So we are at the end of my month long carnivore experiment and it has been interesting. Here’s what I have learned.
The best thing about carnivory is it is stupid simple. Far and away the easiest experiment I have ever done. A few eggs and bacon for lunch (I usually fast through breakfast) and what ever meat for dinner. I’m rarely hungry and sometimes just pick at whatever is for dinner because I don’t really want it.
The Not So Good
I was REALLY hoping this would be a magic bullet for my blood pressure but alas, it is not to be. Whatever is wrong with that, it isn’t caused by eating vegetables. (However, I just had a very interesting conversation with Dr. Tro Kalayjian and he gave me a few more things I can test to try to figure that out. Unfortunately what he suggested is about $500 to do so it will be a few months before I can afford to do that. This might be a good time to remind you that if you like what I am doing at this blog, you can donate any amount to support the work being done here using the Paypal link in the lefthand sidebar or click here. Anything can help me get these tests done faster and maybe solve this incredibly pernicious problem.)
One other thing that may or may not be relevant is my new work schedule requires me to wake up at 3 AM and I am always tired. You know those people that get up at the crack of dawn and are ready to face the day? That isn’t me and it results in me being ready to nap at a moments notice. The fatigue makes it challenging to work out so exercise has been almost non-existent. I don’t think that has anything to do with the dietary change but it’s at least interesting.
One other thing that I have noticed is how firmly my weight set point is stuck at 240 lbs. I put on about 10 lbs over Christmas and immediately lost it with about 2 weeks on carnivore, then nothing. I get to 240 and there’s not a single thing I can do to move that number. No amount of fasting or exercise or anything else does anything. It’s actually a bit maddening at this point but I’m wondering if the stress of a constantly elevated BP has anything to do with that and there’s nothing to be done until I get that issue dealt with.
So that’s how everything is happening for me, how are things for you this week? Let me know in the comments below!
Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it. This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place. Enjoy!
The Lancet report on what we should all be eating has come out and it was even worse than I expected. I mean I knew it was going to be Vegan drivel encouraging us all to eat massive amounts of wheat and veggies but I underestimated just how bad it was going to be. Of course the blogosphere has erupted with opinions and analysis. I intend to do my own analysis next week some time but for now, let’s take a look at what is going on in other blogs.
The Washington Post story – A surprisingly balanced and well-informed article looking at both sides of the issue. I can’t tell you how amazed I was to read this especially when it came to discussing things like greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
The Sustainable Dish response – I have to admit I hadn’t heard of this particular blog until it showed up in my Twitter stream but it is so good! A point by point breakdown of the Lancet study and is definitely worth the time you will spend reading it.
EFA News Response – Great article detailing some of the financial conflicts of interest in the report. In a bit I’m going to show you who financed this study and I think you will be shocked.
Zoe Harcombe’s Response – Zoe takes the recommendations and puts them through a nutritional calculator and discovers *surprise surprise* that is nutritionally deficient in several ways. I really need to get her on the podcast ASAP.
Gary Fettke’s response – Covers a lot of the same ground as above but worth a read as he always takes great pains to reveal the links to our good friends in Loma Linda, the 7th Day Adventist church.
Canivore Aurelius points out what this diet does to rats.
And in the interest of balance, Dr Joel Kahn’s response to the report. It’s nice and short because I’m sure the only problem he has with it is that it recommends eating 1/4 egg per day and he thinks that is WAAAAAY too much.
And as promised, a look at who sponsored this report. It will be a surprise to no one that the companies that paid for this report are the same companies that would benefit massively if everyone ate a diet high is sugars and grains and had to take lots of medications as a result.
The scariest company on that list isn’t all the crappy carb food companies or the pharmaceutical companies waiting to prescribe statins and T2D medicines but Google. If the company that effectively has a stranglehold on how we consume information has a vested financial interest in promoting this study, then how long before they start weighting search engine terms against Keto and Paleo and towards Vegan diets? They might already be doing it.
It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday! As of this morning I am at 239.8 lbs which means I am back to my pre-Thanksgiving weight. So basically it took me 2 weeks to undo the Holiday weight I put on so I’m pretty happy with that.
One thing I have noticed over the last 10 days or so is it is VERY difficult for me to muster the energy to work out and I am cold all the time. It’s a little weird because I am NEVER cold but now I just want to sit on the couch and curl up with a blanket.
I know that at least some of this is my new work schedule. I have to be up at 3AM so getting more than about 5 hours of sleep per night has been a challenge. I’m hoping this is just an adjustment period and I’ll get into the groove of it but right now all I’m doing is cooking and staring at the TV which is not really me at all. I can’t even get enough together to do a simple stretching routine.
I thought that maybe I wasn’t eating enough calories because I was skipping breakfast, fasting through my work shift and then eating my first meal around 1 so the last 2 days I purposely ate breakfast at 3AM even though I’m no where close to hungry at that hour. So far there has been no change in my energy level but I have continued to lose weight so I’m not too worried about it right now.
So that’s it for this week. How did you do? Let me know in the comments below!
Jillian Michaels put out a video on why the Ketogenic diet is bad for you. The video is very poorly researched and shows that while Jillian is great at counting backwards from 10 and screaming at people, her command of the facts of Ketosis are fairly limited.
This will make more sense if you watch the video above but here are the notes.
On Only Seeing Part of the Picture
This is a bad analogy but it does speak to the frustration I felt when I started looking into these dietary studies. For instance, Dean Ornish’s studies that put people on a Vegan diet but also had them remove sugar, processed grains, exercise and stop smoking and then reported these amazing results. Was it from all the whole vegetables or the removal of the crappy carbs, increased activity and cessation of smoking. Could we get these same results if we did all those things but also included meat in the diet. Turns out the answer is probably yes.
Jillian Explains How to Get into Ketosis
Ok, this is pretty fair explanation of how you get into ketosis. I’ve known people who can eat up to 50g of carbs a day and be in ketosis but good on her for at least understanding what it takes to get into ketosis.
Jillian Says Ketosis is a State of Metabolic Emergency
Ketosis is not a state of emergency. It is a perfectly normal state. Every one of us was born in a state of mild ketosis and most of us can get in and out of ketosis very easily after a brief transitional period. Our ancestors lived a large part of their lives in ketosis before the invention of widespread agriculture.
Ketosis Means you are Using Stored Fat for Fuel
YES! If you are obese, it’s awesome to be able to use stored fat for fuel!
Does Ketosis Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Not just “people”. A controlled study from VirtaHealth showed massive rates of Type 2 Diabetes reversal. This is a real thing that has happened for many people including my wife.
Ketosis Increases Fertility
Ok, so she just rolled her eyes through this whole segment while saying a bunch of things that are absolutely true. You can heal your pancreas by reducing its workload. No carbs means less insulin needed which means you stop burning out your beta cells on you pancreas which means better pancreas function in the longterm. Also insulin can stimulate the ovaries to produce more testosterone which reduces fertility and increases your risk of PCOS. In fact a joke in the keto community is one of the side effects of keto is often pregnancy.
Ketosis Prevents Overeating
None of that is true. The reason keto works is because it is hard to overeat on a high fat diet. You don’t have to count calories, you just naturally eat less calories. I lost 200 lbs over 3 years on keto which means I maintained an average calorie deficit of 700 calories a day every day for 3 years. I’ll include a link to the post I did about that. I think there is a helpful experiment you can do to see why this is. Go to McDonalds and eat your favorite meal with a soft drink and pay attention to how many times you refill your drink. Go back the next day and do the same thing but this time bring a gallon of milk and fill your cup up with that instead. I guarantee you won’t be able to fill your cup up as many times with the milk as you could with the Coke even though it is taking up the same amount of physical space in your stomach. Why? Because the milk has more fat in it which triggers your satiety hormones faster causing you to push away from the table sooner. As for meal timing, it is the keto community that has really brought the message of intermittent fasting to the foreground of this discussion. Most people on a ketogenic diet begin to fast spontaneously because again, it’s hard to overeat on a ketogenic diet and you just don’t get hungry as often. I rarely eat more than twice a day and routinely work through an 8-12 hour shift at work with no food. Does this woman think we are just shoving steak in our mouths all day?
Jillian Uses Words for the First Time Ever
Oh good grief. Where do we start. This honestly sounds like she learned a lot of new words and is just throwing them against the wall to see what sticks. I’m really not sure where the idea that a ketogenic diet shortens telomeres is coming from because everything I’m reading says a ketogenic diet mimics fasting which reduces the rate at which telomeres shorten. If someone can point me to where she is getting that idea, it would be helpful. As for your metabolism being over run with constant food, that just isn’t a thing. Again it is hard to overeat on a ketogenic diet. In fact it is the higher carb diets like the ones she advocates for that tend to cause more overeating problems especially if you are carb addicted like I was. A little carbohydrate always led to a lot of carbohydrate for me as surely as night follows day. Eating a few carbs for me and people like me is like telling an alcoholic to just drink one drink a day. I think part of where this is coming from is the only exposure she has had to the ketogenic diet I can find online is some terrible keto shake she is making with someone and I can see how if you think you have to drink a shake to be in ketosis or lose weight with a ketogenic diet, you would have an issue with it. If you told me I had to drink a shake or juice to lose weight I know exactly what would happen because I did that after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead years ago. No amount of weight loss was worth that torture. Just eat real food and don’t be afraid of steak.
Exercise Makes Us More Insulin Sensitive
So…that’s true. Exercise is an important and effective way to increase insulin sensitivity but let’s not discount the idea that you need less insulin sensitivity when you are producing less insulin. Also exercise takes time and you can reduce your insulin load by reducing carbohydrates in your diet immediately.
Jillian Touts Her Credentials
Yeah we also read the NY Post expose where many of your “clients” on the Biggest Loser were starved, encouraged to take weight loss drugs, dehydrated and most importantly gained a lot of the weight back. Your way tends to break metabolisms and cause more harm than good.
Jillain Talks About Side Effects on Ketogenic Diet
All those terrible side effects like long term sustained weight loss without having to have a terrible woman screaming in your ear.
Jillian on Anti-Oxidants
Antioxidants are great. You know what’s better? A diet that causes an extremely low amount of oxidative stress like the ketogenic diet. Less oxidative stress means less need for antioxidants. As for Polyphenols, you eat low glycemic berries on the ketogenic diet if you want them but I have yet to see a really convincing study that says polyphenols are advantageous if you are already on a low carb diet.
Or just eat food that doesn’t cause oxidative stress.
Jillian Says Mangos and Papaya Are Important
Your gut can digest foods just fine without mango and papaya. How does this woman think people survived that didn’t live in the tropics?
Jillian’s Way Breaks Metabolisms
Unfortunately we’ve seen the end result of Jillian’s training and dietary expertise. Have you ever seen a Biggest Loser reunion show? Nope. Why? Because everybody’s fat again. No thanks Jillian, we have listened to you and people like you for long enough. If you are overweight or obese I encourage you to give the ketogenic diet a try. Eat high fat foods like red meat, dark meat chicken, pork and full fat dairy if you can tolerate that. Eat whole vegetables. Stay away from sugar, grains, starch and polyunsaturated fats like corn, vegetable and canola oil and see how your body responds. If you would like to join a support group, go to MySugarFreeJourney.com/28day and join our FaceBook group or reach out to me and I’ll help in anyway I can.
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It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday! As of this morning I am at 245.6 lbs which means just a hair shy of 3 lbs lost in a week. I’ll take it!
So lets talk about what happened on my first week of carnivore. First off a modest weight loss which is nice. The thing I’m really interested in tracking in my BP and I’ve seen it come down a bit but my BP tends to fluctuate so much it’s hard to tell if it’s the diet or just the normal thing that happens to me. As of a few minutes ago my BP was 186/118 so while that’s a 20 point drop from last week, we will see if that persists.
As for the food I’m eating, I was fully prepared to be bored out of my mind eating this way but so far that hasn’t been an issue for me but my wife only lasted about 4 days before she gave up. We both love vegetables so I knew it was going to be difficult to stick to for her. As for me, I have been careful to cycle through Beef, Chicken, and Pork as much as possible. I have also been eating a little cheese when I want a snack and that appears to give me enough variety to keep me on it.
I was also worried about my meal timing because my shift at work is going to be 4 AM to Noon for the foreseeable future so I made sure to eat breakfast so I wasn’t hungry at work. Yesterday I decided to not eat breakfast and try to get back into my habit of skipping breakfast and starting my eating day with lunch and I was surprised at how little hunger I felt. I came home, had a piece of cheese and then went in my backyard and did a relatively tough weight lifting set and felt good.
As for the exercise, I can say I feel well fueled for everything I’ve tried to do. I’m back on my Strong Lifts 5×5 program and feel great, especially since I can now start increasing the squats I’m doing. Before now I was having to lift the bar up over my head and put it on my back to squat so I never wanted to put more than 100 lbs of weight on the bar so I wouldn’t hurt myself. Well for Christmas my son got me an awesome squat rack so now I feel much more comfortable gradually increasing the weight. Although now I need some heavier plates.
I am definitely going to stick with this until the end of the month and see how I feel then. How did you do this week? Let me know in the comments below!
It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday! I am starting the year off at 248.4 lbs which means I gained about 8 lbs over Christmas. That’s quite a bit but I enjoyed myself and the time with my family so I’m not worried about it. Now it’s time to fix that damage and back to my healthiest self.
So the big thing I’m starting is celebrating World Carnivore Month (still not clear if that’s a real thing) by eating just animal products. I have done this for one day and already I’ve realized a few things. The main thing is I have radically underestimated the amount of meat I need to buy. I had 6 eggs, 3 pieces of bacon and 2 half pound burger patties and I came home from work HUNGRY! I had to cut a few pieces of cheddar to be able to focus enough to write this post.
My wife is doing this with me so that’s even more meat I have to buy. I’ve got a pork roast for tomorrow and a bunch of chicken thighs for Friday and hamburger meat for lunches but I’m going to have to buy probably 20 lbs of hamburger meat for the week as well as 4 dozen eggs and about 4 lbs of bacon and a BIG piece of meat for dinner each night. I can see some cheap roasts in my future for sure. Might need to smoke a couple pork butts as well. Sure wish I could afford the Traeger Wood Pellet grill I’ve had my eye on for a while!
There are a couple things I am hoping this accomplishes. #1 I need to get back under 200 lbs and would like to see either 180 or just 200 with a LOT more muscle. #2 I want to see what effect if any this has on my blood pressure. No amount of weight loss or dietary change seems to have any large effect on my BP. I just went and tested it and it came up 206/139 which is insane. #3 I have had a little niggling pain in the back left side of my neck and my right knee. I want to see if this does anything for that.
I’ll talk more about the changes I’ve made to my workout routine next week but for now, I would love to know what you are doing in this New Year. Let me know in the comments below!