Alan improved training recovery and marathon time by 28.5 minutes in one year on the carnivore diet
Alan is a 61 year old runner who has been eating carnivore for approximately 8 months. The diet changed everything for him. “I call it the Fountain of Youth,” he quips.
Alan battled with his weight all his life. At 6 feet tall, he was his heaviest, at 305 pounds. About 5 years ago, he decided to lose weight because he was metabolically ill. He describes his weight loss as 7 months of starving himself. “I was cold and tired and hungry all the time.” He got down to 195 pounds.
Alan started running and then began training for marathons. He says he had a hard time figuring out what to eat to give him energy and keep his weight down. He wanted to stay lean so he could run faster, so he ate a lot of chicken and broccoli and counted calories. The high fiber veggies gave him gas and made him bloat.
He describes feeling cold, tired, hungry, and exhausted with a lot of muscle aches. Plus, he had no muscle mass. Although he felt better after his weight loss, he says that “it really wasn’t sustainable.” Alan wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon and started searching for something to help him have better energy when he trained.
Like many athletes, Alan was searching for a way to improve his performance, and he discovered how saturated fats may be good for you. Alan started keto about a year ago, eating lean meats, such as chicken breasts, along with lots of low-carb veggies. Keto helped with his recovery but not his muscle mass. About 7 months ago, Alan challenged a family member to start eating the “beef, bacon, and eggs diet.” His carnivore journey had begun.
Alan’s digestive issues completely resolved. Overall, he “trained more, felt better, got more sleep, and had constant energy.” The biggest change for him was his recovery. He went from training five days per week to six and increased his miles from 45 to 65 per week.
Alan started with a few pushups and squats—no weights—and within a month he was getting abs. He gained an inch on his quads, glutes, and arms. Currently, he’s up to 100 push-ups and 100 squats.
Alan qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:43. After carnivore, he improved his marathon time by 11 percent. He says he doesn’t need carbs to train and trains fasted every morning.
He says that carnivore has eliminated his carb and sugar addictions, and he’s satiated after a meal. He eats a lot of beef and eggs, salts his food, and uses electrolytes because he sweats so much. He eats a 20 ounce ribeye, a few slices of bacon, and 4 or 5 eggs for breakfast and another ribeye or 1.5 pounds of very fatty ground beef at dinner.
Alan wants to help people get healthier and tells everyone he can about his success as a carnivore.