They taunt vegans and eat 4lb of steak a day: meet ‘carnivore dieters’

An extreme, all animal-based diet is gaining followers in search of heightened productivity, mental lucidity, and a boosted libido. But experts convey doubts

For the past 18 months, Shawn Baker has eaten about 4lb of steak every day.

” I’ve got two rib-eye steaks waiting for me when I get off this call ,” said Baker, a developed orthopaedic surgeon, from Orange County, California.” It can be monotonous eating the same thing over and over again, but as hour goes by you start to crave it .”

The 6ft 5in bodybuilder, in his 50 s, is one of a growing number of people experimenting with the “carnivore diet”, a regimen that involves eating merely animal products like meat, offal and eggs, and no plant-based foods. It’s an extreme version of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet– which trains the body to run on fat rather than carbohydrates- that has become popular in recent years. Proponents of the diet “re saying it” reduces inflammation and blood pressure while increasing libido and mental clarity.

Baker, who is nicknamed the “Carnivore King” and has amassed a cult following on social media, says the diet is easy because he doesn’t have to plan meals or count calories.” I simply have to think: how hungry am I and how many steaks do I want to eat ,” he said.

Before becoming a pure carnivore, Baker was also eating salads, spinach, dairy and nuts. Trenching these plant-based foods has been transformative for his body and athletic performance, he says.

” My joint pain and tendinitis is away, my sleep became excellent, my skin improved. I no longer had any bloating, cramping or other digestive problems, my libido went back to what it was in my 20 s and my blood pressure normalised ,” he said.

Although most medical practitioners balk at the idea of their patients ditching fruit and vegetables, the all-meat diet has been embraced by a cluster of cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, who describe themselves as” bitcoin carnivores”, a phenomenon previously reported by Motherboard.

” Bitcoin is a rebellion against fiat[ government-backed] fund, and an all-meat diet is a revolt against fiat food ,” said Michael Goldstein, a” bitcoin and meat maximalist” based in Austin, Texas.” Once someone has grown capable of seeing beyond the lies and myths that experts peddle in one domain, it becomes easier to see beyond them in other domains as well .”

Goldstein, who runs a website dedicated to carnivory called Justmeat.co, eats 2-2. 5lb of “very rare” rib-eye steak each day, at a cost of about $400 a few months. He says he never has cravings for pizza, chocolate or veggies.” They don’t even register in my brain as food .”

He argues that eating merely meat has freed up his time to get more work done.” Grocery shopping takes all of 10 minutes, most of which is standing in the checkout line. I spend little time thinking about food. I only need to eat once or twice a day( no snacking or cravings ). Basically, it’s the greatest productivity hack, and Silicon Valley should have listened to me about it while I was there .”

Saifedean Ammous, a bitcoin economist, agrees, citing a” huge improvement” in productivity.

” The ability to focus for long periods has been life transforming, and was the reason that I managed to write a 300 -page book, on bitcoin, fittingly enough !” he said.

Lily Chien-Davis, a social media specialist at San Francisco-based startup Heads Up Health, says that the enhanced productivity and mental clarity explains why this diet, like intermittent fasting, is popular in Silicon Valley.

She started feeing a very low carb diet when her husband was diagnosed with cancer- some studies indicate that a ketogenic diet can help the body fight cancers. However, Chien-Davis found that changing her eating habits alleviated her pre-diabetes.

Kumail Nanjiani Nearly CRIES Eating Pizza& Cake After Dieting For A Year! – Perez Hilton

It takes a lot of discipline to transform your body the way Kumail Nanjiani did. All discipline and no cake.

The comic got ripped for his upcoming Marvel Studios movie The Eternals , but after months of super strict dieting and countless hours of training programs he’s finally done filming.

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So when he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his Apple TV immigrant story anthology show Little America , the late night host get him a special treat.

Jimmy began by asking him all about the viral response to the pics of his incredibly shredded naked torso.

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I never believed I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I appeared. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @ grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and constructed me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @ davidhigginslondon and his squad (@ ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and attaining me strong, limber and trauma free. I can nearly touch my toes now.( And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David .) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And ultimately, the biggest thanks goes to @ emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and speaking about merely working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I’ll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless( Photo by @markupson .)( edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me construct the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you !)

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Kumail shared the strangest moment from what was a surreal experience all around: the way his family reacted!

” It exploded, I freaked out, I called my brother, I said,’ Are they upset, what’s going on ?’ And my brother said,’ Dad has already sent your naked pics to both family WhatsApp groups.'”

Ha! So cute that his family maintains in touch that way. But of course, that meant he was all his fam could talk about — even on the other side of the world!

” Then it got in newspapers in Pakistan, so I had all my aunts texting me pictures of myself, like’ So proud of you, so proud of you, son .’ It’s weird to have your aunts sending you naked pictures of yourself with like anything but shame .”

Kumail then talked about what the experience of sculpting his body was actually like, saying 😛 TAGEND

” You work out every day and you sort of learn to enjoy it. But the diet is the hardest thing. I have not had pizza or a doughnut in over a year. I’ve had no refined sugar in a year, I’ve had almost no carbs at all. You know what my snack has been? I tell people,’ actually it’s not bad.’ You know what my snack is? I get a bag of sugar snap peas, and I eat them. That’s what I’ve been doing at night when I’m like’ I’m a little hungry, I’m going to treat myself.'”

Jimmy asked if he’d broken the diet yet, and Kumail reacted 😛 TAGEND

” I haven’t done it yet, but I will. I cannot wait to do it .”

That’s when Jimmy fell a mobile full of dessert platters — and Guillermo brought him a pizza! The Silicon Valley star get emotional, saying 😛 TAGEND

” I’m literally gonna cry right now. I’m not joking .”

We think Kumail even amazed Jimmy by actually excavating in, trying the pizza and multiple cakes and tarts — and totally losing interest in the interview part. It legit looked like he was going to cry from happiness!

That’s when he brought up his famous movie The Big Sick , which told the story of wife Emily Gordon ‘ s coma, joking 😛 TAGEND

” My wife was in a coma, and we didn’t know what was gonna happen. I remember quite specifically the day — we were like,’ is she gonna make it, is she gonna make it ?’ I remember when I got to the hospital one of those days and she was up and sitting on her bed … I’m happier right now .”

Ch-ch-check out the hilarious — and freshly ripped — superstar gloriously breaking his diet( below )!

[ Image via Jimmy Kimmel Live/ YouTube .]

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