Strength is an elusive thing. It seems like it’s at its peak at unexpected times, and ‘off’ when counted on most. No amount of planning changes this. We even adopt the worst-ass superstitions too, like wearing the same socks on bench day for five years without washing them—ever. Adopting a new diet, any new diet, makes it difficult not to assume it’s going alter strength. If you’re like me, you probably assume the most evil of the lot is a low carb plan.
As most of my plans require some low-carb sequence, it’s only fair that I address the issue of strength. I remember my first experience with ultra-low carbohydrate diets: The Anabolic Diet by Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale. The book—a spiral bound notebook—cost forty or fifty bucks, published by Optimum Training Systems. Dr. Di Pasquale conveyed his theory in simple terms and prepared the reader for what to expect, if only superficially.