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    Lightbulb Best Time to Intermittent Fast?

    I was thinking of doing a 20/4 intermittent fast where I have a time period to eat of about 4 hours each day. But before I begin doing this I would like to have some questions answered that I can't answer myself with the research I've done.

    The first thing is what time of the day should I be doing this in terms of my workout? Should my workout be in the middle of this time, beginning, end, or completely out of my eating period?

    What meals should this be around? Breakfast seems to be known as one of the most important meals of the day, but after waking up I can hardly eat 2k+ calories in the following 4 hours.

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    Originally Posted by Chromoden View Post
    I was thinking of doing a 20/4 intermittent fast where I have a time period to eat of about 4 hours each day. But before I begin doing this I would like to have some questions answered that I can't answer myself with the research I've done.

    The first thing is what time of the day should I be doing this in terms of my workout? Should my workout be in the middle of this time, beginning, end, or completely out of my eating period?

    What meals should this be around? Breakfast seems to be known as one of the most important meals of the day, but after waking up I can hardly eat 2k+ calories in the following 4 hours.

    measly reps for help i guess
    Generally people train at the end of the fast, afternoon, then eat at night, but I train at 5am and I eat afternoon/night!!! Don't worry about being catabolic, that's silly... If u haven't done much fasting I would try a shorter fast, 20 hours is quite long and hard to start doing straight up everyday!!! Try 16/8 (Leangains) or even 14-15 hours then just build up, it's still just calories and macros, it's not a magic formula, it's just a time of which u eat
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    I prefer my food during a full moon.

    In all seriousness though, eat when your schedule allows and/or when you're hungry.

    Many on IF eat after their workout, but there are no hard and fast rules.
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    Originally Posted by Danmacca View Post
    Generally people train at the end of the fast
    great post ill probably start off shorter but, would what i quote mean that the workout is part of the eating period or the last hourish of the fast?
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    Originally Posted by Chromoden View Post
    great post ill probably start off shorter but, would what i quote mean that the workout is part of the eating period or the last hourish of the fast?
    Say in the last couple I hours of ure fast..
    But train when it suits then eat when it suits..
    Most people eat afternoon an evenings for family and social reasons, plus u will stick to it more if u are going to bed satisfied!!!
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    Eat your last meal around 3-5 hours before bed
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    Originally Posted by GuiltyOfWinning View Post
    Eat your last meal around 3-5 hours before bed
    you and your broscience about eating close to bed
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    Originally Posted by GuiltyOfWinning View Post
    Eat your last meal around 3-5 hours before bed
    Originally Posted by SwoleMe View Post
    you and your broscience about eating close to bed
    Broscience or not, what danmacca said is true, its more comfortable sleeping on a not empty stomach
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    Originally Posted by Chromoden View Post
    Broscience or not, what danmacca said is true, its more comfortable sleeping on a not empty stomach
    Where was I disagreeing with that? Why u quote me?
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    Originally Posted by Chromoden View Post
    Broscience or not, what danmacca said is true, its more comfortable sleeping on a not empty stomach
    For you maybe. Other people benefit from eating before bed - the effects of ingesting tryptophan for example.
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    Originally Posted by naturalguy View Post
    I intermittent fast when I sleep
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    I wake up 6 am every day and work out, then eat from 8 - 4pm, 17/7 is my split since i'm working towards 20/4, this is most convenient for me.
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    Originally Posted by CollegiateTRACK View Post
    I wake up 6 am every day and work out, then eat from 8 - 4pm, 17/7 is my split since i'm working towards 20/4, this is most convenient for me.
    I pretty much do the same thing 20/4, plus after you eat, you have the whole day to be productive since you are not worrying about food!
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    Originally Posted by SwoleMe View Post
    you and your broscience about eating close to bed
    No bro science, I just find that I am most hungry around 6-10pm before I go to bed, so I eat my last meal at 7pm
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    Originally Posted by GuiltyOfWinning View Post
    No bro science, I just find that I am most hungry around 6-10pm before I go to bed, so I eat my last meal at 7pm
    ?? If u most hungry at 6-10 that mean 3 hours after 7pm.. So why eat last meal at 7 and not another at like 9/10...
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    Originally Posted by SwoleMe View Post
    ?? If u most hungry at 6-10 that mean 3 hours after 7pm.. So why eat last meal at 7 and not another at like 9/10...
    Because I break the fast at 11am post workout
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    Originally Posted by GuiltyOfWinning View Post
    Because I break the fast at 11am post workout
    And? U can still eat after 7..
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