Mauro Di Pasquale

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Mauro Di Pasquale
Mauro Di Pasquale

Other names"The Anabolic Doc"
Occupation(s)Doctor, powerlifter, author, Ship Captain
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
TitleIPF World Powerlifting Champion
Competition record
Representing Canada
World Games[2]
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara 75kg
IPF World Powerlifting Championships
7th 1974 67.5 kg
1st 1976 67.5 kg
2nd 1978 67.5 kg
2nd 1979 75kg
2nd 1980 75kg
6th 1984 75kg
Canadian National Championships
1st 1974 67.5 kg
1st 1976 67.5 kg
1st 1978 67.5 kg
1st 1979 75kg
1st 1980 75kg
1st 1982 75kg
1st 1983 75kg
1st 1984 75kg

Mauro G. Di Pasquale (born 1945)[1] is a world champion powerlifter, bodybuilding author, columnist and low-carbohydrate diet advocate.


Di Pasquale was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 1998. He lectured and researched on athletic performance, nutritional supplements and drug use in sports. He holds an honors degree in biological science, majoring in molecular biochemistry (1968), and a medical degree (1971) – both from the University of Toronto. Di Pasquale is certified as a Medical Review Officer (MRO) by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC). He was the MRO for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). From 1997 to 1999 Di Pasquale was involved in writing, research and product development for Experimental and Applied Sciences (EAS).

As a bodybuilding author, Di Pasquale has written thousands of articles for many large bodybuilding and fitness magazines such as Muscle & Fitness and Iron Man;[3] His articles and books have been translated into Italian language and published in Italy by Sandro Ciccarelli Olympian's News magazine. He has also written several books on bodybuilding related topics such as bodybuilding nutrition and performance-enhancing drugs. Impressed by the way Di Pasquale would monitor steroid use in the bodybuilding industry,[4] World Wrestling Federation (WWF) owner Vince McMahon hired him in June 1992 to monitor the company's new drug testing program;[4] at this time, McMahon was facing criminal charges for allegedly supplying steroids to some of his wrestlers in a manner that violated federal law and was hoping to regain public confidence.[4] While working with the WWF, Di Pasquale took a hardline approach and ensured that anyone who failed a drug test would leave the company;[4] such an example showed when WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior failed a drug test in September 1992.[4] His firm policy towards steroid use earned him the nickname "Mr. Steroid Hunter."[4]


Di Pasquale is an advocate of low-carbohydrate dieting.[5] He has authored The Anabolic Diet (1995) which advocates a cyclic ketogenic diet (CKD).[6] His diet was also called "The Pork Chop Diet".[7]


Di Pasquale is a multiple time national and world champion in the sport of powerlifting. Di Pasquale won the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in 1976, and the IPF World Games in 1981.[1]

Di Pasquale was an eight-time Canadian champion, and two-time Pan American and North American champion. He was also the first Canadian powerlifter to become a World Champion and first Canadian powerlifter to total 10 times bodyweight in any weight class. Di Pasquale is the only Canadian to ever total ten times bodyweight in two weight classes.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Drug Use and Detection in Amateur Sports (1984)
  • The Anabolic Diet (1995)
  • Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete: The Anabolic Edge (1997)
  • The Metabolic Diet: The Revolutionary Diet that Explodes the Myths About Carbohydrates and Fats (2000)


  1. ^ a b c "Di Pasquale Mauro – results in powerlifting and benchpress, records, personal data, photos and video".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-03-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale,, accessed February 21, 2007. His articles and books have been translated into Italian language and published in Italy by Sandro Ciccarelli Olympian's News magazine.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Shaun Assael, Mike Mooneyham (February 24, 2004). Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. Crown Publishing. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-4000-5143-4. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Interview That Started It All - Dr. DiPasquale Discusses Carbohydrates". Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Complete Anabolic Diet Guide With Sample Meal Plan". Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Revisiting the Anabolic Diet". Retrieved 14 February 2023.