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John lost weight, improved his pain and skin on a carnivore diet

A Carnivore Swashbuckler 
 
I have had a very unique career. I was a sword-fighting comedian who performed more than four thousand shows in sixteen countries around the world at Renaissance festivals and USO shows. I have done stunts in live stunt shows and have generally abused my body. This, I thought, was the cause for my debilitating knee, ankle and shoulder pain that plagued me daily. I went on to become a motivational speaker who is still very active on stage using whips and nunchucks to convey my message. The pain only increased.
 
I have always struggled with my weight my entire life  and have been “successful” in losing weight on a myriad of diets. I tried Herbalife, Vegan, Natural Hygienics (Fit for life), 60 day juice fasts, slim fast, and more. My brother being celiac, I went gluten free. After eventual failures with them all, I decided I must be “allergic” to carbohydrates. I got rid of sugar and sweets from my diet, but my weight still ballooned. I went Keto and saw limited results, but I was still in a lot of pain.
 
My weight continued to increase. My health declined. Topping out at 362 lbs at 6’1” and 55yrs old. I started not being able to tie my own shoes (so I bought slip ons). If I sat down on the floor it was a painful struggle to stand. I became less and less mobile. I would wake every morning with horrible headaches that would last for hours. I struggled to breathe.  I went to the doctor. He told me he thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Several medications and tests later, he told me its not in my leg, but possibly in my lung. After that proved wrong he told me I might have congestive heart failure, then lung cancer. After many more tests and more prescriptions he decided it was all sleep apnea. I got a CPAP machine and the headaches went away. The pain persisted. I lost faith in modern medicine that shoots in the dark trying to treat symptoms rather than causes.
 
In the summer of 2019, I went to the beach with my fifteen year old son. We have a jeep and go to a secluded beach to get away from the crowds. The water was a little rough that day and I couldn’t catch my breath while in the water. I decided to get out. I caught a wave to shore a body surfed all the way to the sand. Once there I almost couldn’t get to my feet. After a very painful struggle, followed by dizziness, I got scared. I wasn’t scared for me, but for my son. I realized I was potentially putting him in a scary situation. If I had collapsed in the water, he never would have been able to get me out. If I collapsed on the shore, he wouldn’t be able to get me into the Jeep and at fifteen doesn’t drive. I apologized to him that day and promised I would lose the weight. I searched for solutions for months. I was then inspired to do a google search for, “carbohydrate allergy diet” and quickly found the carnivore diet and decided to give it the thirty days that everyone suggests.
 
As of  today, I have been on this way of eating for twenty four days. I have lost twenty five pounds. The spot of eczema I have had on my face completely disappeared. My dandruff has completely stopped. Most miraculously, in my opinion, all of my ankle, knee, and shoulder pain have completely gone away. I am so grateful for the carnivore diet. I can say that it didn’t take 30 days for me to decide to continue. I am going to the beach this summer fearless.

Listen to John’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

Amanda improved chronic pain and healed digestion on carnivore diet

Hi Shawn,

    Here is my success story.

I have suffered from chronic head/neck/face/tooth/jaw pain for over ten years. I have never had any respite, not for a second during this time.

I have seen over fifty doctors and specialists and no-one has helped, most of them really didn’t care. This led to severe depression. Also, ever since the age of about 13

I have had eating issues (due to trying to eat a low fat diet) and my weight has gone up and down quite dramatically over the years.

I have been a real believer in the ketogenic diet for a long time, but it didn’t really work for me unless I also counted calories.

Last November I started a strict carnivore diet and my depression disappeared within two weeks. Although I still suffer from the chronic pain, I am able to live with it much more easily and have a much more positive outlook on life.

Within 6 weeks I lost twenty pounds and I dropped 2 dress sizes. Minor digestive issues (bloating etc) disappeared too.

I decided that I would be carnivore for life. I have now lost about thirty pounds, which is a lot as I am only 5 feet and 2 inches tall. Every pound shows!

This month we are eating in a 6 hour window to see if that affects my pain.

The biggest advantage of this diet is that I no longer have to weigh foods or count calories or carbs. I feel free from the obsession with what and how much to eat. This is magical!

My husband started being carnivore on the 1st of January this year. He has now cured his asthma and arrhythmia and is happy to stay on a carnivore diet forever. We live in Italy and our Italian neighbours think that we are freaks for not eating pasta,

however, pork is a religion here and it is easier to be carnivore than vegetarian!

Although I did a PhD in Physics and worked for the UK Ministry of Defence, I have read voraciously about nutrition over the past twenty years. I know that the ‘health’ industry gives outrageously wrong and dangerous advice.

I have just started doing a nutrition course with Stanford. Hopefully that will give more trustworthy information, however, discussions with the course tutor about my chosen way of eating might be ‘interesting’.

The information on the MeatRx site might prove useful!

 I hope to convert members of my family to this way of eating, as some of them are suffering with serious weight and health issues.

I’ll be at the Carnivore event in Spain in May. At least we won’t feel like freaks there!

Here are before and after photos. The first photo was taken in September last year. The second was taken a week ago. I’ll be 64 in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for all you do. You have been a great inspiration.

Best Regards,

Amanda

Rebekah improved autoimmune issues, sleep, gained muscle on carnivore diet

Hello!
 
I wanted to share my success story thus far. My life has changed and improved drastically- and I wasn’t sure I was going to be alive less than a year ago. 
 

My name is Rebekah. I’ve always had a passion for health, nature, Fitness, and holistic nutrition / medicine. 

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 6th grade. In seventh grade, I ran into chronic pain. I was rushed to the emergency room with severe chest pains, and left with a diagnosis of costochondritis and degenerative disc. I was then diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, Narcolepsy, and a myriad of digestive issues such as gastroparesis, IBS, IBD, slow transit colon, Celiac and diverticulitis. I started regular Chiropractic treatments to address scoliosis and chronic pain. I went through multiple rounds of physical therapy, but symptoms continued to worsen. Shortly after graduating high school, I ran into chronic adrenal fatigue, crippling anxiety and pain so bad that I was bed bound. I had difficulty breathing, with frequent episodes of near- suffocation.

 

Desperate and afraid, I knew that I needed to dig deeper. I ventured to uncover the root of my issues, working with multiple functional medicine doctors, and embarked on a more strict/ personalized version of the ketogenic diet. I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, colitis, Addisons, Hashimotos hypothyroid, CREST scleroderma, and a central nervous system disorder called Central Sensitization Syndrome (see youtube video by Dr. Sletten of Mayo Clinic). With Keto, various supplements, and support I was able to get off of Adderal, Clonazepam, and Ambien after being dependent on them for 13 years. I gained energy and focus, and reversed Hashimotos! My cystic acne also cleared completely. I was only just beginning to break free from the cage that I became burrowed into after years of quick “fixes” and excessive rounds of antibiotics ordered by traditional med doctors. I have continued to strip off the band-aids to uncover the sources and contributors to systemic disease that almost took my life, and more importantly my hope and joy.

After losing a severe amount of weight, I was diagnosed with chronic chlostridium difficule (C-Diff). I am resistant to all of the antibiotics, and have now had 3 fecal transplants. I was told that I should consider removing my colon, and that I needed a feeding tube. I refused and instead decided to commit to the one thing that I avoided trying for so long… Nothing brought relief or nourishment back into my body until I started the carnivore way of eating.

 

I have gained back 30 healthy pounds of mostly muscle, and have overcome almost all of my autoimmune issues. I have broken up deep layers of scar tissue that was taking over my body and limiting mobility; now there is new, strong, healthy muscle. My mood has never been more stable, and I am mentally resilient. No more swollen ankles or strange skin rashes/ hives. My energy is steady and dependable, and I’m sleeping the best I have in my entire life. I have gained so much freedom in this journey thus far and I am passionate and thrilled to help others overcome their battles, and reach their goals -beyond expectation!

 

I’m so grateful for all that you are doing. You are such a refreshing voice amongst the sea of noise out there. Thank you! 

 

Sincerely

Rebekah 

Listen to Rebekah’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

Mike C. improved skin, chronic pain, digestion and mood on 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

William got his life back on carnivore diet

Hello!
 
 Attached is my transformation story on Carnivore. Thanks so much for this site!

This way of eating is the only way I've found that gave me my health back. The fat loss was a bonus that I didn't expect but am so grateful for.

 

Starting sick and depressed

In Jan 2019 I was sick, mentally, physically and emotionally. Anxiety, depression, digestive issues and debilitating joint pains especially my right hip. I started Carnivore way of eating 2/1/ 2019 at 253 lbs.

Losing weight fast!

On 6/20/2019 I had lost 103 lbs. My waist went from 47 inches to 32 inches. It’s been a life changing experience. I feel like a teenager again with no pain or sickness.
 
This way of eating is the only way I’ve found that gave me my health back. The fat loss was a bonus that I didn’t expect but am so grateful for.

Waking every morning with no grogginess, ample energy throughout the day, and zero aches, pain or discomfort anywhere in my body is a true blessing. Zero Carb/ Carnivore not only gave me my life back, for the first time in decades, I feel ALIVE!!
 
Thank you so much to Dr. Baker and all the Veteran Carnivores I’ve learned from!
 
William
 

Jon went from pre-diabetic to ideal health on a carnivore diet

A non-sugarcoated story

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 it to you in person.

I was sitting with the over 60’s, folk in wheelchairs or the people who were morbidly obese.

 

Struggling, binging and pizza

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.

 

Too heavy to walk for 15 minutes

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.

 

Trying keto and every other thing

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.

 

getting advice that shifted everything

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”…”

 

Now 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.

 

ENTER: THE CARNIVORE DIET EXPERIMENT

 

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

 

RESEARCH

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.

 

THE FIRST WEEK

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.

 

ONE MEAL A DAY AND FASTING

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.

 

CHALLENGE COMPLETED

At day 40 day, the 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.

 

GOING AGAINST COMMON NONSENSE

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.

 

WEIGHT DOWN, STRENGTH UP

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.

 

DRASTIC CHANGE

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.

 

Blood test

I had also booked 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 proven 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 yearsboth 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.

 

The final weigh-in

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.

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.

 

Results in full

 

Weight

Weight 90.1kg/ 14 Stones 3lbs

Weight lost – 31.9kg/5 stones

26% lost

Measurements

Waist – 20cm lost

Chest – 12cm lost

Stomach – 23cm lost

Clothing

T Shirt size XXL to L
Jeans – 42 inch waist to 34 inch waist 

Performance

From 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 tests

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

Kristen ended chronic inflammation on a carnivore diet

Hi, my name is Kristen and I would love to be included as one of the CARNIVORE SUCCESS stories.

 

From SAD to AWESOME

 

From SAD syndrome, I transitioned to low carb and eventually keto for years..I just never could maintain my progress. I never saw the body composition changes I wanted, despite lots of heavy lifting. Autoimmune issues (hashimotos), chronic inflammation, lipedema, depression, aches/pains are just some of the things I’ve been able to overcome or effectively manage going full carnivore. 7 months in and never looking back. And I’m FINALLY seeing progress in the gym!!! 💪

 

Eric improved cardiovascular health on carnivore diet

My name is Eric. I am 63, had a heart attack back in 2007 at age 51.  I was stented and put on 80mg statin for the rest of my life.  My diet was SAD, 80% plant based.  I was advised to follow a low fat diet.  Hypertension got worse, I became obese, then autoimmune disorder, depression and perhipheral neuropathy in the feet which affected walking.  I had the statin shuffle and chronic sore feet.  I became borderline invalid from severe psoriasis of the hands, was unable to work or function normally for 4 years.  All psoriasis treatments failed (100 UV light sessions and then chemotheraphy).  When I turned 60 I rolled my ankle and broke my leg. 

For sure I look better, redness in the face gone, bags under the eyes gone, becoming lean again, active and so on.

Off the plants, off the statins

With all these issues I discarded medical advice and went low carb high fat for 2 years, then carnivore for 1 year.  All symptoms went into remission on LCHF then stalled so I removed all plants and the symptoms disappeared.  After 9 months carnivore my cardiologist stared at his computer screen and muttered … wow, your triglycerides are really, really good.  And then he said – I’m taking you off statin. 
Even though I was a stented heart attack survivor originally diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia, I was taken off statin.  I guess he doesn’t see carnivore blood work often, or perhaps I am his first one.  I am in Canada, a public health system where doctors are not inclined to reveal or discuss particulars with the patient.  I suspect inflammation dropped like a stone on carnivore.  For sure I look better, redness in the face gone, bags under the eyes gone, becoming lean again, active and so on.
 
 

From unable to do cubicle work, to working in construction

I got a job doing physical work on construction sites.  Physical work wasn’t easy but I felt it was a better choice than returning to a corporate cubicle.  Carnivore made it possible.  I got stronger every day.  I will retire in a few years and plan to thru hike the Appalachian Trail when I am 65.  It is something I had considered impossible for over a decade.  It has been a very slow process for me but my transformation is clearly outstanding.  Dr Baker you are correct, that the carnivore diet is perhaps the best therapy for chronic disorders.  But it did more than that, it restored and improved quality of life.

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