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    Ok so I've been a big fan of fasting. I followed the leangains approach and basically fasted through my sleep and the morning. I broke my fast at around lunch time. Then worked out around 4. Got home and had dinner. THis worked out nicely.

    However, I got a new job and now I'm basically working 7 to 7 everyday so working out that late just doesn't work. I'm way too exhausted and I'd like to see my son before he goes to bed and see my wife before I go to bed. Another thing to throw into the mix is that i'm pretty much driving from site to site all day (I'm an IT Consultant). I haven't worked out much since this new job as I'm still trying to figure out how to do it. But I think I'm going to have to work out before hand at like 5:30 am. The issue with that is that usually one wants to eat after working out. But this would break my fast at like only 10 hours so it's not much of a fast. That and since I'm on the road for my job, I don't have time to go home and eat and I don't want to eat out obviously.

    So what should I do? Could I get up, working out, and continue the fast until I get home at 7pm? Would this be healthy? would this destroy abilities for me to keep muscle? I could have a shake after my workout but then that breaks the benefits of the fast...I'm at a loss on what to do. Advise?

  • #2
    Get up, workout and fast until lunch. Martin recommends talking BCAA if there's a gap between training and eating, but I don't think that's strictly necessary.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ghshl View Post
      Get up, workout and fast until lunch. Martin recommends talking BCAA if there's a gap between training and eating, but I don't think that's strictly necessary.

      Sent from my GT-I9300
      That would work if I had a lunch break and could get home but I don't. I don't get home until around 7. The only way I could eat lunch is to eat out and that is expensive and terrible quality food.

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      • #4
        Can't you bring food you can eat in your car? A little cooler or thermos?
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #5
          Second the above. I would eat some things you can easily pack in the car afterwards...whey shake, Greek yogurt, fruit, oatmeal (if you're into that), leftover chicken, etc.

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          • #6
            I also have long days. MWF, I get up at 4:45, stumble downstairs and work out till just about 6. Shower and leave for work by 6:30. Walk 3 laps around the block (with very steep hill) before manager opens. Break fast about noon with a couple hard boiled eggs and 2-3 strips of bacon. 3 more laps on my lunch break at 2:30, eat lunch at my desk. Get home about 8 and have dinner. Tues & Thurs, 24hr fast, eat at 8pm.

            Just pack your lunch into a cooler of some kind to keep in the car. Use a thermos for hot foods.

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            • #7
              thanks everyone for the responses. I guess probably bringing a cooler will be the best idea. with that said, can I still fast after working out? I don't really want to eat that early as that would break my fast. If I a "lunch" at noon or 1pm, then I would get in the fast benefits. But I don't want to sacrifice muscle growth by fasting after workout.

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              • #8
                That should be fine. As I said, you can take some BCAA's if you're concerned.
                As long as you eat enough when you do it, you should still grow.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ghshl View Post
                  That should be fine. As I said, you can take some BCAA's if you're concerned.
                  As long as you eat enough when you do it, you should still grow.
                  cool, thanks!

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