Jordan Peterson’s 5-Year Carnivore Diet Journey: Revealing Results

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Jordan Peterson Reports Back After 5 YEARS on Carnivore Diet (Results)’ by Kent Carnivore

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The speaker exclusively eats beef and high-fat meat for years, leading to various health improvements and benefits.

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  • The speaker has been eating beef exclusively for almost five years and consumes a lot of high-fat meat, which keeps him satiated.
  • The speaker criticizes the food pyramid and claims that it was a marketing scheme by the Department of Agriculture that led people to rely excessively on carbohydrates.
  • The speaker's daughter suffered from immunological problems, including juvenile arthritis, but her symptoms improved after experimenting with different diets, particularly one focused on beef.
  • A study by Harvard showed that individuals on a carnivore diet reported significant improvements in chronic diseases, overall health, mental clarity, and more.
  • The speaker personally experienced weight loss, improved inflammatory conditions, and the reversal of other health issues such as psoriasis and gum disease after adopting a carnivore diet.
  • Despite being in his 60s, the speaker can put on muscle mass easily and has maintained a youthful body morphology.
  • The speaker finds that as long as he is not hungry, he is not inclined to cheat on his carnivore diet, and introducing carbohydrates leads to symptoms coming back and intense cravings.
  • The speaker theorizes that beef and other ruminant animal meats work well because they are a purified form of food after being processed through multiple stomachs, although this is anecdotal.
  • The speaker highlights the transformative weight loss and overall rejuvenating effects experienced by many people on the carnivore diet.
  • The diet has also had positive effects on muscle tone and physical fitness for the speaker and his wife, even at their ages.
  • The advantage of the carnivore diet is that there are no restrictions on food quantity, eliminating the need for deprivation, and the speaker can satisfy any cravings by eating more meat.
  • The speaker experiences improved concentration and reading abilities on the carnivore diet compared to his younger years.
  • The speaker claims to be more stress-tolerant and able to bounce back faster from stressors while on the carnivore diet.
  • Additionally, the speaker feels stronger and has better stamina compared to 10 years ago.

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Transcript

And so I’ve only been eating beef fundamentally for almost five years now. I eat a lot of meat and a lot of high fat meat, and so I’m never hungry.

The food pyramid was actually produced not by scientists but by the Department of Agriculture, and it was a marketing scheme essentially. The consequence of the marketing scheme was that people were enticed to rely primarily on carbohydrates for their nutritional necessities, perhaps carbohydrates at far too excess at a level.

Now carbohydrates are transmuted into glucose during metabolism, and we eat way more carbohydrates than we need to produce the amount of glucose that we need. Now people have been getting fatter in a catastrophic way for about four or five decades, and that’s really in no small part since the introduction of the food pyramid. Now this is still being pushed forward by people who are hypothetically on the nutritional front, and they are cheap and they are delicious and they are easily provided and they are portable.

As you may or may not know, my daughter was very ill with a plethora of immunological problems including very serious juvenile arthritis, and it just about killed her. It did destroy two of her joints, and she had another 38 that were affected, and so she was always in a lot of pain.

I looked into the role that diet played in arthritis through the scientific literature for a couple of years and found if people who are arthritic fasted completely, their arthritic symptoms often disappeared.

But then my daughter started to play and my wife as well very intensely with the diet. We went to a nutritionist who recommended an elimination diet at one point because we did notice that she would react to strawberries and oranges, and within a day her thumbs would swell or her toes would swell. We knew there were some things she was eating.

We had her tested for immunological reaction to food, but when we tested her, she showed a hyper reaction to virtually everything they tested her for. And so she started to experiment with more restricted diets. I started looking into diet for other reasons, not the depression. I thought the depression was here forever.

And eventually settled on beef, and it turns out for her it has to be beef that isn’t aged. Then all of her immunological symptoms disappeared. Surprisingly, the depression lifted in like November for the first time ever.

Because you changed your diet? Yeah. We got to look into that a little more. Yeah.

And then my wife and I started playing with that diet, and so I’ve only been eating beef fundamentally for almost five years now. This is first of all radically effective as a weight loss strategy and also seems to produce remarkable effects on the general disease symptom front.

Back in November of 2021, there was a study published by a Harvard group, which wasn’t a perfect study because it was retrospective self-report. They assessed people who’d been on a carnivore diet for six months and these people were so shocked by what they found. 69% improved chronic disease, 95% of them reported that they improved their overall health. 85% saw better mental clarity. The percentages go on. I mean, look at all of these percentages.

All they did is eat meat, including fish. They also were able to eat eggs, they were able to eat dairy, drinking bone broth. You could have salt, you could have condiments, you can have spices, but there were no fruits, no vegetables, no grains. I never imagined in my wildest dreams, number one, that you could just live on meat and number two, that it would have such a salutary effect.

So for me, I lost 52 pounds in seven months. I went from 212 pounds to 165, which is exactly what I weighed when I was 23. I’ve maintained that weight since.

If you starve dogs down, I think it’s 20% below rats too, below their optimal body weight, they live 30% longer. Yeah. That’s a lot. 30%. Like it’s like 30%. Yeah. Yeah. 30%.

Anyways, I can put on muscle mass with no problem, even though I’m 62. I had a host of inflammatory conditions. Some of which were quite serious, including peripheral uveitis, which sometimes blinds people in my right eye and it disappeared completely along with psoriasis and gastric reflux disorder. And interestingly enough, gum disease, which is technically incurable, which is linked to cardiovascular degeneration and which has gone away 100% in my case, according to multiple measures that my dentists have taken. So that’s quite interesting.

But I’ll tell you, it’s something to be 60 and to have the same essential body morphology that I had when I was 23. And that had all disappeared for me in my early fifties. I eat a lot of meat and a lot of high fat meat. And so I’m never hungry. No, I can eat a tomahawk steak sometimes in one sitting, which is about 35 ounces of meat. I never get hungry, and I eat high fat carnivore snacks too.

What I found is as long as I’m never hungry, I’m not inclined to cheat. But if I do try something like an introduction of carbohydrates, first of all, some of my symptoms come back right away, like the GERDs and I start craving like mad. It is the case that I do better if I just stick to beef.

I had a very terrible bout of ill health, and I’m disinclined to do a lot of experimentation, although I’ll probably try again in the future sometime. But I do know that beef works. We’ve been hypothesizing internally in our family for what it’s worth is that the reason that beef works and that other ruminant animals, bison, so forth, lamb, goat, is because they process what they eat through so many stomachs that by the time it is actually turned into meat, there’s pretty much nothing else there. It’s a very purified form of food. Now, like I said, that’s anecdotal, but I can tell you after you’ve talked to a thousand people who tell you the same anecdote, you don’t have an anecdote anymore. You have a hypothesis.

And it’s really quite something seeing these people who show me pictures of what they looked like a year ago and, you know, they were carrying around an extra person with them and they’re still shell-shocked by the transformation, you know, because it’s really something to lose, say, 150 pounds in a year.

The diet has actually been rejuvenating for my wife and me. Like its effect on muscle tone has to be seen to be believed. And that’s true even though both of us are 60. My wife is in better shape from a musculature perspective at 63 than she was when she was 40. And she was a very physically fit person who was exercising constantly and who was in pretty damn good shape. And to see that reverse rather than just, you know, stop deteriorating, I don’t really know what to make of it.

The advantage, too, of the diet, the carnivore diet in particular, is because you can eat as much as you want, it’s actually not a diet. You know, the problem with diets is that they require privation and they require almost continual privation, and then they also tend to produce a yo-yo effect. And that’s partly because if you get in a fight with your hypothalamus, which drives hunger, you’re going to lose because it’s there to make damn sure you don’t starve.

You know, if I ever start to crave a banana split, for example, I can just eat another five or six ounces of steak, and then I don’t care. If I go into a grocery store after having consumed enough meat, then the provision of this infinite display of delicious foods really doesn’t affect me much. But boy, if I ever go into a grocery store when I’m hungry, that’s quite the pain in the neck because everything’s delightful and tempting, you know.

My ability to concentrate when I was reading was deteriorating. And that instead of reading as deeply as I was, I was sort of glancing at the words. When I started this carnivore diet, that reversed. I actually think this is true. I think I can read faster and more efficiently than I could when I was in my 20s. Throughout the day, I’m also much more stress tolerant and able to bounce back from stressors faster. On a carnivore diet, I’m stronger and I have more stamina than I did 10 years ago.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Jordan Peterson Reports Back After 5 YEARS on Carnivore Diet (Results)’ by Kent Carnivore