I’m glad this thread came up, because as of late I’ve been reading up on this and yesterday was my first day dabbling in IF (Intermittent Fasting). I know you can’t judge any dietary plan based on the first day, but let me tell you, I felt great! My mood was better, I had more energy, and I wasn’t even hungry. I basically ate because I knew I had to. And I didn’t even gradually ease into it. I went straight for a 16 hour fast. It was awesome.
I also know I have some digestive problems (I can get gas when on an empty stomach), but I didn’t have that trouble yesterday. I think breakfast stimulates my hunger and does bad things to my digestive system. Either way, I plan on doing this for a bit and see how it works out. It seems like something I want to do for the rest of my life.[/quote]
I just started it this week and this about sums it up for me also. Eating 6 smaller meals a day seemed to keep me hungry and moody all day long. Cramming all my cals into 3 meals and an 8 hour window make it so I am never hungry. I will give it more time but for now I am sold.[/quote]
Do you break your fast immediately post workout like recommended, or do you wait a few hours after your workout to eat?[/quote]
Yeah, I take a scoop of whey before my workout then break the fast post workout. [/quote]
See I don’t know 100% what I should do. I workout in the morning well in advance before work because my job can be physically demanding, so I want some time to recover between my workout and work. This creates a problem because para workout nutrition would end up having me break my fast too soon.
I need a way to prevent muscle breakdown without breaking my fast.
start your fast earlier in the prior day and go to sleep earlier. i don’t think 16-8 is set in stone. you could probably push it to 14-10 if you had to and still see results. at the end of the day, its still calories in, calories out. the post workout window is a lot longer than people think. personally, i would be worried about getting carbs in my body pre/ peri workout.
i just calculated some of my numbers, and it looks like its gonna be real fun packing these 3 meals in.
workout days- 2820 calories
1st meal- 125g carb, 75g protein
2nd meal (pre/ peri workout)- 76g carb, 66g protein, 18.8 fat (2 FINiBARs, 2 MAG-10, 2 Anaconda)
3rd meal (postworkout)-250g carb!!, 50g protein
nonworkout days- 2500 calories- 125g carb, 312g protein, 83.3 fat
not sure what my meal breakdown will be. my first meal will be the biggest however. additionally, i may bump the carbs down a bit, and raise the fat.
What do you guys think of this? By the way, i’m about 205 pounds, estimated to be around 16% bodyfat.