Here comes the fun part. When you overeat, you generally get fat. However, when you overeat coming out of a dietary approach as outlined for days 11 and 12, your body’s response is super-compensation and a burst in anabolic hormones. Now, you’ve set up your body to store more carbohydrates than ever before. Temporarily overeating also causes thyroid, growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor levels to rise. All are important anabolic hormones, messengers that stimulate growth. Calories are certainly vital for growth, but hormones play a huge role. This approach harnesses both.