I'm currently experimenting with a Leangains-type intermittent fasting regimen in an attempt to lean out/cut some body fat. It's going well so far. I can manage the hunger for 16 hours no sweat, but I'm unsure on a few things:
Is it best to train fasted and just take some BCAA's before? I haven't attempted this yet since my workouts include a 5 mile run 2 or 3 days a week. I'm not sure if I can crank that out w/o eating for 16 hours. My other workout days (2 or 3 days a week) involve some light weights (I've just taken up weightlifting..), kettle bell swings/pushups/air squats with a little cardo at the end for 30 mins. I work out 5 days a week with 2 days off regardless of what I'm doing... I've only done the IF from 10pm to 2pm or so for a few days. I'm eating a small high protein meal/snack before I work out, since I'm pretty hungry by then. I work out at 6pm. It's the only time I can jam it in my day.
Also, during my fast, I have one or too coffees with a tablespoon or two of half and half (no sugar) in it around 10am, just to keep focused at work and because it's something I greatly enjoy. Is this blowing my fasted state out of the water? I'm reading conflicting things here and there, and wondering what your experiences are.
I'm looking to reduce body fat a bit and build strength. I don't want to lose weight, as I'm 5'5" and 115.