What is an Anabolic Diet?
Lose fat and hold on to your muscle gains using an anabolic diet
The Anabolic Diet has generated a lot of buzz in recent years. Many people are turning to this diet as we have learned how easy it can be to lose valuable muscle when you’re on a traditional weight loss diet.
What is the Anabolic Diet?
The anabolic diet is a diet designed to help dieters ensure that they lose just fat, and not muscle, as they diet. The diet requires that you eat foods in prescribed combinations, so that you maximize fat loss and minimize the loss of muscle at the same time.
The anabolic diet was invented by Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale, as an alternative to using steroids to help build muscle and burn fat.
How the Anabolic Diet Works
The anabolic diet works by influencing your body’s muscle building hormones. One most days, you’ll eat lots of protein, the building blocks of muscle, while avoiding carbohydrates, which tend to turn to fat. But, you’ll keep your body guessing by eating lots of carbohydrates on the weekend, and keeping your protein intake low.
Before you begin the anabolic diet, you’ll need to determine your calorie requirements. You cannot eat an unlimited amount of calories on this diet, but during your high protein days, you will be able to eat more than you’re accustomed to on traditional weight loss diets.
Multiplying your body weight times 18 kcal is a good guideline for how many calories you need.
To start the anabolic diet, you’ll eat no carbs for 12 days. Instead, you’ll eat lots of protein and fat. You will then eat lots of carbs for two days, lowering your protein and fat intake.
From then on, for as long as you stay on the anabolic diet, you’ll eat high protein and fat on weekdays, with lots of carbs and lower fat and protein intake on weekends.
The Benefits of the Anabolic Diet
The primary benefit of the anabolic diet is that it helps you to maximize fat loss without losing muscle. In fact, it is a good diet for those working to gain muscle while losing fat at the same time. In addition to these primary benefits, the anabolic diet is said to give dieters:
The Main Benefits of The Anabolic Diet:
Increased energy levels
Lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels
Ability to build muscle more easily
Less hunger – the higher fat food you eat during the week will keep you feeling satisfied Quick fat loss
Many people who are striving to lose fat and build muscle at the same time have had great luck with the anabolic diet for accomplishing both goals at the same time.
It is important that you keep a check on your health whenever you’re on any diet that restricts your intake of any type of food.
For example, you do want to have your cholesterol checked periodically to ensure that your levels are healthy. While most people find that their cholesterol improves with this diet, some people who have genetically high cholesterol may not respond positively to all the fat and cholesterol intake in the diet.