I Feel and Function As If I’m Half My Age

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Here’s an update to my December 2013 success story.

I have been Primal—Low-carb—Keto for over seven years. I am 49-years-old and my health continues to improve. I am confident I am enhancing my prospects for longevity.
I eat delicious food, rarely feel hungry, enjoy fasting and truly enjoy the many interesting and challenging facets of powerlifting training.

I have been carnivore keto the past 6 months and I completely love the simplicity and feel slightly better from an intestinal standpoint compared to Keto. I lost most of my weight while enjoying Mark’s Big Ass Salads. I keep the Primal philosophy in the front of my mind when I comes to avoiding unhealthy fat, cheat meals, overtraining, rest, sunlight, outdoors and recommendations to someone new to a low-carb lifestyle.

I may not always be in ketosis, but I’m always Primal.

2017 was a fantastic year for my health.

2018 was better:

I have been 95% carnivore keto the past 6 months:

— Lost 17 pounds / decreased body fat

— increased powerlifting personal best lifts

— zero vegetables eaten

— less than 5% calories from occasional nuts, berries, dark chocolate and wine

— Intermittent fast ~18h five days a week and I train fasted

— supplement heavily with Himalayan sea salt (~10 grams sodium per day)

— eat mostly beef, bacon and eggs

— add butter and cheese to lean cuts of meat

— eat fish 2-3 times per week; fish/krill oil daily — eat liver once a week; supplement with desiccated liver daily

The past 2 years of Low-carb Primal Keto diet and powerlifting training:

— including the 6 months of carnivore above — lost 27 pounds

— increased squat and deadlift PR in 4 consecutive competitions (bench in training)

I have been Low-carb Primal Keto for over 7 years.

— lost over 100 pounds in 2012 with minimal exercise — ‘cured’ insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome: prediabetes, hyperlipidemia, fatty liver. Joint pain, GERD, irritable bowel, migraines, insomnia, acne/skin problems.

— continue to decrease body fat with powerlifting training

— my taste preferences have changed: I love what I eat

— fat adaptation enhances long term fasting, which facilitates continued diet adherence — I have learned a great amount of valuable information about serving sizes and counting macros during weeks of micromanaging / weighing foods, but now I easily hit protein and carb targets without detailed macro tracking; I eat fat to hunger/satiety.

— scroll my @joeketone Twitter and Instagram for my training log, food, wine and what’s on my mind

# 1 KEY FACTOR TO ALL OF THIS: I AM RARELY HUNGRY—I am in control of my intake and I eat delicious food.

Yes, I am in a five or ten day net calorie deficit, but it does not feel like I am—I achieve a net calorie deficit without ‘trying’ and I have immense energy.

I am burning stored fat and minimizing health problems associated with hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia: enhancing LONGEVITY.

I sleep deeply and when I’m awake I feel and function as if I am half my age.

Many thanks to Mark Sisson and The Primal Blueprint.

Grok on!

Joe Lovely

The readers featured in our success stories share their experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Dang Joe, well done! Thanks for the update on your transformation

  2. Very cool, Joe. Are you following specific macro targets and weighing your food, or do you just eat what you want as long as it’s carnivore?

    1. I participated with a group carnivoreketo program with the intention to cut overall calories a few weeks last spring to decrease body fat – we increased protein and decreased fat — During that time of tight macro tracking (weighing food ~8weeks) I learned significant aspects about myself and my favorite foods; improved my ability to estimate macros OR realized that certain foods need close attention … eg: 2 to 3 pounds of lean beef needed added butter or cheese … my long term attitude and goal is to not weigh food or track macros tightly but remain cognizant of my daily (and weekly) totals (i now frequently take pictures so i don’t forget but don’t specifically log each gram) : the majority of time now I shoot for carbs less than 30g (on carnivore it is frequently less than 30gram per WEEK!); protein 175g minimum and I eat fat to hunger which fluctuates but is about 175g … now this is just me and may be controversial but I keep a 5 or 10 day running total in my head – I may go significantly over or under in a 24h period but ‘make-up’ imbalances in a ‘moving average’ fashion: I fast nearly every day and my family and work life dictates my powerlifting training times — my number one rule is eat a large protein meal within 2hr of heavy lifting — I may have several concentrated days of excess macros, but I will follow with several days of low macros or fasting… I know some experts recommend avoiding this : I adapted to it gradually, but now it is my combo of OMAD, IF, Primal-Keto-Carnivore

  3. Awesome story Joe, very inspirational. Another carnivore success story! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow Joe this is very inspiring, saving it to show as example.

    My daughter has been a carnivore for several months now and she is super happy with it

  5. Wow what a transformation, but more important than that, the health you’ve obtained is impressive. Thank you for sharing your story and this week’s update.

  6. Joe Lovely, much respect to you. Awesome write up on your journey. Interesting how you’ve continued to further dial in and refine your approach, within the overarching primal method, now leaning more towards a carnivore lifestyle.

    Much like you, I initially came to a primal/keto lifestyle to shed some weight but I am sticking with this approach for the long haul because of the energy, mental clarity, and enjoyment of delicious and nourishing foods.

    Thanks for sharing your story. All the best to you.

  7. Joe that’s incredible. Hats off to you for all the hard work you’ve put in to changing your life around. I’m a similar age to you and have been primal for a while, but am 3 days into a serious keto push. Aiming for the same as you – never hungry or deprived and in control of food. All the best ?

  8. Joe that’s incredible. Hats off to you for all the hard work you’ve put in to changing your life around. I’m a similar age to you and have been primal for a while, but am 3 days into a serious keto push. Aiming for the same as you – never hungry or deprived and in control of food. All the best ?