For the entire month of January, Joe Rogan went on a strict carnivore diet. That means that the podcast king only eats meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Rogan finished the month of January and is happy to report all of the benefits of the carnivore diet, including weight loss.
On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast from December 24, 2019, Rogan was joined by his comedian friends: Ari Shaffir, Bert Kreischer, and Tom Segura. The stand-up comedians were recapping their 3rd annual Sober October challenge, and were talking about a weight loss challenge for January.
Rogan weighed himself on that episode and revealed that he weighed 205 pounds. He blamed his weight gain on eating too many carbs. “I weighed 205, which is about as fat as I’ve ever been, and my goal is to get down to around 190,” Rogan said.
Rogan planned to lose 15 pounds during the month of January by subscribing to the carnivore diet. “For the whole month of January I’m going on a strict carnivore diet,” Rogan wrote on Instagram. January is #worldcarnivoremonth, and I figured, f*ck it, let’s see what happens.”
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So, two things are going on; one, is that @bertkreischer @seguratom @arishaffir and I are going to do a weight loss podcast at the end of February, and we’re working out the details now but we’re getting body composition scales and we’re going to all go on diets and exercise a lot to see what kind of results we can get in 8 weeks. We all were pretty disgusted with how fat we were when Ari shamed us into getting on a scale during the last podcast (except for Ari, who actually looked pretty good). I weighed 205 which is about as fat as I’ve ever been and my goal is to get down to around 190. The second thing is that for the whole month of January I’m going on a strict carnivore diet. January is #worldcarnivoremonth and I figured, fuck it, let’s see what happens. So as an experiment for the entire month of January I’m not eating anything but meat and eggs. I’m getting my bloodwork done on Monday and then again when I’m done with the diet but I’ve been on it now for about 5 days and I’m already looking leaner. My energy level has been excellent too. Kind of shockingly good. I’m making sure this isn’t a temporary placebo effect but at least for now I’m definitely experiencing some benefits. Many of you know I mostly eat wild game which is very lean, so I’m supplementing that with beef tallow and some other fattier cuts of meat like this bison ribeye I just took out of the @traegergrills.
Nearly two weeks after he started the all-meat diet, Rogan started seeing benefits of the carnivore diet. The comedian turned UFC color commentator said that his “energy levels are higher and steadier throughout the day.”
However, there was one negative to the new diet, Rogan said that he suffered from explosive diarrhea.
“I’m not sure diarrhea is an accurate word for it, like I don’t think a shark is technically a fish,” Rogan said in an Instagram post. “It’s a different thing, and with regular diarrhea I would compare it to a fire you see coming a block or two away and you have the time to make an escape, whereas this carnivore diet is like out of nowhere the fire is coming through the cracks, your doorknob is red hot, and all hope is lost.”
“I haven’t sh*t my pants yet, but I’ve come to accept that if I keep going with this diet it’s just a matter of time before we lose a battle, and I fill my undies like a rainforest mudslide overtaking a mountain road,” he joked. “It’s that bad. It seems to be getting a little better every day, so there’s that to look forward to, but as of today I trust my butthole about as much as I trust a shifty neighbor with a heavy Russian accent that asks a lot of personal questions.”
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Carnivore diet update; the good and the bad. Let’s start with the bad. There’s really only one “bad” thing, and that thing is diarrhea. I’m not sure diarrhea is an accurate word for it, like I don’t think a shark is technically a fish. It’s a different thing, and with regular diarrhea I would compare it to a fire you see coming a block or two away and you have the time to make an escape, whereas this carnivore diet is like out of nowhere the fire is coming through the cracks, your doorknob is red hot, and all hope is lost. I haven’t shit my pants yet, but I’ve come to accept that if I keep going with this diet it’s just a matter of time before we lose a battle, and I fill my undies like a rainforest mudslide overtaking a mountain road. It’s that bad. It seems to be getting a little better every day, so there’s that to look forward to, but as of today I trust my butthole about as much as I trust a shifty neighbor with a heavy Russian accent that asks a lot of personal questions. The good: Now, I’m well aware of the placebo effect and I’m constantly self-analyzing every perceived reaction I’m having to eating only meat for almost 2 weeks straight, but one thing I’m fairly sure of is that my energy levels are higher and steadier throughout the day. This seems undeniable. I don’t know if it’s a temporary effect and if maybe it’s just the result of eating really disciplined, but either way it seems to be real. I’ve also felt really “healthy” (other than the sporadic bouts of hellacious projectile doodoo). Again, I don’t now if this is real or imagined, but I actually seem to feel happier and more balanced. This is the only time in my life I’ve ever tried eliminating carbs for more than a day or so, and since I started the diet a couple days before January I’m now about 13 days in, at least 7 pounds lighter, and in completely uncharted territory for me. Which makes me think this is probably completely uncharted territory for 99% of the people on earth. Anyway, I’ll keep you folks posted. This is my late night dinner of liver and bacon. Only my second meal of the day, I ate a fat ribeye at 1pm. #worldcarnivoremonth
Rogan ended the month of his carnivore diet, and he has reported back with his progress. Rogan said he lost 12 pounds by only eating meat, and got rid of his belly fat.
“I had a belly,” the 52-year-old Rogan said in an Instagram video. “A lot of people made fun of me, fat-shamed me. I lost all my fat, I lost the belly, I lost my love handles. I went into this thing thinking this carnivore diet was wacky and probably thought it was nonsense, but this is as good as I’ve felt in a long time and it’s just one month.”
Joe said that he “feels amazing” and “lots of aches and pains went away.” Rogan also said he saw improvements in his vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of skin color.
“I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep eating like this but this month was very beneficial,” Rogan added.
Most importantly, Rogan’s dangerous backdoor trots went away! “The explosive uber diarrhea stopped around 2 weeks in,” Joe proclaimed. “It’s been totally normal last two weeks.”
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Carnivore diet update: lost 12 pounds, feel amazing. Lots of aches and pains went away, and I have improvements in my vitiligo. I’m impressed. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep eating like this but this month was very beneficial. Edit: the explosive uber diarrhea stopped around 2 weeks in. It’s been totally normal last two weeks. Shout out to @whoop too for sponsoring the podcast and creating a dope fitness tracker!
Joe will be joined by his comedian friends later this month to announce the progress that they all made during their weight loss challenge.