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My review of Anabolic Diet
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Add Thread to del. Join Date Nov Posts My review of Anabolic Diet Disclaimer: I was only on it for 6 weeks. You be the judge of whether that's long enough for me to have an opinion. Yes, I lost fat. Do I like it? I didn't like how much by body changed from week to week. During the carb loading phase, I would swell up like a balloon, lose whatever definition I had attained during the week, and have to start from square one on Monday.
If I limited my carb loading to 24 hours I would gain around 6 pounds. If I extended it to 36 I never went to 48 then I'd gain about 8 pounds. Yes, by Friday evening I was back to my normal weight or lower , and the gut I grew over the weekend had disappeared, but it took ALL week to get there. For the first days after my carb loading it seemed like all I was doing was paying for my sins of the weekend and this happened week after week.
I probably lost lbs of fat and probably 1. Those are pretty good results by any standard. I wasn't a tub of lard to start with but probably about 10 pounds heavier than I should be.
It was fun and I'm glad I did it but the AD is not for me because of the drastic mood, energy, and body fluctuations. Pros and cons below: You will lose fat. You can eat the things you've been depriving yourself of for years. You can still have the foods you love Very simple to follow compared to other diets Zone, Burn the Fat, etc.
Tired, weak and lazy during carb loading phase. Workouts were a joke. Tendency to binge during carb loading.
I probably averaged 5,, calories a day when it was time to carb up. A little excessive but that may be through my own charcter flaw of lack of control instead of a problem with the diet. Felt good Mon through Wed but energy and job performance suffered all day Thursday and Friday after carbs are totally depleted No carbs equals no energy and I'm a very active person. I don't care what the book says about how your body will learn to turn the fat into energy. I'm not convinced about that whole sugar burner versus fat burner thing.
I have lost 5 pounds of fat in 6 weeks before I tried the AD and I consumed low to moderate carbs every day although very little junk food. I'm not a scientist, nutritionist or an expert in the field so take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt.
I don't think all that fat especially saturated fat can be good for you. I'm not obsessed with myself but I do keep track in a general sense of how I look and I swear I lost some muscle.
You should cycle your carbs. Most people should eat more fat, less junk food, and more complex carbs yams, oatmeal,etc. Having some low to moderate carb days with an occasional spike in your carb consumption maybe every days is a good thing. What works for you probably won't work for me and vice versa.
This seems like an extreme way of eating, which is probably what attracted me to it in the first place. To each his own. If you like the AD, or you are thinking about trying it, just ignore this post. Thanks for reading, Philip. Share Share this post on Digg Del. I too found AD not to be for me. There were not enough rules. I would completely negate the results of the low-carb times with the carb-loading times. And I had a problem with the meat.
Not the cholesterol or the fat, but the hormones, chemicals, and other crap. I cannot afford grass-fed, drug-free beef. So I felt I was always playing Russian Roulette by eating pounds of store-bought meat every day. I would have terrifying dreams during my no carb phase. I think my brain was having some very large upsets due to the lack of carbohydrates. I do really well of eating more Warrior Diet style, and cycling two days of high fat, low carbohydrate, and one day of high carbohydrate, low fat.
Some days I would get a kill in the morning and live of meat for a few days. Then when the meat ran out, go looking for some fruits and vegetables unless I came across another deer or something in the forest. I felt like it was too damn much meat also. I don't agree with the warning about polyunsaturated fats either, or not utilizing MCT's for energy. If I eat a teaspoon of coconut oil before a workout with some whey I feel amazing and blast through my workout, then hit up some carbs after my workout.
I leaned down a TON in about 2 weeks, the weekend carb up does not work for me either. I just feel like crap, even if I eat clean. So all and all I feel similarly about this diet. I think it teaches us a good way to look at food fuels, it just needs to be adjusted to fit each person. And for some that equals completely changing it. Phillip, thanks for sharing. Your review of the AD was very clean and detailed. I enjoyed reading it. At the end of the day I always have told people that they need to tweak their diets to fit their individual needs, goals and reactions.
Ultimately, if you are eating well you should: Once again, great synopsis! I have read just the basics of what the anabolic diet is, and worked it into my way of eating.
My weekly diet mirrors that of the warrior diet with little eaten but enough vegetables, nuts, and dairy products to keep me going through the day. I make sure to get some sugar from milk, yogurt, or kefir following a workout. On the weekends I consume a diet low in cholesterol and fat but high in complex carbohydrates. Since the high carbohydrate foods cause my blood glucose levels to rise and fall throughout the day, I eat roughly every 2 hours.
The foods I typically eat are bean burritos, rice, sushi, and pasta. I decrease my dairy consumption and switch to low-fat dairy. I'm spending more on food now, as I was pretty much lacto-ova vegetarian the past 6-months, but my energy levels are considerably higher and I feel great.
Here's my favorite recipe for the week 3-Vegetable Pot Roast 1 Start with enough olive oil to thickly cover the bottom of the crock pot 2 3 lb beef roast 3 Salt 4 1 beer use a porter or a stout 5 Radishes 6 Carrots 7 Celery The radishes are key.
They almost turn out like a boiled a potato. Compared to the potato though they are much lower in carbohydrates while still providing a good source of Vitamin C and Potassium. This sits in the slow cooker for about 8 hours while I'm at class.
I try to eat something else at dinner it this so I can save some of it for the next night's dinner. Here's the nutrition data on it: Originally Posted by Semonides. It doesnt sound like you actually followed the diet.
Your supposed to stick to certain calorie and macro nutrient numbers. Your supposed to adjust to your goal once you get your responses. From there you can say I need to fix this or that. Long term this is supposed to get you lean AND allow you to get a full glycogen load to fuel harder or mass building workouts. You have cutting and mass building phases once you figure out how your body responds and then continue to fine tune.