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Anabolic Steroids and Muscle Growth

Ok, let me start this with a disclaimer: I am not a steroid guy. I know enough to be a little bit dangerous and can throw around big words like leutinizing hormone and steroidogenesis but that’s about it. I’ve read most of the major books (and I have both Duchaine’s Ultimate Steroid Handbook and USHII so nyahh) because it interests me on some level but that’s it.… Read More

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Muscle Growth and Post-Workout Nutrition

In recent years, there has been huge interest in the topic of around workout nutrition for promoting optimal gains in strength and muscle size (prior to that, most interest had to to with recovery from exhaustive endurance exercise).  And, as is so often the case, as research has developed, many ideas, some good and some bad, have developed out of that.… Read More

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Calorie Partitioning: Part 2

In Calorie Partitioning Part 1, I looked at some of the factors which determine where calories ‘go’ or ‘come from’ when you overeat or under-eat respectively. In this article, I want to discuss the specifics of what happen when someone either diets or overfeeds.

Dieting

So you start your diet, reducing carbs, calories or both.… Read More

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Calorie Partitioning: Part 1

Note: This is an excerpt from The Ultimate Diet 2.0.

At a very fundamental level, the problem that natural bodybuilders and athletes have is one of partitioning; that is, where the calories go when you eat more of them or come from when you eat less of them. In an ideal universe, every calorie you ate would go to muscle tissue, with none going into fat cells; you’d gain 100% muscle and no fat.… Read More

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Initial Body Fat and Body Composition Changes

Introduction

For many years (decades?) a common suggestion was that one should attempt to gain some muscle mass mass (through resistance training and possibly overeating) prior to beginning a diet. Well meaning individuals would suggest you spent 3-4 weeks or more training hard and eating well to gain muscle mass. The goal was to raise metabolism so that the diet would go more effectively.… Read More