Intermittent fasting is a method of dieting that has gotten a bit of attention in the bjj community lately with excellent endorsements by both Edwin Najmi and coach extraordinaire Tom DeBlass.
Besides them it’s also widely endorsed by actor and fitness nut Terry Crews known for his extraordinary physique.
But What Is So Special About this Diet?
Intermittent Fasting is the process of cycling periods in which you eat with periods that you
don’t eat. These short fasting windows cause your body to produce a multitude of hormonal responses – responses that you can use to boost your grappling performance!
One huge side effect of this type of diet is heightened testosterone and growth
Even Hugh Jackman used this type of diet while bulking on to play the Wolverine.
People are often worried that fasting will result in muscle loss which is a myth according to IF literature.
While there are some differences in type of IF practiced – all of the styles of IF revolve around the same
basic concept: a large fasting window with a small eating window. There are several different way to split the day with some choosing to even fast for 20 hours with the eating period being just 4 or even twice weekly a 24 hour fast. The biggest extreme is the proposed 36 hour fast setting every 8 to 10 days.
That being said, there are ways to accelerate results you achieve with this nutrition lifestyle change.
Many advise to avoid white carbs, increase protein as well as healthy fat while avoiding processed and manufactured foods.
It’s also frequently suggested one purchase and take BCAA along with this diet. Although scientific evidence on BCAA is not as clear cut as supplement advertisers would have you believe.
One suggested way to boost effectiveness of this type of eating is to train fasted and then break the fast with a post workout meal. This is fairly important because if you do ho more than 2 hours after weight training without eating your body will be breaking down your muscle and this will adversely effect you.
Combination of fasting and working out actually intensifies the effects of cellular catalysts and factors
that force your body to begin breaking down glycogen stores and fat stores in order to gain energy. Research has found that when you fast before you perform aerobic exercise, you actually lose more
weight, and specifically, more body fat than you would if you exercised in a non- fasting state.