My name is Adam and this is my carnivore story… MEAT HEALS!
May 12, 2018
46 year old male slowly became 30 pounds overweight from eating and drinking too much and not exercising. Decided I wanted to get back in shape but despite increasingly strenuous workouts (from 30 to 45 to 60 to 90 to even 120 minutes over 6 months, mostly weight training), only lost 5 pounds and did put on some muscle but couldn’t see it well thru the middle-aged tire/fat. Sore constantly, injured myself 3 times in 6 months pushing too hard to improve my physique. Avoided sugar and processed carbs but still drank too much beer and had too many binge attacks where I would polish off insane amounts of bad food because of intense cravings.
My carnivore story:
Started reading bodybuilding articles trying to figure out where I was going wrong and stumbled onto Vince Gironda’s “steak and eggs” diet for bodybuilders to cut fat and get ripped. He was a trainer decades ago (reportedly once worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger). Just eat steak and eggs at every meal and have a cheat day once a week to replenish body carbohydrate stores. I was frustrated (and sore) and decided to give it a go.
Felt absolutely terrible the whole first week. Never looked forward to a day more than my first cheat day at the end of that week. Low energy, brain fog, diarrhea, aches and pains (more than usual), cold sore on my lip (only get when physical and/or mental stress) – basically felt like I had a bad flu. But I read a lot that week and learned that this was a temporary thing according to the crazy carnivores before me. On the morning my cheat day was to start, I had lost 5 pounds. I also didn’t really feel that hungry.
Ate like a maniac on my cheat day but vowed to try one more week, as many said after two weeks is when things start getting easier. Second week sucked. Felt terrible and told myself if I didn’t feel better by the end of the week, screw it. It wasn’t worth it to feel sick all the time! I still wasn’t very hungry and ate only twice a day (lunch and dinner) and drank black coffee for breakfast and water rest of day. By day 9, I noticed I didn’t really feel like having beers after work anymore (a 20 year habit suddenly gone?!).
When I woke up around day 11, the “keto flu” (as some call it; e.g., carbohydrate withdrawal) was gone. I had higher energy levels than I had felt in months. I felt fantastic! By this time, I stumbled onto this crazy (like a fox) carnivore doctor named Shawn Baker, Amber O’Hearn, the Inuit and others within the internet rabbit hole of forbidden dietary knowledge. I still had a cheat meal at the end of the 2nd week, but I didn’t really need it like I did the first week and I thought of it more as a reward than as a necessity.
It has now been 60 days since the end of that 2nd week. It is my lifestyle now, not a “lose fat” diet. I have already lost all the fat I need to and am now at what I feel is a healthy weight for me. I feel and look great and don’t ever plan on going back. This way of eating has changed my life!
Positive impacts on my life of this diet:
- Lost 30 pounds in 45 days and now at desired body weight. All while eating until full and snacking when needed. No attempt to restrict calories at all. Most effortless weight loss ever (and I have tried many fad diets over the years).
- No longer sore for more than a few hours after working out. Ready to go the next day. Seems easier to get stronger and bigger, too. Working out less and seeing better muscle gains.
- Feel and look 20 years younger. Mentally and physically improved in so many ways.
- No more heartburn. Ever. Used to pop Pepcid pills like candy.
- Don’t feel like drinking alcohol any more, after drinking too much for about 25 years or so. Wasn’t part of the plan, but I’ll take it!
- Don’t get intense cravings for food and no longer miss the foods I don’t eat. Doesn’t feel like I’m “on a diet”.
- Don’t usually get hungry between meals any more, but happy to have some bacon if I do.
- Energy levels more steady and still have energy left to spare after hard day at work. Don’t get sleepy after eating any more.
- The first 10 days totally sucked for me. I almost quit twice. Glad I stuck with it. I feel like I now understand what a heroin addict goes thru during withdrawal!
- Going to eat outside the home is trickier. Let’s just say Brazilian steakhouses are my new favorite.
- Getting weird muscle cramps sometimes, especially when running. Been trying to up my salt intake.