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    Intense workout after longer than 24 hour fast?

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    Good idea or bad idea?

    I did this today because for some reason I was not at all hungry yesterday morning so I just went with the flow and fasted into today. At which point I did my workout at 11 am and didn't eat until 3. Before this I hadn't eaten since 8:30pm monday.

    I didn't have any diminished strength and I actually felt pretty good. Just wondering if this could lead to problems as I kind of enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Madrox View Post
    Good idea or bad idea?

    I did this today because for some reason I was not at all hungry yesterday morning so I just went with the flow and fasted into today. At which point I did my workout at 11 am and didn't eat until 3. Before this I hadn't eaten since 8:30pm monday.

    I didn't have any diminished strength and I actually felt pretty good. Just wondering if this could lead to problems as I kind of enjoyed it.
    Sounds like it turned out okay for ya so I'd give you my blessing to do it again. Personal experience should matter more than what a bunch of strangers or a textbook tells ya. After all, isn't a big theme of this site that conventional wisdom isn't always correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Madrox View Post
    Good idea or bad idea?

    I did this today because for some reason I was not at all hungry yesterday morning so I just went with the flow and fasted into today. At which point I did my workout at 11 am and didn't eat until 3. Before this I hadn't eaten since 8:30pm monday.

    I didn't have any diminished strength and I actually felt pretty good. Just wondering if this could lead to problems as I kind of enjoyed it.
    To play the evolution card (which I don’t always love to use) you could say that a hunter-gatherer would realistically go without food (assuming nothing had been gathered, I guess) for as long as you did, then attempt a hunt (intense workout) and if said hunt would fail he’d have no choice but to go without food again until someone else caught something.

    Obviously a simplified look at it, but I’m sure it’s a scenario that has played out thousands of times. This is NOT to say that it’s an optimal thing, but as a “it just happened” I don’t see a problem with it. I wouldn’t go and do this all the time though, just because I don’t think I’d personally enjoy it. I get more satisfaction out of having a hard workout then giving my body nutrients.

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    I'd say - planning to do it "whatever" + BAD idea. Doing it cos thats how it panned out and you felt fine + absolutely fine.

    Do think after 24 hour fast and hard workout you need to be sure to "refule" properly and in time - i.e. before your poor old body panics and sends you running to whatever food is to hand and far too much of it!!

    I work out fasted every day I work out - not 24 hours more like the usual 14 ish (cos I skip breakfast to workout) which means a usual 16/18 hour fast daily I guess 9if you want to put it like that). Works well for me - not as a "fast", just as how I eat/workout.

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    If you felt fine, then fine.
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    I'd say better you than me - and depends on your view of what an "intense" workout is. I tried an IF prior to an intense workout once (and no-where near your duration of fast) and my lift and I suffered. Ended up getting the s**t knocked out of me.

    Like it's been said before - whatever works for you brother. If your intensity hasn't suffered, you may be on to something for yourself.

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