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Enhancing Anabolic Effects Of The Blood Type Diet


I am a Powerlifter at the U.S. Naval Academy and need to continually put on muscle in order to succeed. Should I eat a gram of protein for every pound of body weight as is often suggested? Also, should I throw out my whey protein powder and buy Soy Protein instead? I am about 9% body fat, 165lbs and 21 years old if this matters at all. I am really confused about all the different information. I would greatly appreciate a response that will lead me in the right direction.


In my experience with individuals seeking to put on muscle mass, I have seen consistent results obtained by combining the blood type diet with a diet called the ABCDE diet (Anabolic Burst Cycling of Diet and Exercise) pioneered by Torbjorn Akerfeldt. The principle behind the ABCDE diet is that systematically overeating is anabolic (maybe even more so than weight lifting) because of the hormone response that overeating promotes. However, since the body will eventually accomodate to anything, this anabolic response to overeating will usually diminish with time. So, in order to maximize the bodies capabilities, it is critical to consistently cycle between a higher and lower calorie diet. In a simplified sense, it is the relative change in the amount of calories that promotes the best metabolic results. A very generalized way to begin this approach to eating is to eat 4000 calories a day for 14 days, and then starting on the 15th day, eat about 1800 calories a day for the next 14 days. On the 29th day return to eating 4000 calories a day for another 14 days. For more information on this approach to using food to change your body composition, I recommend contacting a magazine called Muscle Media 2000. They published 4 articles on the ABCDE diet in 1997.

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