Muscle gain

Jordan treated his feelings of depression on a carnivore diet

Jordan has suffered from depression since puberty.  He slept 12-16 hours a day and his family thought he was just a lazy kid.  He didn’t realize until a few years later that the feelings of hopelessness were depression.

Jordan found the keto diet.  And it worked to lose weight.  So, did, intermittent fasting and counting macros.

It wasn’t until Jordan found the carnivore diet that he finally felt relive from his depression and was able to lost the last bit of weight.

Listen to Jordan’s motivational story on the MeatRx.com success podcast!

David reduced damage to his knees on a carnivore diet

A little about me.

52 yo, 177cm (5’10”)

Weight in 2009 107kg

Current weight 79kg

 

Have knee stability issues and have had 8 operations on them with the 1st being when I was 15, last one being 25 yrs ago.

 

Minimal cartilage in knees so have not played sport since early 20’s

 

With minimal exercise and a lot of travel for work, weight has always been an issue during adult life.

 

In 2012 I started exercising (walking then building up to running) and eating differently, dropped weight from 107kg to 75kg but when I stopped, it quickly went back up to 100kg

 

In June 2018, I watched the Magic Pill movie and decided that changing to ketogenic lifestyle for long term health would be beneficial.

 

My reasoning for this decision was that I had watched my father suffer from Parkinson’s Disease and dementia as well as working part time in mental health, and seeing the links between food and mental health I wanted to try to avoid these issues.

 

I started the next day and over the following 6 mths dropped 25kg and felt fantastic everyday.

 

I had slowly lowered my carbs from 20gm a day to under 10gm so in June 2019, I thought I’d try a month of zero carb, so tried carnivore.

 

My body felt so much better so I never went back to ketogenic.

 

Since going carnivore the pains in my arthritic knees have all but gone, my body composition has changed more, with less fat and a lot leaner muscle

 

The past 3 January’s I have participated in an 800km in 8 day charity bike ride in Thailand, and seeing the difference has been amazing

 

January 2018 – SAD completed and was tired most nights

 

January 2019 – Ketogenic had lots of energy, longest day was 150km which I rode fasted for 24hrs

 

January 2020 – Carnivore similar energy to 2019, though felt a lot stronger, again rode fasted especially when provided lunch was not suitable.

Listen to David’s story on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

Josh lost weight on the carnivore diet

My name is Josh and I am 32 years old. Back in December my wife and I had a baby, the months leading up the delivery of our baby girl, I was eating anything and everything. If the wife would get cravings I would get cravings. All of a sudden we are sent into a lockdown due to Covid which just got my diet out of control and I desperately needed a change. I started to feel very out of shape, weighing my heaviest at 210 lbs. 

Shedding the lockdown weight

I have seen a free online 30 day shred competition pop up on my Facebook one day that was starting May 1st, 2020. I thought to myself, hey I may as well register and that will be a great start. I ended up winning that competition and with that came 3 months free training from a very reputable trainer based out of Los Angeles. My diet consisted of animal based products and a lot of training! 6 days a week, twice a day. I did a daily fasted cardio early in the morning before work, and then I would do some weight lifting at night. 

Fast forward to today I am at my goal weight of 180 lbs. Thanks for allowing me to share my carnivore diet success story!

Steve improved his depression and has not had a seizure on a carnivore diet

Hi, my name is Steve. I would like to share my story in the hopes that it will be inspirational to others.
I’m 34 years young. In my 20s I was a footballer. I played 3rd & 2nd grade for Manly Marlins. I was your average young guy who loved to party & have fun. On the 29th April 2012 I was playing a game & hit my head however I continued playing & then after the game went out with my mates & got drunk. To cut a long story short, it turns out that I had a concussion & the next thing I knew I awoke in hospital after being in a coma for 2 weeks. I has suffered a hypoxic brain injury. A result I was left severely disabled. I was wheelchair bound, had brain damage, I became vision impaired, I lost a lot of weight, had a lot of trouble chewing, swallowing and talking. Worst of all I developed epilepsy and was having regular seizures which seemed to make my disabilities even worse.

Over the past 8 years I have suffererd with severe depression & anxiety. I have a fantastic team of therapists and carers & very slowly have seen some improvement.

In November 2019 my carer suggested a ketogenic diet which very swiftly changed to a carnivore diet.
Since then my depression & anxiety has gone, I cannot explain how good I feel. My eyesight has improved to the extent that I no longer need glasses, my speech has improved, I have put back on most of the weight I had lost (and gained lots of muscle tone).
I also had major trouble with my sinuses, my nose was constantly blocked or running but that has now stopped, my sinuses are clear. Best thing ever is that I have not had a seizure this whole time.

Since being plant free I have:
– more energy and feel better than ever
– recieved a positive blood test showing healthy ranges of all blood markers including normal nutrient levels. LDL was high but triglycerides were very low
– regular and health bowel motions
– recieved a great report from my councellor, saying she had never seen me in a better mental state
– recieved an amazing report from my chiropractor saying hes never seen me in better condition and does not want to touch me
– recieved a great report from my OT saying she was very pleased with the progress ive made and i had better keep doing what i am doing
– improved fine motor skills
– improved cognotive ability, i have so many great ideas for future projects
– not had a virus, cold, or allegy, in fact my nasal congestion issues have decreased massively
– felt a huge improvement to my dental hygeine. i was having massive problems before and the dentist said i would need to go back soon probably for another filling however i am not experiencing any pain or discomfort.
 
I take no supplements or medication apart from Keppra for my epilepsy, however I believe I will be able to come off that one day.
 
I believe whole heartedly in this diet, I am educating myself about it constantly and hope to have a blog to help educate others one day.
The old Steve
The new Steve

Jeff got jacked and tan on a fasting carnivore lifestyle

I am 59 years old.

March 28, 2019

As a kid I looked at bodybuilders of the day as heroes
I always wanted to be like that
I was into sports and worked out
I then got in the fitness industry and between 1981 to 2001 – i owned, operated, managed health clubs, fitness centers… i trained people, i gave seminars on fitness, exercise and nutrition… i was involved in the manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales of Nutritional supplements, and educated people on what and how to use supplementation
I was taught, believed, and practiced the protocol of eating 6-7x per day (every 2.5 to 3 hours to maintain an anabolic state and a positive nitrogen balance, and to avoid going catabolic)… consisting of 50%+ Carbs, 50% Protein (as lean and fat free as possible) and as low of Fats as possible… i believed in 1.0 to 1.5 g of Protein per Pound of Body-weight per day, and a minimum of 1.0 g of Carbs per Pound of Body-weight per day…

Everything that I knew, practiced and taught others was WRONG…

I did not know that I didn’t know…

I worked out hard, I ate correctly, I was dedicated, motivated, and disciplined…
BUT I wasn’t ever getting the RESULTS that I wanted, no matter how hard I tried

I ate less
I exercised more
Nothing worked

I was big, I was strong, BUT, I didn’t look like I wanted to look…

Then in May 2017… i saw a photo of one of my best friend’s – Sam, who I had not seen for 3-4 years… i was shocked, astounded, awestruck, speechless… i knew Sam for over 30 years… in that photo… he looked like a Greek God… i had to know WTF … i contacted him immediately…

It took him from the beginning of May 2017 to the 3rd week of June 2017 to convince me to try what he was telling me to do…

It was contradictory and opposite to everything that I knew and had been told, and taught me entire life…

I finally surrendered… only because I knew Sam… and I saw what ge had done… he obviously knew something that i didn’t know…

I started my first day on June 26, 2017… the day I took my first “Before” photo…

Within 2 weeks I felt, and saw changes that I had not experienced before with any diet i had ever tried… i kept at it, and continued to research and investigate everything and to educate myself more…

I have never stopped or looked back…

My Journey continues… i adjust, tweak, modify as I go… on my personal Journey to see how far I can take this… in all aspects of my life…

Life doesn’t have to end at 50…

If done right… 50 is just the beginning of an incredible future…

Please join me on the Journey of your own… i am here to help educate you, inform you, help you, inspire and motivate you… your success is my personal reward !!

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March 29, 2019
 

from March 29
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when I started off, I was only doing the Intermittent Fasting, as Sam had convinced me to do, I was not including the ketogenic/ low carb diet at this point

I was doing a 16/8 IF Schedule – 16 Hours Fasting Period and an 8-Hour Feeding Period

and, within the first 2 weeks, I felt, and, saw changes that I had not experienced before on other “diets” that I had tried – within the first 2 weeks, I knew that something was “happening” !!

I did NOT change my foods (eating, my diet) – I just continued to eat the same things that I had been eating (including carbs), but, now, I was eating everything during the 8-hour Feeding Period – I was doing 4 meals a day (eating a meal every 2.5 hours +/-)

then, Sam asked me how I felt, and, how I was doing – and, when I told him that I felt and was doing great – he had me switch the IF schedule from 16/8 to an 18/6 schedule… within 3-4 days, the immediate problem that I was experiencing was trying to eat all 4 of my meals within the 6 hour Feeding window – it was almost impossible – too much food – so, I adjusted and changed to 3 meals – one meal every 2 hours

so, I was still doing high carbs, high protein, low fat – because at this point, I did not have all of the information, and, I did not know any better

the low carb discussion didn’t enter the picture until about month 2 – and, then, from month 2 through about month 4-5, my carb intake went from over 200+g per day, down to 150g per day, to 100g per day, to 50g per day, eventually down to about 35g per day, a level that I then stayed at for several months, as I continued to educate myself on everything, and, to tweak and adjust other facets of my foods/ diet – and, although I had adjusted the Carbs down to a low carb intake – I was still doing the balance of my foods as high protein, and, moderate fats (which I still believed to be necessary – keeping my protein high for muscle building and maintenance, and, low fats, so that I didn’t get fat)

over time – during the first 6 months (end of June when I started) – I went from the initial 16/8, then to 18/6, then to 19/5, and, eventually, by October 2017, I was on an IF 20/4 schedule – and, as noted, I adjusted my Carbs from over 200g/day, down to 35g/day… but, I was still doing 3 meals/ day during the 4-hour Feeding Period – and, I stayed on this Schedule from Oct 2017, up through May-June 2018 –  – during which time I brought my Carbs down to 20 g per day – and, this schedule lasted from about June, 2018 up through Oct 2018 – at which time I kept the same foods, during 3 meals, but, adjusted the IF Schedule again from 20/4 to 22/2 (eating the 3 meals one every hour) and, I then stayed on this schedule (22/2), with minor adjustments along the way in the foods – but, still, high proteins, moderate fats, and low carbs – from October 2018, up through February, 2019 – one of the adjustments that I made during this period is to change from 3 large/ regular sized meals to 2 regular meals (the first meal of the day, and, the last meal of the day, with just a snack (like peanut butter, sugar free jello, almonds, or pork rinds, string cheese, or similar) in between the 2 meals

somehow, not by any thought or planning, one day, during February, I couldn’t eat the 2nd meal, I was just full, and, not hungry – so, I had just eaten the first regular meal, and, the snack, and that was it… then, this feeling, of not wanting, or needing the last meal, continued – and, all of a sudden, not by choice, or planning, my IF Schedule went from 22/2 to 23/1 and, I was eating everything within 1 hour everyday – which is what I continue to do up to now

in March 2019, during additional, extensive research – I made a decision to adjust my Macros to a true ketogenic formula plan – 75% Fats, 20% Protein, and, under 5% Carbs (I was actually under 2% Carbs by this point) – within 2 weeks I was seeing, and, feeling immediate differences and great results – I truly believe that having too much protein (which I thought was absolutely necessary as an active bodybuilder for not only adding new muscle, but, to maintain the hard earned muscle that I had) – but, I was wrong – now, looking back, I truly believe thgat the Protein, the extra protein, was an obstacle, and, holding me back from further gains – especially the Whey Protein Powder supplement shake that I was doing as one of my meals every day (which turns out to be the worst form of protein to ingest because of the immediate insulin spikes it causes) – the leaner the proteins, the proteins absent sufficient fat, the quicker it is digested, and, the more insulin that is produced in conjunction with the protein consumption

so, not by planning, not by conscious choice – I somehow ended up on an IF Schedule of 23/1 – which, by operational definition, is the same as, or, very similar, and, close enough to the OMAD (“One Meal A Day) diet that people talk about – because although during my 1-hour Feeding Period I am eating multiple times (2 regular meals, and, a snack in between) – I am basically consuming all of my foods non-stop during that 1 hour period.

my current Macros are approx. Calories (2,200 to 2,400) / Proteins (0.4 to 0.5 g per pound (so 90-100g/day)) 20% of my diet) / Carbs (under 10g/day) under 2% of my diet)), and / Fats (upwards of 200g/day) over 75% of my diet)) – all consumed during my 1-hour Feeding Period – and, then, for the next 23 hours – the Fasting Period, I do not eat anything of any kind whatsoever.

I feel great, I feel healthy – I am never hungry, I have lots of energy, and lots of mental focus.
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May 31, 2020
 
since March 29 (the date of my last writing above) – I have had various “adjustments in both my Nutritional Protocol and my Exercise Protocol
and, I always do extensive research and self-experimentation to see what works, and, ultimately what works best for me, and my goals…
 
on May 19, 2020 – I started the “Steak & Eggs” (Carnivore) Protocol
as of tonight – I am on Day 13 – and feel fantastic
Never Hungry, No Cravings
 
I only eat Beef (fatty steak cuts – like Rib-eye or Chuck Eye Steak), and Eggs, and Butter – nothing else
 
My Protocol since approx Feb-Mar 2019 has been OMAD – Intermittent Fasting 23/1 (actually 23.5/0.5) 
 
up until this May 19 – my Macros were – Fats (80-83%), Protein (17-20%), and Carbs (under 1%) – so switching to the Carnivore (Steak & Eggs) was simple and easy (My Proteins have always been “Fatty Proteins”, nothing “Lean”)
 
My Macros now are – Fats (70-73%), Protein (27-30%), and Carbs (0%)
 
My OMAD Meal consists of only the following…
Steak (1 pound)
Eggs (6 whole)
Butter (4-5 tbsp)
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See my “My Meal”  and “Grocery Shopping” below

Matthew recovered his health from a vegan diet by going carnivore

Hi, 
 
I shared this on a carnivore fb page tmand they told me to contact you guys with my story. 
 
 “I’m posting this for motivation to others and to share my experience of how veganism ruined my health and took me a long time to recover. Only recently being 3 months primarily Carnivore have I begun to full heal, recover and gain my strength back. If anyone wants CARNIVORE RECIPE IDEAS for training purposes of losing fat and building muscle then give me a message, I’m happy to help as many people possible gain thier health back!
 
“1ST photo: 1month post anal fistula surgery, 3months Carnivore, 1.5 years recovering from vegan malnourishment+digestive issues.
 
2ND photo: 3.5 years vegan, before my anal fistula burst and sent me to hospital. A long journey past 5 years regaining control of my health. My lowest weight being vegan 60.1kg, my weight now, 67kg.
 
The amount of beef, steaks, eggs, salmon and animal fats I’ve been consuming recently have been through the roof. The results? Nothing but positive, increase in energy, muscle growth, strength, power, endurance, better sleep, faster recovery time than I’ve ever had, mentally clear and focused, excellent digestion, restored collagen levels, the list goes on. Simply put, I feel fantastic finally reaching a point of being in control of my own health and wellbeing after struggling for 3.5 years being vegan, and another 1.5 from pain and suffering of digestive and gut issues as a result of veganism. 
 
I’ve started trial adding dairy in my diet, such as hard cheeses, Swiss cheese, extra mature cheddar cheeses (due to lower lactose tolerable levels), and occasionally white basmati rice (due to having zero antinutrients) and am planning to completely remove this and switch to fats as main energy source. My primary focus remains Carnivore due to always feeling best maintaining a higher amount of animal products daily and I plan on keeping it this way for the foreseeable future, the benefits are too many to count.
 
Plant based, vegetarianism and veganism may work for some (temporarily at least), but there is no disputing that animal sources are the most nutrient dense, bioavailable, most complete types of foods we can consume as humans packed with everything we need not only to survive, but thrive at optimal levels. 
 
Almost 100% recovered to begin intensely training. With this isolation lock down I’m eating, training+sleeping. If anyone has a fitness challenge let me know, feeling strong+ready to become a beast, surpass all previous fitness levels+push myself beyond my previous limits as a vegan. So thankful to this Carnivore lifestyle. Please ensure you take control of your own health, listen to your body+adapt accordingly! Thanks to tagged inspirational people, you all helped regain my health back!!!
 
You can stick with whatever info you want to share. I also have more info on my experience on my Instagram posts @jumpingtarzan 
 
” Health update of what caused me excessive pain, bloating, cramps, fatigue, malnourishment, ibs, digestive and gut issues, hemorrhoids, excessive shitting 5-10 times a day, eventually leading to an anal fistula… I strongly believe it was the heavily plant based foods I was consuming during my time of being VEGAN for 3.5 years. The last 2 years I started to quite veganism, and looked towards animal products to help heal me as nothing else was working, no matter how much I tried, hospitals and GPS, doctors advice, nutritionists, health practitioners etc. So it’s taken 1 year and almost 6 months to finally have surgery, FINALLY it is done and in the recovery stage.
 
Vegans may say I “did it wrong” but upon researching the many DANGERS of toxins and defense mechanisms in plants, and understanding the importance of animal sources for optimal nutrition and health. The past 3-4 months I have been primarily Carnivore based which has been removing all of my issues apart from some bowel pain and pressure later (due to the anal fistula) whenever I try to eat most plants or anything with fibre. I have seen nothing but POSITIVE results eating only beef, steak, salmon, eggs, fatty cuts of meat, butter, minimal dairy, some honey,  avoiding as much as possible plants, no veggies (occasional avocado’s), no fruits, no juices, no grains (sometimes white basmati rice as they have no anti nutrients), no lugumes, no beans, no lentils, NO PLANTS, only minimal, iodised or pink himalayan sea salt and bit of pepper for seasonings. My body is healing rapidly, I’ve had my surgery finally today, recovery estimate 1-2 months for total healing. Once that is finished I will attempt to incorporate a few more plants to taste as desired, but having been through hell as a result of being vegan, I will stay primarily Carnivore based as this so far as I have seen and researched is without question the most optimal, healthy, beneficial way to eat for us as humans. Animal sources contain large bioavailable forms of nutrients, easily digestible, packed essential proteins + fats for us to live. EAT YOUR MEAT you don’t want to suffer, NEVER feel guilty eating animals + taking control of your health!! 🥩”

Listen to Matthew’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

Mark improved body composition, and auto immune condition on carnivore diet

I am a 58 year old chiropractor who has been in practice for 33 years.  My wife and I started the carnivore diet on September 1, 2018 as a 30 day experiment.  At the end of the month we decided to continue.  Why give up on improved body composition, the end of autoimmune rashes and allergies, better performance in the gym, and generally feeling a lot better.  Thank you Dr. Baker.

Fernando lost fat and gained lean muscle on a carnivore diet

Hi,
My name is Fernando Rocha and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. Since I discovered Mr. Baker on social media, I began following the carnivore diet. The results have been extraordinary: I lost 10 kgs in little over 2 months (shedding fat and gaining lean muscle mass). Here are my before and after pictures:

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