Marin, 33, came to the carnivore diet in overall good health. “This is not a special story or a special case. I am not sick, and I don’t have any medical conditions. I’m just a guy who likes to experiment on his own body.” He weighs 155 pounds, is 5’7”, and leads an active lifestyle.
Experimenting with Different Diets
Marin is no stranger to the various ways of eating and trends in “diet culture.”
“I have been on all sorts of diets. I like testing things on myself first. If something works well for me, I can make recommendations to others.” Marin’s key piece of advice? Don’t take his word for it: “Do your own research!”
Three months ago, Marin finished his experiment with a ketogenic diet. A keto diet is typically high in fat, low in carbohydrates (ideally, less than 20 grams per day), and moderate in protein. The goal is to get your body into ketosis, a fat-burning state that utilizes ketones as your body’s primary fuel source instead of glucose.
Marin was on a “keto voyage” for about six months. “I decided to try something different. That’s when I heard about the carnivore diet.” Marin watched Dr. Shawn Baker’s interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and decided to give it a go. “I figured, why not? How different could it be from keto?”
Excellent Results on a Carnivore Diet
In his first 90 days, Marin has had great results. “It’s been three months now that I’m on a full carnivore diet, and I’ve never felt better!” he says. He’s strictly adhered to the diet and avoided all plant foods. “I haven’t had a single cheat meal, nor have I binged anything.”
Marin set himself up for success by making that commitment. People who attempt a low-carb diet like keto or zero-carb diet like carnivore often struggle if they are not strict during the first 30 to 90 days. This allows the body to get into the fat-burning state of ketosis and allows the body to heal from foods that may have caused inflammation. While some choose to stay carnivore and eat only animal products going forward, others have been able to re-introduce some foods later on in their journey and still have great results.
“I mostly eat roasted beef, pork, and lamb. I eat about 3-4 pounds of meat per day. No matter how much meat I eat I’m not gaining any weight. I occasionally include eggs when I start missing the taste of them,’ Marin explains. “I’m 33, but I feel like I’m 23. I’ve never felt better!”
Marin maintains a regular fitness schedule, working out six days a week. “I typically do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training. I love that my energy levels are stable throughout the day, with no crashes in the afternoon or anything simliar.”
Making Adjustments Along the Way
Marin plans to make a few changes to his approach to carnivore, but will stick to meat as his main fuel source. “I will probably take a break from a strict carnivore diet for two months. I miss eating sauerkraut. Where I’m from, cabbage season is starting soon.”
What started as an experiment has grown to a new way of life for Marin. “I plan to continue it for quite some time as I love the results. Stay hungry!”