Hi there :O
So, I recently did 6 weeks on the anabolic diet, following it strictly (weighing literally everything I was consuming). I was taking in 2800 calories during the week, 3600 on the weekend, with the ratios recommended in the good Doctor's book (30% PRO 70% FAT weekdays, 60% CHO 30% PRO 10% FAT on weekends). Followed this faithfully for 6 weeks, working out 5 days a week for about an hour and a bit a day with high intensity, with Friday's depletion workout usually nearing the two hour mark.
Felt great during the weekdays of low carb, but kinda felt like **** during the weekends, after the initial sugar rush from the meal immediately following depletion. Strength went up a good bit, upped around 30 lbs on my decline bench press, about 5 lbs each arm for curling, and visually you can see more definition. Gained 4 lbs total while losing 2 inches off my waist and 1.5 inches off my chest.
I was told that 2800 calories for my size was low low low during the week (6"1, 280, moderate activity level before workouts), but would probably be safe for avoiding starvation (endomorph, so my body tends to bulk very easy). Still though, what I had always read was that it was as simple as calories in vs. calories out, and I was at least at a 600 deficit. I'm pleased with my progress, but kinda shocked at how I gained muscle while eating for cutting.
On the flip side, for the past week or so I have been doing a more standard ratio split, 2500 calories split 40% PRO 30% CHO 30% FAT (limiting carbs to oatmeal at breakfast, then simple ones after workout), and in 5 days I'm down almost 8 lbs.
I don't get it. It isn't water weight (my scale takes readings for that, and it is steady at 48%, which is normal for me), and I don't think it's glycogen (since I'm taking about 200 grams of carbs per day). That leaves muscle and fat as our options, but even with the cycling I've been doing recently, my daily deficit can't be much more than 800 calories. I'm taking BCAAs during both morning fasted cardio, then before, during, and after my workouts (bowflex or cycle). Even assuming my metabolism is some abomination burning 4000 calories a day (and being an endo, it sure as hell isn't), that still would not account for nearly all the weight loss.