Intermittent Fasting for Bodybuilding and Fitness

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Intermittent Fasting (IF): what is that?

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a nutritional strategy where you go through phases of complete fasting mixed with phases where you consume your calories. The phase where you eat is the so called eating window. IF has gained a lot recognition in science as well as in the fitness and bodybuilding scene. The form of IF that is used by fitness enthusiasts typically consists of a 16-18 hour fast followed by a 6-8 hour eating window. During the phase of fasting there is only sugar free chewing gum and diet soda with 0,X calories per 100 ml allowed. So basically you consume really all of your calories during your eating window. I have also already experimented with IF during a cutting phase and I just can say positive things about it. Therefore I want to pass on my knowledge about IF with this and the next IF article. Let’s go![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why do many fitness people use Intermittent Fasting?

IF has gained a lot of recognition in the fitness scene due to its health effects. Sadly there are only limited amounts of studies with human available. But those that are available show outstanding effects on the health of humans. For example people who used an IF strategy during a study had lower markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in their blood compared to the control group. If the amount of markers of inflammation are lower in our blood we have less inflammation going on in our body. And that is of course very good!
In many trials with animals there were even life prolonging effects shown. Also an inhibition of tumors/cancer is no rarity in these trials. However, if suggestions for humans can be made by using those animal studies remains questionable of course. Nevertheless, the results are pretty amazing! When it comes to humans IF has also more to offer. More about that in the next paragraph.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=“1/2″][vc_column_text]

Intermittent Fasting during a cutting phase

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting when it comes to flexebility:

If you have a stressful day you might know this feeling: it makes it even more stressful if you have to eat 4 times a day between everything. This is the reason why many people who are involved in fitness or bodybuilding decide to start with IF. You don’t have to care about eating until your eating window starts and then you can really enjoy your food. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just cheat/eat unhealthy when you use IF.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting when it comes to satiety:

Everyone who goes through a prolonged cutting phase knows this feeling: at some point your hunger just gets bigger! The benefit of IF when it comes to that: after some time you won’t be hungry during your fasting phase anymore. Additionally you can eat larger portions during your eating window and therefore you’re are more saturated during your cutting phase.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=“1/2″][vc_single_image image=“3878″ img_size=“medium“][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Is IF suitable for everybody?

Of course IF is not for everybody! If you’re already struggling to gain weight it makes it a lot harder if you just eat during a limited time period. Therefore IF is in my opinion best used during a cutting phase. If I use IF during a cutting phase I always start with less than 16 hours of fasting and then I see how my body addapts. If you want to use IF during a cutting phase I would suggest you do the same![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Intermittent Fasting tips and tricks

Because I want to give you my personal tips and tricks for the usage of IF there will be another article. If you liked the first part I would be very thankful if you’d share this part on Facebook. This way more people can get access to the knowledge and our community can grow. To share this article just CLICK HERE 🙂[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]