How to Gain Muscle and Loose Fat Naturally

Published: 29th April 2010
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Bodybuilding Legend Scott Abel Cracks The Code

The entire process was initially developed and coined the Cycle Diet by legendary trainer Scott Abel. I believe that anyone interested in the deeper metabolic science behind the diet order one of Scott's DVD's as it's well worth the money. Scott's a brilliant innovator that has contributed more to the science of bodybuilding than any other person in the last 50 years and he has had a profound influence on my own training.

I have created a variation of Scott's Cycle Diet geared specifically for natural trainees. While I feel Scott's breakthrough and the science behind it is sheer brilliance his protocol does have some challenges for natural athletes as well as for individuals who may be enzyme deficient already.

I strongly recommend picking up a copy of enzyme pioneer Dr. Howell and his book "Enzyme Nutrition" for details on how rampant enzyme deficiency is in the population at large.

The 2 Main Challenges Of The Traditional Cycle Diet

The first problem is Metabolic Damage from Enzyme deficiency. While the cycle diet works for months even years there is an 'unseen cost". Over the long haul the Enzymatic cost of eating so much enzyme deficient foods and the potential damage and loss of metabolic enzymes. This can lead to training lethargy, poor recovery, early aging, and injuries.

The second cost is the long-term effects of this type of eating stress on the digestive tract, which can lead to thick deposits of mucoid plaque. This plaque is a breading ground for unhealthy bacteria to proliferate, which generate toxins that can lead to major health complications down the road.

This protocol allows you to build muscle while losing body fat as well as keeping your body free of toxic buildup.

Here is how it works.

First, you need to get your body fat levels below 7 percent for the maximum benefit of the protocol. The cool thing is once you get down to this level you can maintain this body fat level year round. If you are unsure how to get ripped you will want to follow one of my cutting up training and dietary protocols. It usually takes between 12-20 weeks to hit single digits for anyone under 30 percent body fat. I use the percentage a week method to determine how long it will take you to get in the single digit zone.

Second you need to be training a minimum of 5 days per week. In other words you need to be an intermediate or advanced trainee capable of handling significant volume and intensity in your training.

Third you need to keep your calorie intake about 500-1000 calories below expenditure daily. If you are following one of my five-day training programs simply multiply your Lean Body Mass (LBM) by 12. Whatever the total is, use that number as you're starting caloric intake.

Of course this should be divided up into 5 meals of the right combinations of protein, carbs, fats and nutrients. For more information see my article on "Getting Ripped Without Getting Ripped Off"

I also suggest that you follow a 5 day Body Part per day program such as the one's on my website. Once you have your workout program and your dietary intake down you are ready to go for the Ultimate Natural Training Cycle. Virtually anyone who follows the system will be as ripped as they want to be in less than 6 months but before we get ahead of ourselves we must first begin by...

"Priming The Pump"

Now for the first 3 days of your training you will keep your caloric intake in the calculated range all on training days. On your first rest day, which usually will occur on the 4th day you will perform one of the juice fasts I recommend for the whole day.

Consume as much juice as you like on the fast day and be sure to take some fiber to help remove accumulated mucoid plaque in the digestive tract. There are many herbs that can aid in the process as well which we outline at the freaky insider forums. I call this cleaning out the intestinal tract "Priming the Pump".

Keep in mind that only natural juices, preferably organic are used on the juice fast day free of sugars, additives, preservatives, sweeteners or anything else. I recommend the Jack Lalanne power juicer to make your own fresh super juices. Intermediate and advanced athletes may wish to use one of my more aggressive cleansing fasts for even better results.

On the 5th and 6th days of the week you will resume your training and diet schedule, with the concurrent calorie deficit. This is really important as maintaining a strict control over calorie totals on the training days is essential to make the program work. That means no cheats, treats, or deviations from your diet.

On the 7th day, which should be an off day from training as well, "EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT".

Is This 7th Heaven?

That's right all the things that you would like load up on them. It's a good idea to schedule social occasions or interactions on that day, so you can eat Grandma's apple pie, or have some pizza and ice cream with the guys during the big game. It's best to schedule the High Calorie day on a rest day and be sure to consume as many calories as you can.

Keep in mind that you start in the morning of your rest day and you stop in the evening. So you keep the time frame down to about 18 hours, as this will ensure no fat will be gained.

It is a good idea to start with fats in the morning first so that you don't experience too much digestive discomfort. It's also a good idea to double or triple your enzyme intake for the high calorie day as well as on the juice fast day for maximum absorption of nutrients.

For the finer details on training, diets etc be sure to check out my free newsletter at my website.

Why The Cycle Diet Works

The Cycle diet works because of the 3 basic reasons:

1)Short time frame of high calorie consumption

2)The initial caloric deficient state sets up a super compensation state

3)A rigorous training schedule which creates stimulus for fat loss and muscle gain

The bottom line is once you get the protocol down to suit your own metabolism it's pretty much impossible for your body to add body fat.

The cascade of anabolic hormones during the brief high calorie intake will be used to fill up energy stores and build more muscle. This is the ideal condition for growth of muscle tissues to occur. Many athletes are shocked by the giant leaps in muscle size, leanness, and muscularity that occur while on the cycle diet for a few months.

Fine Tuning The Process

You will need to fine-tune the process over time but it's pretty simple once you get the routine down. Best of all you don't have to restrict calories for long periods of time. Once every week you get a break and the juice fast day helps clear out any plaque built up form the high calorie day.

Most athletes find the cycle diet much easier and more a more fun way to stay in shape all year. What's even better that Natural Athletes everywhere can build can build mass while staying lean year round and stay healthy. No harmful chemicals or drugs needed.

Who said you can't have your cake and eat it too!

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