Many of the new fad diets have one thing in common: carbs are the new villain in town. As with anything else, there is always someone who gets carried away.
If there were ever a case study that could make you rethink your diet, it’s that of Dr. Shawn Baker, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and multi-sport world record holding Masters 50+ Athlete. What makes Dr. Baker so strange is that he is a strict carnivore.
Like many doctors bombarded by patients with wide-ranging diet questions, Dr. Baker became fixated on finding out what works best. Through a series of experiments on himself, he came to find that a simple, zero-carb diet works best for him.
Using a rowing machine to measure output, Dr. Baker measured his performance while trying out various diets, including The Paleo Diet, a few low-carb diets, and the many incarnations of ketogenic diets. After determining the increase in effectiveness gained by eating a ketogenic diet, Dr. Baker decided to try and go zero-carb.
Dr. Baker’s diet tends to consist of 95% red meat with eggs, cheese, and seafood making up the rest. Within a month of switching his diet, the meat-eating M.D was able to take 2 seconds off his already record-setting rowing time for the 40+ age group. Even more surprising, Dr. Baker was 49 at the time.
In addition to athletic performance, Dr. Baker believes his diet has improved age-related skin conditions and caused a reduction of aches and pains. Six years after starting his beef filled journey, Dr. Baker is more convinced than ever that he is optimizing his health.
If you would like to try eating like a carnivore, try following Dr. Baker’s daily diet and see how you feel. His diet consists of a breakfast/lunch and an early evening meal. Both meals consist of 2 pounds of meat. If you’re hungry between, have more protein and avoid fruits and vegetables. Forget you ever heard about Kale.
Remember, while you might lose weight by switching to this diet, the primary goal is reaching peak performance. As Dr. Baker puts it, “most people on a modern diet are undernourished, regardless of their weight, and are missing a lot of protein. Eating meat helps restore tissue.”
If you’ve ever been to a Brazilian steakhouse, the idea of an unlimited meat diet sounds a lot better than most masochistic plans on which potential weight losers embark. A plate filled with bacon wrapped filet mignon medallions would be a more welcoming sight than a barely dressed salad any day.
Remember, all our bodies are different. What works for one person might not work for you. The critical point we should take from Dr. Baker’s work is to be more experimental about our diets. Set up some ways you can measure your performance, even if it’s only how you feel late in the workday. You might be surprised by the results.
If you do give the diet a shot, make sure to comment back with updates.