(this is my first forum contribution as a member of bodyspace - hurah!)
<b>16:8 Intermittent Fasting</b> --- In every 24 hour period, 16 consecutive hours is spent fasting, 8 consecutive hours is spent feeding.
<b>Fri 31st Aug --> Fri 28th September</b>
For a period of 4 weeks, I am following the leangains intermittent fasting schedule (16:8) to assess the following:
1. It's effectiveness as a means to reduce stubborn bodyfat
2. Investigate claims that muscle retention is possible and muscle gains are commonly reported on this IF schedule
3. Unexpected pros / cons that may not have been previously documented
The 4 week exepriment begins and ends with a DEXA scan, and I'll be attributing all changes in body composition to be a direct result of the scheduled fasting.
Prior to the commencement of the experiment, I had been following a very strict 6- meal per day, high protein / moderate carb diet - this was consistent for over 3 months. The foods and approx daily nutritional intake will remain almost identical throughout the feeding phase of the IF program - this eliminates the chance of body composition changes being attributed to the sudden onset of 'clean eating' which is how so many similar experiements are flawed and invalid. I keep detailed meal logs for every day, which I'd be happy to share if people are after more detail.
My training will also remain identical to the previous 3 months, to again ensure no body composition changes can be a result of a new approach to exercise. I am weight training with a 4 day split as follows:
Mon - Recovery
Tue - Shoulders
Wed - Recovery
Thu - Recovery
Fri - Back & Biceps
Sat - Chest & Tricep
Sun - Legs
There are specific reasons why I am splitting my week this way (as I understand it goes against convention) but these reasons are in no way relevant to this experiment. Therefore I'll save you the details.
PROGRESS INFO TO FOLLOW