I'm trying to compare the advantages and disadvantages, as well as efficacy (fat burning and muscle sparing/gains) for various timing/scheduling scenarios for fasting. I'd love to be enlightened by real experiences from the forum.
I'm eating meat, fat, and green veggies only, about 2.2-3g protein/kg bodyweight, 70/30 fat/protein. I was eating three calorically equal meals a day at 9am/3pm/9pm, dropping meal #2 on Sat and Sun, being in a "fast" for 12 hours or so, and eating a calorically double meal in the evening.
I'd like to go to two meals a day everyday. Im wondering if I should eat: -9am/9pm -9am/5pm -1pm/9pm
The idea of going without food until 1pm seems daunting; like to eat when I wake up. But the idea of eating my last meal at 5pm, when I go to bed at 12pm (I sleep 12-8ish) seems scary; going to bed hungry makes me wake up hungry in the middle of the night. Its easier for me to go the 12hrs during the day without food.
I work 1-9pm. I workout with heavy weights sometime in the 10am-12pm range. Working out fasted is possible, but Leangains recommendation of taking BCAA seems not so paleo, costly, and not really fasting.
I currently take alot of raw lamb and fish oil for my first meal, and it digests easily, so my workouts feel good, and I never feel the need for a post workout meal as the amino acids are still trickling into my bloodstream for hours after that meal.
My goals have been mass gain. I gained some muscle, but fat too. So now I want to maintain muscle and lean out. Have been at 2500calories of fat/protein (I dont count the calories from the green veggies) per day to gain mass, but may begin to taper that back.
Ive also considered just skipping either breakfast, or dinner, to achieve a 24hr fast, perhaps once or twice per week. Wondering whether to double my calories for the fast-breaking meal, or to eat as normal and realize the calorie deficit. Also wondering about gorging myself occasionally for re-feeds.
Criticisms, ideas, and experiences appreciated.