Interview with Richard
1) Introduce Yourself.
Hi, my name is Richard. I am 42 years old. I’m engaged to my fiancée Emma and we have a 3-year-old son who follows a ketogenic diet.
2) How did you eat before Carnivore.
Ketogenic diet for 7 months. Prior to this I struggled unsuccessfully with low calorie, low fat diets.
3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.
I started as a one-month trial initially not expecting to do it long term. I tried this following weight loss stall on keto. I was curious about claims of improved digestion and leaner bodies.
4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.
Try to eat beef and at least 6 eggs every day. I eat a variety of meats including lamb, pork, chicken, salmon, trout, haddock, scallops, and prawns. For beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, I eat the fattiest cuts available. I cook mainly in ghee and beef dripping/tallow. I eat liver and heart twice a month on average. I season food in salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and sometimes chilli powder and paprika. I use condiments but limit to very low carb hot sauces. I limit dairy but do not avoid it completely. I eat desserts quite frequently made from eggs, sour cream, vanilla and erythritol. I drink mainly mineral water. I often drink black coffee but have recently switch to black tea. Treats are very very rare and are strictly limited to keto foods which include some nut flours, erythritol and cacao. Meal frequency is usually OMAD or 2MAD with no snacks. I eat until I am absolutely full.
5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.
Improved digestion. Further weight loss. Leaner body. Fewer cravings. No need to track calories or macros. Easier food prep than keto.
6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.
Lack of variety but I got used to it pretty quickly. Less energy than on keto.
7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.
Yes. I do weightlifting and body weight resistance circuit/Hiit training 2-3 times a week. Usually 20-45 minutes.
8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.
Understand your reasons for doing it. Is it an elimination diet for ailments, digestive reset, or long-term body composition reason? If your gonna trial it, stick it out for at least 30-60 days. Don’t worry about the lack of fibre, you don’t need fibre in your diet. Carnivore isn’t as limiting as you think, and you get used to eating what’s available. There’s some flexibility depending on your body’s tolerances, like some veg, dairy, berries etc.
9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.
Absolutely not. There is too much stigma and too much influence by regulatory bodies, celebrities, big food etc. There’s not enough accessible or widespread education on the subject unless you are open minded and willing to look things up yourself. Messages regarding environmental issues are very inaccurate and misleading. Misconceptions over saturated fats and red meat need to be corrected.
10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.
Ask yourself ‘If our existence on this plant is based on the successful evolution of our ancestors, what did our ancestors eat for 100s of million years?’ If you don’t know, look it up using quality data. Do you think eating anything different to this in the past 100 years of our existence will improve on this?
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