Hey guys, just a general question. Do you think IF is okay for a 21 yr old? I don't want to stunt any of my growth as development stops at approximately 25.
Some background on me: I'd be curious to see what people think. I'm 21 and 150lbs. Generally look pretty skinny but I have a muscular upper-body (senseless body-building like training since I was 18... straightened out though). I'm 150 because my legs aren't that big (Deadlift 2x BW, Squat 1.2BW, Push Press, 1xBW, Power Clean 1xBW), but working on that. I'm trying to put on muscle, but I want to remain lean. I've always had a problem with fat around my chest, so I kind of look skinny-fat. What's your opinion? Any evidence or experience? Thanks!
I don't quite understand the "(senseless body-building like training since I was 18... straightened out though)" part, it's never senseless to want to improve yourself. I don't think IF would be a problem for a 21 yr old although I wouldn't recommend a very big calorie deficit if at all. I would instead concentrate on getting the best possible nutrition from the cleanest sources you have access to, of course removing all those problematic Neolithic foods like grains etc. Concentrate on plenty of good fat, moderate protein and lift heavy and you won't go far wrong.
My daughter is 13, she feels great skipping breakfast some days
We both exercise fasted with BCAAs
I don't think age much matters for short(under 24hr) fasting. Even kids store fat for the same evolutionary reason... Built in battery pack.
Listen to your body. Only IF if it's not stressful for you
At 21, your body is in its healthiest strongest age. You should be done with vertical growth and you probably have less damage to your metabolism than many of us. If anything, you are in a better position than many! Just make sure you have sorted out any issues with paleo and are getting all your nutrients and are feeling well and spry and your body is fully adapted to lowcarb. Then if you are interested, I see no reason why you should not experiment with IF in a reasonable and moderate way and see where it can take you. -Eva