Lost 40 lbs on Atkins about 18 years ago. Got into bike racing at about 178 lbs. Wt creep occurred to about 206. Read Fung’s book 2weeks ago. Skipped breakfast all last week and commuted to work by bike. Lost 6 lbs in one week. Still more to go but encouraging. Also Dr. Baker, I did time at Kirtland AFB. Thanks, Cal
Hey Shawn et al,
I’ve recently IM’ed with you over Instagram and seeing your request to share benefit stories from intermittent fasting and time restricted eating patterns I’m glad to share my story.
I’m a 33 years old entrepreneur based in Israel. I have several hi-tech businesses.
I have been doing 18:6 Intermittent Fasting for 1 year straight now coupled with 3 weekly resistance training days and I’ve experienced great results. IF regulates blood glucose levels, helps ketone formation, aid reducing calorie intake, allows HSL and Leptin to operate more easily due to lack of consistent insulin secretion and is inducing an easier recovery and less overloading on beta cells.
My basis of the diet is paleo, and my tendencies are towards the ketogenic and low-carb diet, however I have chosen to incorporate carb loading and strategic post exercise carb feeding to maximize muscle gains, but apart that I’m definitely learning towards a low carb, moderate to high protein and high fat diet. I’ve usually eating 3 meals per day and I don’t snack between meals to maximize my IF approach.
Fasting, whether time restricted OMAD, my many 36-48 hour fasts, my one three day and one five day fasts were all vital elements in my mostly meat keto diet.
I’m off amlodipine and lisinopril as well as Fluticasone. Not only am I off my blood pressure meds, but for the first time in my life my sinuses are clear and I can breath through my nose.
But there is one surprise feature: my liver (old guy) spots have vanished. I used to have splotches on my hands and lower arms, now they are almost gone and continuing to disappear.
Im 23 and Ive been doing carnivore coming up on 3 months now.
The carnivore diet has changed my life, I suffered with depression and anxiety that caused me to quit multiple jobs, and now they are completely gone.
I had a cannabis addiction that seems to have faded away.
Im effortlessly loosing all my fat, and my workouts have been 100x better in terms of performance and recovery.
I learned that my hayfever allergies are mainly triggered by gluten and dairy, symptoms have reduced so much I no longer have to take antihistamines every day.
I have no more brain fog. I can wake up in the mornings. Mental cognition feels the best its ever been!
My acne is 99% gone. Heartburn completley gone. Previous gut discomfort non-existent.
The health benefits I have experienced are so vast im probably forgetting some.
Here are some before and after pictures 2 months apart, eating as much meat as I can!!
Hi! I am a 23 year old girl from Norway who has eaten only meat/fat/fish since february 2019. I just want to share my story of how I went from being the sickest i’ve ever been in my life, to feeling great.
This is me before I got sick:
So I had to quit birth control pills during the fall of 2018, due to symptoms that I had never felt before (swelling of leg and constant anxiety of blood cloth). I had always been this healthy, fit and happy girl (as you can see in the photo above). I did not know quitting birth control would make me even sicker though. I lost 22 pounds in 2 months, and during christmas of 2018 I was so skinny. After christmas however, and after lots of advices from my doctor and friends/family, it just got even worse.
-Lost my period completely
-Loss of hair (a lot)
-Growing facial hair
-Green/yellow tone in my skin which made me look very sick
-Lots of acne
-Muscle pain and joint pain
-Anxiety and depression
-Allergy symptoms to everything I ate
Pretty much everything was a pain. Theres a lot more to the story, but i’ll try make it as short as possible. However in february, I had eaten super healthy for 2 months (lots of superfoods, greens, fish and probably took 12 supplement pills each day that I got recommended). It was very obvious that my body was going through some hormonal changes, my body was inflamed and I felt like a teenager going through puberty problems x1000. Icould not understand why my body was hurting so much. I felt crazy, sick and depressed.
On the 27. of february last year I really struggled getting out of bed. I had cried all night because I felt like nothing and no one could help me (not even my doctor). I was consumed by the thought of getting healthier each day, and I had no energy left.
That day however, I eventually got out of bed and told my boyfriend that I wanted to start listen to my body, instead of listening to «experts». I got sick from the thought of eating one more broccoli or a package of kale. I went to the fridge and saw I had a lot of liver-spread (which is common to eat in Norway), and cuts of beef that I was supposed to have for the whole week. I had it all in one meal. I felt satisfied. I loved it. I kept eating like that for some days, called my mom and told her about this crazy thing (only eating meat) that helped me feeling amazing. However I did get anxious after the first week, as I have learned you will die/get sick without vitamins from greens and fruits. That’s when I found «influencers» who eats the same way as me, which probably has helped me keeping it up for all this time. It made me trust the diet even more, seeing so many others doing it.
I can’t see myself going back to a normal (healthy) diet. All the symptoms listed above are gone, even though I still get a few pimples right before my period. I mean, I never really liked «healthy» food, so why should I be eating them when they make me sick? I have GAINED 23 pounds after going what you would define as «carnivore». I can work out without pain, and I have lots of energy. I do get some critique here and there, but most people close to me don’t care about how I eat which is very relaxing. My friends and family knew that I was sick all that time, and when they saw me getting better – of course they were happy I found a diet that works. I won’t say that I feel better than I did before I got sick, I would rather say that I feel the same: happy, energetic, fit and healthy
I have been eating meat only now since Christmas.
I had labs done last week and the results are in! My doctor instructed me to stay with the carnivore lifestyle because it is doing well. She has been studying it and is considering trying it herself!
Here are my lab highlights:
1. My A1c is down from 6.6 to 5.9
2. My triglycerides went from 285 to 85 (not a typo)
3. My HDL went from 35 to 58
4. My LDL went up but my HDL/LDL ratio is in the healthy range
5. Glucose went from 129 to 109
6. My testosterone went from 342 to 471
7. Not a single mineral deficiency found in my labs and I have
I went from 206 pounds to 170 pounds. The quality of my sleep has improved. No snoring or sleep apnea. My breathing is deeper. Aches and pains are gone (unless I workout extra hard). My blood pressure is down. My average heart rate is down about 5bpm’s. No foggy brain. No restless legs. No gas problems. No digestive issues. No acid reflux.
All of the problems that motivated this lifestyle change have either improved or gone away. I’ve decided that I will most likely continue this beyond 2020.
Here is a pic from December right before I began.
This is me today at age 51.