A lot of you might be asking: what is a ‘fake natty’? It’s a term used by those in the health and fitness industry to describe someone who is a ‘fake natural’ – who claims their incredible physique is down to hard work and dedication, without the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) when really the truth is quite the opposite.
To the average gym goer who doesn’t know any better, this can be deceiving. The ‘fake natty’ crew give the impression that their physique is attainable without the use of PEDs and, because of this, people will be under the impression if they do what they do in terms or training and nutrition, they could look the same. They cleverly market themselves through social media and, in no time, their pockets are heavily loaded with money from people buying their plans.
What they don’t know is when PEDs are introduced, your body is able to grow faster, recover quicker and handle more food. This means the assisted athlete is able to increase training frequency and volume with no risk of overtraining. Ultimately you will not get the best progress following a assisted athletes plan if you yourself are not using PED's, you need to look at lifelong natural bodybuilders/trainers, following their instruction and form more realistic goals about what you can achieve.
Anabolics and nitrogen
As we all know, the body can only grow in an anabolic environment. Assisted athletes create this anabolic environment from an external source through the use of testosterone and other hormones.
The use of steroids also promotes a positive nitrogen balance. Nitrogen is found in amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Creating nitrogen retention enables the body to retain and handle more protein, so that it can increase muscle mass. For natural athletes achieving a positive nitrogen balance and retaining nitrogen is a lot harder. They need to be constantly flooding the body with proteins and carbohydrates to achieve this, leaving no room for missed meals.
Natural athletes also need to create their own anabolic environment, rich in testosterone and growth hormone. They can achieve this through hard heavy training with compound movements like the bench, squat and deadlift, drops sets and other intensity techniques.
The ability for the body to recover from a session is a major difference between assisted and non-assisted athletes. For natural athletes, training each body part once per week with a hard and heavy intense training session (lasting no longer than 45 minutes) is the way to go.
Your body only grows and recovers when it’s resting, so keeping a session to no more than fice per week is ample. Anything more than this could result in overtraining and complete burnout. Sleep is obviously essential for growth to both parties, however, more so to natural bodybuilders. You need to be getting between 8-10 hours of sleep consistently.
Diet is a pretty specific thing, as we all have different body types, metabolisms etc. However, a natural athlete is not able to process as much food as an assisted athlete.
Steroids make you more insulin sensitive and increase protein synthesis massively, so naturally your protein and carb intake will be lower than an assisted guy of round about the same weight. It’s still imperative you keep your meals frequent to keep that positive nitrogen balance and anabolic environment we explained about earlier.