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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 like how Jarrett has come from a normal diet, a lot of stories I see they start with Keto first.
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Interview with Jarrett
My name is Jarrett and I am 24 years old living in Virginia. I have been an active person all my life. I grew up playing sports and actually played 4 years of DIII basketball for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Now that my athletic career is over, I still try to remain in good shape by lifting weights and eating healthy foods that suit my lifestyle.
How did you eat before Carnivore?
Before carnivore, I ate like an average person would. I never counted calories or really even thought about what I was putting into my body. I ate some sort of vegetable with every meal and often consumed large protein shakes after workouts that had fruit, yogurt, and milk in them. I was eating 3 meals a day with some sort of snack in between usually.
Why did I try Carnivore?
I had a friend tell me about Shawn Baker and my friend actually made fun of the way Shawn Baker was eating and working out saying that what he was doing was not sustainable or smart. I checked out Shawn and his story fascinated me. My roommates went on a 2-week vacation to Europe so I figured I would give this all meat diet a 2-week trial run just to see if I could see any of the positive results that Shawn was talking about. Side note: I was never on a ketogenic diet prior to this. I jumped straight from my traditional way of eating right into carnivore. I did not experience any side effects in doing this such as keto flu, which does effect some people when starting out.
How do you personally approach carnivore?
I approach carnivore as a completely new lifestyle. I have embraced it and after the 2 weeks, there was no going back from there. Also, when it comes to this diet you can expect pushback from friends and family saying you’re crazy because you only consume meat. This does not bother me because most people telling you that you are crazy are not educated on the diet at all. All they hear is “all you eat is meat” but besides that I thoroughly enjoy this lifestyle and wish I would have discovered it sooner. Another approach I have taken with this diet is intermittent fasting. I normally fast for 16 hours then have an eating window of 8 hours.
What benefits have you seen from carnivore?
Everyone that commits to this diet will see different results because everyone is built differently but for me the benefits have been:
- Dropped over 20lbs since starting
- I wake up feeling more refreshed and awake
- I feel as if my recovery time is shorter
- My strength in the gym has gone up. All lifts have increased
- It’s a simple way of eating and is convenient
- I also feel more focused/mentally clear at work
- Learn how to cook a perfect steak.
What negatives have you found from the diet?
So far, I only experienced one negative and it has finally subsided. I was dealing with some bad diarrhoea when I started and my bowl movements were very frequent but after about 40 days this stopped and my bowl movements regulated and returned to normal.
Do you exercise on the Carnivore diet?
I exercise 6-7 days a week. I am addicted to the gym and love going and embrace that fact that when I’m grinding at 6am on the bike that I am bettering myself. Sometimes I’ll do a cardio session in the morning in a fasted state then do an evening workout after work. My workouts often consist of weight lifting, indoor cycling, battle ropes, and mobility work. I also play rec league basketball once a week.
What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap just yet?
My advice would first do research and see if this is something that is sustainable for you. Also, don’t let outside noise effect your process. If you need a lifestyle change that brings endless benefits then you should look into carnivore. It took me two weeks to get acclimated and I haven’t once thought about going back to a traditional diet. Also black coffee, green tea, and water is your best friend.
Do I think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet?
My prediction would be no. But honestly who cares. If you think this is something that can positively impact your life then it shouldn’t matter if this is an accepted way of living. DO YOU!!!
Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow your journey.
If anyone is interested in following me, I am on Instagram @mr.meatheals (KE edit: it was @dr.meatheals at time of writing), I will have to say though I am not an actual doctor. I had my roommate call me Dr.Meat because he said I was filling steak prescriptions for the house so when I made the Instagram and I thought it was comical and clever. I post regularly basically my meals and occasionally a short workout clip. Feel free to DM me and ask me any question you may have. I love sharing my story.
I hoped you enjoyed this interview post. If you haven’t already, check out Jarrett on Instagram.
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