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 feel irritable and mentally foggy in the first week. You may suffer some very mild disorientation. As a result, we urge you NOT TO RUN HEAVY EQUIPMENT DURING THIS TIME.

You can also experience pre-flu like symptoms where you feel like "something's coming on" or you're "fighting something off." Energy can drop and you can feel frequently hungry. Don't be alarmed. Basically, your body is just going through a readjustment phase. It will soon pass.

Unfortunately, many people will experience these difficulties and give up on the diet. They try it for a couple days and don't feel good and conclude "it doesn't work for me." They never break through the barrier to experience the "metabolic shift."

That's why we urge you to STICK WITH IT DURING THE FIRST WEEK. Once you get through that first week, it's all downhill. You'll start to feel better and better, and the diet will be easier and easier. You'll get to the point where you'll feel so good, the Anabolic Diet will seem like a revelation. You won't suffer those insulin ups and downs anymore. Energy will return. You'll feel strong and lean and, in most cases, you won't be tempted to go back to the old, inferior way of eating. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO GET THROUGH THAT FIRST WEEK AND PAY SOME DUES TO EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS.

Generally you'll continue with the "start-up" phase of the diet until you've got all your energy back and have no other symptoms. This will usually take 3—4 weeks, and you'll know when it's time. You'll be feeling very, very good.

At this point you can move on to the next phase, the "mass phase" of the diet. But if you find you've got enough mass, you can stay at this phase for awhile and then move on to a "cutting" phase as needed. The "start up" phase, without all the introductory facets, can be returned to when needed as a transition between the "mass" and "cutting" phases of the diet. As such, it can also properly be called the "maintenance" phase of the Anabolic Diet.

The "Mass Phase"

This phase is similar to the "bulking up" phase most bodybuilders are familiar with. As usual, you'll be increasing your calorie intake. On the Anabolic Diet, your goal should be to ALLOW YOUR BODY WEIGHT TO INCREASE TO 15 PERCENT ABOVE YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT.

When we use the term "ideal weight" we're talking about what you consider to be your optimum contest weight, and you've got to be practical about it. If you've been competing at 200 pounds for 4—5 years and then say your ideal weight is 315, that's not practical. More reasonable would be to take that ideal weight up to 215 or so and increase your weight to 15 percent above this, or 250 pounds, in this phase.

Realize that if you go hog wild, eat like crazy, and end up going 30 percent above your "ideal weight," your body will end up being 15 percent bodyfat or more. That's not what we're looking for here. The Anabolic Diet is designed to get you more muscle and limit bodyfat. Even though you'll experience an increase in lean mass and put on less fat than you would on another diet, you've still got to exercise some discipline.

As far as the specifics of the diet itself, they're the same on this phase as on the others. You'll be sticking to the weekday high fat, weekend carb load plan. The only change will be in the amount of calories you eat. If you want to get to a level 15 percent above your ideal weight, you're obviously going to have to eat more.

To achieve this, the bodybuilder should consume between 20 to 25 CALORIES PER POUND OF BODYWEIGHT DESIRED EVERY DAY. In the example above, the bodybuilder wants to get to 250 pounds, so he'll be eating 5,000 to 6,250 calories a day. When you consider that he's probably been on a 3,600 calorie diet before that, you can see the tremendous increase in calories he's going to experience.

This can present a big problem for athletes who have trouble gaining weight. They're not used to eating and don't really have big appetites. They may think they're eating huge amounts, but they're not. They'll find themselves at 6,000 calories one day and down at 1,500 a few days later. You ask them what happened and all they'll say is, "I wasn't hungry."

You can't do that on this diet. You've got to be consistent. If you want, you can multiply that 6,250 calories times 7 and make your goal 43,750 for the week. That way you can vary some from day to day. For example, eat 7,500 calories one day and 5,000 the next, but by the end of the week you've got to be at the 43,750 calorie level. Keep a diary or some other record of calories eaten, and make sure that you're doing it.

Dieting Dilemma and Skinny Solutions

Dieting Dilemma and Skinny Solutions

The captivating thing about diets is that you don't get what is researched or predicted or calculated but rather, you get precisely what you expect. If the diet resonates with you then it will likely work, if it doesn't resonate, it won't.

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