A carnivorous diet

For almost 3 years, I’ve been eating an essentially carnivorous diet. By “carnivorous”, I don’t mean omnivorous, non-vegetarian, or simply including meat. I mean that I eat essentially only meat. I say “essentially”, because I regularly consume a few non-meat products, including coffee, tea and herbal tea, and coconut oil. Rarely, at my discretion, I might eat a dill pickle, or the fancy leaf served with my sashimi, perhaps a square of unsweetened chocolate — but these events are far from the norm, perhaps once every month or two. I consider eggs carnivorous, but I’m ambivalent about dairy products. In particular, while milk has a favourable protein and fat profile, it also has a lot of carbohydrate. I’m sensitive to carbohydrates, and so aside from butter, and small amounts of cream and cheese, I avoid it. In any case, carnivorous is not meant to be defining or prescriptive, but descriptive.

I eat this way because I have discovered that it significantly improves my health in several parameters. Most notably it keeps my propensity to fatness in check, and more importantly, my severe mood disturbances in complete remission. To you, Dear Reader, this is a mere anecdote, and that’s fine with me. My intention here is not to persuade anyone of anything, but only to record my experiences.

One of the few scientific publications discussing carnivory came out of an experiment on Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a Canadian explorer and ethnologist. During his time with the Inuit, he had adopted their native diet of exclusively meat, and was so impressed with the health he enjoyed at that time, that he and a friend volunteered to live on meat for a year under medical supervision. There are two publications that I know of discussing the results:

The Effects on Human Beings of a Twelve Months’ Exclusive Meat Diet Based on Intensive Clinical and Laboratory Studies on Two Arctic Explorers Living Under Average Conditions in a New York Climate by Clarence W. Lieb, M.D. in JAMA. 1929;93(1):20-22. Unfortunately, this paper is not open-access.

Prolonged Meat Diets with a Study Function and Ketosis. S. McClellan and Eugene F. Du Bois in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 87, 651-668, 1930.

Stefansson wrote about his arctic dietary experiences for Harper: Eskimos Prove An All Meat Diet Provides Excellent Health, and also in Not by Bread Alone, which I have not read, because it is out of print, and a collector’s item.

It was my understanding, though I forget from where, that Stefansson had not ultimately continued eating this way. However, I recently came across an edition of Richard Mackarness’ s book Eat Fat and Grow Slim. It includes a preface written by Stefansson’s wife, Evelyn, which I had never seen before. I reproduce it here because it is an interesting perspective from a wife and home-maker.


One morning at breakfast, the autumn of 1955, my explorer-anthropologist husband, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, asked me if he might return to the Stone Age Eskimo sort of all-meat diet he had thrived on during the most active part of his arctic work. Two years before, he had suffered a mild cerebral thrombosis, from which he had practically recovered. But he had not yet succeeded in losing the ten pounds of overweight his doctor wanted him to be rid of. By will power and near starvation, he had now and then lost a few of them; but the pounds always came back when his will power broke down. Doubtless partly through these failures, Stef had grown a bit unhappy, at times grouchy.

My first reaction to his Stone Age diet proposal was dismay. I have three jobs. I lecture, in and out of town, and enjoy the innumerable extracurricular activities of our New England college town of Hanover, New Hampshire. Forenoons I write books about the arctic, “for teen-agers and uninformed adults,” to be able to afford the luxury of being librarian afternoons of the large polar library my husband and I acquired when we were free-lance writers and government contractors, which library now belongs to Dartmouth College. I take part in a course called the Arctic Seminar, and last winter was director. I sing in madrigal groups and act in experimental theater plays. Only by a miserly budgeting of time do I manage these things. “In addition,” I thought to myself, “I am now supposed to prepare two menus!”

But aloud I said: “Of course, dear.” And we began to plan.

To my astonished delight, contrary to all my previous thinking, the Stone Age diet not only proved effective in getting rid of Stef’s overweight, but was also cheaper, simpler, and easier to prepare than our regular mixed diet had been. Far from requiring more time, it took less. Instead of adding housekeeping burdens, it relieved them. Almost imperceptibly Stef’s diet became my diet. Time was saved in not shopping for, not preparing, not cooking, and not washing up after unrequired dishes, among them vegetables, salads, and desserts.

Some of our friends say: “We would go on a meat diet too, but we couldn’t possibly afford it.” That started me investigating the actual cost of the diet. Unlike salads and desserts, which often do not keep, meat is as good several days later as the day it was cooked. There is no waste. I found our food bills were lower than they had been. But I attribute this to our fondness for mutton. Fortunately for us it is an unfashionable meat, which means it is cheap. We both like it, and thanks to our deep freeze, we buy fat old sheep at anything from twenty-two to thirty-three cents a pound and proceed to live on the fat of the land. We also buy beef, usually beef marrow. European cooks appreciate marrow, but most people in our country have never even tasted it, poor things.

When you eat as a primitive Eskimo does, you live on lean and fat meats. A typical Stefansson dinner is a rare or medium sirloin steak and coffee. The coffee is freshly ground. If there is enough fat on the steak we take our coffee black, otherwise heavy cream is added. Sometimes we have a bottle of wine. We have no bread, no starchy vegetables, no desserts. Rather often we eat half a grapefruit. We eat eggs for breakfast, two for Stef, one for me, with lots of butter.

Startling improvements in health came to Stef after several weeks on the new diet. He began to lose his overweight almost at once, and lost steadily, eating as much as he pleased and feeling satisfied the while. He lost seventeen pounds, then his weight remained stationary, although the amount he ate was the same. From being slightly irritable and depressed, he became once more his old ebullient, optimistic self. By eating mutton he became a lamb.

An unlooked-for and remarkable change was the disappearance of his arthritis, which had troubled him for years and which he thought of as a natural result of aging. One of his knees was so stiff he walked up and down stairs a step at a time, and he always sat on the aisle in a theater so he could extend his stiff leg comfortably.

Several times a night he would be awakened by pain in his hips and shoulder when he lay too long on one side; then he had to turn over and lie on the other side. Without noticing the change at first, Stef was one day startled to find himself walking up and down stairs, using both legs equally. He stopped in the middle of our stairs; then walked down again and up again. He could not remember which knee had been stiff!

Conclusion: The Stone Age all-meat diet is wholesome. It is an eat-all-you-want reducing diet that permits you to forget you are dieting–no hunger pangs remind you. It saves time and money. Best of all, it improves the temperament. It somehow makes one feel optimistic, mildly euphoric.

Epilogue: Stef used to love his role of being a thorn in the flesh of nutritionists. But in 1957 an article appeared in the august journal of the American Medical Association confirming what Stef had known for years from his anthropology and his own experience. The author of this book has also popularized Stef’s diet in England, with the blessing of staid British medical folk.

Was it with the faintest trace of disappointment in his voice that Stef turned to me, after a strenuous nutrition discussion, and said: “I have always been right. But now I am becoming orthodox! I shall have to find myself a new heresy.”

Evelyn Stefansson

April 22, 1959.

70 replies
  1. Matt
    Matt says:

    Hello Amber

    How do you prepare the meat you eat? Do you prepare them with sauces?

    It seems to me a diet with no vegetables would be kind of boring. How do you get verity in your diet?

  2. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Hi, Matt. I mostly grill, broil, or fry. I don't use a lot of spices, and no sauces. In fact, for the first several months I didn't even use salt or pepper. I sometimes do now. I admit that it was a bit bland at first, but I quickly became able to appreciate the taste of the food itself, and now when I taste spiced food, I usually find it overbearing.

    I get variety through types and cuts of meat. Ribeye steak is my favourite, but I eat for example, chuck roasts, hamburger patties, chicken legs, trout and salmon, pork chops, pork belly, liver, shrimp, and this year I had the privilege of getting some elk steaks from a generous friend.

    Ultimately, the novelty factor of other foods wasn't worth the pain I was suffering.

  3. shtove
    shtove says:

    "By eating mutton he became a lamb" – hehe!

    I noodled (sry, carbs) my way here from a comment you left at Ned Kock's blog, via your ketogenic blog. Very impressed at the style and precision. Surprised the posts aren't more frequent but I guess it takes time to put the pieces together.

    ps. good looking family.

  4. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Thank you for the kind words, shtove.

    Yes, I have many posts in mind I'd like to write for both sites, but my life is full of competing interests right now, and even when I have the pieces, getting that high level of precision is the proverbial 80%.

  5. Xucthclu
    Xucthclu says:

    Hey, Amber!

    First I'd like to thank both you and Zooko for your site ketotic.org, as well as this one.

    I'm actually interested in eliminating vegetables from my diet as much as possible, however, oftentimes, when I tried discussing it somewhere, I got warned about vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Have you had any problems with that, and are you currently taking any supplements?

    Another thing I'd like a tip on is chewing the animal fat on steaks. It may seem weird, but, over years of "fat is bad for you" dogma, I had an aversion to all fat, especially animal fat. Although now I can eat butter and coconut oil by the spoonfuls, the moment I eat animal fat from steaks, if it's not in very miniscule amounts (so that I have to chew it) I start gagging. I think it's not so much the taste, but rather it combined with chewiness and mouth feel of fat. Do I just tough it out and it will go away, or should I stick to butter for fat intake instead?

    I'd also like to mention that I read your comment on diagnosisdiet website and found it rather fascinating that a diet helped you with your depression. Although I have no idea how exactly that works, the implications seem rather large to me.

  6. m1
    m1 says:

    Hi Amber, our son has an aggressive brain tumour so we tried the CRKD, I did it with him for moral support, he didn't stick to it and his tumour grew, for me a lot of health problems cleared up and I felt good, even at 600 kcal/day.

    "the more fish eaten, the lower the prevalence of serious clinical depression"

    "we suggest that 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) might influence personality traits, promoting extrovert and open behavior."

    from my notes.

  7. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Xucthclu, I'm so sorry to have missed this comment. I have to fix my notification system.

    Minerals are harder to control than vitamins, (I think) because they are dependent on soil. I take magnesium, potassium, and sometimes zinc and selenium. The only vitamin that you can't get much of in meat is vitamin C. However, it's been argued that you don't need as much vitamin C when carbs are lower. Nonetheless, I take C sometimes anyway.

    About fat on meat, I prefer the fat to be cooked quite crispy. I don't like it to be chewy. That can be tricky, since I like the lean to be medium rare. On the other hand, I have no aversion to gristle.

    Yes, the depression relief could be deep and important. The more people I talk to, the I realize how prevalent depression is, and I know how debilitating it is first-hand.

    Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you will see that I answered eventually.

  8. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Hi, m1. I'm so, so sorry about your son's tumour. ❤

    If he is still surviving, I would urge you to have him try a non-calorie-restricted KD. It's much more sustainable, and we believe the CR is not even necessary. We have one friend who had a very advanced brain tumour who started eating only meat with no CR, and the cancer disappeared. He is still well — it's been about 2 years.

    Thank you for the notes.

  9. Juan
    Juan says:

    Hi Amber, first I'd like to echo all the positive comments about this blog and ketotic.org. I found you and zooko's work through Anna's Life Extension blog, then through Woo, and then, after beginning my reading, through Dr. Eades having mentioned your blogs, too!!

    Anyway, as regards vitamins and minerals, yours is more or less my approach, too. As I am sure you know, Dr. Weston Price found a consistent and profound difference in the mineral content of the traditional diets he studied, wherein the traditional life ways had up to 20x the amount of some minerals as compared to the Western (ie. American) diet at that time.

    I have also come across (somewhere!?) the idea that if carbohydrates, particularly the grains and sugars, affecting the need for Vit. C. What is less often considered in this kind of discussion is the fact that traditional carnivorous or mostly carnivorous diets tended to use the whole animal. So, for example, glandular meat — which is a regular delicacy in many ways of eating, ranging from Lions to Humans — can contain high amounts of Vitamin C. The thymus gland is one which I consume fairly often (a.k.a. sweet breads). I think the highest Vit C count is in the adrenal glands, at least according to Dr. Price (hearsay from Inuit) but I would not have any idea how to even access that. Probably tastes like thymus. 🙂

    Keep up the wonderful work. Very inspiring btw. And Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Toronto, Canada

  10. Steve Crim
    Steve Crim says:

    Amber – when meat is raised properly as it would be in the wild it has plenty of vitamin C. Whale blubber is a good example of an animal product that "still" contains Vitamin C.

    Vitamin C has a very short half-life. If the meat you eat is commercial feed stock it may be a good idea to add 2 or 3,000mg of Vitamin C in daily doses.


  11. Steve Crim
    Steve Crim says:

    Sorry – forgot to mention that almost all animals produce their own Vitamin C. Goats for example produce between 10,000 and 17,000mg per day. Humans have everything in place except an enzyme required to complete the process. Must have been lost along the way so Vitamin C has to come in our diet. Feed lots and commercial farming produce little to no Vitamin C. -S-

  12. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Hi, Steve.

    Vitamin C is sensitive to heat and light, so the prevailing wisdom is to cook to medium or less. I think a supplement is fine, though, if someone is concerned about it.

    I have never heard of the amount of vitamin C depending on how the meat is raised, and I don't understand how it could matter. I assume the amount is dependent on the animal's own production of vitamin C. Presuming it is healthy, wouldn't that be in a bounded range?

    Sadly, I've never had access to blubber. Chicken liver is a good source that I can buy around here, though.

  13. Dana Seilhan
    Dana Seilhan says:

    In animals that make their own vitamin C, they make it from glucose. So even in animals that don't make vitamin C, the vitamin uptakes through glucose receptors. If your blood sugar is consistently higher because you're always eating carbs, you will need to consume more vitamin C to ensure that enough gets into your cells.

    Unfortunately, the government's standard for daily vitamin C requirement assumes a higher-carb diet, so we don't really know (well, most of us don't know) what a human's daily requirement would be at a fasting glucose level, since most of us don't stay there all day.

    Vitamin C can be obtained from raw adrenals. Some C will survive if you dry-roast the cuts of meat most likely to contain it. It's water-soluble but some of it will survive dry heat. The USDA website has information about that if you dig around.

    Alternatively I could see breaking a meat-only rule to take, say, an acerola powder supplement. Even Inuit would have had access to berries sometimes. It's low-sugar and you get the whole C complex.

    Minerals–in their best form for assimilation, mind you–can be obtained through bone broth. Make sure it's the real homemade stuff. There are recipes all over Google.

    I'm pretty sure every other nutrient is covered adequately on an all-meat or mostly-meat diet. Definitely the B vitamins and the fat-solubles. You even find the best forms of folate that way, particularly in the liver.

  14. Dana Seilhan
    Dana Seilhan says:

    The primate family has branched in two in terms of vitamin C synthesis. Half of us (in a manner of speaking) can make vitamin C, the other half can't. None of the great apes can–not the simians (we're simians) or tarsiers generally. Whatever happened that the ability was lost, it happened a long time ago.

  15. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Yes, Good points.

    Also, I see no reason not to take vitamin C if you're concerned about it. It seems unlikely to hurt. I don't eat meat-only for the principle of it, only because it makes me feel great.

    My take on minerals is that I think they are soil dependent, and so supplementing them may be a good idea. We don't really know how much broth gets you, but I'm pro-broth, anyway. Eating bones probably makes good material for making bones.

  16. Juan
    Juan says:

    @Dana, that is interesting. I had not come across this before …thanks.
    @Steve, I looked at the Nutritiondata website, which is from USDA data, and checked some of the typical animal parts that contain Vitamin C, such as Heart and Thymus (Sweet Breads …a favourite of mine) and I would assume that all the meat used for accumulating this data comes from standard factory/feedlot animals. Perhaps the quantity of C produced by naturally raised animals is greater and/or they may have more in their organs, but I have not encountered reliable reference for this. In either case, I rather lean toward the position that if we do not have a high glucose diet (sugary and farinaceous) our need for Vitamin C is greatly reduced, so feedlot animals, if that's all there is available, would be better than nothing. (Factory farming and, in particular, soil depletion are still huge issues, of course.)

  17. Juan
    Juan says:

    Hi Amber,
    Happy New Year and I hope the crazy weather has not affected you too negatively, and that the year has begun on a positive note. (Same wishes go out to the other commenters).

    Yes, I agree, soil destruction is a major issue, and in my view might actually be the underlying cause (literally!) of the overall nutritional depletion of our modern food supply. I get very sad just thinking about that and how much we are so much at the mercy of current insane food production methods.

    On a happier note: have you tried the sweet breads (thymus gland)? I keep mentioning them because I have just recently "discovered" them myself. They are rather easy to prepare and quite delicious, and as I wrote earlier, full of vitamins and minerals. The USDA site that Dana referred to suggests that thymus still contains plenty of vitamin C even after cooking.

    If anyone reading is interested, here is a summary of how you can prepare them (fwiw):
    I use sweet breads as appetizers rather than as a main meal and prepare them, more or less, as I would scallops. However, they should be par-boiled for about 10 minutes first. Then, when cool enough to handle, remove some of the membrane, but I would caution if you go too far with this you'll be left with nothing. And then, slice them into scallop sized pieces and fry in butter. Add a little salt and chopped garlic if you wish, and there you are. By the way, don't worry about the concept of "membrane". Sweet breads don't at all have a bad mouth feel and are, in fact, very tender and soft, despite whatever membrane there might be. Again, they're something like scallops.

    Cheers, all.

  18. Esmée La Fleur
    Esmée La Fleur says:

    I am new to a Ketogenic diet and finding your blog is so very helpful and reassuring. I have come to realize that Salicylates (present in most all plant foodstuff) are a huge problem for me and are one of the main causes of chronic migraines for me personally. Thus, I am wanting to eliminate them as much as possible. Even the main sources of plant_based fats (coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado) are extremely high in salicylates. No wonder I felt like crap on a vegan diet! Anyways, I just wanted to share that I am making bone broth an essential part of my diet because of the minerals it provides. Dr. Cate Shanahan with her book Deep Nutrition was my main inspiration for this. I am also including 4 Tbsp. wheatgrass juice powder by Green Foods Corp. for the magnesium, vitamin c, and other nutrients it provides. It is about the only green food I can eat and still feel good afterwards. It is also extremely low in carbohydrate (1.5 grams per Tbsp.). Thanks again for sharing your journey with us. I am off you read the rest of your blog posts now.

  19. Esmée La Fleur
    Esmée La Fleur says:

    Just for the record, I have now read through all your posts. I cannot adequately express my deep appreciation for the time you have taken to share the details of your personal journey with this dietary approach. Thanks a million times!

  20. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Dear Amber, i've been having so many probs with veg (i.e. oral allergy and anaphylaxis) it's been driving me insane, and because i also have problems with yeast / dairy, even a ketogenic high fat diet would've been hard / impossible to maintain …but a nice woman at http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com told me about your blog, and now i've had a read i can face going shopping tomorrow!
Thank you for sharing / caring! Best wishes, jackie

  21. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Amber, how long did you stick to your diet before you noticed a remission in your mood difficulties? I am doing keto for treatment-resistant depression and it seemed to be helping quite a bit til I drank some whiskey the other night…bam, back on the floor again. I'm in my 5th week of the diet right now.

  22. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    Well, I had been on a garden variety low carb diet for a while already, so that could be part of it, but it was less than three weeks.

    I would stay away from drugs for sure until you are stable, and even then tread carefully.

  23. L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn
    L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn says:

    But you say it was already helping you, too, before the whiskey, right?

    I have had alcohol since I started, but in the first few years I didn't drink at all, except one occasion a year. Even now I am very careful with it.

  24. Betsy Galvan
    Betsy Galvan says:

    Hey amber,

    What about minerals and vitamins? Do take supplements or does your body run good without them?

    Also, it is hard for me to see how no fiber in your diet is healthy, you know, living my whole life eating carbohydrates tends to do this. Isnt fiber nessesary for your body?

    Betsy G.

  25. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    Hello, I am 16 years old and I never (almost never) eat vegetables nor fruits, simply because I don't like them, I've been eating like this my whole life and I'm perfectly healthy, I never go to the doctor and I recently took a blood exam to see if everything was alright and everything was perfect, I could almost say I am healthier than average in all aspects (mental and physical), soo yeah just wanted to share.

  26. Melissa Wilson
    Melissa Wilson says:

    Hello, I had a gastric bypass 16 years ago and I want to know if it is still possible to be zero carb? I have been on & off Low Carb, LCHF, for the past 5 years and I feel much better the less carbs I eat. People talk about eating 1 or 2 meals a day and that sounds great but I'm not sure it is possible for me the way my digestion works now and the size of my stomach. (Although it has stretched out quite a bit in the past 16 years compares to when I first had the surgery and could only eat a few ounces of food at a time. Now I can eat a normal sized meal. The gastric bypass has left me with a very impaired ability to absorb Iron, B12 & Sodium… many years ago I tried the whole vegan thing for a year then vegetarian for another 2 years but I was always anemic.(4.5 blood count) when I went low carb my Iron went up, My Dr said Gluten blocks the absorption of iron so I knew low carb was the way to go, but its been kind of a yo-yo thing for me. I want to go Zero Carb. (I started ZC yesterday)Can you give me any ideas or suggestions? Is small meals throughout ok, is so called grazing ok?

  27. Esmée La Fleur
    Esmée La Fleur says:

    Yes, I would think that eating whatever size meal is comfortable for you is the way to go, and just eat more frequently if necessary. You might want to join us in the zero carb Facebook group Principia Carnivora where you meet and talk to many others doing this diet.

  28. T.
    T. says:

    It's been even longer still, but would like to say that next time you find an out of print book you'd like to read, that most libraries, especially university libraries will have them. You can generally get them via inter-library loan to your local library at little or no cost.

  29. Emmie Warren
    Emmie Warren says:

    I have to thank you for your blog about zero carb eating. I lost a substantial amount of weight eating very low carb (I'm carb sensitive), and maintained my loss for 7 years. THEN my gastro gave me some Rx (Linzess) for my chronic constipation, and that Rx seemed to screw up my body in less than a week. First, I got massive edema in my lower legs, stopped the Rx, and it resolved. But then I found I'd gained 8 lbs–NOT water. My gastro said it was 'impossible,' but I found 12 women online who had had the same experience with weight gain, and they said it was very difficult to lose for some reason.

    I figured I was a 'pro' and would have no problem. But nothing worked–for months I could not lose those pounds. I could go down 2-3 lbs but then would bounce right back up without any change in diet. I became frantic.

    THEN I decided to try your 30-day carnivorous plan because I was only eating <20g carbs anyway. It was like a MIRACLE. Without counting calories (which I've been doing for years), I slipped easily back to my goal (normal) weight–and I was eating a LOT. Was it the elimination of all AS? I didn't have that much.

    I'm now ending my second month and plan to continue eating this way–even on my upcoming 2-week European vacation. I have never felt better!

  30. Sabeenaa Krishna
    Sabeenaa Krishna says:

    Hey Amber.. Congratulations! You've done a wonderful job. I have been on KD for almost 3 months and loved it, lost about 12kgs in 2.5 months.
    My only issue has been having tea or coffee without sugar. I did stay off sugar/sugarfree completely for 3 months. I never felt hungry at all. My energy levels were high, felt good, did heavy weight training workouts and extensive cardio as well.
    I would love to get back on ketosis, but just wanted to know is it absolutely imperative to be off sugar completely? or could I add just one sugarfree pill or stevia drops??

    Thanks so much

  31. John Terpack
    John Terpack says:

    Several years ago I went full carnivore for a month. I dropped a significant amount of weight and felt better than I've felt at any other time in my entire life. For some reason, I can't seem to get back on track. I keep trying, but I keep getting derailed by peer pressure or circumstances. Finding this post strengthens my resolve somewhat. Thank you.

  32. Kangethe Mbugua
    Kangethe Mbugua says:

    Hi Amber thanks for this post and your insights. I am a Kenyan, 56 years old and have only recently started a Keto lifestyle. It's a long story why I did this but I just want to say I am loving every moment and I have several tangible benefits I can evidence for the diet. Being an experimenter I may, in due course, push the envelope and try a period of no plant material. For now thanks and keep writing.

  33. tom jee
    tom jee says:

    They say that this makes it even much more enjoyable to use the diet. hcg drops There are 100's of for weight loss promising guaranteed weight reduction. But i am not sure how it can helps.. Any suggestions???

  34. L. Amber O'Hearn
    L. Amber O'Hearn says:

    I don't know about ZC per se, but LFHC is perfectly doable without a gall bladder. The gall bladder is kind of a storage unit for easy access to existing bile, but it's produced in the liver. I think you can actually buy bile salts if you're having digestive difficulty.

  35. GrumpyOldGit
    GrumpyOldGit says:

    I have been getting into “keto “ for about 4 months and my wife (previously non believer) have had good results but I now really feel the cold! I certainly am going to persue the all meat route. In my mind it doesn’t have “logic” but I will get used to the idea before I start.

  36. Anniesazi
    Anniesazi says:

    I have done HCG in the past and lost a lot of weight doing it, but I'd never do it again now that I have learned of the carnivore diet. I did have some issues using it, as I did it over a 2 yr period. I also ended up gaining back all the weight I lost. I now am going between Keto and Zero Carb, and am losing weight and feeling better.

  37. Bill DeWitt
    Bill DeWitt says:

    Hi, I think I lost you for a few years! I just saw you on Siim's youtube and realized you must be the same person. Now I am sure of it. I'll try to read up and see what you've been up to, but wanted to remind you of looweewoo from back in the olden days.

  38. Bill DeWitt
    Bill DeWitt says:

    Thanks! I was so surprised when I saw you on that video! I kept saying, "I know her!" to the screen!!
    Seems like it's been a million years. Hope things are going well for you.

  39. Bill DeWitt
    Bill DeWitt says:

    Hi again Amber. I've been drifting back towards carnivory again, not because i don't do well with plants, but because I am doing Extended Intermittent Fasting (42/6 or 66/6) and that seems to do better on a higher meat diet. It's difficult to chow down the calories and nutrients I want by eating salad. So I thought about you. I like your research rich approach rather than some of the YouTube folks who are mostly self experimental. But there's not enough of you on YouTube! I like to listen to stuff while doing other things, can't really read while doing other things…
    Anyway, so glad you are here. Hope you don't mind me dropping off a comment every now and then.

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