@MeganNZ: Noticeable benefits are extremely individual.
I saw no benefits on keto except fat adaptation that made my hunger softer (still insisting and satiation was still hard so after a honeymoon phase when I lost fat, I ate too much again).
Carnivore was another world, I got multiple benefits! Even my energy (low on keto and everywhere else until then) went up a tiny bit after some time. I think. Hard to tell. I still have low-ish energy but maybe a tad more…? It’s individual, I never will have much I am quite sure but I don’t need much, just enough to do things in my lazy ways. Maybe I need more passion, not energy. It’s complicated. I actually can wake up in the morning now, it’s plenty I always had super low energy (and no usable brain) when I woke up, it gets better as time passes.
And I could have used present tense in the beginning of the last paragraph as the benefits always come. Most of them are almost immediate but some took time. And I had to evolve and figure out what works best for me. It’s super easy for me to eat too much so I had to figure out what items work. Timing is important for me but I have no control over that on carnivore. I barely have hunger now but I am not always in the mood to ignore the siren song of food… With the right items it’s fine and it’s amazing. I dislike focusing on fasting when not perfectly satiated anymore for hours, it’s tiresome. But with Carnivore Quick Satiation (it’s a common thing in my life) I need more meals anyway so all is well.
I personally don’t even care about ketosis. I just want to feel right, as much as possible and I figured out extremely low plant carbs are the key. And enough meat.
Oh my god, my high-carber SO doesn’t always eat that much and he eats carbs with carbs quite often… Wow.
It’s way over to have some honey and fruit! Alvaro eats much fruit every day all year round (raisins are his staple), very much grains, lots of legumes every week and so on…
Well I did over 200g on paleo and I mostly used vegs for it… So maybe I can’t say much about 200g carbs, it can be reached in various ways… Still sounds much.
I can’t imagine I could have an activity where my body is on board with >80g net carbs. It was very serious about that in the past. I always considered these things simply individual even if one is very healthy. One thrives on high-carb, the other just tolerates it and feels way better on very low.
Most vegetables taste amazing if you ask past me… Well except the non-herb green leaves (but I am choosy with herbs too. I LOVE tarragon, best thing to happen with some white wine vinegar), they are like grass to me, ew. Except the spicy, sour, minty and onion-y ones. Those are cool.
There are many people who enjoy the unique taste of many vegetables… Not everyone likes them all, see past me, the huge veggie lover who didn’t touch green leaves even on keto (I tried but they were just too horrible)… But they are so different! Some are bitter, some are sweet, some are neither but with some great texture!
But people have odd tastebuds, I even read so many times that potatoes are bland. No, they have one of the best, most unique, irreplaceable taste of all thing, that’s why 5 years weren’t enough for me to stop thinking about that unique exquisite joy. But it passed. Still great but never needed.
Of course, people say the same to meat, that it’s tasteless… Okay, mostly vegans but still…
IDK about other kids, I loved almost all vegetables with a passion. Still hated spinach but no one tried to make me eat it. We had sorrels and that is awesome!
I am super sensitive to bitterness though (for some reason, weak coffee and cocoa is fine). To me, almost all green leaves are bitter. BAD carrot is bitter while good carrot is very sweet and tasty.
But most vegs aren’t bitter at all. They are just tasty and many of them are quite sweet too.
Well my body was still smart as I never had any problem from my excessive veggie intake (except when I went over my stomach capacity with 1.5 kg veggie dish at once) - except the carb part, carbs surely never were ideal for me, I just had no idea as I felt okay. Seeing the difference was enlightening…
Oh this is an interesting question and different people easily go into very different directions…
Unless something changes, I can’t add back the old vegs in more than tiny amounts as they are super meh to me now.
I can’t avoid fruits but I consider them the worst option I can choose unless I go and eat sugary overprocessed sweets… Yes, lovely fruits without using chemicals but my body dislikes sugars alone. It’s good it tolerates my tiny amount but that’s it and I don’t even need that!
I have better ideas but as long as I am not bored with my carni food, they hardly can tempt me. I mean, if I need to make them first. When Alvaro cooks something with much meat or eggs in the weekend, of course I taste that.
Btw fruits. We are in the very end of multiple fruit seasons (yay!) so I can do pure carni very soon if I wish so. I think I will go stricter every Monday but it will be more serious in August. What if I break my personal record of 2 weeks long carnivore? It’s summer so it’s unlikely but carnivore-ish has a chance. And it doesn’t allow any fruit beyond a little lemon. Sounds good to me.
Today I got borderline hungry early so ate before noon. The most fatty, most fried parts of the pork shoulder (yum), some bacon (yum and crunch! it turned out super good this time. and I was hungry too), some eggs (focus on whites for reasons). Around 1000 kcal but it’s impossible to say as the fat in my meat does things, I got a decent amount of bacon+fried pork lard I can use in the next days! So, 20g or something. That’s plenty for me.
I handle the complete lack of dairy surprisingly well this time. Oh and the lack of coffee, I totally forgot I don’t have any I didn’t have this long no coffee time since November. But I dislike the taste now (unless it’s a tiny extra flavor in something) so I don’t plan to add it back when we buy more. But it never happened yet so I will be careful…
IDK why I weigh myself occasionally but I did. 75kg, obviously. (It was 76 but not in the morning so the morning weight is 75.)
I won’t do it again until I feel loosening my pants.