Intermittent Fasting Diet Plan For Bodybuilding
The idea of intermittent fasting when it comes to losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time is based on the TEF (Thermic Effect of Food). This theory comes from the dietitian experts who explain to us that every time we eat something it requires calories in order to digest and process the foods that we eat.
The problem is that if we eat 3000 calories a day we will have the same TEF whether we eat the 3000 calories all at once or if we split it up and eat 7 times a day. This raised the argument for intermittent fasting and why it will work so well.
The theory which has proven itself to work amongst many top bodybuilders is that by not eating anything at all for a specified period in your day you will deplete all the muscle glycogen as well as your general blood glucose stores that you might have and will then force your body to rather burn fat.
The cornerstone of intermittent fasting is to train late at night or at the end of your day so that you can take in the required proteins and carbs needed for the workout as well as the required post-workout meal to help repair the muscles. You will then be sleeping for around 8 hours where you will get the required first intermittent fasting that is needed to enable the depletion of blood glucose.
The objective of any good intermittent fasting diet needs to make sure that you are getting the bulk of your daily calorie allocation immediately after your workout. What this means practically is that you first need to figure out what your own specific calorie requirement is to reach your set objective of muscle gain and fat loss.
You would then consume 20% of this total calorie allocation before your evening or late night workout. After the workout you would then eat 60% of your total daily calorie allocation in one big meal to help speed up recovery while you are resting or sleeping/fasting.
The last 20% of your daily calorie consumption needs to come as soon as you wake up which means an 8 hour fast where your body has now depleted all the glycogen left in your body. This will be the last time you will eat the whole day until your pre-workout meal that you have that evening.