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    Not sure if this belongs here or in nutrition, I think it could go either way. My question isn't about health benefits though, it's about performance so I'll ask here. I'm eager to try IF and I usually lift in the afternoon but... My schedule forces me to squat heavy in the morning one day a week (Dan John's OLAD). I can't do a different lift on that day and I'm worried about not getting a solid breakfast in beforehand. For those of you that lift fasted, do you find it affects your performance, either negatively or positively?

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    My "lift heavy things" happens twice a week. On one of the days I have not eaten in about 22-23 hours and I honestly haven't been able to tell a difference.

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    • #3
      It's all mental, don't go into it with the mentality that lack of breakfast will affect performance, go into it knowing you're going to move that weight. I would advise a higher carb meal the night before, but that's about it.
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      • #4
        I first lifted after eating breakfast, then with a scoup of whey stretched throught the workout, and lastly on the cup of coffee. I did it 3x a week, and was happy. Now, my schedule changed (after about 1.5 years of lifting 2 days at 5:30 am and 1 day - at 7 am), and I lift at 3 different times.
        Sunday: 7 am (coffee)
        Tuesday or Wed: ~ 4-5 pm eating a big lunch ~ 1-2 hoursbeforehand
        Friday: 1 to 2 pm light meal beforehand

        This Friday I did not have to deal with scheduling changes, so I lifted at 5:30 am, like before the schedule changed, and boy, was it a pleasure!!!
        I am a morning person, get up at 4 am, so this imo defines it far more than fasted state. Funnily enough 1 to 2 pm workout is harder for me than 4 to 5 pm one.

        With one exception: lifting fasted is fine, but lifting starved is plain DANGEROUS for me. I got shaky, and very weak and dizzy. Hunger tends to disoreint me.
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        • #5
          I've been lifting fasted for something like a year now. If anything, I think my performance is better when I'm fasted. If you've eaten a good meal within the past 24 hours, you should be fine.

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          • #6
            Well considering squatting on a full stomach makes me nauseous, yes I've done fasted squatting. Just deloaded from 320lbs to 205lbs to work on getting below parallel. Performance is NOT an issue.
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            • #7
              I do. Absolutely love it. Quit eating before 8pm, train at 4am then I don't break the fast until noon. My "feeding" comes from Xtend BCAA's (LeanGains protocol) to avoid muscle loss.

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              • #8
                I think you'll be fine.
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                • #9
                  I cant believe how much more enjoyable I prefer working out in fasted state, it feels so much better, at first I too thought it would be hard, but its all in your mind
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                  • #10
                    I tend to prefer to lift or train on a fairly empty stomach. I think it's the smart thing to do.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks everyone, gonna give it a shot this thursday. Any other opinions on BCAA's? I have a hard time believing that I'll lose muscle without them, especially since I'll break my fast a few hours later.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NowhereMan View Post
                          Thanks everyone, gonna give it a shot this thursday. Any other opinions on BCAA's? I have a hard time believing that I'll lose muscle without them, especially since I'll break my fast a few hours later.
                          Save your money. Even with a more SAD, only a high-level athlete would see any true results from them. Even then, I've seen pros attest to only about 10% of their output due to supplementation (unless they're getting paid to say otherwise).

                          Given the high amounts of protein in a Primal diet, I fail to see how one would lack in any amino acids.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NowhereMan View Post
                            Any other opinions on BCAA's? I have a hard time believing that I'll lose muscle without them, especially since I'll break my fast a few hours later.
                            Meal timing after a workout may be important... BBC iPlayer - Frontiers: Muscle Wastage
                            If the post workout meal timing is good, and the quality of protein is good, my guess is you'll get all the BCAA's you need without supplementation.

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