By Robbie J. Durand, MA Muscular Development
It was mentioned by Chad Nicholls on ‘NO BULL RADIO’ that Dennis Wolf needs his carbs! If you are not visiting the MD forums on a regular basis you are missing out on some serious action! The Royal Rumble was posted on December 8, 2008 on the MD message boards; normally all the staff members and writers are very kosher to each other but not this day.
The research guru and Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Muscular Development started a thread titled, “Clearing the Air on Zero-Carb or No-Carb Diets” by Steve Blechman, which can be found under the NO BULL section in the MD forums. The Boss posted in his comment’s section, “The fact of the matter is that, based on the scientific research, zero-carb diets are not optimal for muscle growth!!” Steve also mentioned that, “Zero-carb diets are great for fat loss, but at the expense of muscle. I endorse low-carb diets, but I do not believe that zero-carb diets should be used because you lose too much muscle mass!” That’s when the MD Royal Rumble began; proponents of those for or against the zero-carb diet began posting the reasons carbs should or should not be used. Comments were posted by Dave Palumbo, John Romano, Evan Centaponi, Mike Liberatore, Eric Broser and Layne Norton. This was no ordinary debate— it was like the opening scene of the movie “300,” when the Persians first attacked the Spartans!
Advantages of a Ketogenic Diet
- Superior fat loss
- Better appetite control
- Increased uncoupling proteins stimulated in muscle and fat
- Lowers cardiovascular risk by reducing insulin, triglycerides, etc.
- Ketogenic diets may be cardioprotective
Disadvantages of a Ketogenic Diet
- Insulin is a potent anti-catabolic hormone.
- Low-carb diets are currently being used to reduce prostate cancer via reducing IGF-1.
- Ketogenic diets promote acidosis in muscle (reduced Ph), which can increase muscle tissue proteolysis.
- Ketogenic diets turn on genes for catabolism. (SEE AMPK section).
- Reduced exercise intensity
- Carbs suppress cortisol
- Lowers SHBG (i.e., lowers free testosterone)