Part 2: How A 50-Year-Old Is Using A Zero-Carb Diet To Break Two World Records On The Same Day

Shawn Baker Row and world record
Shawn has been known to break two world records in the same day

Shawn Baker MD (@SBakerMD and Insta:shawnbaker1967) is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, multi-sport world record holding Masters 50+ Athlete, and Zero-Carber (he basically just eats red meat). After much demand from his following and you guys, Shawn was kind enough to give me 2-hours to dig deep on exercise, health, nutrition, etc. We answer your questions and more in this epic and detailed discussion. For a more extensive biography and list of achievements, please see Part 1. I recommend you listen to Part 1 first for more context.

To participate in Shawn’s ‘N = Many’ social experiment email NEqualsMany [@] gmail [dot] com and for more information see this video.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The definition of health
  • The downsides of prolonged sitting
  • We dig into diet:
    • Grain-fed vs grass-fed meat
    • How to eat on the road
    • How long it takes to adapt to Zero-Carb
    • Shawn’s drinks of choice
    • Eating a Zero-Carb diet to reduce decision fatigue, and how to pick foods in the supermarket without driving yourself mad looking for the perfect food whilst trying to stay within budget.
    • How to deal with social situations.
    • His protein intake and thoughts on general protein consumption recommendations
  • N=1/Self-experimentation
  • Shawn’s thoughts on electromagnetic fields, cold showers, body wash and other environmental stressors
  • And much more (I am scratching the surface – this is packed so get your notepad!)

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Interested in more from Shawn Baker MD? – Listen to Part 1. Shawn explains his experience as a Nuclear Weapons Launch Officer, training regime, Zero-Carb dieting basics, and much more (stream below or right-click here to download):

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Show Notes

  • Shawn’s definition of health [7:12]
  • Shawn’s thoughts on interventions to improve public health [13:05]
  • Shawn’s position on supplements [16:15]
  • What is Shawn’s process for learning about nutrition? [20:30]
  • The problems with relying on scientific literature [24:10]
  • Do cold showers increase testosterone? [28:40]
  • What does Shawn mean by “In my opinion the next evolution for the general population will involve the preservation of speed and the ability to accelerate via smart training” [31:20]
  • Shawn’s thoughts on sitting being bad for health [35:15]
  • Shawn’s new rowing world records [39:30]
  • Shawn’s next N=1 experiment [41:20]
  • Shawn’s fastest 100m running sprint [43:15]
  • Grass-fed vs grain-fed meat [44:15]
  • How does Shawn eat on the road? [49:35]
  • How to order bun-less burgers in bulk from fast food restaurants [51:55]
  • How did Shawn transition to Zero-Carb? [54:50]
  • How to manage the Zero-Carb adaptation period [56:20]
  • Are Branch Chained Amino Acid supplements redundant on a Zero-Carb diet? [1:00:50]
  • What does Shawn drink? [1:01:55]
  • How Zero-Carb can be very effective at preserving creativity and decision-making will power [1:03:10]
  • How does Shawn simplify and automate his buying decisions in the grocery store? [1:07:15]
  • How might a high carbohydrate diet negatively affect muscle tissues? [1:11:30]
  • Shawn’s thoughts on carbohydrate’s protein-sparing effect in the context of optimising muscle gain [1:14:45]
  • What do Shawn’s friends think about his diet? [1:18:45]
  • How to overcome peer pressure and challenging social environments that make avoiding junk food difficult? [1:21:00]
  • Has Shawn noticed any cognitive improvement in going Zero-Carb? [1:26:00]
  • Shawn’s perspective on mitigating exposure/effects of electromagnetic fields, toxic body wash solutions and other environmental stressors [1:28:50]
  • What does the first 90-minutes of Shawn’s day look like? [1:33:30]
  • Shawn’s pet obsessions [1:34:25]
  • What has Shawn changed his mind about in the last couple of years regarding health and fitness? [1:35:19]
  • What shower gels/shampoo does Shawn use? [1:37:09]
  • What advice would Shawn give his 20-year-old self? [1:40:28]
  • What is Shawn not very good at? [1:42:10]
  • What habits is Shawn trying to change? [1:42:50]
  • What health, fitness and nutrition books has Shawn re-read and what books does he recommend? [1:45:50]
  • Shawn’s stance on steroids and drug-use [1:48:40]
  • Why it’s good to wake up with an erection [1:53:00]
  • Has Shawn measured his lean body mass using DEXA or Bod Pod since going Zero-Carb? [1:54:00]
  • How much protein does Shawn consume a day? [1:56:20]
  • Best way to contact Shawn [2:01:24]

Selected Links from the Episode

People Mentioned

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What is your favourite Zero-Carb meal? Please let me know in the comments.

  • Jay J

    I ate strict zero carb for a 340 days. At 338 days on zero-carb I had a testosterone blood test administered and the results came back VERY low across each category of the test.

    The doctor explained that the body needed carbohydrates for testosterone production. I also learned that Carbohydrates are The main Macronutrient the body needs for optimal testosterone production.

    I have since started eating clean complex carbohydrates with intermittent fasting.

    I feel healthier eating more balanced meals with intermittent fasting.

    Does anyone know how to eat zero-carb for optimized testosterone levels?

    • Interesting Jay. Thanks for your contribution. Doesn’t it all turn into the same thing though: glucose? Not sure why good testosterone would be predicated on carb consumption.

      I will ask Shawn to comment.

      • Jay J

        I agree that it all turns into Glucose… this article shed light on that for me: http://www.flexonline.com/nutrition/low-carb-myths

        It’s July 5, 2017, last night I’ve decided to follow my zero-carb lifestyle again… I’m convinced there is something else besides eating zero-carb that caused my testosterone test to come in at low across all categories…

        I’m determined to find a solution….

        • Jay,

          This is from Shawn Baker MD. he’s driving and can’t log in currently:

          One of the issues with low and or zero carb diets is that the reference ranges for normal are based on carbohydrate dependent metabolisms- We certainly see lower levels of both insulin and thyroid hormones in low carb adherents despite normal clinical function- without data regarding clinical function it is sometimes difficult to make a judgment based on a lab value- is androgen receptor sensitivity improved on Zerocarb diet and thus testosterone level not as high???- most Zerocarbers report increases in both strength and libido- a great deal of study in general needs to be looked at with regard to nutrient requirements and defining normal lab values in these unique populations

          • Jay J

            Ineal87,

            Thanks for the reply. The explanation makes perfect sense to me!!

            Your post gave me the information I needed to have unshakable confidence in the zero-carb lifestyle.

            Thank you!!!

          • I’m glad to learn that. Don’t become dogmatic though :D. Remember to remain open-minded. Have you taken part in Shawn’s study? If not, email nequalsmany@gmail.com

          • Jay J

            Hmmm. Thanks for the invite. Does the study require a certain level of dogmatic thinking?

          • Lol. No. One can participate in a study and still be open minded. If you want to get involved and learn more, be quick, Shawn and Co are cracking on with it.

  • Jay J

    Hello!

    I ate strict zero carb for 340 days. At 338 days on zero-carb I had a testosterone blood test administered and the results came back VERY low across each category of the test.

    The doctor explained that the body needed carbohydrates for testosterone production.

    I also learned that Carbohydrates are The main Macronutrient the body needs for optimal testosterone production.

    Note: At 300 days zero carb I started lifting heavy weights at the gym. Deadlifts, Benchpress, Squats, MilitaryPress, Dumbbell lateral raises, Pullups, PushUps, Ab Crunches, Scott Press, Barbell Curls.

    Note: I started taking cold showers everyday at 300 days into my 340 day zero carb journey.
    I have since started eating clean complex carbohydrates with intermittent fasting.
    I feel healthier eating more balanced meals with intermittent fasting.

    Does anyone know how to eat zero-carb for optimized testosterone levels?

  • I appreciate all the information packed into this interview. Excellent work, as usual, Lawrence!

    • Thank you Robin. I appreciate you! 😁