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Keto Bulking

Keto Bulking

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Bulking With The Ketogenic DietIn my last article I presented the scientific research pertaining to the metabolic state of ketosis. While in the state of ketosis we come to realize that it isthe optimal metabolic state to activate the breakdown of dietary/stored fat. This is one of the greatest benefits of dieting while using the Ketogenic dietingroute. Now we know that ketosis presents a highly anti-catabolic environment even while on a reduced calorie diet. So now the question on everybody
s mind is,
Canyou use the Cyclic Ketogenic Diet (CKD) as a way to gain a substantial amount ofmuscle mass while keeping body fat accumulation to a minimum?
The DietThe most important aspect about using the CKD as a means of bulking is to set your calorie level around 20% (25x bodyweight) over your normal daily calorie level. On a similar note if this causes your calorie level to be too low/high you can always adjust it to fit your individual needs. The best way to consume the copious amounts of calories needed while bulking is to eat a high amount of: steak,chicken, fish, whole eggs, sausage, bacon, and protein and oil shakes. The bestway to set this up is to adhere to the
ketogenic ratio,
which is some where around 1.5 g of fat for every gram of protein. Your meal planning should consist of anywhere around 5-10 meals a day, that
s right I did say 10. This is to constantlykeep your muscle cells saturated with the optimal nutrients for growth.The most substantial difference with using the Ketogenic diet for bulking opposed to cutting is the carbohydrates. During the bulking phase I recommend a 36-hour carb-load, this is to allow a substantial influx of carbs into the muscle butnot to over do it. The next major difference is that you are to have 1000 calories worth of carbs, with a good amount of whey protein, approximately two-hours before your Wednesday workout. The main goal of this carb-spike is to allow the person to have a substantial amount of muscle glycogen to maintain workout intensity.Now as far as the carb-up goes, you can either start with very high glycemic carbs. Then taper down to lower glycemic carbs. The other route is to eat what youwant. For a hard-core bulking routine this is what most people will do. If you are going to follow the
eat whatever you can get your hands on
route definitely tryto choose the lower fat route. This means if you are going to get donuts, try to find the brand that
s lower in fat. But if you know you can drop the fat off ata relatively fast pace, then go ahead and get Nesquick and Krispy Kreme and havea fun time!Reasons For This PlanAll right, now I
ll discuss my rational behind this radical plan. Since you will be carb-loading Friday night into Sunday morning you most definitely want to hitmost of your body on Sunday when your muscle glycogen is overstocked. This is the main reason for the carb up (bulking or dieting). The next weight workout willbe performed on Wednesday, and I advocate a 1000 calorie influx of carbohydrates (preferably simple) before that. The rational backing this up is that by Wednesday your muscle glycogen should be fairly low, this influx of carbs will restock your glycogen stores substantially and allow you to perform at an optimal level in the gym. The next weight workout will be performed on Friday night before the carb-up. On this workout you should be performing a heavy full body workout,mainly to fully deplete glycogen stores and causes an anabolic stimulus when youstart exploding carbs into your muscles.The WorkoutI will not be deeply going into the workout schedule because people respond verydifferently to various workout routines. The main advice regarding working outis to hit half of the body Sunday when your carb stores are very full, hit the other half of the body on Wednesday after your carb-spike, and then hit the fullbody Friday (1-2 sets to failure) before the grand carb-up. Another key point ofadvice is to stress exercises such as, squats, lunges, dead lifts, barbell rows, bench press, military press, barbell/dumbbell curls, tricep pushdowns, close b
 
ench, and reverse curls. These are undoubtedly some of the best mass builders around and should be the core of your workout schedule. I highly recommend using different intensity techniques with these exercises. For example, have you ever tried doing a triple drop set with rack dead lifts? I
m talking about incorporatingrest-pause and triple drops with compound movements. In another article I
ll describe some death defying workouts.As far as sets and reps are concerned, I highly advocate 1-2 very intense sets per exercise, around 3-4 exercises per body part (more for bigger muscles and less for smaller muscles). As far as reps go, I think anywhere between 4-10. When Igo as low as 4 reps they are usually performed very, very slow with a 5 secondpause at the peak contraction. They are also usually the first very heavy set ina 3 set drop.As far as time in the gym goes, keep it to a minimum. Most people like to turn their workouts into a social hour. No, that is not how it should be, just hit your muscles as hard as you can and get the hell out of there! Also, I highly recommend to keep cardio to a minimum, although I do recommend 10 min. warm-ups and cool downs before the workouts. But aerobics can greatly hinder your workout intensity so keep them to a bare minimum. Plus they will not allow you to get the most out of your bulking phase, muscle wise.SupplementsAs far as the supplements go I highly advocate essential vitamins such as C, A,E, and a high quality multi. But the best supplements I will be discussing are glucose disposal agents. These will allow you to hit ketosis faster, and also allow you to ram jet even more glucose into your muscles during carb-load periods.A good dosing schedule for glucose disposal agents would be as follows:Sunday-Monday-TuesdayVanadyl Sulfate 120 mg split over 6 of your mealsChromium Picolinate 1000 mg split over 5 mealsMagnesium 1000 mg slip over 4 mealsWednesdayVanadyl Sulfate 50 mg with carb-spike mealChromium Picolinate 400 mg with same mealMagnesium 250 mg with same mealFriday night-Saturday NightSame as Monday and TuesdayAnother powerful glucose disposal agent is alpha lipoic acid, which mimics insulin. A schedule for this would be as follows:ALA 600-1200 mg a day in divided dosagesThis would be used like the other glucose disposal dosage schedule. 200 mg wouldbe taken Wednesday. The next best supplement to use is a combination of Creatine Monohydrate and Glutamine. These should be taken in high amounts only during the carb-up, to further increase cellular hydration. Creatine should be taken inaround 40 g during your carb-up, and Glutamine should be taken in around 60 g along with the Creatine. Both will not be that beneficial during the low-carb portion, so save your money and use higher dosages during the carb-up. If Glutamineis not in your budget, then definitely use Creatine. Many people prefer to use the Creatine with a sugar base. That option will also work very well during carb-ups. This is because most companies will throw in some beneficial goodies.On a further note, if you are going to be stuffing your face with Donuts duringthe carb-up, I highly recommend you take 1gram of HCA 30min. before meals. Thisis so you don
t go overboard with your eating, and it also helps push glucose intothe muscles and not the fat cells.A Normal Days Bulking DietI am going to roughly outline a normal days bulking diet. The key word is roughly, this is just sample meals for the day, don
t follow it meal for meal.Meal 1: 3-5 eggs, cheese, bacon, butter on the eggsMeal 2: 2 double cheeseburgers (no bun) with Mayo

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