I don’t post very often, but I just had to post to let people know how thrilled I am after a little more than 2 months on (semi-pure) carnivore.
The background: I had been keto about 2 years and was not happy with it. This is not to say it doesn’t work for some people, but it didn’t work for me. First, I continued to gain weight on keto (I was not that overweight, but was above where I wanted to be), plus my body composition did not change. I started keto at 5’4", 135 lbs or so, 35% body fat. After 2 years, I was up to 140 lbs, and still at 35% body fat.
Second, my sugar and carb cravings did not go away on keto. I always tell people I have a heroin-addict level sugar addiction, and it’s true. I had a hard time sticking to keto because the cravings continued to torment me. So, one could say that I didn’t do better on keto because I cheated, but if I can’t stick to a WOE no matter how hard I try because I have overpowering cravings on that WOE, then to me that WOE is not working for me.
So, back in February I hit a bottom. My weight was up to 140 lbs, a lifetime high for me, and I was sick of being jerked around by food cravings. So, I decided to go carnivore (there are a couple of exceptions that I can describe later). It has been life-altering for me.
First, and most important, the cravings are almost completely gone. When I do get mild cravings I can satiate them with a little cheese. I have not slipped and eaten sugar once in the two month period, a record for me.
Second, after two years of gaining weight on keto, I have now lost 7 lbs in 2 months! And, my body composition has finally shifted, dropping from 35% to 33.5%. Still too high, but going in the right direction.
Finally, I can tell that my relationship to food is really changing, for the first time in my life. It’s hard to describe, but it feels like my body has shifted to really crave and desire nourishment - and then to feel happy and satiated once I get it. It feels really different from the old sugar and carb cravings which felt bottomless.
I want to emphasize again that I am NOT saying keto doesn’t work for anyone, or that everyone should be doing carnivore/zero carb. Not at all. I think we have different physiologies and need different WOEs.
For me, I feel pretty certain I have a defect in the way my body handles carbs that makes it so that I really can’t eat them at all. And I wanted to share in case there were others who might be having similiar problems with carbs, even on keto, and might benefit from my experience. And also to let you all know how happy I am to finally find a WOE that works for me, after literally decades of searching!