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    Intermittent fasting

    With me not being able to train as hard, I'm thinking about trying IM of the Lean Gains type. 16 hour fast, 8 hour feed. Goal is to drop as much body fat before surgery while maintaining muscle mass. I am also insulin resistant and was wondering how well IF will actually help.

    Anybody do/did this? Advice?
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    Sounds like a bad idea if you are insulin resistant, whether you take medication for diabetes or even if it is not quite that bad yet.

    As far as the diet itself, I'm sure it works as long as you eat the right things and amount, just like any other diet. But definitely are much better options if insulin/blood sugar is an issue.
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    Am I wrong in thinking this:

    Last meal: 10pm

    Wake up: 8am
    Work: BCAA, green tea, water

    Workout start: 1pm (BCAA pre and intra workout)

    In a fasted state, I'd be depleting what is left in my liver and muscle tissue (Glycogen). BCAA help staying in an anabolic state. Energy is coming from fat stores.

    Break the fast: 2pm workout is finished and I eat. I would have little glycogen left and I assume my body will be using the food to replenish those stores and also use the food to fuel the rest of the day.

    Last meal: 10pm high protein/fat

    I've read that some diabetics see changes in insulin resistance, needed to lower meds etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by synonymous View Post
    Am I wrong in thinking this:

    Last meal: 10pm

    Wake up: 8am
    Work: BCAA, green tea, water

    Workout start: 1pm (BCAA pre and intra workout)

    In a fasted state, I'd be depleting what is left in my liver and muscle tissue (Glycogen). BCAA help staying in an anabolic state. Energy is coming from fat stores.

    Break the fast: 2pm workout is finished and I eat. I would have little glycogen left and I assume my body will be using the food to replenish those stores and also use the food to fuel the rest of the day.

    Last meal: 10pm high protein/fat

    I've read that some diabetics see changes in insulin resistance, needed to lower meds etc.
    If you have diabetes you just have to be really careful with doing that. I'm sure you could test blood sugar often enough and see if it is ok that way if you want to try it. I know several people that have diabetes and need to eat often enough and keep blood sugar steady as possible throughout the day, but I am definitely not an expert on medical stuff. Weight loss itself might be the main reason that it helped some people also though.
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    What will your diet be like during the 8 hr window?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alinshop View Post
    What will your diet be like during the 8 hr window?
    I've never tried it. Most of the people seem to eat clean and cycle carbs some that use it to lose weight.
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