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A Personal Journey Through the Carnivore Diet







Cant eat that on the carnivore diet.

Introduction

The carnivore diet, an all-meat and no-carb diet, has been gaining traction in the health and fitness world. This diet, while controversial, has been adopted by many in search of various health benefits. This article chronicles my journey through the carnivore diet, detailing my experiences, challenges, and results. My name is Mark McIntyre and I live on the Isle Of Wight.



Only the carnivore diet can save me now

The Motivation

My journey began with a simple desire to eliminate all processed and refined foods from my diet and to adopt a plan that was easy to follow and predictable. I felt that I was becoming more overweight, aptly demonstrated by my jeans becoming a challenge to button up! Other clothes were also becoming uncomfortably tight. I wanted to reverse this trend quickly, re-capture control over my health and regain my sense of self. So, it was time to ditch biscuits, pasta, sugar, chocolate, veg, fruit, and anything that felt satisfying and replace it with meat!



The Diet

My daily diet consists of several eggs for breakfast; then, I’ll have bacon, chicken, steak or mince with cheese and lots of butter throughout the day. I continue to drink coffee for now, but reducing that as I go. I drink much more water than I used to! The diet is simple, predictable, and easy to follow, which was one of the main reasons I chose it. I’ve included a sample of what I’d eat.



Carnivore diet early days sweats keto flu

The Initial Experience

The first week on Carnivore was challenging. I experienced severe sugar withdrawal symptoms, including profuse sweating and feeling hot all the time; that’s the keto flu, in case you’re wondering. Essentially, two things are going on; the body is learning to draw energy from fat more immediately, as there is no sugar, and the body is detoxing. However, after the first week, I noticed a substantial increase in my energy levels and mental clarity. Within a few weeks, there were noticeable physical changes as well. More on that shortly.




The Mishap

After a few weeks of the diet, I experimented by re-introducing biscuits or cookies if you’re Americanised. The initial sweet delight quickly turned into a strange sensation of eating mush. The texture seemed like putty; it was very odd and unpleasant. The biscuits left me bloated for a few days, reinforcing my commitment to the carnivore diet.





only meat and amil product on the carnivore diet

The Challenges

The main challenge was the initial monotony of the diet. Eating the same types of food every day felt like Groundhog Day. However, I overcame this by introducing variety in the types of meat I consumed and using more butter and lots of salt. I did try liver, but it’s not for me. Another challenge is attending networking meetings or ordering food at a café, but most places understand or find it amusing but go with it anyway.



The Mental Impact

The diet had a profound impact on my mental health. Over the last couple of years, I’ve experienced some highly stressful events, and behind the smile, those events had affected my overall well-being.

Almost from the moment I ditched processed and refined foods, my mind somehow broke free from the anchor of traumatic events, and the negative feelings diminished considerably. It’s not simply returned to baseline; mental clarity is significantly improved so much that I’ve been able to write several books. I started developing two projects, created thousands of pieces of unique content and am ready to launch two businesses. If ever you’ve seen the movie Limitless, all I can say is that, for me, the Carnivore is that pill!



The Physical Impact

The diet also had a significant impact on my physical abilities. After an initial energy slump, I noticed a surge in my physical ability. I can now max out on most of the strength machines at the gym, and I’m steadily building up my squats and bench press. Add to that the fat loss, especially around my waist. My jeans actually do up without breathing in and holding my breath! Lastly, I’ve also noticed a stark improvement in a long-standing shoulder injury I had for a couple of years, to the point where the pain is 99% gone!

Carnivore diet before and after picture


The Expert Opinion

As a qualified, aka an indoctrinated sports nutritionist, I fully bought into the standard diet model as absolute gospel, I was blinded to it. However, after broadening my outlook and giving the carnivore diet a fair go, I can personally attest that it’s an absolute miracle. It’s a huge wake-up call of the damage caused by all processed foods and sugars and that the best medicine for the body is eating like a lion, not a pig!


The Advice

The carnivore diet requires time and patience. It's a lifestyle that requires 100% commitment. It isn't for everyone, and I would recommend trying a low-carb diet or cutting out processed foods before going full carnivore to best ease into it, unless you’re like me and have an all-or-nothing mindset.


Conclusion

The carnivore diet has been a transformative journey for me. It has helped me regain control over my physical and mental health and achieve my fitness goals. While it may not be for everyone, it's worth considering for those searching for a simple, predictable, and effective diet. If you want to experience some of my results, here's a plan for your to follow.

Carnivore meal plan

You eat until you feel full, nothing to measure. The following is a suggestion. T Monday:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs cooked in butter

  • Lunch: Grilled chicken thighs

  • Dinner: 20% fat minced meat and eggs with cheese

  • Snacks: Beef jerky

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Bacon and eggs

  • Lunch: Tuna salad (tuna and eggs)

  • Dinner: Lamb chops

  • Snacks: Pork rinds

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Omelette with cheese

  • Lunch: Beef burgers (no bun)

  • Dinner: Grilled salmon

  • Snacks: Boiled eggs

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Steak and eggs

  • Lunch: Chicken drumsticks

  • Dinner: Pork chops

  • Snacks: Beef jerky

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

  • Lunch: Turkey slices

  • Dinner: Ribeye steak

  • Snacks: Pork rinds

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Bacon and eggs

  • Lunch: Beef burgers (no bun)

  • Dinner: Grilled chicken wings

  • Snacks: Boiled eggs

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Omelette with cheese

  • Lunch: Tuna salad (tuna and eggs)

  • Dinner: Lamb chops

  • Snacks: Beef jerky

Workout plan

No specialist kit is required other than maybe a chair! All workouts are completed within 45 minutes.

Monday Full Body Workout:

  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of jogging in place

  • 3 sets of 10 push-ups

  • 3 sets of 15 squats

  • 3 sets of 10 lunges (each leg)

  • 3 sets of 15 jumping jacks

  • Cool-down: 5 minutes of stretching

Tuesday Cardio Workout:

  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of light jogging in place

  • 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), alternating between 30 seconds of sprinting in place and 30 seconds of rest

  • 15 minutes of steady-state cardio (jogging in place)

  • Cool-down: 5 minutes of stretching

Wednesday Core Workout:

  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of light jogging in place

  • 3 sets of 15 sit-ups

  • 3 sets of 15 bicycle crunches

  • 3 sets of 1-minute planks

  • 3 sets of 15 Russian twists

  • Cool-down: 5 minutes of stretching

Thursday Lower Body Workout:

  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of light jogging in place

  • 3 sets of 15 squats

  • 3 sets of 10 lunges (each leg)

  • 3 sets of 15 calf raises

  • 3 sets of 10 glute bridges

  • Cool-down: 5 minutes of stretching

Friday Upper Body Workout:

  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of light jogging in place

  • 3 sets of 10 push-ups

  • 3 sets of 10 tricep dips (using a chair or bench)

  • 3 sets of 15 arm circles (each direction)

  • 3 sets of 10 diamond push-ups

  • Cool-down: 5 minutes of stretching

Weekend Active Rest Days:

  • 45 minutes of light activity, such as walking, yoga, or stretching


Carnivore diet transforms you



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