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In episode 15 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by legendary Norwegian coach and educator Børge Fagerli to discuss his recent Carnivore diet experiment and a variety of related nutritional concepts.
Topics discussed with time stamps:
3:10 What made Børge decide to try this diet and was there a particular scientific reasoning behind this approach when the vast majority of nutrition points in a pretty much opposite direction - plant based diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables are what people in the blue zones seem to mostly eat
14:40 What meats did Børge eat? Did he consume any organ meats or eggs? Did he take any supplements with this diet to counterbalance the lack of certain micronutrients and minerals, and was he worried about potential overdosing of iron by consuming large amounts of red meat?
20:46 How long was the adaptation period to this diet, and how were satiety, performance and energy levels throughout the day and what effects did this diet have on his body composition?
24:18 What does he think the inflammation he suffered from before trying this diet was due to (genetics, eating foods that weren’t agreeing with his body)?
28:45 Is he worried that this diet basically starves the gut bacteria, which might be helpful in cases of dysbiosis, but also starves the good bacteria, probably making an individual less tolerant to plant based foods over time? And what does he think about the recommended 10-15 g of fiber / 1000 kcal?
36:10 What were the results of Børge’s blood tests and a discussion around cholesterol levels and their significance for health
42:25 The goals and durations a carnivore diet would be most suitable for
48:24 How would a zero carb, carnivore diet compare to a “regular” high protein diet that also includes some other protein sources and maybe some fruit here and there?
51:16 After finishing the experiment, how should we start reintroducing other foods, particularly carbohydrates?
54:37 Børge’s updated views on timing your carb and overall food intake during the day for health and body composition
58:22 How should we think of seasonal (circannual) rhythms that dictate what we should eat throughout the year and how should we adapt our diet according to that (food selection, overall energy intake and goals). Should we bulk during the summer and cut during the winter?
1:09:22 Does Børge prefer organic produce and what does he think about the sustainability aspect of a long term carnivore diet?
1:14:29 Where can you find Børge online
1:15:15 What is Børge’s definition of success?
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