There are a lot of athletes who are searching for quicker ‘more effective”

ways to lose body fat.

 

One of the ways that’s super trendy at the moment is Intermittent fasting. “IF”

 

But is it really superior to caloric restriction?

AND importantly is it the right thing for athletes to do when training hard?

 

For me the answer to both questions is NO.

 

When it comes to hard training eating meals at sensible time periods help with

* Maintaining energy levels

* Improved MPS (Muscle protein synthesis if protein is kept high)

Yes you want that ^^^

* Increased satiety levels and importantly less chance of over eating.

 

For fat loss there is good evidence to show that IF is NOT superior to caloric restriction

 

OK so there are limitations to this study

* Possible incorrect food diary recording variables with the fasting group

* Food quality was not priority of main meals.

 

The take home is

*Adherence over time is hard to keep with IF

*There is NO greater protective benefits to reducing LDL levels with IF

 

 

Here’s a great study vvvv

 

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2623528

 

Thanks for reading

 

Simon de Burgh

2 X Winner of Gym Based PT 

Level 2 British Triathlon Coach 

Performance & Nutrition Director

www.triforceendurance.com

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