Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any input/suggestions how I can incorporate IF into my diet. I currently wake up around 4AM, train from around 4:30AM to 6AM, kids/work/blah/blah/blah, bed around 10PM.
I have experimented a little with having my last meal around 8PM and not eating until 9 or 10AM the next day. I take BCAAs and caffeine with my workout, and then have herbal tea, coffee, and sometimes a zero calorie/zero carb probiotic drink to get me through until 9AM or 10AM when I have my first meal. I think it helps with my digestive system (I have a lot of issues) and I also feel more awake and energized while fasting, though the hunger pains and growling stomach can be a bit annoying.
My first question/concern - is a 12 or 13-hour fast long enough to have the benefits of fasting? My second question/concern - I am not consuming any pre- or peri-workout nutrition other than BCAA's. Am I going to lose muscle? I am trying to increase strength and mass, and wonder if the lack of peri-workout nutrition will hinder that? On the days that I have trained fasted, I don't feel lethargic and have not noticed any appreciable decreases in strength.
Thanks in advance for your input and advice!!