Minimal Lean Weight Gains

On the high carb diet, you'll often find yourself not gaining any lean weight from one attempt at cutting to another. You'll find bodybuilders who've been on the same diet for 5 years and they haven't gained 5 pounds. With the high fat diet, you'll make regular gains probably somewhere between 5 15 pounds of muscle a year. Meanwhile you'll be as defined, if not more so, than you were in previous years. One bodybuilder I worked with recently went from 217 to 242 pounds in the span of two years,...

Anabolic Steroids

Soon after, the world of professional sports began their campaign against anabolic steroids. Strict drug testing began in the world class bodybuilding community, and the cry went out for some natural alternative to steroids. By that time steroids had assumed their place as a wonder drug among bodybuilders and other athletes. Physically, steroids had been shown to have a remarkable effect on muscle growth and strength. Psychologically, they provided users with an aggressive, contentious mindset...

The Psychological Edge

Along with its many physical and metabolic advantages, the Anabolic Diet will also give you a psychological edge over the high carb diet. Diets, by their nature, are psychologically tough. Just the word diet itself is enough to send people running to the refrigerator for a soothing, reassuring mouthful of whatever it is they're not supposed to eat. Diet implies sacrifice, of doing something that will be unpleasant. They can be almost impossible to stay on and, if you weren't already depressed...

The Anabolic Diet How And Why It Works

Before we get into the mechanics of the Anabolic Diet, let's take a few pages for some final words on just how and why it works, and clear up a few misconceptions about the diet some people may have. Some of this may seem a little technical but I urge you to hang on for the next few pages. By reading carefully, you'll get a good idea of exactly why the Anabolic Diet is the best diet for the bodybuilder. First, let's make it perfectly clear that insulin is not some kind of enemy to muscle...

Stay Away From These

Many bodybuilders have looked on ginseng, first identified as useful in Chinese medicine, as a mild tonic that increases workout intensity and recovery ability, but I've found it largely useless to the bodybuilder. It also seems to adversely affect testosterone levels in the body and may thus set the athlete back in training to some degree. Likewise, bee pollen and royal jelly have not been proven to present any anabolic or growth advantages. Though they may eventually provide some medicinal...

Diet Phases

There are four phases of the diet where adjustments will be made, based on progress toward a competition. The mass, cutting, and pre-contest phases will be familiar to most bodybuilders. We also include a starting or maintenance phase in our diet plan. The Start-up or Maintenance Phase During most of the Anabolic Diet, you won't find yourself restricting calories much. In fact, some people may find they have a problem getting enough. Others may find that, with increased training and exercise,...

Physical Benefits Of The Anabolic Diet

Still, all those carbs will lead to fat buildup unless you regulate it as we do in this diet. Carbs are only increased to the point that they will have a beneficial effect on lean body mass. By spiking insulin production through carb loading on the weekends, we can speed the movement of nutrients through the bloodstream and into muscle. Amino acids are driven into muscle cells where they can form the building blocks for protein and ultimate muscle growth. But before the insulin levels have been...

Cancer And Diet

As if it wasn't bad enough that the responsibility for coronary heart disease was laid at the doorstep of dietary fat, fat has also become a prime suspect in colon, breast and prostate cancer. There is even less validity to these claims than the fat heart disease link. In fact, a number of studies have cast doubt on any dietary fat cancer association. Recent research on colon cancer found there to be no link between the consumption of red meat or total or saturated fat in either sex with the...

The Primitive Diet

First let's clear up a widely held misconception that ancient man was a herbivore who turned his nose up at all meat in favor of the available plant life. Current vegetarians often claim that their diet is the most natural and ancient known to man, in an effort to gain converts, but it's simply not true. In fact, archeological evidence shows that man's earliest tools were put to use, at least in part, in the dressing of meat1. In many areas, the diet of primitive man was made up almost entirely...

The Modern Bodybuilder

Although my approach to the high fat high protein low carbohydrate is new, it's interesting to note that an early form of the diet was favored by many bodybuilders back in the 1960's. It wasn't well refined at the time. Nor did it feature the critical aspects of hormonal manipulation and stimulation I've added. But it concentrated on meat consumption with very few carbs, and bodybuilders were pleased to find themselves maintaining maximum muscle with very little bodyfat. In fact, the diet...

What about high cholesterol and heart disease

We pointed out in Chapter 2 that many societies, both present and past, had low levels of cardiovascular disease, despite having a high fat diet. It's also certain that other factors like smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, and stress are of equal if not greater importance to cholesterol than diet. Nonetheless, we've stressed the importance of cholesterol-friendly mono and polyunsaturated fats in the diet. We've also provided for cholesterol-lowering supplements and fish oils to be included...

Free Form Amino Acids

Free form amino acids are the building blocks on which proteins are made and muscle developed. They will play a big role in the supplements I recommend for use with the Anabolic Diet. Often the free form aminos are used as an alternative to food or protein in the diet, but they are capable of much more. They can be used as energy sources, anti-catabolic agents, performance enhancers and, most critical to the bodybuilder, a way to maximize the anabolic effects of hormones in the body and...

The First Week Is The Toughest

In the first week of the diet you'll be going through the metabolic shift from being a carb and muscle-burning machine to being a fat burner, and it can be difficult. While some people will suffer few symptoms, others will be very affected. The bowel irregularities we discussed above will come into play. You'll also experience some fatigue and get foul or fruity smelling breath caused by an increase in the production of ketones, a compound utilized for fat metabolism. Emotionally, you could...

History Of Bodybuilding Diets

CARBOHYDRATES AND THE BODYBUILDER 19 The American Cancer And Diet The Bloating Of America The Popular Bodybuilding Diet Problems With Bulking Up Cutting Down On Other Diets 22 Would You Rather Burn Muscle Or Fat 23 Strength Level And Motivation Protein Levels Drop Inconvenience Reluctance to Extreme Swings in Minimal Lean Weight Gains

The Popular Bodybuilding Diet

Most bodybuilders today follow a high carbohydrate, high protein, low fat diet when trying to gain mass. Then, when they get close to a contest, they'll cut back on carbs so that they're on a high protein, medium to low carb, low fat diet. As discussed above, neither of these diets has near the same positive anabolic effects as the high fat diet. The increase of testosterone and growth hormone and insulin management you find on the Anabolic Diet is not realized. In fact, these diets limit...