Keto & Carnivore , two words used a lot in the same group of friends. While sometimes being vastly different, when put together can become something else all together. This is what I set to find out, if combining the deeper state keto high fat protocol and a meat only diet would yield results. I was pleasantly surprised by this experience and in this post I want to share my findings with you. We will cover both what I ate and the results of this 20 day experiment, both the mental and physical aspects.
Keto - Carnivore Food
Being that I am a certified foodie, making this creative wasn't so hard. The diet was made up of your basic high fat cuts of meat (pork belly , 80/20 ground beef, short ribs & rib-eye). The photo above is a highlight of this 20 day meal plan as it was by far the best thing I ate. What you are captivated by is what I call the Carnivore Burger. Two 1/2 lb patties with goat cheese between my creation, the carnivore biscuit. You can find the recipe to the biscuit on this Instagram link. Oh and in case your wondering, yes it is 100% meat. I played with my protein threshold a little and to my surprise it was a little higher than the standard DSK ratios (probably due to the lack of carbs). So during the experiment my ratios stayed roughly around 77%fat , 23% protein & 0% carbs. A good tip for volume if you want to give it a go is when making ground beef, pour it in into a bowl of beef broth. Take my word for it, it is very satisfying. Week two I re-introduced eggs and butter and that was a very smooth transition without any adverse effects. I am currently going into week four and have re-introduced goat cheese and sheep milk yogurt. So far I tolerate these two things just fine. The only tip I would give is to make sure you start with nothing but meat, salt and water and add things one at a time to assess your tolerance. You would be surprised what kind of food sensitives surface when doing this type of diet. I personally really enjoy it. I crave meat all the time now, so nothing makes me bounce around more than the though of a medium-rare steak. YUM!
In case you are wondering, no I did not expect to get extremely leaned out during this time frame. The fact that over the 20 day period I increased my daily caloric intake by 400 calories would make it obnoxious to make such a claim. However, the results were still very awesome! Over the 20 days I lost a total of about 10 lbs. Keep in mind that I just got off a show prep and was stuffing my face so I am 100% positive a lot of that was just built up junk. That is the point though! Look at the photo above, specifically the dip in the mid-abdominal area over the 20 day period. To me that is a clear indication of reduced gut bloat, inflammation and water retention.
As I said before I just got off prep and if anyone one of you have experienced that, the sweet cravings can be bad. Which leads me to my next point, physiologically this is the strongest I have felt towards my food control since 6 weeks out from my show. It has blown my mind how well it reset my hormones & my mental state when it came to my relationship with food.
Finally, I want to talk about the strength improvements. Coming off a show you are very weak, its almost hard to explain. The first 14 days nothing changed, I was seeing slow increase just due to my body getting fed better and so on. Then this week something amazing happened! I was stronger on all my core lifts! To be specific I even dead lifted 405 LBS!! That was a really big deal to me for no other reason except the fact that i have not been able to do that for over a year. To be able to do it 10 weeks post- show just solidifies to me two things.
1. You don't need carbs to gain muscle
2. Red meat and muscle gain have a strong correlation.
Over all this was an amazing experience for me. It helped me not only record data for my Deeper State Carnivore Protocol but in the process I-
1. Reduced inflammation and over all bloat
2. Got control over my eating and cravings
3. Hit new PR's with out ANY CARBS
So if you want to give keto - carnivore a shot , I say give it the old college try. Whats the worst that could happen? You have to eat butter covered steaks for a couple weeks. Sounds like a pretty awesome time to me!
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