A nurse has traded in a diet of quinoa and vegan sausages for beef fat and uncooked lamb's brain, claiming raw meat has made him feel stronger than ever.
When a year of being vegan made him feel "sluggish," Jason Carter slowly reintroduced meat and dairy, then by devouring nothing but raw meat.
“I'm less than a year into the diet and going raw has already transformed my life," Jason said.
“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. But I quickly learned to enjoy the taste and flavor and the more uncooked meat I eat, the better I feel. Plus, I've never looked this good before in my life."
Jason claims going raw has resulted in a transformation (PA Real Life/Collect)
Jason first addressed his diet at the beginning of 2013 when, after years of eating fast food, he wanted a change.
“I was eating a standard American diet, in other words fast food!" he said.
“I would eat out four to five times a week at least. Wolfing down McDonald's, Papa John's and Ben and Jerry's."
Raw beef and fat (PA Real Life/Collect)
“It was a terrible combination of fatty and sugary food," he continued.
“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 thinking it would be simple and effective.
“Veganism was just becoming the 'It Diet' and everywhere you looked it was being promoted," he said.
“I guess I bought into the propaganda and thought it would work miracles for me."
Swapping takeaways and ready meals for tofu and tempeh in November 2013, soon Jason was noticing great results.
Lamb's brain, raw beef and fat (PA Real Life/Collect)
After seeing a difference two months later, he was sure he had found the perfect way to shape-up.
“At the start, I felt great," he recalled. “The weight was coming off much quicker than I'd anticipated and I had a lot more energy."
Sadly, the benefits were short-lived and by July 2014, Jason was at his heaviest yet.
“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."
He wasn't feeling well at all.
“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," he said.
“I felt completely drained."
Jason before losing weight (PA Real Life/Collect)
Giving up veganism, Jason slowly began to reintroduce meat and dairy into his diet, this time adopting a low-carb meal plan.
Restricting himself to no more than 50g of carbs a day, he started feeling better.
By 2017, Jason was eating a balanced omnivorous diet but all that was soon to change.
Jason adopted veganism before going raw (PA Real Life/Collect)
“I couldn't seem to get past the 15 stone mark and was looking for a diet that could help me lose that last bit of weight," he said.
“I was hunting around on the internet and found out about the cooked carnivorous diet, which promoted eating nothing but cooked meat. At first, I thought this couldn't be good for you, but the more research I did the more I was won over by people's positive testimonies."
Jason used to live off ready meals and junk food (PA Real Life/Collect)
Keen to give the diet a go, Jason eliminated fruit and vegetables from his meals, but mainly adopting a meat-based diet.
“Soon the extra pounds were coming off," he said.
By the end of December 2019, Jason felt better than ever. And when he then read about the raw carnivore diet, there was no stopping him.
“I followed a lot of carnivore diet pages for inspiration and when I saw people going raw I started doing some research," he said.
“I knew first-hand how much being carnivorous had helped me to get into shape – despite the wider health and scientific community condemning it."
At his heaviest Jason weighed 20 stone (PA Real Life/Collect)
“Then, when I read about the benefits of going raw, I knew I had to give it a go," he said.
After adopting the raw meat diet at the start of 2020, he now swears nothing tastes better.
“My first raw meal was a whole ribeye steak," Jason said.
Jason has struggled with his weight for years (PA Real Life/Collect)
Regularly eating raw beef, salmon, and offal, he says his eating plan has improved his health and fitness.
“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."
It has changed his life.
“I can eat a huge amount of raw meat without feeling bloated and my body is able to digest it much quicker," he said. "Going raw has changed my life."
But not everybody is convinced by his meaty message.
“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 before and after adopting a raw meat diet (PA Real Life/Collect)
Meanwhile, Jason has a simple question for his doubters.
“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," he said.
“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."
Dietician Dr. Frankie Phillips, of the British Dietetic Association has stressed the dangers of eating raw meat.
“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," she said.
Jason claims to be the healthiest he's ever been (PA Real Life/Collect)
“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," she continued.
“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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