I spent a long time eating almost exclusively plant foods, a lot of it raw plant foods. I thought veganism, or close to vegan, was healthy. Turns out I was wrong. Totally fucked me up. I then went on to eat a very mixed diet, lots of plant foods, but also adequate amounts of meat, whole grains, fruit, dairy, etc. Easy to gain weight that way if you eat a lot of carbs.
Then I saw the Joe Rogan podcast about Jordan Peterson's daughter and the carnivore diet. So I tried the carnivore diet. I was almost exclusively carnivore for 2-4 months. Sometimes I went a whole week eating less than a single gram of carbohydrates. Quite an interesting experience. I lost a decent amount of weight, got my abs back. Body fat percentage reduced dramatically. More energy. And it was also rejuvinating. I went on a carnivore diet and asked other members if they would describe the diet as having a rejuvinating effect, and they all agreed that it does. It was weird... like I was approaching the feeling of having the seemingly infinite amount of energy that a boy has when he bounces around the house all day.
Now I'm trying to gain weight, preferably muscle... but that's difficult on a carnivore diet. It was always difficult for me to gain weight, and even more difficult eating only meat for two reasons 1.) eating the same foods repeatedly makes the food seem less desireable, so the desire to eat food is diminished, and 2.) Can't eat too much meat because the large amount of protein could cause problems for the kidneys.
So, now..... now I'm going for calories. My diet in the past few weeks has consisted primarily of steak, chicken wings, peanut butter, and ice-cream. Yea, I still eat other things, it's just that those have become my staple foods. I think I've eaten about 5 of those 1/2 gallon things of ice cream in the past few weeks, plus a few pints of ice cream, and I eat a pound of steak like it's nothing. For one meal just a few days ago I had at least a pound of steak, two PB&J's, and a pint of chocolate ice-cream.
It's been fantastic. Maybe this is normal for most people and I'm only just coming around to being like everybody else, which might explain why I've always been very lean and everybody else looks fat. IDK. Is this a healthy diet? Steak and ice-cream? Reminds me of the chicken and waffles that somebody talks about on this forum (was that Papi?).
I've never weighed more than 180 lbs despite being 6'1", and I had a decent amount of body fat then. I'd like to get back to 180 lbs, but with 10% body fat or less. IDK how I can possibly get like that without eating a massive amount of calories and working out every day. Eating ice cream every day has been pretty great though, maybe it will work.