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    Excuse the double post - I wasn't sure which forum to post this under...

    So I am getting back into working out after a long hiatus. I am really enjoying my Kettlebell workouts. I do them approximately 3 to 4 times a week. I'm starting to gain some muscle - yeah! For the past year I've been doing intermittent fasting, where I usually finished dinner around Seven and then I fast until lunchtime, which is usually around noon or one.

    So here's my question: I work out in the morning, usually around 7 AM. I've heard that to get the best muscle gain once you should have some protein about 30 minutes to an hour after working out. Is this true? What do people do if they usually intermittent fast and the workout falls in the middle of the fast? Am i sacrificing muscle or reducing the help my body needs by not giving it some protein right away? or is that BS? Just wanted to get everybody's personal experiences. Thank you
    Home birthing legal mama. Unschooler. Jewish Intactivist (step away from the foreskin!). Full-term breastfeeder. Kettlebell padawan.

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    I've done KB workouts for the last few years, and have also done IF (8 hour fed/16 hour fast). I would work out in the morning fasted, and usually not break my fast until about 1 p.m. I've tried ingesting BCAAs before/after my workout, and also done it completely fasted.

    Recently, I stopped IF to do a Whole30. I'm now eating a little protein pre-workout, a protein/carb meal post workout (usually a turkey-sweet potato hash), and a fat/protein focused breakfast about an hour after my post-workout meal.

    For me, switching from IF to eating has vastly improved both my workouts AND my body composition. Although I've enjoyed my experiments with IF over the past year or two, I would say that for me, I'm getting better results without the IF.
    “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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      You're supposed to eat after working out, eh?

      Maybe not always: Post Workout Fasting | Mark's Daily Apple
      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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