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Old 04-11-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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intermittent fasting

I am thinking about trying this...anyone else currently fasting or has done this in the past?

Just like a previous poster on here (didn't want to hijack his post) I am trying to lose lower belly fat. My diet is okay. I break down on the weekends and eat crap. During the week I try to eat healthy...no bread....lots of meat, whole foods, veggies, and lots of water. I am also drinking whole milk. I initially started drinking whole milk to gain weight....now I love the taste so I have stuck with it. I generally only mix it with whey protein for PWO, and then another glass with dinner at night.

For dinner I usually make chicken, eat venison, or beef (not grass-fed...sorry)
Lunch usually consists of leftovers from the previous meal.
I don't eat breakfast.

I am a teacher and I open the weight room for the kids in the morning, which is when I get my workout in....I did Xfit for about 6 months and enjoyed it but noticed more muscle gain lifting heavy weights so I have stuck with that for the time being.

After that morning PWO shake, I generally don't eat much until after my noon core workout. In order to fix that lower belly fat, I have been doing an ab routine everyday. After the ab workout, I eat lunch...usually leftovers and a sweet potato. I drink about 70-80 ounces of water a day and don't drink alcohol.

Lately I have been only eating 3 meals a day with no snacks...if I do snack it's usually venison of some sort.

I am 33, 200# and 6'2". My deadlift is at 415, hang clean-265 and bench-265

I can do 7 unbroken muscle ups.

Any suggestions on the fasting or my diet?
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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Re: intermittent fasting

This isn't a post that's really going to help you, but I loved teachers/coaches who let us use the weight room after school. So, thanks.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:37 PM   #3
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Re: intermittent fasting

LOL....anytime.

I was surprised by how many kids (middle school) have been coming in...awesome

They love the crossfit workouts too!
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
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Re: intermittent fasting

I like doing 18-20 hour fasts on rest days. I also workout in the morning, though, and IFing just became kind of a pain and I felt like it was impeding my recovery. I followed Martin Berkhan's suggestion of taking ~30g BCAAs before my AM session and then for a few hours afterward until my first post-WO meal at 1pm or so, but it just ended up feeling like I wasn't getting the full benefit out of my strength work. I think if you can workout in the afternoons, though, it is a great way to go because the timing is much easier, and IFing does feel really *good* to me in a somewhat ambiguous way.

Try it out --- read up on leangains.com (WFS) , and see if it works for you.
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:57 AM   #5
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Re: intermittent fasting

Tried it and it just wasn't for me. The biggest fast I can tolerate is the eight hours I'm sleeping. Light cardio on an empty tank isn't a problem, but moving real weight just doesn't work.

If I'm awake...I'm eating.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:03 AM   #6
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Re: intermittent fasting

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I break down on the weekends and eat crap.

That will sink you right there.

When all you have are those last few pounds hanging on around the belly a weekend of cheat meals will kill a week of hard work.

Try a month of no cheats and see what happens.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:45 PM   #7
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Re: intermittent fasting

refer to leangains.com (WFS) for his template.

you need to have your ducks in a row before beginning to tinker with IF.

1)your diet needs to be dialed. none of this off the rails weekends stuff.
2) your sleep needs to be dialed. you need to be waking up rested, not dragging.
3) your training needs to be dialed such that you aren't digging yourself into a cortisol hole.
4) your stress levels need to be dialed such that it doesn't add to #3.

From your post I think you have some other things to clean up before playing with IF.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:13 PM   #8
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Re: intermittent fasting

I travel so I usually do it on days when I am on the road. I find it is easier to do on days when I am busy with other stuff. Helps keep my mind off of eating and I don't think about mealtime.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:38 AM   #9
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Re: intermittent fasting

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In order to fix that lower belly fat, I have been doing an ab routine everyday.
Well, this is a waste of your time. You can't spot reduce fat by doing any kind of "routine". You can lose overall body fat which will make different muscle groups more emphasized depending on where you carry more or less fat, but "doing your abs" will not make you leaner. Additionally, I would wager that whatever your ab routine is-- and yes, I'm assuming you're doing a bunch of situps and god forbid crunches, so I apologize if you aren't -- there are more effective ways to build core strength.

Excess lower belly fat is a symptom of adrenal fatique/increased cortisol. I think Robb Wolf talks about this if you want to look around on his site.

You can't intermittent fast your way out of a crappy diet, but if everything is dialed in (and yes, that means no weekend crap and excessive drinking) then just...try it. See how you feel, see how you perform, see where the two meet up that works for you.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:35 AM   #10
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Re: intermittent fasting

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

The diet definitely needs to be cleaned up that's for sure. I am going to lay off the noon core workout (which was thai crunches and other balancing type movements).

I am honestly fasting every day because I don't eat past 7pm and then workout in the morning (fasted) and take a PWO whey shake and don't eat until noon.

I typically will eat my 3 meals b/t noon and 7pm.

Am I digging myself into cortisol hole?
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