The Lion Diet - Week 3
Weight lost this week - 0.8kg
Total weight lost in three weeks - 6.1kg
About: The Lion Diet consists of nothing but meat, salt and water. People around the world have been using it to 'cure' their autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, crohn's disease, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, depression and more. Founded by Mikhaila Peterson (daughter of Jordan Peterson, who is also on the diet) it is said to be the ultimate elimination diet that improves health by reducing inflammation. There is little research on the diet so almost all evidence is anecdotal. I am not recommending this diet at all but just documenting my experience on it for others who are searching for it on the internet as I was.
Why am I on it: In 2021 I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue which my doctors think is caused by an unknown autoimmune disease. For over a year I wasn't able to work, travel or exercise and spent a lot of time bed-ridden. I am hoping to improve my energy levels and consequently understand if my health struggles are food/allergy related. I'm also curious to see if it will improve my insomnia, eczema, bloating, headaches and symptoms of depression.
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Day 16 -
-I’m not supposed to have Panadol or any supplements as the fillers used in these tablets have been known to cause reactions for people and be apart of their problem. However I decided to take a Panadol today as I have been unwell. I went to take an Advil but they are coated in sugar so I didn’t.
Day 17 -
-Nothing really to report. Feeling quite normal now. Was supposed to experience muscle cramping and insomnia in week two and I have only had one cramp.
Day 18 -
-Feel normal. I’m noticing I never hear anything from my stomach. There’s never any grumbling or moving or gas passing through. It’s as quiet as a noise.
Day 19 -
-Diet is becoming easier. I’m not having cravings.
-Stool wavers between normal and diarrhoea. According to Dr. Paul Saladino, author of the Carnivore Cure, long lasting diarrhoea (more than a few days) can result in people with underlying gut issues or nasty biomes as they heal their gut. Diarrhoea in the first few days is often a result of shifting populations of bacteria in the gut as the carbohydrate loving bacteria die off. It can also be the result of increased excretion of substances from the gall bladder to emulsify the fat content of the diet.
Day 20 -
-I don’t feel any better or worse than my normal state. You are supposed to start feeling amazing after a month of doing this so hopefully next week I’ll start noticing differences.
-Stomach cramps in the evening.
Day 21 -
-Feeling normal. My weight tends to stagnate for 3-4 days and then drop 0.5kg+ overnight.