But, as both are pretty different, that’s prompted a few of y’all to email me and ask me which one I do.
Or more specifically (since I pretty much said I use a modified version of intermittent fasting), if I go back and forth between the two, and what they should do.
To tell the truth, I kinda do a massive hybrid (I didn’t read this anywhere, it’s just kinda what I ended up gravitating towards and coming up with for me that worked well – just like training, I read up, try stuff out, and tinker with it).
My eating schedule (i.e. – when I eat) is based on the IF stuff I told you about last time. Butwhat I eat is more based on carb cycling.
See, I won’t eat anything all day long. When I first get up, I’ll take my vitamins and fish oil (gotta have the fish oil). Then, since I don’t drink and can’t stand coffee – lol – it might be a lo-carb Monster energy drink…will usually just sip on it all morning and into the afternoon.
Right before my workout, it’s a serving of GI Nutrition’s “Ideal Pump” pre-workout drink. Don’t start your workouts w/o it.
If I’m feeling extremely fatigued, I’ll then have a serving of GI’s “Ideal Recovery” after my workout. This is something I need to start making more regular, though.
I won’t eat until 5-6pm, and will break my fast since the previous night with a big protein shake – usually 60-70g of protein. (GI’s “Ideal Whey” fits the bill here, perfectly.)
I let that settle for a while, then will have 1-3 cups of raw broccolli. Broccolli has vitamins you need, doesn’t have many calories, is a good source of fiber, and has been shown to lower estrogen levels in men (and estrogen has been shown to make men retain belly fat) fairly quickly.
I’ll then eat kinda what I want until 9-10pm. I like to keep all my calories inside of a 4-hour window or so.
I try to make what I eat protein-based if I can, though I might snack from time-to-time.
One thing I’ve been eating that’s been AWESOME lately – fire-roasted tomatoes + corn + banana peppers + diced chicken breast. Mix up, season (usually with spicy stuff) to taste. Let awesomeness ensue.
But overall, I keep the protein intake very high, and the carb intake fairly low if I can. Then, once that 4-hour window is up, I don’t eat again until 5-6pm the next day.
Now, I do this usually 5 days/week – Sun thru Thurs. On Friday, I won’t eat until 5-6pm, but by then, I’m feeling kinda run down from a hard week of workouts, work, and lower carbs, so I carb up in the form of beer and pizza.
LOL. Yeah, I said beer & pizza.
Saturdays, I’ll see how I feel. Saturdays are usually just a ‘chill’ day for me (no workouts, no work, just fun & relaxing) so I’ll kinda eat how I want. I’ll either get back on track and only eat at night, but be a little looser w/the carbs or just can relax as a whole.
By Sunday, I’m back in the swing of things full-force.
Now, I’m not saying that’s how YOU should do things by any means. This is just what I’ve developed that works for me.
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Ok – gotta run. Tons of stuff to get done today.
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