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The Anabolic Diet was created a few years ago by Dr Mauro Di Pasquale as a response to drug use. He was looking for a diet that would give similar results as the drugs but without the side effects and health issues.
This diet is a high protein, high fat diet which involves carb cycling. (and no, I don’t mean riding a two wheeled metal contraption!)
How Does It Work?
The diet is supposed to work for any gender or age. And it is most effective with intense exercise including some strength training. In general, here is what a week of eating looks like on this plan:
• Weekdays. Proteins, fats & veggies. Eat fatty red meat, fatty fish, whole eggs, full fat cheese, olive oil, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage.
• Weekends. Eat lots of carbs. Pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, oats, fruit, … Lower your protein & fat intake.
You begin the diet with 12 Days of no carbs. Eat proteins & fats only for 12 days. This will force your body to burn fat for energy. After the first 12 days, you will eat carbs for 2 days only. At this time, you will begin your low carb regime on weekdays and high carb on the weekends.
Dieters are advised to eat 5-6 small meals daily and to always eat something when feeling hungry. Calorie intake is set at the equivalent of 18 times body weight. E.g. A 150 pound individual will start with 2700 calories. Dieters are given instructions to chart their progress and adjust calories either up or down depending on their goals.
• You will experience fat loss with 5 days of low carb eating.
• You should experience some muscle gain as long as you follow the exercise guidelines.
• Because you are eating throughout the day, you should not experience hunger as on other diets.
• It could be a little complicated for some people using the carb cycling (eating carbs some days and not others).
• The high red meat and fat content could cause health problems.
The Anabolic Diet was conceived as more of a diet for bodybuilders. However, the low carb aspect while trying to hang onto muscle mass can benefit everyone. The high fat content concerns me though as does the low carb approach. This one will work for you, but be aware that there may be health risks involved.