Motivated by the loss of his father at just 59 years old, Daniel found the motivation he needed to take a different path and regain control of his health.
At 260 pounds, Daniel searched for an effective way to lose weight, leading him into the world of keto and low-carb diets. The transition away from the standard American diet was difficult at first, but soon Daniel was able to lose nearly 130 pounds on a keto diet while incorporating fasting. “I went down the keto rabbit hole and lost a ton of weight,” Daniel shares with Revero coach Tracy. “I was fasting, and eventually decided to go more animal-based. I liked that I didn’t have to count macros, and the weight was dropping just as easily.”
Daniel felt he may have lost too much weight, and after starting a carnivore diet, he was able to easily put on 20 pounds of muscle with a limited amount of effort. “I kind of shrunk down to a small stature between fasting and keto,” he recalls. “I was in a constant caloric deficit. Once I reduced the amount of fasting I was doing, I allowed myself free range to eat, which put on a lot of muscle. My frame is much more solid now compared to what it was when I was at my lowest weight, without a whole lot of exercise.” Daniel stays active, and mostly incorporates bodyweight exercises into his routine. “I think eating all the meat and animal products has helped me rebuild the proteins in my body to fill in my frame a bit more.”
Daniel had a smooth transition from a meat-based ketogenic diet to a pure carnivore diet. He was happy to find that his cravings for sweet treats finally subsided after the first three months, and now he only indulges a few times per year for his birthday or special occasions. Occasional fasting also helped him beat his cravings. “I typically do a 48 or 72 hour fast, and then I go back to eating one meal a day. I think that fasting is good for most people, and it teaches discipline.”
Daniel’s one meal per day is simply meat and eggs, with an occasional serving of cheese. He recognizes it is hard for many people not to have a variety of different types of food, but for him, it works well, and he’s maintained it with ease over the last year.
Another major benefit of a carnivore diet versus a regular ketogenic diet that includes vegetables is that Daniel no longer experiences painful symptoms of gout. Daniel’s pain from gout flare-ups had previously been so bad that he was often seeking pain medication from his doctor. “It was the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life, and I don’t wish it on anyone.”
“I reduced my gout with keto, but I was still having some flare-ups,” Daniel notes. “Since going carnivore, I’ve had zero flare-ups. It’s been the best year in terms of my health that I’ve ever had.”
Listen to Daniel’s story on the Revero podcast here: