my weight went down from 225 to 200 pounds, dropping another 25 pounds, before stalling out again. In July 2019, I did a dry fast and dropped 5 pounds down to 195lbs, but that was the absolute minimum. I did several more extended dry fasts which dipped my weight, only to rebound back to 195lbs. When I started carnivore, slowly but surely I began to see some results, with my energy and libido returning, gut discomfort disappearing, and ability to handle less sleep, and less brain fog, and as it stands today, I have lost about 15 pounds over 3 weeks, and I believe that my body is getting its species-appropriate foods. Here is what my stats looked like
January 2018 (Peak Dysfunction)
Weight: 280
BMI: 41.3
Waist size: 44″
Body Fat: >35% (est)
Metabolic Age: >30 (est)
Possibly high blood pressure
Insulin resistant, Likely prediabetic
Likely had fatty liver (high carb, high fat, alcohol)
Easily fatigued, cravings, lethargic
Morbidly obese
Likely high triglycerides
Likely dyslipidemic
Metabolically dysfunctional
 
February 2019
Weight: 250
BMI: 36.9
Waist Size: 40″
Body Fat: 29%
Metabolic Age: 30 (est)
Insulin resistant
Fatigued, cravings, lethargic
Obese
Metabolically dysfunctional
 
May 2019 (Start Keto)
Weight: 225
BMI: 33.2
Waist Size: 40″
Body Fat: 25%
Metabolic Age: 30 (est)
Obese
Fatigued, lethargic
 
December 2019 (Start Carnivore)
Weight: 195
BMI: 28.8
Waist Size: 36″
Body Fat: 24%
Metabolic Age: 29
Overweight
 
January 2020 (Now)
Weight: 180
BMI: 26.6
Body Fat: 20%
Metabolic Age: 26
Still overweight, but conditions are improving
 
Thanks to the carnivore community for the support community.