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    Spiritual Fasting this week. Allowed one meal a day. Best way to preserve muscle?

    Hi All,

    Long story short, I'm 3 weeks into a cut and, coincidentally, I am doing a 5-day spiritual fast with my church this week. I'm doing the option of one meal a day and am wondering the best strategy for it? Obviously I'm nervous about lean muscle loss during this time.

    I'm shooting for 500-1000 calories in that meal. Should it be a full rounded meal (high protein, complex carbs, good fats) or more keto?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My main goal is to minimize muscle loss (I spent half of 2019 bulking) and I feel my worry about that is interfering with the spiritual purpose of the fast.
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    If your goal is to minimize muscle loss, then you want to consume as many calories as possible (up to maintenance). 5 days at 500-1000 cals isn't awesome to say the least.

    If you can consume 2k+ calories in a single meal do that, and hit your protein and fat minimums. Can't do much more than that unless you hit a bunch of veggies to make sure you get as many micros in as possible. It's just 5 days though.
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    lol 500-1000 in OMAD.....thats so cute...I remember when I was breastfeeding too
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    Originally Posted by pinggolfer96 View Post
    lol 500-1000 in OMAD.....thats so cute...I remember when I was breastfeeding too
    That's a lot of bewb
    The power of carbs compels me!
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    Originally Posted by MedicalAuthor View Post
    I'm doing the option of one meal a day and am wondering the best strategy for it? Obviously I'm nervous about lean muscle loss during this time.

    I'm shooting for 500-1000 calories in that meal. Should it be a full rounded meal (high protein, complex carbs, good fats) or more keto?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My main goal is to minimize muscle loss (I spent half of 2019 bulking) and I feel my worry about that is interfering with the spiritual purpose of the fast.
    500-1000 cals sounds like a regular meal even if you're not doing OMAD. The best strategy would be to match whatever you'd normally eat in a day in that one meal.

    Rather than deciding which is more important - minimizing muscle loss or the purpose of the fast - it's 5 days, do your best but you're not going to lose a ton of muscle in that time. If you're going low cal, make sure it's high protein.
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    That's a lot of bewb
    gotta get that colostrum somehow
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    1500-2000 calories, 1 gram protein per lb, fat and carbs as you wish.
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