I have been mostly ketogenic for about 1.5 years, losing nearly 60 lbs fat and getting pretty ripped. I heard of carnivore dieters but thought it might be a little bit fringe. I also may have had a “keto superiority” complex of sorts. Call it contempt prior to investigation.
The only problems I had with keto was that I had to be a damn scientist to constantly monitor macro intake and due to the typical recommended moderate protein, high fat and high veggie consumption, I regularly encountered slowed gastric emptying (I couldn’t poop) which made it practically impossible to eat with regularity because I was always afraid I’d be blocking things up.
I was a daily intermittent faster for most of a whole year and I’m sorry but waiting 24+ hours on occasion to have a bowel movement so I could eat just didn’t make sense. After recalibrating macros for new weight and looking at 1.0g of protein per lb of lean mass, I just didn’t have the extra room for much veggie intake, so I stopped eating them for a few weeks and switched to all fatty cuts of meat and eggs. Essentially, carnivore.
What I discovered is that my digestion instantly improved to regularity. This surprised me. Sleep improved. Energy metabolism improved. Food costs went down. I got a little bit leaner (was already at 12% body fat) and I barely care to track anything. I just eat meat and eggs and drink water. Occasionally I stray off and have a small amount of coconut butter and berries with cream as my dessert splurge.
Looking forward to what consistent eating will bring as I’ve only been doing full carnivore for about 2-3 weeks.