Originally Posted by John Alston
I tell ya, I am looking into this IF malarky after my meet this weekend. An 8 hour window is short enough to get the benefits? I might be looking at a 1-9pm to start, which would mean the end of my breakfast log posts. Sigh...
As far as the IF benefits to gaining mass....you can find that:
- fasting has muscle saving mechanisms...so you are not going to waste away like people probably fear
- fasting (low protein) combined with high protein (eating) windows should help to increase protein utilization....so I imagine using 95% of the protein you eat to building muscle vs 75% is a pretty good thing for muscle building
and so forth....it's not a bodybuilding type approach to gaining mass but it certainly can be done. I am sure periods of cycling carbohydrates (like high protein/low carbs weekdays and high carbs/low protein weekends) will also benefit to increasing muscle glycogen and therefore more the muscle size associated with a hypertrophy style of training.
For me it came down to feeling better and having a life. As if I do the typical 6-7 meals a day, I felt more sluggish and really lost my mind worrying about food all the time. Not to say you can not get great results that way, it just wasn't something I wanted to focus on all day. That and I tend to feel so much better on an IF type of routine and do not want to count calories...just shove in as much protein as I can and keep the fat and carbs reasonable. Seemed more enjoyable lifestyle to me even if I never get "huge"...as I had an image complex long ago in college and never want to get back into that self defeating and never ending battle with myself.
It still comes down to calories and activity level.....one has to go up and the other probably has to come down. Anyone that tells you any differently is taking hormone or anti-cortisol "supplements". Otherwise we would of had a nation of huge muscle people running around by now with all the 5x a week workout programs detailed in magazines for the last 30 years.