Author: Troy Theodosiou
A common misconception about fasting is that if you fast for an extended period of time, you might as well kiss your gains goodbye. However, that is not necessarily true. In fact, there are numerous studies to prove otherwise.
Among the medical community, there might not be a ton of research on the topic of fasting for health’s sake. However, there is a good pile of research on the topic of the body’s response to starvation. These studies give us great insight into how the body reacts during periods of little to no food consumption. Essentially, a fasted state.
When you eat less frequently you tend to eat less overall. As a result, most people who try intermittent fasting end up cutting weight. You might plan big meals, but consistently eating them is difficult in practice.
For this reason, I think intermittent fasting is a great option for people who are looking to lose weight because it offers a simple way to cut down on the total number of calories you eat without changing your diet. Even if you tell people that they can eat two large meals at lunch and dinner, they typically end up eating fewer calories than they would at 3 or 4 normal meals.
Most people lose weight while intermittent fasting because when they cut out meals, they don’t make up for it with bigger meal sizes.
As I mentioned above, the natural tendency is to lose weight on intermittent fasting because it’s easy to eat less when you cut a meal out of your day. However, at the end of the day eating 2,000 calories is eating 2,000 calories whether it comes during a 16–hour span or an 8–hour span. It just takes more effort to make sure you eat it all within 8 hours.
In order for your body to grow muscle, there are some important factors that need to be in place. We need to make sure our body has enough resources to recover and repair new muscle tissue and we also have got to provide the muscle enough stress to elicit hypertrophy. More simply put, consistently hard workout (aka progressive overload) is an optimal environment for new muscle growth.
Many people generally discount intermittent fasting as a good option to build muscle, but it can, in fact, be a superb way to do just that. Just be sure you give yourself plenty of time to eat so you can eat the right amount of nutrients to stimulate muscle growth.
Dieting is not a “one size fits all” The best diet for you is the one that works for you!