Health and fitness have been a big part of Josh’s life. He says, “I have spent the better part of my adult life exercising and on some sort of ‘diet.'” Josh graduated college with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in health. He thought he knew what it took to live a healthy lifestyle. He ate several high-carbohydrate and high-protein meals daily and worked out quite often at the gym.
This way of living worked well for Josh until he started experimenting with his diet. A friend, who had a master’s degree in dietetics, designed a diet for him that included eating many small high-carb meals daily to build muscle. He then transitioned to one large, high-carb meal per day after reading the popular book “The Warrior Diet” in 2012.
Unfortunately, the high-carb diets caused Josh to develop severe heartburn, and he took antacids daily. At the time, he thought the heartburn he was experiencing was all a part of getting older and living a busy and stressful life. Josh says he continued to eat copious amounts of carbs and even says his carbs were “often in the form of gummy worms while working out.” He thought if he could eat enough food, he would get strong, but unfortunately, his diet had the opposite effect on his health.
Josh gained weight and found himself buying bigger and bigger clothes as each year passed. By the time Josh was thirty, he was experiencing pain in his body every day. He also had issues with loud snoring and was in the early stages of hypertension.
Josh tipped the scales at 262 pounds and said he could “barely breath” while doing simple tasks like tying his shoes. He was able to diet his weight down to 225 pounds, but he says he was still very unhealthy. Josh was highly disappointed in himself and began to wonder if being overweight would always be a part of his life.
Around Christmas in 2020, a friend sent Josh a video from Dr. Ken Berry and Dr. James DiNicolantonio discussing salt intake. This video was very intriguing to Josh because, for the first time in his life, he began to understand salt may not be the culprit of his health issues but rather sugar.
Josh wanted to learn more, so he started researching Dr. Ken Berry and watched many of his online videos about the benefits of salt and the ketogenic and carnivore diets. One night, before bed, he told his wife he wanted to try the carnivore diet. Josh’s wife was supportive, and they decided to try the diet together.
Slowly, Josh and his wife, Danielle, started cutting carbs from their diet. Josh found the more he ate meat and fat, the better he felt. It was only a short time until Josh followed a full carnivore lifestyle. Josh says his weight dropped quickly, even though he wasn’t starving himself like on other diets.
Along with weight loss, Josh’s overall health began to improve. Josh no longer needs daily antacids and says his energy has increased. He also got bloodwork approximately six months into following the carnivore diet, and he says his numbers were outstanding! His nurse was also shocked that he had lost five inches around his waist and forty pounds.
Josh says he has some naysayers in his life, but he ignores them, and his health speaks for itself. He says, “the carnivore way of eating improved my life in many ways. I am beyond thankful that I am finally healthy for the first time in a long time, and I am thankful for this supportive community!”
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2 thoughts on “Josh Carnivore Transformation”
Congratulations Josh! Stay on course. Challenges come and go just like our problems in life. At least now you are even more aware of the differences between compromised health and robust health!