Interview with Michael
1) Introduce Yourself.
My name is Michael McCain. I am from Kearney, NE USA. I am 47 years old and happily married to my wife Kasey who is also a carnivore. We have three children, two grand-daughters and another on the way. I have been a fatty since I can remember. My weight has been a constant struggle my whole life.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
Since I have struggled with weight I have gone through many types of diets or “ways of eating”. Low fat, low fat-high carb, Atkins, 6 meals a day, Herbal Life, Slim-Fast, Body for Life challenge, 1800 calorie a day diets, even did 7000 calories a day for a short time just to experiment. I even tried going vegan. In January of 2018 I learned about intermittent fasting. While researching fasting I came across Keto. It worked for me a short time.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I tried keto and it lasted maybe two months. I found myself binging on the weekends, which was basically like every other diet I have ever done. It was frustrating. I would lose weight during the week, then I would binge on the weekends. It was out of control and I couldn’t figure it out. My keto and fasting research brought me to a lot more knowledge about insulin sensitivity. Somewhere during that time I came across a podcast with Dr. Baker on Joe Rogan. I seriously thought Dr. Baker had lost it, but the more I researched, the more it made sense to me. I was metabolically broken and super insulin sensitive. Logically, I had to have an insulin issue. This explained why I would binge after being strict keto. I was eating just enough carbs that would trigger binge eating. So, I tried carnivore. Honestly, I was hooked the very first day. I felt in control from day one. I didn’t have the desire to binge. It was an unbelievable feeling.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
I eat a lot of beef and eggs and usually one meal a day. Lately though, I have been eating two meals. It seems the more weight I have lost the harder it is to fast longer. I am definitely a person that has to abstain. I can’t moderate, I am not good at it. That is why I stick with one meal a day. I usually eat 2 to 3 pounds of meat a day. I don’t hardly eat any dairy, it upsets my stomach. I don’t do well with pork, (besides bacon), or chicken. I get cramps and just generally don’t feel well. I cannot believe how much freedom I feel eating this way and being in control.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
The weight loss is big, however, there have been other issues that have completely turned my life around. Some of the benefits have come from the weight loss like the sleep apnea and body aches, but I can’t believe the emotional benefits.
I didn’t realize how stressed I was, or even the depression I was experiencing. About three weeks into carnivore I was on a road trip for business. I remember this feeling of contentment or euphoria that came over me. That’s when I realized that I had been depressed and it was leaving. I know it seems weird, but it was a crazy experience that I was not expecting.
My joint pain went away and so did my inflammation in my back. I have struggled with back pain since 2006. I power lifted for 20 years while having degenerative disc disease. Being carnivore has completely turned that around. It has been unbelievable. I still can’t believe the difference carnivore has made in my life.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
If there are negatives to carnivore, I haven’t experienced them yet.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
At this point I don’t exercise. It seems stupid, but if I workout I have a crazy appetite, so, I just fast and eat meat right now. I plan on getting back into weight lifting when I hit my goal weight and know that I can control myself.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Just freaking do it. You have nothing to lose. If you are fat right now, obviously everything else you’ve done hasn’t worked. Trust me, I have done it all. I have lost weight and gained it back. I hear people say things all the time like “carnivore isn’t sustainable”. I think that is a bunch of crap. It is very sustainable. It might not work for everyone, but it will work for most people. Don’t get discouraged at first, keep eating when you are hungry. You will get used to it. Your cravings will go away, it gets easier.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
Nope. Too many forces are against it, but we can keep sharing.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
I would love to have people follow me @carnivore.roofer on instagram, michaeldmccain on Facebook.. I am a frequent lurker on World Carnivore Tribe and Carnivore Diet Success Stories.
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