Listen to Nathan’s amazing story on the Meatrx.com podcast here:
I have always struggled with my weight. At aged nine I was put on a 1000 calories a day diet; the first
of many attempts to be a healthy weight. In my twenties I was told I had a binge eating disorder and
that I should never try to restrict what I ate as this would lead to more bingeing. Apart from a brief
period when I was about 30 years old I had weighed between 210lbs and 270lbs.
In 2013, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both my feet. Six months later it had
also started in both hands. I questioned how ‘wear and tear’ could start simultaneously in both hands
and both feet, but I saw three consultants who all confirmed that I had osteoarthritis and not
rheumatoid arthritis. Over the next few months I was given cortisol injections and an increasing
number of pain killers. By October 2014 I was on 8 Paracetamol, 8 Tramadol and 6 Naproxen a day
and Amitriptyline at night to help me sleep. I had to stop taking the Naproxen after two years as it
caused a stomach ulcer so they changed me onto Gabapentin instead (9 a day). Despite all of these
pain killers I could barely walk a hundred metres with a stick and I needed special cutlery as I
The first step on my journey to health came in September 2017 when my partner decided to go ‘gluten
free’ to help his stomach problems. For convenience I did the same, not expecting any difference in
my own health. Within a couple of weeks I noticed that the food cravings, which I had always had,
seemed to have ceased. I was amazed as I had always believed that it was part of me.
At the beginning of 2018 we saw Jordan Peterson being interviewed. I bought his book for my
partner’s birthday and we read about Mikhaila’s health conditions and how they had been helped by
an elimination diet. Then I saw both Jordan and Mikhaila on Joe Rogan’s podcast. The before and
after pictures of Mikhaila were staggering. I also found other carnivores on YouTube such as Amber
O’Hearn and Dr Shawn Baker. Their videos showed me that this diet was sustainable long term and
that I would not be alone on my journey. I had nothing to lose so I decided to give it a go, not
expecting any change in my own health as mine was not the same type of arthritis as Mikhaila’s.
At first I started on meat, eggs and green veg before dropping the veg and just having meat and eggs. I
went fully carnivore on 12 th June 2018. On 1 st July my mother in law had a party for her 80 th birthday
and, for the first time in five years, I left my stick at home. A few days later we had a day out in
Whitby and I walked much farther than I could have done before. By the middle of July I was walking
several miles without any pain. I bought a pair of hiking boots at the beginning of August and we
were able to return to our old hobby of hiking on the coast near where we live. We have a route of
about six miles which we started doing almost every morning. The first week in September we had a
walking holiday in the Lake District in northwest England. I was able to hike all day just like I did
before I got the arthritis. It felt like an absolute miracle.
During that summer, I started to wean myself off the pain killers. This was awful!! I had been taking
the Tramadol for almost five years and coming off them was not a pleasant experience. I couldn’t
sleep and my whole body twitched terribly. I probably weaned myself off too quickly, but they were
capsules so I could cut them in half. Not too bad when you go from 8 a day to 7, but when you go
from 3 to 2 it’s a big jump. I took it a little more slowly coming off the Gabapentin (and I hadn’t been
on them so long) so that was a little easier. Finally I came off the Paracetamol and by the end of
September I was finally on no medication. When I told my doctor that I no longer needed my repeat
prescription because I was no longer in pain she was astounded; saying that she had “never heard of
such a thing”. Strangely she didn’t really seem very interested in how I had done this nor did she think
I should return to see the consultant who had diagnosed the arthritis.
One of the most striking side effects of the diet was my weight loss. Between May 2018 when I
started the elimination diet and December 2018 I lost 70lbs. I am a mature student and started the diet
while on my summer vacation from university. When I went back in September, people I knew
literally walked past me without recognising me. The two photographs I have included were taken in
July and December 2018 (just 5 months apart!).
Before starting on the carnivore diet I had also been suffering from menopausal symptoms, including
hot flushes and tinnitus. These started around the same time as my arthritis and I do believe that there
may be some link between the menopause and osteoarthritis. I have found books from the 1950s
which refer to menopausal arthritis and Dr Blake Donaldson’s book Strong Medicine describes how
he used a low card/carnivore diet to treat menopausal arthritis. I had tried several different hormone
replacement therapies but to no avail. Since going carnivore I have had no menopausal symptoms at
all; the hot flushes disappeared and after a few weeks I noticed that I didn’t have tinnitus any more.
I have had one or two ‘flare ups’ of pain and inflammation over the past two years. These have been
when I’ve eaten something other than eggs, meat, cheese or heavy whipping cream. For instance, on
Christmas Day I had some Christmas Pudding and Brandy sauce which left me in pain for a couple of
days. Recently I used a spray weed killer and that too seemed to cause inflammation despite me
wearing gloves when I used it. Other than that I have been pain free for almost two years and I never
intend to go back to my previous life.
More recently I have been experimenting with fasting. When you eat a meat only diet you don’t need
to eat as often so fasting became easy. I have always had a large appetite, but after a concerted period
of fasting (2 or 3 40 hour fasts per week over 6 weeks) I have noticed that I have started to feel full on
less food. I had never really had that ‘full’ feeling before so it felt very strange!
I hope that my experiences will encourage others to change their lives. I will be 50 this week and I
have never felt fitter or healthier in my life. I hike, swim and exercise regularly and am looking
forward to a more energetic, pain free future.
Hello , my name is Waleed , I’m carnivore I started eating this way 4 months ago only animal foods and I have lost my excess weigh. I was obese, my weight was 103 KG now it is 79 KG , I experienced more focus and energy, all of that because of Shawn Baker , that’s how I heard about this way of eating , thank you.
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
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 !!
from March 29
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.
See my “My Meal” and “Grocery Shopping” below
Watch or listen to Clarke’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:
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
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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!!