Differences between anabolic diet and cyclic diet

The anabolic diet and the cyclic diet (cyclic ketogenic diet) are similar to each other and both are intended to help fat burning and maintain muscle mass. What makes them different?

Both diets are well known to many athletes and bodybuilders who do not want to lose muscle mass, but want to reduce the amount of body fat. Both diets are quite easy to apply and do not require drastic reduction in the number of calories or large sacrifices. There are, however, some differences between them.

The anabolic diet is based on a book by Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale. Generally, it is a low-carbohydrate diet in which alternately low and high-carbohydrate days follow the diet. This way of eating is to mobilize the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates. This diet does not cause hunger attacks, which should facilitate its use. During the first week of using the diet, very few carbohydrates are eaten, which is to program the body to burn fat. From the following week, on weekdays, meals with low carbohydrates are eaten, and on weekends with high content. Such a nutrition system is to prevent the reprogramming of the body to burn carbohydrates instead of fat, and on weekends the body can renew glycogen stores, consumed during physical exertion.

The cyclic diet is based on the fact that on training days a menu with a higher carbohydrate content is used, and on days without physical activity a menu with a very limited number of carbohydrates. Training days with a high amount of carbohydrates in the diet consume glycogen accumulated in the muscles, but allow to supplement these losses, and days with low carbohydrates in the diet mobilize the body to burn fat. People using this diet have full freedom in deciding which day of the week will be allocated to a low-diet diet, which is high-carbohydrate diet. In this way, you can easily combine your diet with workouts.


People using a cyclic diet on high-carbohydrate days should reduce fat intake to a minimum. Meanwhile, one of the principles of the anabolic diet is that on days with high carbohydrate content in the diet, 15-20% of energy comes from fat.

Another difference is the content of protein in the diet. In the anabolic diet, as much as 1/3 of calories can come from protein. In a cyclic diet on high carbohydrate days, you should eat 2-3 g of protein for every kg of body weight, and on low carb days, 2.5-3.5 g of protein per kilogram of body weight.

Both diets belong to the group of low-carbohydrate diets, in which a large part of energy comes from fat and protein. Therefore, these diets are not recommended for people who suffer from kidney problems.

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