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If you’re anything like me, you suffer from a bit of a dual life. On the one hand, you love a social life, going out to eat with friends or on your own. But on the other hand, you’re all about staying in and exercising at the gym. Or are you? So what if you combine intermittent fasting with regular exercise? You get results! Sounds like magic right? Well it is kind of magical.
In this article I’ll explain how fasting + exercise can work together to increase your muscle mass and burn fat at the same time . And don’t worry if that last part doesn’t quite make sense — it’s not magic – just common sense!
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Why Fast For A Muscular Look?
There are a number of benefits to fasting, both for the average man and for athletes. First and foremost, it is a diet that demands complete dedication from the individual. While it is not difficult to fast for a short period of time, it is very time intensive. It requires the person to be very self-disciplined in all aspects of life. If you’re not used to doing so, it can be hard to adopt.
While it’s not necessary to go on a diet in order to follow an intermittent fasting plan, it is necessary to make sure you are well-informed about what you’re doing. You must be aware of the potential long-term effects of fasting in order to make an informed decision.
intermittent fasting and the gym
The key to success with intermittent fasting is to be well-informed about the process and the results. You must know the benefits of fasting, what foods and drinks are allowed, and how long you can fast for. You must understand how your body reacts to different foods and how fasting affects your muscle mass and fat composition.
You must know if it is helping or hindering your goals. If you’re not sure where to start, there are a few online resources to help. One of the best is an app called ‘fitness pal’ which you can access on computer, phone or tablet. T
his app is easy to use and allows you to track all your activities and calculate how much exercise is too much for your body. There are also plenty of forums and websites where you can ask and receive help from other people who are also trying to fast.
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
The benefits of intermittent fasting clearly outweigh the risks.
Here are a few of the most significant:
Effective for Weight Loss: One of the best benefits of intermittent fasting is that it helps you lose weight. When you fast for a period of time, you are not only missing out on food but also on calories. This means that when you eat again, you’ll have less muscle and fat to deal with.
Effective for Building Muscle: Intermittent fasting can also help you build muscle – another benefit of working out during your fast. When you don’t eat for a fast, your body is in a state of ketosis. This means that it’s much more efficient at burning calories – and in this case, they’re calories from fat.
Effective for Decreasing Body Fat: You’re depriving your body of necessary calories, fats in particular – by not eating. Intermittent fasting makes you lose weight without having to put on muscle.
Effective for Increasing Energy: You are constantly using your muscles to move food. When you fast, you’re using less muscle and body fat because you’re not moving food around.
Effective for Setting and Achieving New PR’s: One of the most exciting benefits of intermittent fasting is that you can achieve your New PR’s – personal records for the amount of time you spend fasting. Once you’ve achieved them, you can start planning your next fast!
The Risks of Intermittent Fasting
You’re probably wondering what the risks of intermittent fasting are, and the short answer is that there aren’t any risks. You could gain weight, you could end up with a bad case of ‘keto flu’ or even develop a compromised heart rate. But as with anything you do, you have to consider the long-term affects of your decisions.
Healthy Fasting: You’re restricting your calories to optimize health. While you’re not supposed to fast every day, doing so a few times a week will help you maintain a healthy weight. Healthy Keto Dieting: While you can definitely go the “dietary route” and “burn” fat by consuming extreme amounts of calories, you’re actually more likely to gain weight on a keto diet than any other diet. Poorly Controlled Blood Sugar: One of the risks of fasting is what is called “ketoacidosis”. When your body doesn’t have enough insulin, acids from your stomach and liver get released into your bloodstream and mix with your body’s other hormones and nutrients. The result is a weak and unstable blood sugar.
This happens when you consume more calories than you’re able to process. Lack of Energy: Although you’re probably not going to feel super energetic while you’re on an intermittent fasting plan, you do have to keep in mind that when you eat less, you’re going to have less energy to deal with it.
Benefits of Gym During Intermittent Fasting
While muscle gain is definitely a good thing, it’s not the only one. Working out while you fast can do more than just get you in the mood for food. It can actually help with extreme hunger attacks and make you feel less famished even when you’re hungry.
Here are just a couple of the many benefits that you will experience while you’re on an intermittent fasting plan:
Increased Energy: If you’re a low-key person who likes to lounge around and watch TV, you’ll be happy to learn that you can still exercise during your fast. Swimming, dancing and even housekeeping are all activities you can do while you’re on a diet.
Improved Mood: Many people experience an increase in emotional stability and improved mood after going on an intermittent fasting plan. You may feel more emotional tranquillity and insightfulness when you’re feeling happy and healthy.
Improved Skin: Many people notice an improvement in skin texture when they start a diet that restricts calories. The texture of your skin should become softer, clearer and more toned in just a few weeks.
Increased Energy and Focus: As you’re probably aware, mental focus and energy are key to success in any endeavour. Fasting can help you focus and get more out of each day. You should feel focused and alert while you’re on a diet.
Increased Appetite: One of the most obvious benefits of working out while you fast is that you get hungry. When you don’t eat for about 24 hours, your body goes into a state of ketosis. This means that your body is in a state of “starvation” which can make you feel hungry all day long.
There are so many benefits to intermittent fasting that you might not even know existed. The most obvious one is that you get to look and feel great while you’re at it! The only downside of intermittent fasting is that you have to be disciplined enough to do it. Luckily, it’s not that complicated!