My Unbelievable Six Week Carnivore Diet Results!
Drum roll, please...if you’re anything like me, this is the part you’ve been waiting for. So I ate animal products only for six weeks—what were the results? Did I lose any weight? Did I lose muscle? How did I feel?
Let’s find out!
This post is part of a series about my six week carnivore diet experiment. To read more about my experiment, check out one (or all!) of my other helpful carnivore posts:
The time had finally come...after countless steaks, burgers, salmon filets, and more eggs than would seem desirable, my six-week carnivore experiment came to an end, and it was time to pay the piper. Composition ID had so graciously provided an “after” scan for my carnivore experiment, and in 30 minutes I was going to find out: Was the carnivore diet even worth it?
My DEXA Scan Results
I went to get my DEXA scan with Audrey feeling pretty good, but cautious. I knew I had lost weight—the scale told me 6 lbs to be exact—and both people who hadn’t seen me in awhile and people who saw me everyday were commenting on it. My clothes were fitting more loosely, and I even had to return a pair of pants I’d bought right before the experiment to get a smaller size!
In addition to the new clothes, I was killing it in the gym and on the trails; just the week before the scan, I’d done a 42 mile bike ride and felt great after, and I was constantly picking up heavier weights each week.
But, the scan never lies, and I was worried what it would tell me.
I laid down on the table and prayed for the best as the machine scanned over my body. I was not disappointed! See for yourself:
Down 6.5 lbs of pure fat AND up almost 1 lb of muscle in 6 weeks! This was by far the best scan I’d ever had. It proved that not only can you lose fat and build muscle at the same time, you can do it quickly and healthily by eating a carnivore diet.
I also greatly appreciated the reduction in visceral adipose tissue (VAT), the intra-abdominal fat inside the abdominal cavity that is packed between your organs. High amounts of visceral fat are linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and even certain cancers. Optimal VAT numbers are <1, so these results were very good.
Before and After Pics, Measurements, and Other Results
Here’s how those results translated in pictures:
And in numbers:
Some other benefits I experienced:
Better sleep than I’d had in years. I have sleep apnea and tend to be a bit of an insomniac, so I usually have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Not so on carnivore! I was ready for bed around 10 pm each night, which was perfect, since I wake up around 6 am to work out.
Zero gastro issues. Heartburn and acid reflux have been a constant companion for the last 8 years or so (I even had an ulcer in 2013), but I was amazed to realize about two weeks in that I hadn’t experienced either since before the experiment. Major win.
Super simple meal prep. I love to meal prep (I know, I’m weird). It’s fun to me to get creative with meals (you almost have to with keto!) and I like coming up with different delicious ideas. I won’t lie though, just cooking some meat and not thinking about side dishes freed up a lot of time on my weekends, and I liked that even more.
(Period talk alert) I had the least symptomatic periods of my life, and that’s saying a lot. For me, menstruation usually comes with a bunch of unpleasant PMS side effects like debilitating cramps and violent mood swings. I had two periods during this six weeks—but if it wasn’t for the date on the calendar, I wouldn’t even have known they were coming! That’s never happened before.
But everything wasn’t roses and butterflies. Some things I could do without:
(Poop talk alert) Infrequent bowel movements. Six weeks of meat only, and maybe six BMs. Super weird, but apparently not uncommon. I didn’t feel constipated though, I just didn’t have to go.
High food prices when eating out. This one was a head scratcher for me. I was getting less food, but paying the same amount or more. Turns out, it’s hard to get people to just charge you for the meat at some places. I personally don’t think it’s fair to charge for a side dish or a bun when you ask them not to bring it out, but apparently a lot of restaurants aren’t set up to just ring a side of meat. Either times have changed or my waiters weren’t too bright, because I remember this distinctly being an option when I waited tables in college.
The toxic community. I hate to say this, because I encountered some phenomenal people on this carnivore journey. However, the community at large is rather off-putting. You know how some vegans are always screaming, “Meat is murder!” and making you not want to be around them? Imagine the same for carnivore, except the rally cry is, “Vegetables are poison!” It’s like whoa, chill with the extremes. Meat is not murder and vegetables are not poison...just say you like the way you eat and carry on.
I also found a lot of people who attacked people for posting/talking about a meal they had by pointing out that “that’s not carnivore”—this is actually common in keto and other diet communities, too, and there’s a special place in hell for those people. If I can ever stress anything ever to my clients, it’s that dogma has no place in your diet. Unless you have a medical or religious reason for not eating certain foods, tweak your way of eating to what works for you. After all, the best diet is the one you can sustain.
*hops off soapbox*
So, What’s Next?
It’s been two weeks since the experiment was “over,” but I’m still eating carnivore! I don’t know how long it will last, and I *did* have a small piece of birthday cake at my godson’s party last week, but for now, I see no reason to switch up. I think I like this lifestyle!
I’m getting some blood work done next week, so I’ll keep you posted on that as well.
So, what do you think? Would you try a carnivore diet or do you think it’s just too extreme? Share in the comments!