Jason Carter, 34, is absolutely ripped.
The nurse reckons his super toned physique isn’t down to the usual protein shakes and carb-loading, but a raw meat diet packed with beef fat and lamb’s brain.
When a year of being vegan made him feel ‘fat and sluggish’, Jason, from New York, slowly reintroduced meat and dairy, then went to the opposite extreme at the start of 2020 by eating nothing but raw meat.
He says the diet has ‘transformed’ his life and his body.
‘At first, the thought of taking a bite out of a chunk of uncooked beef made my stomach turn, because all we’re taught about raw meat is that it will make us ill,’ Jason said.
‘But I quickly learned to enjoy the taste and flavour and the more uncooked meat I eat, the better I feel.
‘Plus, I’ve never looked this good before in my life.’
Jason first addressed his diet at the beginning of 2013 when, after years of scoffing takeaways and fast food, he realised he wasn’t happy with his body.
He said: ‘I was eating a standard American diet, in other words fast food!
‘I would eat out four to five times a week at least – wolfing down McDonald’s, Papa John’s and Ben and Jerry’s.
‘It was a terrible combination of fatty and sugary food.
‘I was eating for pleasure and putting nothing of high nutritional value into my body.’
After hearing about the benefits of veganism, he adopted a plant based diet, expecting it to ‘work miracles’.
While he lost two stone in the first two months of his new vegan diet, by July 2014 Jason was the heaviest he had been, weighing over 20st.
‘When you’re vegan you start to think that anything labelled as such is good for you,’ he explained.
‘But so many calorific things that are bad for you are vegan.
‘I was eating mountains of French fries, rice and lots of carb-heavy and processed food.
‘Not only that, I was feeling worse in myself than ever.
‘I was waking up five to six times a night and unable to get through the day without cups and cups of caffeine.
‘I felt completely drained.’
When Jason gave up veganism and instead adopted a low-carb meal plan, he soon lost his excess weight.
Then in 2017, weighing 15 stone, Jason decided to try the ‘cooked carnivorous diet’, which promotes eating nothing but cooked meat.
By the end of December 2019, Jason weighed just 13st – the lightest he had been in years.
When he then read about the raw carnivore diet, there was no stopping him.
He said: ‘I followed a lot of carnivore diet pages for inspiration and when I saw people going raw I started doing some research.
‘I knew first-hand how much being carnivorous had helped me to get into shape – despite the wider health and scientific community condemning it.
‘Then, when I read about the benefits of going raw, I knew I had to give it a go.’
After adopting the raw meat diet at the start of 2020, he now swears nothing tastes better than uncooked meat.
Regularly eating raw beef, salmon and offal, he says his eating plan has improved his health and fitness as well as trimming his waistline.
A day in Jason’s raw meat diet:
- Breakfast: Raw chuck beef with lamb brain
- Lunch: Raw salmon with tripe
- Dinner: Beef liver and bone marrow
‘Without a doubt it has helped me to get ripped,’ he said. ‘I haven’t lost any more weight, but my muscle mass has increased significantly.
‘When we cook meat we lose so much moisture out of it, but going raw I feel so much more hydrated and I’m never lethargic.
‘I can eat a huge amount of raw meat without feeling bloated and my body is able to digest it much quicker.
‘Going raw has changed my life.’
Not everyone is on board with Jason’s meat-packed diet, and many have criticised his choises.
‘My friends and family have learnt to accept this is the way I choose to live,” he said. ‘I still get some odd looks, though.
‘Being a nurse, my colleagues refuse to support my diet. They tell me every day I am going to make myself ill.
‘It’s not surprising, considering how misinformed we all are about the human diet.’
Jason won’t be deterred.
He shares his diet – and his gains – on his Instagram, @theketopocalypse, and encourages others to give raw meat a go.
Jason said: ‘What do people think man ate before we discovered fire?
‘It’s the natural way to eat! Our body thrives off the microbes and bacteria found in fresh, raw meat.”
‘I’m very careful of where the meat I eat is sourced from. I make sure it is grass fed, handled to the highest standards and comes from quality assured farmers.’
Is a raw meat diet safe?
Dietician Dr Frankie Phillips, of the British Dietetic Association, has stressed the dangers of eating raw meat.
She said: ‘Eating some cuts of meat raw or lightly cooked poses a health risk, but provided it has been butchered, handled and stored correctly – with proper hygienic conditions – it may be low risk.
‘A ‘blue’ steak, or steak tartare, may be safe to eat, but it can’t be guaranteed free of harmful pathogens. Conversely, cooking meat to a high temperature for long enough reduces the risk of food poisoning, as harmful bacteria are killed, or denatured.
‘If eggs have a UK lion stamp, they are salmonella free, so should be safe to eat runny or raw
‘Raw milk is less clear and pregnant women, infants and elderly people shouldn’t have unpasteurised milk.
‘However, raw chicken is a definite no and food hygiene practices should be strictly followed when handling raw chicken. We would never recommend people eat chicken that is not cooked thoroughly as there is too great a risk of food poisoning.’
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