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Old 11-06-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
Carly Presakarchuk
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Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

I've done a little research on IF and am having trouble deciding whether or not it should be a legitimate part of one's diet. Robb Wolf says in his podcast that you really shouldn't dabble in it unless you are already eating paleo and have that down pat. The lean gains website mentions this too. It makes sense you shouldn't IF with a crap diet. I would say I eat 80% paleo and want to try IF 1-2 days per week.

There aren't any posts with IF as the main topic, so I was wondering if anyone has tried it and what they thought. Or any comments on why/why not to try IF. Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

I think it depends a lot on your training schedule. I train in the mornings and I've played around with IFing + just BCAAs before/after training, and I got weaker pretty quickly. But, on rest days I still prefer to not eat breakfast and this doesn't really affect my recovery, at least as far as I can tell/feel. I just have more energy for the first half the day if I skip breakfast and just have coffee, and if I was able to consistently train in the evenings then I would probably stick to this schedule. Then again, there is a difference between proper IFing and just skipping breakfast every day.

I think the only thing you can do is try it out on yourself and see if you notice positive versus negative differences.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

Dr. John Berardi has a free e-book about it. He wrote a brief article for my site about it as well which I will link to once it is live (hopefully later today).
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:46 PM   #4
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

Here is the article (WFS): http://www.wannabebig.com/diet-and-n...ttent-fasting/
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:44 PM   #5
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

Cool Stuff!
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:12 AM   #6
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

Thanks for the resource!
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:50 AM   #7
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

I IF once or twice a week. It's sort of a 'reset switch' for me, and I feel better not just training but in school too. It's not for everyone, but give it a try. Personally, I have found it to be very rewarding.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:37 AM   #8
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

I'm not sure how much it would work while doing crossfit, but I use to fast one day a week every week. I wasn't doing any heavy lifting at the time, just some cardio and not very intense. It worked like a reset button for the rest of the week.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:18 AM   #9
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Re: Intermittent Fasting - thoughts?

Check out Mark Sisson's info on IF. He aggregates some very convincing evidence on why IF is healthy for most people - not just those looking to lose weight. Robb Wolf pretty much just talks about it in the context of "leaning out" - Sisson cites hormonal response as well as anti aging properties that come with the "unabundance of food" on the cellular level; he talked about both these things at PrimalCon 2010. From a health and wellness aspect - very fascinating stuff. He also goes into the naturalistic benefits (the whole caveman angle). "Were humans really designed to have to eat every 6 hours??"

I myself am a big proponent of IF. I've kicked (the very easy habit) recently as I'm adding mass. I was definitely lean doing 6 days a week of crossfit fasted and having a constricted eating window and really did not get hungry easily. One thing I would argue you need is a keteogenic metabolism to make IFing functional (cp torture) which is why primal (saturated fat) > paleo ("lean meats") when IFing
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:03 PM   #10
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