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Post-Diet Anabolic Window


#1

Hey guys,
This is my first post and I have a quick question for all of you knowledgeable tnationers out there. I will be coming off a cut in the next 2/3 weeks and I have heard of this "anabolic window". Basically, after a few months/weeks of being on a diet your body enters a catabolic state.

So, when you reintroduce normal feeding levels your test/glycogen levels rebound and our bodies put on muscle mass a lot faster. My question is how long does this window last for? I would assume at least 2 weeks but I am totally clueless. If anyone who answers can site their source or the study, bro-science is evil.
Thank you!
Cody Greco

Post script: I have checked google, tnation, mayoclinic, pubmed, and other various forums and cannot find much information. I think this is due to the various name this phenomenon has. Thanks again!


#2

You can't find this info because no one studies it, nor is there some definitive timeline for this.

How long does it last? Who cares?

How about go on a diet and see?


#3

Come on Brick. That's why he can't find it. He just wants a couple of guys who have competed to give him a general estimate.

OP: ask chitownsfinest, stu, or mm. They all have competed and are good about giving advice.


#4

Thanks a lot dnl! I really appreciate your time :slight_smile: I will definitely ask them. Happy holidays!


#5

I would refer you to the December 2010 edition of Muscular Development. In it is an article written by Layne Norton titled "Pre-contest to Off-season Reverse Dieting: Preventing Metabolic Disaster," which basically outlines everything you are looking for.

Although it doesn't discuss what you refer to as an 'anabolic window,' a phenomenon I suspect is very individualistic and reliant on too many variables to note, it does however guide someone in your situation into an off-season diet.

The article addresses some of the misconceptions surrounding the post-contest bulk many competitors parttake, and focuses on how to practically and immediately restore metabolic activity to a more robust rate with the intention of handling off-season calories for muscle gain as opposed to fat gain.


#6

I'm going to have to find a copy of that article!

OP: I'm not sure the duration of your diet/cut, and like skwasny mentioned, it's highly individual. I can only speak from experience; during post contest I can put down over 500 carbs with a moderate fat and protein intake and 'feel anabolic' if that makes any sense at all.


#7

You should be concerned about the windows and the walls. And the sweat that drips down your balls.


#8

Type "unshredded" at Berardi's forum.

You'll come across a few logs of people coming off the "Get Shredded Diet".