The Anabolic Solution for Recreational and Competitive Bodybuilders
By Mauro Di Pasquale, BSc, MD, MRO, MFS
MetabolicDiet.com Books, MD+ Press
With a body mass index of around nineteen it would not occur to me to claim any expertise on bulking up, so I don’t have much to say about how well the method in this book works. One certainly can’t argue with Dr. Di Pasquale’s results. The gist of the method involves eating a low carbohydrate diet during the week (five days a week) and eating a higher carb diet on the weekend. Obviously, working out is also a key part of the method. Steroids are not part of the method—good thing. Supplements may augment the program, which are discussed in the book, but the core of the anabolic solution seems to focus on diet.
The book contains considerable discussion about what kinds of foods to eat, especially on the low-carb days. That discussion is actually quite good for the most part. The good doctor is a fan of red meat, dairy, eggs, bacon and healthy animal fat in general. I think he also gets it right on the topic of water—drink when you feel like it, otherwise don’t. Don’t worry about cookie-cutter recommendations for how much.
If you have a hankering to hulk up and get huge, this program might work for most men and maybe even women. When looking at the protocol from the viewpoint of compatibility with WAPF principles, there are a few problems. While Dr. Di Pasquale is very good on fats in general, in his discussion on butter versus margarine his take on which is better is surprisingly non-committal in light of everything else he says. He got some of his ideas from the book Fats That Kill, Fats that Heal, by Udo Erasmus. You can see our thumbs down review of that book on our website. He also seems a little too concerned about cholesterol and not concerned enough about artificial sweeteners.
Even if you do desire to be a massively muscled stud-muffin, you might want to think long term before you dive in. I personally don’t think the dietary requirements are too grueling although some might disagree. I think you can maintain this lifestyle if you are really committed to it, but it still requires a lot of work and time that most people don’t have. Even more will not have the time or motivation to continue the program indefinitely to maintain their results. If you want to know what happens after you bulk up and then quit the maintenance program, I’m sure you can find recent pictures of a shirtless Arnold out there in cyberspace. Not a pretty sight.
Supplements, as mentioned earlier, are not the central feature of the book but they do get a significant amount of space. Since the full effects of any food or supplement can take a long time to manifest, anything that hasn’t been around for at least a few centuries is an experiment. That would cover just about all supplements.
For those who want to look like the Incredible Hulk, this might be the optimum book. For those who just want optimum health, this is not the best source for information. There are enough inconsistencies with Weston A. Price Foundation principles scattered through the book to keep the thumb DOWN.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2010.🖨️ Print post
Sean Drew says
Thank you for doing the review, I heard lately from a interview with Dr. Mauro DiPasquale where he was actually discussing the problems with processed foods like margarine and the danders of artificial sweeteners. The book I sent you is from 2002, I should of sent the updated one from 2008 which is much better, where he clearly is warning against margarine. Hopefully it will get a thumbs up this time. Below is the 3rd Ed of Anabolic solution for bodybuilders 2008. Hopefully there are a few corrections to your review after reading the 3rd Ed. Thanks for your time. All the best
Sean Drew says
I guess the link above doesn’t work, this link should work. It contains a much updated version of “anabolic solution for bodybuilders” Just read the message above of why I’m sending this. Thanks http://www.sendspace.com/file/4c0wcz
Tim Boyd says
Hi Sean, I double checked and the version I reviewed was the 3rd edition which is the same in your latest link. The section specifically comparing butter to margarine is as described in the review and comments on artificial sweeteners still hold. Sorry I couldn’t give it a thumbs up.
Muscle doesnt just turn to fat. Those who build more muscle will have better metabolisms as they age and will be healthier overall…..
Read your post and I didn’t find a criticism that might result in a thumbs-down review. The only thing vaguely sounding like a challenge was the suggestion that most people would find Pasquale’s diet strategy impractical. Consider the audience. People that know who Pasquale is are generally serious fitness enthusiast that are inclined to adhere to something very strict…quite simply, getting fit to the extreme requires diet manipulation way beyond healthy eating. And it’s true, it’s not for everyone.
Good review and I think that the importance of following an extreme diet in order to obtain a brawny physique is highly overrated. Few people will obtain a freakish amount of muscles without drugs, now matter how dedicated they become to training/diet regime.
As a little endnote, even poor working men in southern India, shows enlarged muscles, if engages in some heavy labor. Doubt they follow a high protein diet!