Beef, eggs, butter, shrimp, and very small amounts of heavy cream (coffee) daily since Feb 2022.
Initial adaptation period was without much drama or pain, maybe a headache for a day or two, probably because I was low carb prior to starting. I replaced Tylenol with salt and was immediately better.
However, performance in the gym literally took a step back in time two or three years, not hyperbole. Strength has still not recovered. A 465lb deadlift went to a 245lb deadlift on a good day.
Started at 185lbs bodyweight (I am comfortable at 180-190) and got as low as 167lbs (NOT happy there). Added pure fat from the butcher and am now at 175lbs, wanting to gain a bit more.
Energy in the gym is better, strength is not.
Wondering about re-introducing something, maybe an avocado a day, maybe a half cup of oats, I dunno. Something. I’ve watched all the youtube videos and read all the books, I know there is a religion around meat only, and there is a religion around veganism, and there is a religion around paleo…
I do not wish to belong to a religion, I wish to optimize my health and hormones and maximize my performance in the gym. Physical fitness is one of the only ways I have to improve my MENTAL health, and its of paramount importance in my life.
Having read about glycogen filling in muscle tissue, affording stronger and more explosive performance, etc., I’m wondering if I should think about re-introducing something with the specific purpose of addressing physical performance.
FWIW, my initial foray into carnivore was for the sake of curiosity. Although I have certainly recognized some health benefits from it, I was not attacking any single issue (autoimmunity, obesity, etc) with the diet, merely satisfying my desire for knowledge and personal experience.
Presently animal only, and wanting additional physical performance and mild weight gain, what should my next strategic step be?