The Liver King (real name Brian Johnson) is a 45-year-old influencer known for his raw organ meat diet and ancestral lifestyle.
He has been obsessed with ancestral living for over 20 years. Liver King — according to his bio on his website — has a degree in biochemistry and has written a thesis on the biochemistry of supplemental nutrition.
With over 1.6 million followers on Instagram and over 2.8 million followers on Tiktok, Liver King believes that the modern living style has made us unconsciously soft and to correct that, we need to live like our ancestors.
He also has a YouTube channel and is a strong proponent of his nine ‘ancestral tenets’, undergoing intense workouts, and eating raw liver.
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Is Liver King on Steroids?
No, Liver King is not on steroids — at least according to interviews.
A lot of people — including the famous MMA commentator and carnivore diet proponent Joe Rogan — believe that the Liver King is on steroids. Rogan said that the kind of physique that Liver King has is not a natural body, and that eating raw meat doesn’t offer any benefits.
However, Brian Johnson graciously denies that he is on steroids. He said in an interview that he doesn’t touch any performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and he would love to talk to Joe Rogan on his podcast about his lifestyle.
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Commentators like More Plates, More Dates have suggested that Liver King’s vascularity and bloated stomach show signs of PED use, but he admits that Liver King’s physique could be due to fortunate genetics and a highly-optimized diet and training program.
Liver King has gained the attention of celebrities such as Succession’s Nick Braun and Logan Paul, who talked to him on his podcast.
Whether or not Liver King is on steroids doesn’t detract from his message that by following the ancestral diet, you can live an autoimmune-free, allergy-free, and fatigue-free life.
Liver King’s Wife & Family
Liver King is happily married to Barbara Johnson (aka Liver Queen) and has two teenage sons, Stryker and Rad. He met the Liver Queen while he was snowboarding in 2004.
Barbara — like her husband — is also a proponent of ancestral living. She is a dentist and they were running a successful dental practice together before they moved on to sell supplements that help people follow the ancestral lifestyle.
The Liver Queen and the Liver Boys are a frequent part of his videos, eating various animal organs with him and lifting weights. He and Liver Queen train together frequently and the Liver Boys also share this lifestyle.
Liver King says that it was due to his kids that he started living this way. When his boys were young, they were always in and out of hospitals with allergies and illnesses. He was desperate for a cure and as he read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price, he and his wife decided to take the matters into their own hands and decided to eat organic, pasture-raised animals.
Within days, the boys started looking and feeling better. They didn’t get sick anymore and had no allergies or flu.
Liver King Age & Height
Liver King Ranch
Liver King ranch is Liver King’s home in Texas and is an 8,300 sq. ft. Spanish revival style mansion. The ranch is where the family source organic, pasture-raised eggs and where they raise their grass-fed, grass-finished cows.
It sits on by beautiful lake and there are 4 Dobermans that patrol the grounds. There is a hot tub right next to the pool — which has been turned into a 36° ice plunge. If you go to the living room, you will see that it is a sparring ring with blue wrestling mats on the floor so the Liver Boys can take boxing lessons.
There aren’t any mattresses in Liver King’s home. The family sleeps sleep on wooden slats that mimic the sleeping conditions of our ancestors. There is very little padding on their beds and all the sheets are organic and dye-free.
As you enter his home, you will see a sign saying ‘cell phone reception’ here — this means that no phones are allowed in the King’s house beyond this point. He uses Ethernet but no Wi-Fi, and takes measures to block harmful EMFs from entering the home.
There is a pantry full of organic, farm-fresh food along with freezers full of nose-to-tail food. The gym has a wide range of equipment — from dumbbells to ankle weights and chains, they have everything you need for an intense Crossfit workout.
Liver King Supplements
Liver King’s company is called Ancestral Supplements and offers various organ meat supplements.
The supplements come from grass-fed, pasture-raised animals in New Zealand and Australia. They are pesticide, hormone, and GMO-free. There are absolutely no fillers or flow agents in the supplements. They are 100% freeze-dried and non-defatted. Here are some of the products you can buy from ancestral supplements.
Liver King also recently started another supplement company called The Fittest, which sells nose-to-tail protein shakes for athletes.
Liver King’s Diet
Liver King eats almost a pound of raw liver every day. He believes that this is way too much for beginners, and newbies should start with three ounces of raw liver twice weekly.
According to his website, he also prioritizes wild-caught fish eggs, organic pastured egg yolks, full-fat milk, cheese, bone broth, organ meats, fermented veggies, and muscle meat from grass-fed, pasture-raised animals.
All of his meals are cooked with plenty of tallow, lard, and raw butter to increase the fat intake. He doesn’t count calories or macronutrients — he holds the belief that you have to remain intuitive and listen to your own body as it will tell you what it needs.
Liver King along with his family follows seasonal eating patterns that allow them to slip in and out of ketosis. He believes that it helps them think, perform, and produce. According to him, water fasting — taking in only minerals and water — is a powerful metabolic intervention.He believes in 24 to 120-hour long fasts that are followed by huge refeeds to keep the body functioning and working optimally.
Liver King and his tribe prioritize a nutrient-dense, nose-to-tail diet. They also take supplements as a secondary means of enhancing their diet.
Liver King Concoction
This dish is a high-protein concoction designed by Liver King. You can either have it on its own or eat it with full-fat yogurt and maple syrup.
- Ghee – 220 g
- Almond Butter – 420 g
- Duck Fat – 50 g
- Bluebonnet’s Grass-Fed Vanilla Protein – 220 g
- Grass-Fed Gelatin – 149 g
- Pink Himalayan Salt – 12 to 24 g
- Cinnamon – 10 g
- Creatinine – 140 g
How to Make Liver King Concotion
Firstly, you have to add almond butter, duck fat, and ghee to the dish and melt it in the oven. Mix the dry ingredients together and add them to the melted fats. Place the dish inside the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Enjoy the concoction after your daily workouts!
Liver King’s Workouts
Liver King works out every day and is proof that you can build muscle on the carnivore diet.
He has a strenuous workout routine that keeps his body fit, healthy, and in shape. Liver King focuses on lower and upper body exercises and does heavy pulls, Tabata pushups, legless rope climbs, and Olympic lifts for metabolic conditioning.
Liver King often walks several miles in the sun wearing heavy metallic chains, or does sprint variations on the rower, ski erg, or assault bike. This combination stimulates a successful hunt in ancestral times. The Liver King also adds ring muscle-ups, handstand walks, and a lot more.
Liver King’s favorite workout is “The Super Barbarian”. In this workout, you hold 70 pounds of kettlebells in each hand and you have to drag a sled with 120 lbs. on it. Plus you have to carry a backpack with 70 lbs. weight in it and ankle weights of 20 lbs. on each leg.
To perform the Barbarian workout, you have to walk a mile holding the kettlebells in your hands, dragging the weighted sled, and wearing the backpack as well as the ankle weights. You can’t sit on the sled and you can’t take the backpack off.
The 9 Ancestral Tenets
Liver King’s 9 ancestral Tenets are:
Sleep is the time when your body and brain detox, rebuild, recover, and restore. According to Liver King’s philosophy, it is important to get up early in the morning to get exposed to the morning sun.
It is important to think of the sunset as the natural cue for you that the day is winding down and it is time for you to sleep.
The second ancestral tenet is about eating the whole animal — from nose to tail. In modern times, we eat a lot of muscle meat instead of nutrient-dense parts like the liver and the bone marrow.
We should drop the seed oils, the processed foods, and start eating whole foods, organ meats, and bone soups as our ancestors would have done.
Our ancestors used to be more active physically. For Move, Liver King recommends that you walk for thirty minutes in the morning as soon as you get up. In the afternoon as well as after dinner, you need to walk for 30 minutes again — this is what the entire Liver King tribe does.
Our ancestors used to run away from dangers like lions and predators — we need to shield ourselves from dangers such as EMFs, excessive Wi-Fi, and seed oils. These things, according to Liver King, disrupt our metabolism, and our hormones, and keep us from having a deep, peaceful sleep.
Our ancestors were connected with the earth constantly. According to the Liver King, the earth has a negative charge that provides a grounding force to our bodies. Due to rubber shoes, beds, and cars, we don’t connect with this force anymore.
All you need to do is take off your shoes and see how it changes the way you feel.
Liver King believes that comfort is not good for our bodies. We turn up the heaters, put on warm clothes, and avoid the cold by staying indoors. Our ancestors were subjected to cold regularly, which exercised the blood vessels.
Liver King suggests that we take cold/hot showers for 30 seconds at a time to feel the change.
Sun is important for the production of Vitamin D. It increases immunity, improves health, and prevents tooth decay. Vitamin D works synergistically with fat-soluble vitamins K and A to optimize immunity and have several other health benefits.
Therefore, the Liver King promotes spending time outdoors, basking in the sun.
Back in the day, humans evolved by hunting and fighting which resulted in a boost of androgens and dopamine every time they won. There aren’t many opportunities like this in the modern-day world. However, we need to fight for things that are meaningful, foster an inner fire, and take real risks to keep ourselves full of life.
The last but not the least ancestral tenet is Bond. Liver King believes that there is nothing more important than having a purpose in life — a purpose that allows us to care, love, and support people around us.
We need that kind of bonding to be healthy and happy even in modern times. It is a good idea to spend time with our loved ones and friends, and take care of them.