“Eat Stop Eat and Resistance Training”
“Eat Stop Eat combined with Working Out”
“Eat Stop Eat and hitting the weights”
Admittedly, I am starting to sound like a broken record.
And while the benefits that weight training has on the effects of fasting are nothing short of remarkable, it is time for me to change it up.
In fact, I’m going to go in a whole new direction.
let’s talk about…
“Resistance training and Eat Stop Eat.”
(feel free to roll your eyes)
There are chapters in Eat Stop Eat on my theories on how resistance training benefits intermittent fasting, but we’ve never really talked about how Eat Stop Eat can benefit resistance training.
First and foremost..the obvious: All that work in the gym is almost pointless if the muscle you are building is covered by a inch-thick layer of fat.
Nobody buys a new Ferrari to keep hidden in a garage. You take that baby out and show it off.
Be proud of the muscle you built, don’t keep it locked away in a fat dungeon.
Secondly, (and this just a personal observation) I have great workouts while fasted.
I’m not a giant fan of volume..I love progression, I love heavy, but volume…bores me.
However, I can handle high volume workouts much better when fasted then when just fed.
I used to eat two snickers bars before every workout (don’t ask..I was a wannabe power-lifter for a while)
I can tell you now that a full stomach really interferes with high volume..especially squats and deads.
So, in my humble opinion…fasting helps.
Lastly, it will help get rid of the ‘calorie crutch’…
By admitting that almost all of your muscle building results come from the gym (and not gorging yourself in the kitchen) you’ll put your effort in the right place.
But mostly, it’s because building muscle only to have it hidden it under fat just doesn’t make sense.
PS – thanks to @jon404 here is an example of the fat dungeon… it’s literally a person trapped inside a layer of fat.