AM I IFing?
My general routine consists of the following:
7pm: Finish eating last meal
7:30am: Crossfit workout
9am: Begin work day.
10am: First meal of day
10am-5pm: Seem to be eating on/off all day.
Go home from work.
7pm: Finished eating last meal.
I consider this a common sense workout/eat/sleep schedule. I could not imagine working out after eating any food much less after a long day.
From 7pm to 10am=15 hour fast/24 hours.
I'm obviously asleep for most of the fast.
Is this Intermittent Fasting? If not what should I do different?
Yes IF is a fancy word for not eating and getting most of the fast from sleeping. Although a true IF is.....wait for it.....Intermittent. Also most tend to fall into the ranges of 16hr-24hr. The hormonal benefits of longer fasts can also be a nice plus to throw in once in a while. In the end.....no real hard and fast rules, find what works, eat for your activity level, choose healthy foods over crap and you should get good health and results. That and the pure randomness of length of eating makes it intermittent by heart....throw out the clock and just eat when your body tells you to during the day.....as it's 1:30 and I still haven't eaten yet....some days it is Noon....some days earlier or later....I tend to eat later though too....so there will be some pillaging to do later.
I guess I eat pretty well as a matter of focus. Vegetarian but love that whey protein. :)
In fact I am fasting all day today with just water.
I wonder how the effects differ between people fasting on a daily schedule like me or randomly like 1 to 2 days a week?
I consider my schedule to be 'normal'. I could go until noon or such without eating but will play around with how my body feels as time passes. Thanks.
Does your body really need protein for "protein recovery"?
I doubt your body starts rebuilding muscle right away. I would say eat when hungry. Your body & intuition is key. getting fit & healthy should not be rocket science unless you're in serious competition like the Olympics.
Just don't eat before you go to bed even if you are hungry. That means you should have eaten about 3-4 hours earlier and your body is saying "feed me now or go to sleep".. .so go to sleep. :)
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