I began a new diet, one consisting of meat and nothing else, on August 1st, 2018.
Why did I do this, you might ask? It certainly seems a bit radical, and to some, extremely unhealthy.
Good question. I am what old folks would refer to as a strapping young lad. I am in my early twenties, and I would say that I definitely looked healthy before I began my new lifestyle. I was getting there, thanks to the Keto diet! I began the Keto diet on May 1st, 2018 and lost 25 pounds over a three-month period.
I ate beef, chicken, pork, broccoli, carrots, butter, eggs, and cheese. I drank water, sparkling water, and black coffee. Everyday I aimed to have 70% of my daily calories from fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbohydrates. I did a form of “lazy keto” when there were some days I wasn’t tracking my macro-nutrients at all. I usually just ate until I was full.
Discovering the keto diet was like I had stumbled upon some kind of weird sorcery. I was addicted to sugar, ate three huge meals per day that always left me inflamed, and just by becoming fat-adapted I was becoming a different person. I’m having trouble finding the progress pictures from those first few months, but even on a weekly basis there were major changes happening to my body. I looked better, my skin was more vibrant, my mental clarity was astute, and I was seemingly gaining muscle without lots of heavy lifting.
After all these positive effects of eating copious amounts of butter and bacon, I felt like I had been lied to my whole life. Around this time I began wondering, “I drastically reduced my carbohydrate intake and feel amazing, what would happen if I just had zero at all?” At first it was a frightening thought, as we always hear myths like “You need carbs. Your body requires them to run.” and “Fat isn’t an effective source of fuel.”
I entertained the thought for a week or so. I even remembered hearing Dr. Shawn Baker, another carnivore, on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. I recalled thinking about how foolish and probably unhealthy the guy was. Coincidentally, Dr. Jordan Peterson had an episode on the same podcast that convinced me to try it. His daughter as well as himself had seen tremendous improvement in their physical and mental health since adopting the crazy “all meat” diet.
I survived August of 2018 on ground beef and eggs. I feel as if I have been transformed, and as a result I will be eating this way for the foreseeable future. I started this blog to share my experiences with this diet, and to inform the masses of the dangers of carbohydrate-rich foods.
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Thanks for reading, and happy carnivory!