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 very useful in competition and training. The fact that they swept through the bodybuilding and other sport communities where getting a competitive edge was so important to winning was not surprising.
Unfortunately, steroids were found to have some severe side effects. Moodiness and an unhealthy aggression toward others that could extend to violence (known as "roid rage") were widely reported in sporting journals. Links to heart disease, liver cancer, kidney disease and sterility were also discovered. With the evidence mounting, there was little choice but to shut down their use in the international sporting arena.
It was into this void that I stepped with the high fat, Anabolic Diet I'd been working on. It was not an easy task. The World Bodybuilding Federation wanted their athletes to get clean but maintain muscle mass and stay cut up and in competition shape. This was a tall order.
One of the major problems was to get the hormonal systems of the bodybuilders back on track, producing testosterone naturally. This was very difficult because steroids shut down the testosterone-producing system in the body. The hypothalamic, pituitary, testicular axis (HPTA) ceases to function, and you may need to go to extreme measures to get your testicles working again. It often takes a long time to recover and, in some cases, a user may never recover and be doomed to treatment with artificial steroids or testosterone for the rest of his life.
Steroids can also make the athlete lazy. He'll get growth with marginal training methods but find the road much tougher when he gets off steroids and has to do all the work himself. Anabolic diet or not, it may take him awhile to get back up to speed with proper training methods.
Then there's the diet itself. Like any diet, if you don't follow it, you're not going to get results. Some bodybuilders who'd been cruising on steroids for a long time found it difficult to replace the ease of steroids with a diet which required some commitment.
Finally, some people chose to believe that a natural program could replace steroids immediately and offer the exact same results. There is no way this can occur. Over a short time period, no diet is going to replace steroids. But over the long term, the Anabolic Diet has proven to be a very effective alternative to steroids, providing the same kind of results without the "Russian Roulette" nature of steroid usage.
By 1990, I'd come out with my book, Beyond Anabolic Steroids, and begun to provide articles for a variety of fitness and bodybuilding publications on the subject. The response to the Anabolic Diet was remarkable. In a world where steroids are a real gamble, both in terms of competition and health, the Anabolic Diet gave the bodybuilders who used it that natural edge they were looking for.
But I'm no "Just Say No" crusader in this area. Hysteria is not my stock in trade. Anabolic steroids do have their place. In fact, I've recently been involved in research testing steroids for use in AIDS patients. They could play a role in maintaining body mass and stengthening the immune system in these patients, thus allowing them to better resist the opportunistic diseases that are so deadly to them.
I also fully realize that steroids and other artificial means for growth and performance are still used widely in the athletic community. They give the athlete the edge he's looking for and, for many, they'll gladly risk their health and the sanctions that can come from steroid use for the performance benefits they can bring.
It should be pointed out that the Anabolic Diet can even be used in concert with steroids. You will get results. Indeed, you can do most anything with steroids and achieve some gains. But, though the Anabolic Diet will help you to some degree, your use of steroids will keep you from maximizing the endogenous anabolic hormones the diet seeks to stimulate.
Bottom line, the Anabolic Diet is meant for the natural athlete who wants to be the best he can be naturally. And, while it's much easier and convenient to stay on than the high carb diet, it will still require some dedication and the will to properly execute it. The key to success in the diet is to make sure you take your body through a "metabolic shift" where you'll begin to use dietary fat and bodyfat instead of carbs and muscle protein as the main fuel for your body. To do this, you'll have to follow the diet very closely, especially at the beginning.
The battle the drug-free athlete engages in is not an easy one. He must face up to drug-using and abusing competition and drug-based competitive standards in every contest. What the Anabolic Diet does is to give him the same kind of benefits the drug user obtains.
By introducing anabolic drugs or agents into his body, the drug user increases the circulating amount of anabolic hormones and compounds, which in turn produces the desired anabolic effect of muscle growth. The Anabolic Diet does the same thing. Only instead of introducing the anabolic substances from an exogenous source outside the body, the diet stimulates the production of anabolic hormones IN THE BODY. It's LEGAL and it's SAFE.
And, best of all, it's a SURE THING. If you follow the diet, IT WON'T FAIL. It may sound bizarre. It may counter everything you've ever been led to believe about diets, fat and carbohydrates. BUT IT WORKS. It is a biochemical inevitability. YOU WILL get the combination of increased lean body mass with less bodyfat you're looking for if you follow the diet properly.
And you'll get it naturally. Without the dangers of steroids.
Given the trials and tribulations most bodybuilders have experienced with their "diets," what more can you ask for from a nutrition program?
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