Over the past few years I have been playing with fasting.
I have done intermittent fasting as well as a full 24 hour fast. I can say this. I have never felt better.
Fasting is the process of not eating for an extended period of time. You can fast for 8 hours, while you sleep. 16 hours which can be 8 hours of fasting while sleeping and another 8 hours of fasting while you work.
I am not going into the science behind fasting to such depth that you get lost in the facts. What I am doing here is pushing you to try things that may or may not work. Fasting works for me and maybe it will work for you.
I have found that when I fast I have much more energy and mental clarity.
I also train fasted as well. Since I am experienced in fasting, training while fasted does not have any noticeable effects on my training when I am working within my strength blocks. It is when I am training within my endurance blocks which seems to be a test of my energy.
Strength training rep ranges seem to utilize a different mode of energy than endurance training. I am chalking that up to the fact that my glycogen storages are low and I am not fat adapted as of yet.
Being fat adapted simply means you are using fat for energy instead of carbs and simple sugars.
Fasting allows for your body to heal. For so long you have been putting copious amounts of calories into your body over the years. You suffer from obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, etc.
Fasting with the aide of your doctor, nutritionist and whoever you choose to outsource your health to, is a great way to heal your gut biome by giving it a break from digestion so that it can heal.
Another benefit of fasting is improved immune function. A good portion of your immune system resides in your gut.
Your mental health is also tied to your gut.
This is not medical advice. This is simply information that I have read over the years. Do your googles for yourself, try shit, see if it works.
I stumbled into fasting because I got so wrapped up into work one day that I ended up skipping breakfast. In my fasted forgetfulness I went straight to the gym after work on this particular day and trained.
This is when I realized that I do not need to stuff my face with food every 2 hours to reap the benefits of training. I can fast for an extended period of time, consume my daily caloric intake and still make gains.
The above scenario was not a 24 hour fast. I will also add that if you are bulking you will not benefit from fasting over the course of months if you are doing it too frequently because you might end up restricting calories needed to grow.
When I broke my fast the first few times I ended up getting bad stomach aches. This is because of the sponge like state of the gut after not consuming calories for an extended period of time.
The body is ready to absorb nutrients after having being deprived of them for so long.
I quickly learned that it is better to consume a light meal that does NOT mix carbs and fats together. This was the recipe for bad stomach aches. Both of those densely packed macros in one meal after fasting is painful, especially if you are trying to meet a caloric goal within 8 hours.(16:8 intermittent fasting)
What I found works is that consuming a meal that has fat and protein, digested better. Or if i consumed a meal that consisted of just carbs and protein, absorbed better.
Preferably, I go the steak & eggs route or steak and broccoli route.
The mental clarity was off the charts. I have written many articles fasted. I have had no brain fog throughout. I was able to get in the zone much quicker in order to complete my work and ship.
On the weekends training and creating content fasted is a great combination.
After an intense gym session, which I like to keep to 45 minutes, I find that the combination of fasted training and the endorphin rush spurs creativity that I can not access while training on a semi-full or full stomach.
I feel energized and ready to work.
By the time all of that is done, it is 12 noon and it’s time for lunch.
By no mean is this for everyone. It is said that women have a hard time fasting due to their reproductive system. Their needs require that they have a constant flow of calories and staying prolonged periods of time without calories can throw everything off.
Again, this is not medical advice. If you are thinking about fasting, consult whichever professional you choose to outsource your health and well being to.