I’ve been getting questions about the best diet to do with the X3 12 Week Program.
The creator of X3, Dr. John Jaquish, recommends following the Carnivore Diet.
The Carnivore Diet eliminates all plant foods from your diet. You are exclusively eating meat, fish, eggs, and small amounts of low-lactose dairy products.
Foods to eat include beef, chicken, pork, lamb, turkey, organ meats, salmon, sardines, white fish, and small amounts of heavy cream and hard cheese. Butter, lard, and bone marrow are also allowed.
Proponents of the diet emphasize eating fatty cuts of meat to reach your daily energy needs.
As Dr. Jaquish said, “Carnivore/ketogenic nutrition is superior because it keeps you from being hungry. Based on all of the nutrition data in peer reviewed research, as well as psychological research on self-control, hunger has more to do with obesity or just being overweight than many of the other factors that typically take the blame in the main stream media.”
In terms of what Dr. Jaquish eats, he said “I don’t have very much variety on the carnivore diet. Usually New York steaks or ribeyes. Sometimes chicken if I’m traveling just because of availability.”
The Carnivore Diet is often a step people take after trying the Paleo Diet or the Ketogenic Diet.
Meat does offer an array of nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin A, iron, amino acids, fatty acids, zinc, and some minerals. From following the Carnivore Diet, people have reported better energy and sleep, pain reduction, weight loss, inflammation reduction, improved cognition, and reduction in bloating and nagging digestive symptoms.
I do plan to try the Carnivore Diet in the near future. However, for the purpose of this blog, I want to keep my eating habits the same so I can have a real comparison of my results with X3 compared to past training with free weights or other types of workouts. If I change my diet along with my resistance training then I feel like my comparison won’t be as accurate. I also think that the diet I have done has worked well for me over the years.
I’ve usually eaten clean 80% of the time. I try to focus on lean proteins and healthy fats. I have a few cheat meals each week. I may grab a slice of pizza or fast food. I sometimes drink alcohol on weekends when I am out with my friends. It’s all about moderation and balance for me.