This was a question I got recently that got me thinking! Usually I work with people looking to lose 10-15 lbs, but this person wanted to lose 50 lbs!
I wanted to take you through my entire thought process. I’ve experimented relentlessly with diet and exercise for the past 10 years—so here’s exactly what I would do to lose 50 lbs—while feeling amazing and not starving!
Diet Goal: Eat a high protein, nutrient dense carnivore diet. Incorporate fasting as much as comfortable. Avoid hunger and enjoy meals.
Strategy: Full Carnivore. Fast until hungry. Protein shake to break the fast. 1-2 meals of steak/ground beef, 4 oz frozen liver (optional), and seafood (optional). If feeling fatigued or depleted, increase salt and fat for a day or two through fattier steak (ribeye) and extra egg yolks (in protein shake).
Foods to Emphasize
Steak, ground beef, egg...
I am a staunch believer in the ability of ANYONE to improve their life massively through the use of daily goals and habits. In a year--it's astonishing what can be accomplished. Here's a few little stories about how this has happened in my life, as well as some tips to incorporate it into yours.
When I was 12, I was your basic gamer kid. When I wasn't at school, the majority of my waking hours were spent on Runescape, Warcraft, or some other online game. And the truth was--it was really damn fun. For a while. But then PE happened. We had a pullup test one day. Most kids my age seemed to knock out 2-3 pullups. One stud did 10. The rare beast of a 12 year old could do maybe 15. I did...none. Couldn't do a pullup.
I'm not sure if it's my competitive nature or what...but I had to change that. I really disliked sucking at that. So I begged my parents and finally got a pullup bar. Every day, I started doing pullups and pushups like a maniac. Fast forward a year and I suddenly had...
Calorie Counting Vs. Carnivore
Calories matter! One huge misconception by the carnivore community (as well as keto and low carb dieters) is that calories don’t matter and there is a “metabolic advantage” to cutting carbs that somehow negates calories. Not true! While there may be a slight metabolic advantage, it is not significant enough to negate the impact of calories!! You can get fat on carnivore just like you can get fat on any other diet.
Why carnivore then??
Beyond the huge nutrient density and autoimmune effects of a carnivore diet, there is a massive satiety component! Some of the biggest drivers of satiety are protein, dietary fat, and nutrients. Animal foods (meat, eggs, seafood, organ meats) are rich in all of those. So oftentimes, carnivore dieters will lean out rapidly because they are simply eating fewer calories ad lib—automatically!
How does the average person achieve optimal health AND weight loss?
By prioritizing nutrient density!...
Intermittent fasting is all the rage these days (do people still say that?) The vast majority of people who fast are doing it for weight loss. One thing I’ve noticed is that when something like weight loss is the goal, an unhealthy obsessive mentality can start to surround fasting in ways that are detrimental to health.
Done correctly, fasting is an incredible tool that can completely enhance your overall quality of life. I just want to share a few things I’ve learned and picked up along the way from experimenting with fasting for the past four years.
Trust Your Hunger
This first one is completely shunned by most people pursuing weight loss. “Trust your hunger” simply means don’t eat when you’re not truly hungry. If you can possibly ignore the hunger—ignore it and stay busy.
However, when you ARE truly hungry—you should eat! Many people set arbitrary windows like a 20 hour fast and 4 hour eating window, or a 23 hour...
If there is one power in this world that has the power to radically transform one’s life...its the power of consistent daily action.
I became fascinated with the power of daily habits when I began learning about personal development and self improvement in college. I can honestly say that I am a product of all of those so called “woo woo” “self help” books. They work.
I began to analyze every area of my life and found numerous areas where I could improve. I could wake up earlier. I could meditate. I could read daily. I could exercise and eat healthy daily. I could train myself to speak positively.
Focusing on cultivating a daily routine that would empower and improve my life became an obsession—and the results were fast.
Here’s the thing about daily habits and routines: YOU WILL ENCOUNTER RESISTANCE. When you set a habit to wake up at 5am everyday—what do you do when you stay out until 3am partying with your friends? Still get up...
I have to admit—although I’m the ripped carnivore guy…I was never sure if I would be doing this diet for life. Ultimately, optimal health results are what’s most important to me. If the science and my subjective experiences disagree with carnivore, I would be quick to experiment for a while and then make the necessary adjustments.
But here’s the thing…I feel amazing. I have literally never felt better in my life.
I’m 2+ years into the Carnivore Diet. Now let me be super super specific. I eat meat, organ meats, eggs, seafood, and occasionally high fat dairy 98% of the time. I eat 1-2 meals a day. Once every 1 or 2 weeks, I will have a cheat meal.
If you’re a hardcore religious carnivore, go ahead and kick me out of the club. We’re very different.
But for the rest of you—here’s why I do it. When I was starting, I did strict carnivore for 6 months. I believe this period of dietary strictness healed my body.
Quick note: This essay is presenting my layman's thoughts around Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s recent appearance on Mark Bell’s podcast. This essay is not authoritative. I’m simply sharing the questions I posed to myself while listening. I’m not a professional, I'm someone who’s trying to figure this stuff out. Part of the reason I was unconvinced by Dr. Fuhrman’s arguments is that I simply need more information at this point before making conclusive statements. I need the whole picture. Also, I have huge respect and admiration for Dr. Fuhrman and the body of work he has contributed.
I recently listened to an episode of Mark Bell’s Power Project podcast featuring Dr. Joel Fuhrman. For a little background, Mark Bell is a world champion powerlifter and all around badass. One of the things I love about his podcast is the incredible variety of high level guests as well as the thoughtful discussions that happen. Dr. Joel Fuhrman...
I’m a huge believer in daily disciplines. Creating habits, routines, and practices that will lead to a better life over time. We know that consistency is the key to massive, exponential growth over time. We know that things are always growing stronger or weaker. There’s a constant ebb and flow.
But how do you balance this with the reality of being human? Getting sick, feeling emotionally drained, dealing with crisis, feeling exhausted?
Do you still get up early, go train no matter what, get your work done, and push through the pain?
It’s a heroic and noble concept on paper. One that a guy like me would love to stand behind. But the truth of the matter is, the tree that sways stays standing. The tree that stands rigid gets snapped.
It’s an old proverb but it’s true. If you can sway through the storms of life, you will keep standing. If you are rigid, inflexible—you probably won’t be standing for long.
Life tends to exist more on a...
It’s inevitable. If you’re truly pushing the limits of what you’re capable of and really living on the edge of your comfort zones—you will fall down.
Every baby encounters this reality, but that doesn’t cause them to stop walking and abandon the pursuit altogether.
Over time, as adults we sometimes do just that. Maybe let’s take a cue from infants here and remain constantly curious, constantly optimistic, and relentless in our learning.
For me—I hit a stage yesterday where I had a mountain of work before me and hardly any energy to do it.
I attempted to push through and complete it—but eventually I buckled under the pressure and finally went to sleep…and slept in until around 6:30am.
I wasn’t happy about it. I felt the surge of guilt. I felt like I had weakened and disappointed myself.
But the important question is to always ask—what’s the lesson here?
I learned a few lessons in my opinion. The first...
Daily Goals To Maximize Your Success
I am a HUGE believer in the power of goals. Every human being has the ability to take one step forward every single day. Therefore, every human being has the power to set and achieve goals…therefore everyone has the power to improve their lives!
Regardless of excuses. Regardless of your past. Regardless of who or what is holding you back. There is always at least ONE area of your life that you can begin improving. When you do that, it begins a domino effect to many other areas of your life.
Let’s get into some practical tips:
1. Figure out what your life goals are. What MUST you do in your life before you go to the grave. What have you always dreamt about doing. Before people started criticizing you. Before your parents or friends told you who you “are”. Before the weight of society made you limit yourself. Human beings are INCREDIBLY complex and we all contain multitudes within us. You may have been a thug...