I’ve been searching all around the internet for an answer to this question. I’m asking because I’m transitioning from standard keto to targeted keto (glycogen replenishment, activation of mTOR) and I do a 22-24 hour fast before my nightly workouts MWF.
Research shows that intermittent fasting raises growth hormone levels. I’m aware that it goes higher with longer (72 hour+) fasts. What I’m wondering is if my elevated levels of GH from a 24 hour fast will remain if I utilize protein and carbs for my periworkout nutrition and if the timing even matters.
I’m also aware that I need to eat to grow muscles. In the 24 hour period following my workout I’m eating in a surplus starting immediately after I leave the gym. Assuming protein synthesis is highest in this period, I believe that will be an effective way to achieve lean gains.
I appreciate any input.