Meat Belly™ is obtained by eating a high protein diet composed primarily of meat and other animal products, whilst performing high intensity strength training several times weekly.  Intermittent fasting adds to the Meat Belly™ effect but not everyone will need to do intermittent fasting to get a Meat Belly™.

In contrast to a Meat Belly™, a "wheat belly" is obtained by eating a diet composed primarily of carbohydrates such as grains, beans, potatoes, and fruits.  

When I ate a high carbohydrate, low fat, vegan diet, I had a "wheat belly" despite practicing 16 hours of fasting daily and performing high intensity strength training several times weekly.    

A "wheat belly" has a thick layer of fat, and the intestines are bloated due to fermentation of indigestible fiber, starches and sugars provided by wheat and other grains, beans, peas, lentils, potatoes, and many fruits.  

A Meat Belly™ has little fat layer, but a thick layer of very strong abdominal, oblique, and erector spinal muscles. A Meat Belly™ does not have gas-bloated intestines, or a load of undigested plant matter in it. 

The Meat Belly™ Diet

1.  Become a carnivore.

Eat a high protein, high fat, low carbohydrate, meat-based diet.

Protein: 1-2 g per pound of lean (target) body mass.

Fat: ~1 g per pound of lean (target) body mass.

Carbohydrate: Less than 75 g per day, even better is less than 50 g per day.

Eat freely: lean and fatty meat, poultry (with skin), fish, whole eggs, hard cheese, cottage cheese, drained bacon.

Eat cautiously: any animal fat (butter, lard, tallow, cream, etc.), small amounts of half and half, full-fat yogurt, whole milk (these contain some carbohydrate). 

Always use both sodium and potassium salt to taste.

Drink a cup of bone broth daily. 

Eat cautiously: any low starch, low sugar vegetables, fruits or berries.

Avoid: Grains, bread, pasta, flour products, cereals, beans, peas, lentils, very sweet fruits and berries, potatoes (white and sweet), winter squashes, etc., and all types of sugar (including maple syrup, honey, agave, sorghum, etc.)

When in doubt, leave it out.    

You might even avoid all plants.  You do not need to eat plants to get any nutrients.  Animal products contain all the nutrients humans require, because animals have the same nutrient requirements as humans.  (Yes, you can get vitamin C from animal products, especially meat eaten rare.)

BEWARE: When you first switch to the Meat Belly™ carnivorous way of eating, you will go through a transition phase for several weeks.

If your body has been addicted to carbohydrates for many moons, it may take some time to adapt to burning fat instead of sugar.  You might feel a little sluggish during this adaptation period.  

During this time, your insulin level will drop and you will as a result have increased urination, resulting in mineral losses.  This can tank your energy and result in dehydration, muscle cramps and insomnia.  

You must eat 3-5 g of sodium daily from a good quality salt (such as Celtic salt) during this time.  You can also add 1/2 to 1 tsp. of potassium citrate to some of your drinking water during this phase. It costs only 12 cents per 1/2 teaspoon which provides about 1100 mg potassium. It imparts a slightly tart flavor to water. There is some evidence that potassium citrate can support improvements in bone density. 

It is also important to ensure adequate magnesium intake during this period.  Historically, drinking water has been one of our main sources of magnesium.  However, efforts to "soften" water reduce its magnesium content.  Magnesium content of water also varies with water source.  

Low magnesium intake can lead to low energy, insomnia, cramps and constipation. Magnesium supplements are inexpensive; powdered magnesium citrate gives a pleasant taste to water and costs only about 5 cents per 1/2 teaspoon supplying 250 mg elemental magnesium.  I recommend that you take a minimum of 200 mg of magnesium in supplemental form during your transition to a carnivore diet, more if you tend to be constipated.  Take 1/2 to 1 tsp. daily to maintain bowel regularity.  

I also recommend two other food supplements for the Meat Belly™ Diet. These are not really supplements in the usual sense, but replacements for eating liver regularly.  You would not need these supplements if you consume 1.5 to 2 ounces of pork liver daily. If you don't eat this amount of pork liver, you can take 1 tsp of Carlson's Lemon Flavored Cod Liver Oil ($0.32/serving) and 3-5 g of desiccated beef liver.  I typically use 1/2-1 tablespoon of NOW desiccated Argentinian beef liver ($0.19 per serving/d), or 2-4 Uni-Liver Tablets ($0.12-0.24 per day).

To summarize the recommended supplements and costs:

  • 1/2 tsp. potassium citrate ($0.12/d)
  • 1/2 tsp. magnesium citrate ($0.05/d)
  • 1 tsp. cod liver oil ($0.32/d)
  • desiccated liver ($0.20/d)

Total:  $0.69 per day

If you have any trouble deciding what to eat, use this Meat Belly™ decision tree. 

2. Fast at least 12 hours and up to 22 hours every day. If you don't know anything about intermittent fasting, read Eat Stop Eat. Eat no more than 3 meals daily.

3. Train

Do a basic bodybuilding strength training routine thrice weekly.

That's the Meat Belly™Diet Plan in a nutshell.  Join the Meat Belly™ revolution today!

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