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I have been low carb since January 2016. I started with the Ketogenic Diet, and have been on the Contemporary Carnivore Diet since October 2017. I love this way of eating but there are only so many times I can blog about how great I feel. So I decided to get other people to tell you how great they feel instead! I found Tom on Instagram, his transformation has been amazing.
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Tom, I’m from the central coast California and I have been doing the carnivore diet for about four months after two months of a strict ketogenic type diet. I lost 80 lbs in five months and getting closer to my maintenance phase.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
Before my keto phase, I ate a lot of meat with even more carbs and general junk food. Probably in the ballpark of 400 carbs a day. I was the guy that would get a double cheeseburger, fries and a diet soda lol.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I tried carnivore for several reasons. Once, the keto type diets are very time consuming and generally require a lot of work to maintain certain macros, weight everything, and plan everything out. I was first attracted to the carnivore diet because of how simple it seemed on the surface. Furthermore, I’ve done low carb atkin diets before and I knew that protein in general controls hunger and appetite very well. Then I saw the Shawn Baker interview on the Joe Rogan podcast and became even more interested after doing some more research online. I decided to give it a 30 day try, and haven’t looked back since.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I keep it as simple as possible. Since I am still trying to cut body fat, I track macros but its much easier since I have a lot of the same meals. I aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of lean mass, and I only eat the fat that comes with my protein (maybe some butter here and there). So usually that looks like about 2-3lbs of red meat and some eggs. In general, I keep carbs zero or as close too it as possible. 90% of the time I’m eating red meat (beef) and eggs, but I do have some others foods on occasion; such as whey protein/MCT oil before workouts along with a pre-workout supplement, and maybe some mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach here and there. I stay away from most diary because it seems to slow weight loss for me. I try to have a balanced approach and keep what works for me. I have noticed that I do the best eating red meat, eggs, salt, and water so I stick that that as much as I can.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
At my best I was losing close to 0.5 lbs a day. Now I’m losing about 1-2 pound a week. I went from 288 lbs and 33% body fat to 206 lbs and 17 body fat. I had a DEXA scan recently and will track the progress much better that way. In addition to the amazing weight loss, my sleep improved, my heartburn vanished, sciatica pain decreased, blood pressure improved, fasting glucose decreased 105 to 85, my skin cleared up, bloating disappeared, and as I mentioned before my cravings and appetite are under complete control.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Its a little hard socially. Its hard to go out with friends and order strictly meat. But then again, you can always just go to a steak house.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
I have been lifting weights on and off for ten years. On the carnivore diet, I’ve been having much better workouts and I’m excited to see what the DEXA will say in a few months. In the first few months my endurance was a little lower, but I feel like I have come back and and surpassed my abilities in every way possible. Furthermore, I increased ALL OF MY LIFT’s after losing 80 lbs which is incredible. My cardio endurance has also increased, but that could also be associated with my weight loss.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Just try it for 2 weeks. Keep it simple, but cut everything but red meat, water, and salt for two weeks. Once you see the results, you can decide if its worth it for you.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
I think so, logically its just a counter argument for a vegetarian diet. It could be decades, but I think the more “keto” is accepted the more carnivore will be accepted since they share a lot of the same metabolic principles.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.
Follow me on Instagram @primal.tom !!!!!!
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