I'm on Leangains, eating at 12pm and 8pm, meat and fat low calorie on rest days, lean meat and carbs and higher calorie on training days, workouts at 11am with 10g BCAA and coffee.
I had big issues dealing with caffeine before, but I've found the ways that benefit me the most and figured out what to avoid, as well as built up a needed tolerance.
A) caffeine is great DURING the fast and suppresses hunger while facilitating fasted training or fat-burn walks, but after the first meal it just triggers hunger
B) anything with calorie during the fast (coconut milk or oil, cacao, butter, etc) just triggers hunger
C) coffee (with coconut milk) when beginning the workout is best, before decreases strength effect, tea is not strong enough
D) tea on rest days beginnig at fasting hour 12 and during walks, until breaking fast
E) green tea is best for rest day fat burning, being sure to boil 5-10 minutes or steep in a hot thermos for a long time, not for taste, but to fully release the polyphenols that are the active fat burners
F) walk briskly without stopping but economically enough to keep heart rate low and avoid exertion anytime between fasting hours 12-16, being best towards the end.
By doing the really brisk green tea fueled walks on rest days while in the fasting sweet spot, I dropped a centimeter waist circumference in a week when my fat loss had otherwise stalled.
What do folks think of this, and does anyone have any tweaks to add?
asked byanimaleater (2417)
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on September 04, 2012
at 03:54 AM
I do yerba mate on a fast. No crash from caffiene, very awake and alert. If you sip it from a bombilla it can sooth an oral fixation, but just cold with straight cranberry juice to take the edge off, mostly water is really nice and cleansing. Yerba mate is slightly laxative and the cranberry works on the urinary tract very healing and cleansing, keep the pipes running when things tend to slow on a fast.
on September 04, 2012
at 08:21 AM
Interesting about the long-brewed green tea, might give that a try. Why walk though when you could do some better exercise? Walking burns more fat during the exercise itself, but a gentle jog or cross-trainer will burn through tons more calories overall. As for caffeine it is a performance enhancer and can suppress hunger, but theres enough downsides to it that if you can switch to decaff green tea I would. I gather caffeine increases cortisol, speeds aging generally, and can have bad effects on the heart health of people with certain genetics.