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Joe Rogan has revealed that his carnivore diet plan is giving him powerful diarrhea.

The podcaster and comedian is trialing a meat and eggs-only diet for the whole of January.

He recently took to Instagram to shared his experience of the diet so far, admitting he fears ‘it’s just a matter of time before’ before he soils himself.

Carnivore diet update

Writing on Instagram, Rogan said: “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 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.

“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 b*tthole about as much as I trust a shifty neighbor with a heavy Russian accent that asks a lot of personal questions.”

‘The good’

Despite this problem, Rogan says he is experiencing a number of positive side effects, including weight loss, increased energy levels, and feeling generally healthier – adding he is ‘well aware of the placebo effect’ and is ‘ constantly self-analyzing every perceived reaction’ he’s having.

“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 know 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 seven pounds lighter, and in completely uncharted territory for me. Which makes me think this is probably completely uncharted territory for 99 percent of the people on earth.”

Low carb diets

There is no evidence about the long-term effects of carnivore, low carb, or meat only diets – though they have been criticized by health professionals from the plant-based world.

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health. She has told Plant Based News that beneficial effects of low carb ketogenic diets are often short-term.

“If you take a look at high-fat diets, low-carb diets, the measurements short term show that the benefits are there. People lose weight, and their numbers come down,” she said.

“But if the only thing we’re going to do is consider short-term benefits, there are a lot of things that cause people to lose weight and have good biomarkers. One is cocaine addiction. I’ve never had a fat cocaine addict in my office, and I’ve never had one cholesterol or high fasting glucose levels.

“Now I’m being facetious of course, but the point is, if the only thing that counts is short term, a lot of things are short term good, but bad in the long term, as it takes a long time for cancer to develop in response to a high-fat diet or high protein diet for example.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.