Growing up, Tony was always a bit overweight. By the time he entered middle school, he was looking for a way to get fit, so he started hitting up the gym. He fell in love with being active—as well as the sport of wrestling—but even with all of the additional exercise, he still struggled to maintain a trim figure. Years of unsuccessful yo-yo dieting followed, leaving Tony confused with what to do, so as time went on, he began to experiment with different diets in a bid to get healthy.
First, he tried the vegan diet, and while he initially felt pretty good, as time went on Tony experiencing persistent bloating, stomach aches, and constant hunger. He tried keto next, and was able to lose some weight, but he found the constant counting of carbs and macros annoying. Finally, he discovered the carnivore diet and thought, “You know what? I’m not too far off that anyways, [eating] the keto [diet.]” So, he took the plunge and started eating a one hundred percent meat-based diet—and hasn’t looked back since.
Two years on and countless steaks in, and Tony is in the best shape of his life—easily maintaining a healthy weight without counting a thing! Other benefits include: boundless energy, mental clarity, an uplifted mood, and the best relationship with food he’s ever had. He was also able to eliminate the painful symptoms of a condition called blepharitis, that causes regular inflammation of the eyelids. In the past, he would have to take antibiotics every couple of months to manage the flare-ups. Happily, they have been in Tony’s rear view mirror for quite a long time.
When COVID hit, Tony decided to focus on training for a full Iron Man Triathlon. Knowing that endurance sports usually require a lot of carbohydrates, he spoke with a Revero coach about how to tackle the unique athletic challenge ahead of him. He trained the carnivore way, and by the end of the grueling endurance competition—he felt great. As he spoke to fellow competitors at the finish line, they asked him how many gels he needed to sustain him during the race—and when Tony told them none—their jaws hit the floor. After sharing his fat-adapted journey, they looked at him and said, “Are you serious?”
Today, Tony’s diet currently includes heavy cream in his morning coffee, and roughly two meals a day of ribeye steaks and ground beef patties. He likes to save bacon and eggs for the weekends when he has more time to cook, and is a big fan of LMNT electrolytes, as he finds it improves his athletic performance and he enjoys the taste.
A physical education teacher and personal trainer, Tony has now added carnivore coach to his resumé. His coaching strategy is simple: find out what works for each individual person so they can achieve their unique health goals—whatever they may be. “Let’s make your food fun, your workouts fun—and you’re going to be happier!”