intermittent fasting

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Created August 17, 2012 at 2:55 AM

can you break your fast and eat your calories before working out? i fast from either 1 or 2PM to 8AM and i workout at around 6PM, whould it be beneficial for HGH and fat burning if you dont eat post workout?

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on August 17, 2012
at 02:51 PM

I try to schedule my IF around my workouts. If I am going to work out in the afternoon, say 4pm, just don't eat breakfast and lunch, workout, have a protein shake, and then have a normal dinner.

If I am going to workout in the morning, say 6am, then I typically skip dinner, and have a big protein and fat filled breakfast after working out.


on August 17, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I'd eat after not before, due to insulin sensitivity and the need to rebuild destroyed tissues.

That said, heavy workouts on an empty stomach can lead to glycogen deprovision, and that is no fun at all. I usually eat a small amount about 1 hour pre-workout and then something with carbs and lots of protein post-workout. Eating before allowed me to increase the intensity of the workout without getting shaky/nauseous/vomiting/other fun stuff.


on August 17, 2012
at 06:04 AM

I would definitely eat post workout. You are very insulin sensitive after exercise, and that's the prime time to take in calories, especially if you want to put on muscle. If you find that you have plenty of energy, you can feel free to workout in a fasted state. In fact, that might even make your post workout meal more effective.

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