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IF for 21 yr old

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Hey guys, just a general question. Do you think IF is okay for a 21 yr old? I don't want to stunt any of my growth as development stops at approximately 25.

Some background on me: I'd be curious to see what people think. I'm 21 and 150lbs. Generally look pretty skinny but I have a muscular upper-body (senseless body-building like training since I was 18... straightened out though). I'm 150 because my legs aren't that big (Deadlift 2x BW, Squat 1.2BW, Push Press, 1xBW, Power Clean 1xBW), but working on that. I'm trying to put on muscle, but I want to remain lean. I've always had a problem with fat around my chest, so I kind of look skinny-fat. What's your opinion? Any evidence or experience? Thanks!

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Just curious, what religion forbids beef/pork but not, say, lamb or chicken or fish?

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Thanks! I eat primal (strict other than daily cup of greek yogurt and a bit of cheese) and I rarely (maybe once a month) eat 'dirty' food. LDue to religious reasons, I don't eat beef or pork, but other than that its veggies and meat/fish/eggs every meal. LOW fruit. I don't really count my calories but when i do fitday it, they seem to be around 2700-3000. Mostly the training was a bunch of bicep curls and bench press and machines which aren't the greatest in developing total overall muscle mass. I've moved to compound movements, sprints, and other stuff which is more fun for me anyway.

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on August 10, 2010
at 12:26 PM

My daughter is 13, she feels great skipping breakfast some days

We both exercise fasted with BCAAs

I don't think age much matters for short(under 24hr) fasting. Even kids store fat for the same evolutionary reason... Built in battery pack.

Listen to your body. Only IF if it's not stressful for you

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on August 10, 2010
at 12:02 PM

I don't quite understand the "(senseless body-building like training since I was 18... straightened out though)" part, it's never senseless to want to improve yourself. I don't think IF would be a problem for a 21 yr old although I wouldn't recommend a very big calorie deficit if at all. I would instead concentrate on getting the best possible nutrition from the cleanest sources you have access to, of course removing all those problematic Neolithic foods like grains etc. Concentrate on plenty of good fat, moderate protein and lift heavy and you won't go far wrong.

72a1e3ccf044c2fe1f994e10927e18a8

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on August 10, 2010
at 12:33 PM

Thanks! I eat primal (strict other than daily cup of greek yogurt and a bit of cheese) and I rarely (maybe once a month) eat 'dirty' food. LDue to religious reasons, I don't eat beef or pork, but other than that its veggies and meat/fish/eggs every meal. LOW fruit. I don't really count my calories but when i do fitday it, they seem to be around 2700-3000. Mostly the training was a bunch of bicep curls and bench press and machines which aren't the greatest in developing total overall muscle mass. I've moved to compound movements, sprints, and other stuff which is more fun for me anyway.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on August 10, 2010
at 04:00 PM

Just curious, what religion forbids beef/pork but not, say, lamb or chicken or fish?

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on August 10, 2010
at 04:25 PM

At 21, your body is in its healthiest strongest age. You should be done with vertical growth and you probably have less damage to your metabolism than many of us. If anything, you are in a better position than many! Just make sure you have sorted out any issues with paleo and are getting all your nutrients and are feeling well and spry and your body is fully adapted to lowcarb. Then if you are interested, I see no reason why you should not experiment with IF in a reasonable and moderate way and see where it can take you. -Eva

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:14 PM

Definitely - just don't overdo it, and when you feel hungry, eat. And occasionally eat big.

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