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Anabolic DietThe basis of the Anabolic Diet is to carb-deplete during the weekdays, then carb-load on the weekends. This involves 5 days of high fat, high protein, low carbs and 2 days of high carbs, moderate fat, and low protein. This diet was developed by Dr. Mauro Dipasquale. Dipasquale is a former world-class powerlifter who won the World championships in powerlifting in 1976 and won the world games in 1981. Currently, he works for World Wrestling Federation as their medical director and drug program advisor. He is also the medical review officer for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). Dipasquale holds honors in biological science and a medical degree from the University of Toronto.

This diet drastically goes against everything we have been taught to believe about nutrition. You must have an open mind when you read about this diet. Dipasquale has researched this subject diligently and does a masterful fob of supporting his claims. This diet differs from the typical high protein, high fat diet. This is not the Protein Power Plan or the Atkin’s Diet. Those diets were designed for weight loss only. This diet was designed for the bodybuilder. The goal is to gain muscle and drop body fat. Anyone can use the diet, but it works better with an exercise program. Dipasquale developed the diet to act as an alternative to drug use. With the Anabolic diet the anabolic hormones in the body are maximized. The diet maximizes testosterone, growth hormone, and insulin levels.

These hormones are powerful in relation to muscular growth. The problem with high carb diets is that they promote high insulin levels, but reduce testosterone and growth hormone levels. Chronically high insulin levels also attribute to increased bodyfat.

The weekdays of this diet promote optimal testosterone and growth hormone levels, while the weekend carb-load promotes maximum insulin levels. You, are now probably saying to yourself there is no way eating fat will help me lose bodyfat. Contrary, to popular belief this is what happens. If your body receives small amounts of fat, this is what happens. If your body receives small amounts of fat it will hang on to it’s bodyfat. The body senses it will not receive adequate dietary fat so it will preserve the fat it has. Fat is not the villain the media portrays it to be.

Excessive carbohydrate consumption should be the enemy, not fat. When high levels of carbohydrates are consistently consumed stored bodyfat is the result. Carbohydrates are stored in the muscle and liver as glycogen, when the muscle and liver overflow increased bodyfat is the result.

Virtually everyone on planet earth consumes too many carbohydrates. Carbohydrates serve as the bodies first source of fuel. When carbs are abundantly high, there is no reason to burn fat for energy; therefore bodyfat is preserved. The lowfat food madness is at it’s all time high. Low fat foods have skyrocketed in sales during the last few years, but there are more obese people now than ever before. This should ring a bell in society’s ears; excess carbs are bad. Without carbohydrates the body will have no energy, report some nutritional experts.
Anabolic Diet
Dr. Dipasquale states this is true until our bodies make the metabolic shift. The metabolic shift takes place when the body is making the transition from being a carb-burning machine to being a fat burning machine. Once the body makes the shift stored bodyfat will be the bodies primary source of fuel. When this takes place energy levels will be back to normal. In some cases individuals report that they have more energy than ever. The first week is the hardest week of the diet. This is when the body is going through the metabolic shift. The third day is usually when people begin to feel fatigued, light-headed or drowsy.

Do not panic, this is normal. Once your body adjusts to the new eating plan you will feel fine. Resist the temptation to stuff yourself with carbs when you begin to feel exhausted. If you stuff your body with carbs then you have to start all over again. The weekdays allow you a maximum of 30 carbs per day.

Be sure to watch out for trace carbs. When the weekend arrives you will consume large amounts of carbs which will shuttle amino acids to the muscles. It is recommended that you have a physical before beginning the diet. Dipasquale also recommends certain supplements to be used in conjunction with this diet. Many nutritionist s will recommend against low carb diets, because of their potential side effects. Dipasquale has reported that he has found no negative health effects with athletes using his diet.

Anabolic Diet Sample Menu – (Weekday)

Meal 1

3 fried eggs with tbsp. butter
4 slices bacon

Meal 2

2 oz. pepperoni
2 oz. mozzarella cheese

Meal 3

8 oz. steak
2 oz. American cheese

Meal 4

2 turkey hot-dogs
1 tbsp. mustard

Meal 5

8 oz. beef
1 oz. American cheese
1 cup lettuce
1 tbsp. mustard

Meal 6

1/2 cup pecans

Anabolic Diet Sample Menu – (Weekend)

Meal 1

3 pancakes with light syrup

Meal 2

1 peanut butter and jelly sandwich
1 banana

Meal 3

1 cup brown rice
10 oz. sweet potato

Meal 4

1 roast beef sandwich
1 cup baked beans

Meal 5

3 cups wheat spaghetti and marinara sauce
1 cup green beans
1 cup salad with lowfat dressing

Meal 6

1 serving angel food cake
1 tbsp. cool whip
4 strawberries

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