Let’s have a look at Dave Ruel’s popular eBook, Anabolic Cooking. Simply put, this is a way of choosing and preparing foods that are helpful to people who would like to increase their muscle mass while burning stubborn fat at the same time.
If you think that there is going to be somewhat of an emphasis on lean protein to be included in this cookbook, you are right. And that is because protein is essential to muscle growth.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is NOT a body-building program. It’s a cookbook. I’m assuming – hopefully correctly – that you are here at this site because you’ve been working out, beginning to work out, wanting to lose weight while gaining lean muscle mass, or just looking for a healthier way to eat that will fit into a busy lifestyle. If any of these situations are the case with you, then you are in the right place, and this is going to be a good cookbook for you.
The last time I searched online for cookbooks in the weight loss or fitness niche (versus a particular cuisine such as “Italian Cooking,” or “Vegetarian Cooking”), there were millions of results in the search engines. Well, maybe not millions of books, but millions of pages talking about cookbooks!
So, then, if there are so many cookbooks out there for people wanting to lose weight or bulk up, why Anabolic Cooking? I suspect that the popularity behind Anabolic Cooking is the fact that Dave Ruel is bringing some innovation into the kitchen for people who may be getting bored with eggs, maybe some egg whites, and maybe some more eggs or perhaps a grilled chicken breast, and then another chicken breast. I think you know what I mean! It’s to reduce the potential boredom that some people might be experiencing when they decide to eliminate junk food and ingredients from their day to day diets.
After all, a lot of what we learn when we are working to get in shape and lose fat is that we should eat lean proteins and lots of veggies, right? Well, for a lot of people, it’s difficult to continually try to come up with interesting foods that are enjoyable but that aren’t just a continual repetition of the same ol’ same ol’.
And while there are a number of recipes that take some additional time to prepare, and that have a variety of different ingredients in them, there are also a number of simple meals as well.
The book will certainly open your eyes to a different way to vary your diet while you’re working towards a better body!
One thing I would suggest is (and this is just in case Dave hasn’t updated the edition of the cookbook as I write this) to avoid using artificial sweeteners. There was mention of using “Splenda,” an artificial sweetener – and this is surprising to me. But at other times, he will mention stevia, which is a completely natural and plant-based sweetener. If you do decide to use stevia, be very careful about the amounts you use, because it is STRONG. It also has a tendency to leave a bit of an after-taste that I personally do not care for; however, if you try it in small amounts – I mean tiny! – you can always add more. But once it’s in the recipe, you can’t take it out!
If you find yourself at a loss in the kitchen, or getting bored with yet another dish of eggs or grilled chicken breast and salad, give Anabolic Cooking a try! At very least you will have some rock solid guidelines as to good and healthy foods to include in your diet, and what to remove from your kitchen shelves starting now!