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The Anabolic Diet is designed to help people build muscle and lose fat. The diet divides the week into two types of eating - high protein, high fat and low carbohydrate from Monday to Friday; and high carbohydrate, low protein and low fat on weekends. The Anabolic Diet encourages the intake of fatty, red meat. This diet claims that fatty red meat is high in cholesterol and saturated fat which increases testosterone levels, a natural muscle building steroid that also enhances strength, energy and improves libido. The diet also claims that the absence of carbohydrates for 5 consecutive days on weekdays forces the body to burn fat for energy and that it also increase the production of growth hormone which supposedly increases muscle mass, promotes fat breakdown, and forces the body to use fat for energy. The Anabolic Diet also alleges that it can control the production of insulin, which also increases growth hormone.
The Anabolic Diet is high in fat, saturated fats and cholesterol, which can increase cholesterol and the risk of developing vascular diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. The alternating of low and high carbohydrates can be dangerous for some people, such as diabetics. The diet plan encourages exercise but may not supply enough carbohydrates during weekdays for energy for some people, such as athletes. In addition, the Anabolic Diet does not encourage fruits and vegetables, and can lead to constipation. Severe carbohydrate restriction can result in the body going into "starvation" mode, which leads to a lower metabolism, the body's way to try to prevent complete starvation. This often leads to gaining even more weight then was lost after the diet has been discontinued. This encourages "yo-yo" dieting patterns that are unhealthy and do not result in effective weight control. Severe calorie and nutrient restriction can also lead to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), low blood pressure, dizziness, and weakness. They can also result in ketoacidosis, a condition in which severe restriction of calories or carbohydrates leads to dangerously high levels of acids called ketones build up in the blood and can poison the body. High intake of protein may also be dangerous for some people, such as those with kidney disease. As with any diet plan, optimal results for health and weight loss and control are achieved when a well balanced diet plan that encourages gradual weight loss is combined with a sensible exercise program and healthy lifestyle changes. Any diet may have the potential to be harmful for some people, so consultation with a health care provider before starting a diet plan and exercise program is recommended.
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