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Has anyone done the Anabolic Diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I seen a number of posts on here in regards to low testosterone (mine included) and was wondering if anyone has tried the anabolic diet? You can do a Paleo version of it and it basically a more sophisticated version of carb cycling. Looks interesting...

http://stronglifts.com/anabolic-diet-101-the-definite-anabolic-diet-guide/

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on April 15, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Some people do very well with it, but I had no success. I think I personally _need_ carbs after a workout in order to gain strength.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 15, 2011
at 04:39 AM

I am currrently on a keto diet(only carb source is non-starch vegetables and shredded coconut). What do you think about weight-training and the low/zero carb approach? I fell good but energy levels flag from time to time. I am lifting every day however...

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on February 21, 2011
at 04:41 PM

I think this could be a good alternative to Intermittent fasting, it could be done paleo. Filling up on yams and sweet potatoes only on weekends. Interesting.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 21, 2011
at 02:01 AM

Post workout >>> pre

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 21, 2011
at 02:00 AM

Glycogen repletion

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on February 21, 2011
at 01:44 AM

@Jonesy: One can use carb cycling to give one extra energy before workouts while limiting total carb consumption or prevent the insulin resistance chronic VLC may create. There are others, but thee two jump to mind.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on February 20, 2011
at 11:33 PM

Ive been doing squats, deadlifts, presses, etc for 2 years.

3020fb359dfbedaf90f1611b036d3432

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on February 20, 2011
at 10:51 PM

For testosterone, a good hack is brazil nuts or selenium supplements (but don't overdo it).

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on February 20, 2011
at 07:35 PM

What is the purpose of the carb cycling?

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3020fb359dfbedaf90f1611b036d3432

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on February 20, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I did this inadvertently in high school by eating only protein during the week then pigging out on junk on the weekends--I stayed pretty lean but if I were to try it again now that I know how and why to eat healthy I'd skip the junk and do it purely paleo.

Monday-Friday: High-fat, moderate protein, low carb:: meat, seafood, eggs, butter, cheese, cocoonut oil, green veggies

Saturday/Sunday: High-carb, low-protein, low fat:: Tubers, fruits, vegetables, rice (if you include it)

To my naive anthropological mental model it feels more like the way a paleolithic hunter-gatherer would eat, though I could be wrong. After a successful hunt, they'd eat nothing but the kill for days, then they'd switch to gathered tubers, fruits, nuts until the next successful kill. Plus, this way of eating also cycles protein, which has been shown to have health/longevity benefits (maybe because this is how we evolved to eat?).

3020fb359dfbedaf90f1611b036d3432

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on February 20, 2011
at 10:51 PM

For testosterone, a good hack is brazil nuts or selenium supplements (but don't overdo it).

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on February 20, 2011
at 07:32 PM

It's basically a cyclic ketogenic diet. With paleo foods it works just fine.

C42ca04212a396353131758237f209d7

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on February 20, 2011
at 07:35 PM

What is the purpose of the carb cycling?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on February 21, 2011
at 02:01 AM

Post workout >>> pre

4e40d2b9e1a762949a25b958762aa10d

(762)

on February 21, 2011
at 01:44 AM

@Jonesy: One can use carb cycling to give one extra energy before workouts while limiting total carb consumption or prevent the insulin resistance chronic VLC may create. There are others, but thee two jump to mind.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on February 21, 2011
at 02:00 AM

Glycogen repletion

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on February 20, 2011
at 09:58 PM

aside from diet, are you currently lifting weights? Multi-joint exercises (with heavy weights) like the squat, deadlift, and press, should do good things for your testosterone levels.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on February 20, 2011
at 11:33 PM

Ive been doing squats, deadlifts, presses, etc for 2 years.

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7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on February 20, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I've been on a targeted/short cyclical ketogenic diet for a month, and my blood pressure has slightly improved but my lifts (old Stronglifts program) have actually made negative overall progress despite the fact that I have only lost 0-2 lbs. YMMV.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on April 15, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Some people do very well with it, but I had no success. I think I personally _need_ carbs after a workout in order to gain strength.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 15, 2011
at 04:39 AM

I am currrently on a keto diet(only carb source is non-starch vegetables and shredded coconut). What do you think about weight-training and the low/zero carb approach? I fell good but energy levels flag from time to time. I am lifting every day however...

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