After several months of occasional IF, I've switched completely to a paleo/Lean Gains based IF diet - typically with a 1-9pm eating window. Saturdays or Sunday typically incorporates a refeed, usually with a whole lot of sweet potato goodness.
I understand the science behind calorie cycling/refeeds. My question for all is: Anyone with a similar diet experiment with adding breakfast back in every once in a while? I've noticed hunger is completely gone in the mornings, but I'm wondering if anyone has had success with a 'breakfast cheat' day. MDA mentioned in some post a long time back about cortisol increases with the constant skipping of breakfast. What have been your experiences with fat loss/muscle gain/recovery in mixing it up?
asked byJake__2 (671)
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on August 02, 2012
at 06:22 AM
I don't see a problem doing LG with the occasional breakfast meaning 1 - 2x in six weeks, but I definitely end up hungrier earlier and eat more on days that I start off eating breakfast. This is anecdotal though. I don't have any support for my claim or how it will mess with hormones. I've read around and the occasional Saturday morning was said not to be a problem on LG, but still better not to do it.
Ultimately just try it! If you have a problem skip it from then on out!
on August 02, 2012
at 11:01 AM
I do leangains arranged around an evening workout, withmy feeding window from 12-8 and my workout usually around 6. My largest meal is post-workout dinner. I don't think it's optimal to go several hours after a workout before breaking one's fast. So if for whatever reason I have to work out in the morning, I will have breakfast shortly thereafter. In those cases, my feed window will usually open up and still extend until dinner, but I'll make my dinner very light.