Showing posts from May, 2018

You're going to get scurvy

I was reading an article about the supposed dangers of the Carnivore Diet and this topic came up. So I did a little digging and here's what I found.

Scurvy is a disease resulting from a lack of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Early symptoms include weakness, feeling tired, and sore arms and legs. Without treatment, decreased red blood cells, gum disease, changes to hair, and bleeding from the skin may occur. As scurvy worsens there can be poor wound healing, personality changes, and finally death from infection or bleeding (

Scurvy is the manifestation of a lack of collagen in the body. Collagen is the building block for our skin and other connective tissues. Basically, if you don’t get enough Vitamin C, you’re going to die. Or will you?

What this reference doesn’t tell you, nor do most of the references to scurvy, is that we only need vitamin C if we are eating plant-based foods.

Vitamin C is required to convert the amino acids proline and lysine i…

Making smart changes

I've been a trainer and coach for a long time. I was teaching people how to manage Microsoft Operating Systems off of 2.5in floppy disks in the mid 90's. I was a US Army Combatives instructor, and I've been a fitness coach and gym owner for 5 years.

I have a lot of experience helping people learn and adapt to new information and develop new ways to do things. The Carnivore Diet is no different.

There is a method to the madness. The trick to making the diet successful is to do everything you can to stay on it for as long as possible.

Stopping the diet doesn't do you any good. It may be hard to give up carbs, but you're doing this to see if they're worth it or not. It's not about cutting out carbs. It's about giving yourself better options.

Pro TIp: The smaller the change and less impact it has on your routine, the easier it is to maintain.

This is the trick. Make small changes over time. Don't try to go 100% carnivore overnight. Make a plan and build…

Who cares about data?

Why do I talk about tracking data so much? Because I think it's an important part of learning how and why this diet works. It's also beneficial for getting started on this diet.

I'm at the end of week 4 on this diet. I've lost 9 pounds and 3.2% body fat. I've only lost .2 pounds of muscle!

The first two weeks I did this, I lost 7.3 pounds and 1.5 pounds of that was muscle. If I wasn't keeping track of what I was eating, I would not have known that I was eating at an average 300 calorie deficit every day.

Getting help

I would have started to lose strength, get skinny and wonder what was going wrong. I would have posted to one of the popular CD groups and asked what I needed to do and I would have gotten these kinds of responses.

"eat more"
"lift heavier"
"eat 36 eggs a day" Not kidding, I've seen it
"eat 2 pounds of meat every day"
" Choose fattier cuts and eat a little past satiety. I am 150ish pounds and eat 3-4…

Workouts at the end of week 4

I'm feeling really good right now. Last week was rough, my workouts just felt hard. I had to force myself to finish and at least once I cut the workout early.

I've noticed two main things so far this week. 1. It's the first time in years that I've done a workout 5 days in a row. On top of that, I still feel good! I don't feel beat up and worn down like I used to after 3 days in a row!

Second, I'm starting to feel better during the workouts. I'm able to maintain a pace for longer and I feel less exhausted after.

No hard numbers yet, but I'm feeling pretty good about how things are progressing.

Here are my metcons for the last two days. These felt the best so far.

15:00 AMRAP
- 50 Double Unders
- 15 KBS @ 1.5pd
- 10 Toes to Bar
- 1:00 Air Bike
Completed 4 full rounds

Today's workout was really fun!

For Time
- Hang Power Snatch @ 95#
- Box Jump @ 30"
- Cal Row
Finished in 19:10

Time to go eat!

Let's talk about workouts

One of the things I'm super curious about is how this diet will affect my performance in the gym.

From everything I've read people are seeing serious strength gains and feeling great in the gym. I have not seen feedback from anyone that does CrossFit. So overall performance in several areas is something that matters to me.

The word on the street is that being in a ketogenic state is good for longer endurance type activities. This makes sense as the fat burning becomes the main source of fuel the longer you exert energy.

Much of my work comes in ranges and combination of short and medium time domains. Some workouts can be heavy and short, others can be moderate and long. In many cases, there is a combination of short and heavy as well as moderate and long.

NOTE: This is an extreme simplification of CrossFit programming

Strength work is also included so Bench, Deadlift, Back Squat, Cleans, Jerks, and Snatches are all something I want to look at.

I've already noticed a differ…

What is the Carnivore Diet?

I want to say that no one knows exactly what the Carnivore Diet is. Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different answers.

The general consensus defines the diet, at a minimum, as "Just eat meat and drink water."

That's about it.

I've figured out that there are a few camps of thought out there in carnivore land.

There are the believers. This group of people believes that society has lied to us and that humans were designed/evolved to be carnivores through and through. This belief comes along with a strict adherence to the eat meat, drink water lifestyle. Non-cattle meats (seafood, chicken) and by-products such as dairy, bone broth, etc... have no place.

Then you have the group of people who are less philosophically motivated and have specific physical or health goals they want to achieve through the diet. These people are more open to including by-products and trying to make the diet fit their lifestyle. The questions you see from this camp usually have to do with…

The best way to make the Carnivore Diet work for you

In order to ensure that we learn the most from our experiences, we have to do our best to collect as much data as possible.

A lot of people are starting this diet because they hear and see other people having success with it. I want to take it to another level and learn why it works, if it's sustainable looking term, and who it does or doesn't work for.

We need to understand the science of this diet. We need data to do that. It starts with gathering statistical evidence to show a direct correlation between the diet and all the various benefits it provides.

The one thing I've seen about the increased interest in this way of life is the lack of interest in tracking any pertinent data. There is a lot of, "eat when you're hungry", or worse, people offering up hard numbers for amounts of food someone should eat every day.
If we want to make a larger contribution to society we need to do a better job building a case for this way of life. In the largest view, anecd…

Down the rabbit hole!

Me at the beginning of May 2018
Well, I'm doing it. I'm going full meat eater. I have no idea what I'm getting myself into but the information I've been able to find has me very intrigued.

I"m 3 weeks into the Carnivore or Zero Carb diet. Here's what's happened so far.

I started at the beginning of May. My body composition vitals and blood work were as follows:

Weight: 197.9 lbsBody Fat %: 16.7Lean Muscle Mass: 93.9 lbs Resting Heart Rate: 53 BPMBlood Pressure: 110/64HDL Cholesterol: 60LDL Cholesterol: 95Total Cholesterol: 165Glucose: 85Sodium: 142 All pretty goods numbers but I feel like I can get better and I want to see if I can improve my performance in the gym.
I plan on doing blood work after 60 days. Right now I'm down 7.5 lbs, and 2.5% body fat. There has been some evaluation and tweaking of how I was going about things but I'll get into more of that in later posts.
I've been thru the Keto Flu, I got a little constipated for about a week…