Dieting is tough, particularly when your diet causes you to eat food that is boiled, tasteless, and all around unpleasant. That bland food is really what makes it so hard to stay faithful to your diet.
But what if there was a way to cook good food that was as delicious as it was nutritious? It would definitely make your diet much easier, and you d be able to enjoy your meals a whole lot more.
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Well, that s a possibility with this program. Keep reading this Anabolic Cooking review.
What is Anabolic Cooking?
Anabolic Cooking is a program aimed at helping you eat the foods that will promote muscle-building as effectively as possible. It s not just any diet program, but you ll learn about the best foods to pack on those pounds of muscle.
It s meant to be paired with a bodybuilding/strength training program, as that s the only way that you can actually put on the muscle. With the series of ebooks included in this package, you can fuel your body with all of the right foods!
The Mind Behind Anabolic Cooking: Dave Ruel
Dave Ruel is also the author of the Metabolic Cooking book. He is a competitive bodybuilder who won a number of championships in his weight class, as well as a certified nutritionist and Fitness Coach. He s also known as the Muscle Cook thanks to his recipes, all of which are included in the Metabolic and Anabolic Cooking programs.
His goal: to help people lose weight or pack on the muscle without suffering through a strict, bland diet of boiled chicken, baked potatoes, and broccoli .
The Anabolic Cooking Program Reviewed
When you purchase the program which will run you $47 you get a surprising amount of value! It s not just one cookbook filled with recipes, but you get over 20 PDF files containing a lot of information on eating for weight loss, muscle gain and more.
On the face of it, it s definitely worth the $47, but let s take a closer look at the books to see what kind of value they offer
A Look at Anabolic Cooking
Here is a fairly in-depth look at the various books you receive when you purchase the Anabolic Cooking program.
To begin, we ll start with the primary cookbook itself, Anabolic Cooking
The book begins with an inspirational story of how the author Dave Ruel transformed himself from the chunky weightlifter he was into the champion athlete he is today. It gives a bit of insight into how nutrition plays a role in the process of building muscle, but it s not an absolutely necessary part of the book.
From there, we jump right into the recipes, beginning with everyone s favorite: Breakfast.
Among the breakfast recipes, you ll find delicious foods like Vanilla Cream Oatmeal, Low Carb Spinach Scramble, or Zucchini Hash Browns.
The breakfasts tend to be fairly heavy on the protein, fruit, and vegetable-side, and fairly low in the carb/starch side. There is some included, but most of the emphasis is on protein and fiber.
Chicken and Poultry
The next section looks at some amazingly delicious recipes for preparing chicken and turkey, such as Chicken Fajitas, Baked Crispy Chicken Nuggets, and Chicken Pizza. There are even 15 delicious marinades you can use to prepare delicious chicken.
Once again, the recipes are often very heavy on the meat and veggies, with many of them eliminating carbs altogether.
Red Meat and Pork
This is one of my favorite sections, complete with tasty offerings like Lebanese Beek Kebabs, Jamaican Pork, and Southwest Beef.
Some of these recipes call for noodles or rice, while others have potatoes as part of the meal. However, most of them focus on the red meat, which is the star of any bodybuilding diet.
Fish and Seafood
Without plenty of fish, no diet is complete. This section gives you some tasty recipes to help you prepare fish, with options like Creole Tilapia, Cajun Shrimp, and Poached Halibut. As a bonus, you even get 15 recipes that you can prepare using canned tuna.
Salads, Soups, and Sides
Some of the salads listed here include Almond Chicken Salad, Spinach and Chicken Salad with Curry Dressing, and 3-Bean Salad.
The soups include Chicken Barley Soup, Slow-Cooked Turkey Chowder, and Anabolicious Gumbo.
You ll love the sides, which include Wasabi Mashed Potatoes (an odd idea that could be quite tasty), Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Herbed Quinoa.
You can also try the Guilt-Free Spinach Dip, the Guacamole, or the Perfect Spaghetti Sauce.
Snacks and Bars
These are a very essential part of any bodybuilder s diet, and they include offerings like High Protein Fudge Bars, Peanut Butter Protein Bars, and Zucchini Bread.
These snacks tend to be fairly carb-heavy, but there is enough protein added in to ensure that your muscles get the necessary amino acids once you have finished your workout.
Who doesn t love a good dessert? Unfortunately most diets forbid desserts, but not this one! You can prepare tasty treats like Mango Lime Mousse, Guilt-Free Chocolate Sauce, and Banana Cream Pie thanks to the recipes here.
You ve got about 200 recipes in total a pretty hefty cookbook filled with excellent muscle-building meals!
Muscle Cook s 10 Most Anabolicious Recipes
This is a bonus e-book that comes with the package, highlighting the 10 best recipes in the main Anabolic Cooking book. It s probably the book that is given away free to interest people in signing up for the Anabolic Cooking website s email list.
The recipes include:
The Muscle Cook s Chili
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Dave s Anabolic Blueberry Oatmeal
Dave s Famous Turkey Meatloaf
Why are these the 10 best recipes? The author doesn t explain why they are good, just like he neglects to explain why the 200+ recipes he gives you are good for packing on the pounds of muscle. There is a very noticeable lack of information, but the whole package is focused in giving you the recipes without educating you as to what part of the meal plan is best for building muscle.
Nutrition and Training Log
These one-page PDF files are ideal for those who want to keep track of exactly what they are eating and the exercises they do.
The Nutrition Log comes with enough space for 6 meals, as well as the post-workout meal/snack. You can fill in the exact number of calories, grams of carbs, protein, and fat, and use it to help you add up what you ve eaten in the day.
The Training Log helps you to keep track of each workout you do, with spaces for each exercise you do, the number of sets and reps, and what weight you use.
They re handy bonus files, but something that anyone could make in Excel in minutes.
The Ultimate Muscle Meal Guide
This is the first part of the program where we actually get some information on the meals, why they re good for building muscle, and how to structure your own meals for optimum muscle building.
Unfortunately, the author once again fails to break down the various nutrients and explain how they contribute to building muscle, replenishing energy post-workout, etc.
He does give pretty useful information on how much of each food to include in your meals:
3 fist-sized portions of vegetables
2 palm-sized portions of protein
1 fist-sized portion of fruit, whole grains, or starches
cup of healthy fats
1 large glass of water
Why is this the perfect portion size? If you re waiting to find out from reading this book, you re going to be sorely disappointed
This is the book where he actually explains the details of the various components of the diet. It tells you about why protein, carbs, and fats are all necessary for your body, and what each of the food types does.
It also gives you the principles of eating according to this diet plan, which include:
Eating six meals a day
Eat every 2 to 3 hours
Avoid Junk Food
Drink more water
It also gives you the basics of food prep, a simple shopping list, the items you ll need in your kitchen, and more. It is exactly what it says: the way to get started.
For anyone who is new to the world of dieting, bodybuilding, weight loss, and muscle-building, read book first. If you read it BEFORE you get into the Anabolic Cooking book, you ll understand just why the recipes are structured the way they are. It will make everything clear, so it s the place where you should start.
Unfortunately, it s not the first book that most people read when they purchase the Anabolic Cooking program, so the information it contains isn t usually read until much later. In fact, some people never even make it through all of the 20+ files, as it s a lot of reading to do.
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