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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosencrantz1 View Post

    I was 158lbs and probably about 14%-16% bf going in (I'm M/41/5'10). Within about 10 days I'd dropped to 151. and have stayed between 151 and 153 since, with basically no additional 'effort'. I have seen no muscle loss at all (based on mirror, strength gains, etc.) and feel and look the best I have in my adult life.
    Is Lean Gains something that you still are doing or was it just to get down to 151? I'd like to give it a try but it's easier for me to eat a primal breakfast than lunch. The company pays for lunch and the options are somewhat limited. I can do salad, but with crap chicken and shady olive oil. I guess I could bring my own lunch, but the free lunch is a nice perk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosencrantz1 View Post
    If you haven't tried it, and are game, I recommend giving leangains-style IF a try. Keep eating primally, but only within an 8-hour window of your choosing. The general recommendation is to put that window from somewhere between noon and 2 p.m. to somewhere between 8 and 10 p.m., based on your schedule, etc.

    From a social perspective, skipping breakfast is easier than lunch or dinner.

    I started IF before I started primal. I was 158lbs and probably about 14%-16% bf going in (I'm M/41/5'10). Within about 10 days I'd dropped to 151. and have stayed between 151 and 153 since, with basically no additional 'effort'. I have seen no muscle loss at all (based on mirror, strength gains, etc.) and feel and look the best I have in my adult life.

    The nice thing about something like IF is, if you don't like it, it's the easiest thing in the world to give up: just eat something :-)
    And are you IFing every day or just a few times/week? When are you exercising relative to IF schedule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tplank View Post
    That sounds like an interesting approach that would be quite doable. Do you have any resources on the leangains IF? I could certainly make a 2-10p window work...very easily.
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    I have continued to follow IF, yes. I'm hoping to push for that last tiny, tiny 2% bit of final body recomp. Would love to lose maybe 1-2 lbs more of fat, and gain 2-3 lbs more of muscle. Of course, I'm nit-picking; I'm really happy with where I am right now.

    I do the IF every day, but per the related site The Lean Saloon (another IF blogger -- theleansaloon.com), I am not SUPER strict about it. For instance, when recently traveling to visit friends, I would break my fast a little early to accommodate brunch. No big deal. Most days, though, I don't eat for the first time until somewhere between 12 and 1, and I stop eating between 8 and 9.

    That said, there are two exceptions: I do have coffee every morning, no sweetener and a touch (like 1/2 tsp) of half and half. I also, on training days, have 10g BCAA before and 10g BCAA after my workout (I train in the morning, fasted). I work out 5 days/week (M,Tu, W, Th, Sat) and am doing Enter The Kettlebell, with a PBF-style TRX workout on Tu/Th, paired with 10 min of interval jumprope. My total workouts for the week come to about 4 1/2 hours (that's including a little warming up, and a little stretching at the end).

    I see bwhit posted the Leangains link.

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    I really like the Lean Saloon blog. Much more simple than Lean Gains and easier to read. For the past 3 days I have been doing 24 hr fasts to get rid of weekend bloat from bad eating and drinking. Today is a two meal day so it was a 24 hr fast and now will have a 5 hr eating window. I am going to buy BCAAs this weekend bc I normally work out fasted so I want to give it a try.

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    I will be curious to hear your thoughts re: the BCAAs. I'm using them because Leangains recommends it when doing early morning/fasted training, but I can't say for sure whether it's making a difference or not.

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    I'll definitely report back! I work out fasted and then don't normally eat until 3 pm (during my 24 hr fasts) or sometimes 10 am if I am doing a 19/6 so I feel my workouts will hopefully benefit from this.

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    I'm 39, 5' 1, and have been stuck at around 130 for a long time. On a good day I get down around 127. I do tend to eat more carbs (usually in the form of fruit, some rice, and oh, chocolate) than many here but I can't function mentally at a low carb level. I do wight training 3x/week, Zumba 3 x/week, and walk a LOT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gojirama View Post
    I'm 39, 5' 1, and have been stuck at around 130 for a long time. On a good day I get down around 127. I do tend to eat more carbs (usually in the form of fruit, some rice, and oh, chocolate) than many here but I can't function mentally at a low carb level. I do wight training 3x/week, Zumba 3 x/week, and walk a LOT.
    Chocolate cravings can be reduced by magnesium citrate so if you don't take that you should, even if you find it doesn't help with the cravings.

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