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Old 08-29-2012, 05:17 AM   #41
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I think there's two quite distinct debates here:

1) The 'bandwagon' effect of I.F and/or Leangains.

2) The actual usefulness of I.F as a means to eat.

In regards to the first one, I've talked about that here and here and also Btb referred to it here. I don't think that's a fight which is necessarily even worth fighting. People of that mind-set are going to obsessively side with something, whether that's a training regimen, a diet regimen, religion or science. There's nothing to be gained from talking or listening to people like that.

In regards to the second one it's an open book. I will point out here though that muscle loss, especially while losing a large portion of weight, is almost inevitable whatever diet strategy is employed and in the final estimation it is how you respond that matters most.

At the end of it all, results are what matters. However I strongly feel that for us to remain objective and open minded on this form there needs to be a separation from I.F for what it is, and I.F for what these obsessive goobers make it out to be. If we can't do that, then we run the risk of being just as close minded and unwilling to learn as they are. If we can maintain an open mind then that's how we learn and everyone benefits.

Besides it wasn't long ago that people thought frequent squats would lead to overtraining.
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If you'd like to keep as much LBM as possible, fasting for hours is moronic...period.
Don't wanna listen, it's your loss...not mine, so enjoy
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If you'd like to keep as much LBM as possible, fasting for hours is moronic...period.
Don't wanna listen, it's your loss...not mine, so enjoy
This attitude is just as much a contributor to the aggressive stance of some IF supporters as the actual IF group themselves. You alienate any group with insults and put-downs and it's no surprise that they will respond in kind.
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I have seen a lot of successful athletes on the IF protocol. Conversely, I don't see a lot of "big" guys. IMO IF is good for cutting at best, reasons being: BCAA throughout the day keeps your body sure that it's getting what it needs. I'm pretty sure about 4g of Leucine is what optimizes anabolic response. On the other hand getting to eat all your calories in a short amount of time make your meals a bit more lavish, which I assume helps people that struggle with dieting because of lack of substance, taste, etc. The reason it works well for cutting is because you weren't going to be able to add any additional muscle anyway, so it isn't noticed as much, that most of those calories you eat in your window aren't being utilized to their full capacity, especially protein. The food is more or less just going through the motions. So for cutting I assume that it's even on both sides. Bulking however I wouldn't think it optimum, for many of the same reasons that I stated on the topic of cutting. Just my .02
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I have seen a lot of successful athletes on the IF protocol. Conversely, I don't see a lot of "big" guys. IMO IF is good for cutting at best, reasons being: BCAA throughout the day keeps your body sure that it's getting what it needs. I'm pretty sure about 4g of Leucine is what optimizes anabolic response. On the other hand getting to eat all your calories in a short amount of time make your meals a bit more lavish, which I assume helps people that struggle with dieting because of lack of substance, taste, etc. The reason it works well for cutting is because you weren't going to be able to add any additional muscle anyway, so it isn't noticed as much, that most of those calories you eat in your window aren't being utilized to their full capacity, especially protein. The food is more or less just going through the motions. So for cutting I assume that it's even on both sides. Bulking however I wouldn't think it optimum, for many of the same reasons that I stated on the topic of cutting. Just my .02
Huh?

"Big" lean guys typically don't need to IF. They're using enough gear to make up for any mistakes.
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Just adding to the conversation. Again, I don't present this info to attack IF, but rather to remind folks that it never hurts to research before jumping into something that seems magical.

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I still haven't seen one successful person use IF who has any appreciable muscle and who isn't using gear. Seems to work really well if you have chemicals in your body helping you hold onto the lean muscle while you don't eat.
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I still haven't seen one successful person use IF who has any appreciable muscle and who isn't using gear. Seems to work really well if you have chemicals in your body helping you hold onto the lean muscle while you don't eat.
Agreed. all the natty guys i have seen look like typical 160lb cover of mens health types.

eating 6 meals per day seems to work for natty bodybuilders.
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How many natural lifters are lean and carry appreciable mass, regardless of their methodology? Let's be honest, not many.
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"Big" lean guys typically don't need to IF. They're using enough gear to make up for any mistakes.
I suppose that depends on your definition of "big." I have a good friend who is 5'11 210-215, very lean and natty. I consider him "big" and he has never used IF. That is the point I was trying to make. Gear doesn't even enter my thought process when I talk about things like this.
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