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  1. vf430

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    I went from 198 lbs to 172 lbs in 6 months. BF from 30 % to 16%

    Please see below my typical schedule.
    Lunch at 11.30
    Pre workout shake 6pm
    workout till 7.30 pm
    Post workout protein shake , Vitamins and omegas
    Dinner at 8 pm start fasted phase

    I Skip breakfast and drink a lot water all times. workout at least 4 times a week. 2 days a week i don't follow fasting.
    Very strict diet during the 5 weekdays. Nothing white when it comes to carbs. All low glycemic index foods. I think i ate chipotle bowls and potbelly turkey on wheat for lunch all through out.
    The key thing is you must figure out your BMR and then eat at deficit if you want to lose weight and surplus for gain. If you dont approach this scientifically and don't keep track of calories you are shooting in the dark. I highly recommend Bodybuilding.com forum and read the sticky and formula for calculating BMR.

    The above worked for me . Its a great program , good luck!
     
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  3. billyfitness

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    Awesome man, you are on the path...congrats!
    -Billy
     
  4. billyfitness

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    Rice and corn are the least offensive grains. Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Spelt, Buckwheat, the worst. Read 'Wheat Belly' by William Davis MD, when you get a chance.
    The point is, all carbohydrates get converted to glucose, which equals Insulin, too much too often you've got problems. Your best choice without adverse effects are vegetables and a little fruit.
    -Billy
     
  5. Noel

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    great book. all should read it.
     
  6. vf430

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    Thanks for the tip on that book. I am going to read that book.
     
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  8. billyfitness

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    Follow that up with The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
     
  9. HobbsTC

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    Started leangains last week. Working out at 7am MWF. Eat from 12-8 everyday and haven't felt hungry hardly at all.
     
  10. Noel

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    +1
     
  11. Noel

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    any updates?
     
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  13. FarmerDave

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    I don't know what lean gains is, but intermittent fasting has gotten me from 218 to 197 in about 45 days. I try to only eat between about 11 am to 7pm. I don't particularly pay attention to what I eat.
     
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    Nice work man!

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  15. kevfla

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    Any Muslims reading this thread? How do you adapt to Ramadan?

    For those that don't know, it involves 28 days of fasting during daylight hours. Not even water! Pregnant women and the sick are given an exemption. Fasting one day/night for a medical procedures is tough enough for me, I just can't imagine a solid month of this. Guess I'll find out soon enough!
     
  16. TexasF355F1

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    Are you adhering to a ramadan type fasting? Or just fasting?
     
  17. kevfla

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    Ramadan fasting. Converting due to marriage. She, Egyptian, is worth it, to me. Islam doesn't allow mixed-marriages.
     
  18. TexasF355F1

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    Gotcha. Good luck when the fasting comes.
    And congrats on the marriage.
     
  19. willwork04

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    Surprised I missed this thread originally. I have been doing IF for approximately 5 years now. It is remarkable and I wish I could get more people to do it. Everyone that I have convince to actually commit to giving it a 100% trial, ends up doing it forever.

    Most try for a couple of days then flake. They never actually commit to giving it a fair shot.

    I cannot say enough great things about it.
     
  20. willwork04

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    Leangains.com is website blog by Martin Berkhan. He was huge proponent for IF and his information is what convinced me to start doing it several years ago. It has just started to become "trendy" in the past year or so.
     
  21. G. Pepper

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    I've been working my way down from 300 pounds, and I'm currently at 245. So, I've lost 55 pounds over the past three years. During that time, I've been strength training with an old Bowflex Power Pro with an aftermarket rack of 630 rods. I can squat all of that and shrug all of that now, and I can bench 430 rods. Added the Selec-Tech dumbbells, and now my workouts are 4 to 5 hours long (One to four sets every ten minutes, depending on the exercise). I had built up so much muscle mass I was afraid to try IF for fear of losing strength. Well, I have a BCAA drink after my workout - 20 calories - and have lost no mass or strength. I was stuck at 260 seemingly forever, and IF got me to 255, so I just decided to do it every day; no meal but dinner. I do not consider fasting to be dieting, really, because I eat whatever TF I want for dinner. Steak, broccoli, and baked potato is my favorite. :)

    Tried Atkins many moons ago and got very lean, but I was miserable. All my favorite foods include carbs. I can easily motivate myself to fast if I am going to feast for dinner.

    The mechanism that gets your body to burn fat is simple: Get your glucose level low enough that your body metabolizes fat for energy. There are three ways to do that; low-carb diet - not for me - aerobics for at least 45 minutes - I was a skinny runner for over thirty years, but can't run anymore due to nerve damage in my left leg (Can't toe press, which contributed to my weight gain) - or fasting.

    Fasting is what works for me. The latest 15 pounds I've lost in the past four weeks, so I'm on a roll.

    I believe I'll have fajitas for dinner tonight (I've done 12 sets while writing this post).
     
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    I'd love to hear from the original post'ers from this thread. Almost a "where are they now". Hopefully it was a way of life for them and not just a "now" diet.
     
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    Not an original poster. But it has been my lifestyle for years now. I don't consider it a diet. Just the way I eat. I haven't done BF stuff, but I am lean. 6 pack abdominals, bench over 300, squat and dead over 350 (I need to get a coach on these 2 as I should be stronger with them). I have gotten extremely lean in the past off of it (wanted to be Wolverine for Halloween and went all in). Highly recommend it. Don't love posting flexing pictures on the internet, but you get the idea.


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  25. TexasF355F1

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    Nice work Will.

    What form of fasting do you follow?
     
  26. ag512bbi

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    AWESOME! Ripped!
     
  27. G. Pepper

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    I went to doing the fast six days a week with a cheat day on Sunday. So, I eat one meal a day six days a week and two on Sunday (Never was a breakfast eater). I've gone from 300 to 240 over the past five years.

    Problem is maintaining muscle mass while losing fat. It's a closely played thing. I find that during and after my workouts, which are four to six hours long now, depending on the day of the week and exercises I'm doing, if I drink a creatine drink and a BCAA drink, I don't lose any mass or strength. As an experiment, I stopped drinking them for a few days, and things started falling apart. After just five days, I could no longer get to the top of my squat pyramid. Went back to them, and everything came back within a week, so creatine and BCAA actually do work. I take an l-glutamine in the AM and PM too now.

    After a few weeks of this, I don't even think about food during the day anymore. I'll never get ripped because any diet that doesn't include tacos and Guinness I can't do. :)

    No Wolverine, but not bad for sixty. I can squat 630 Bowflex rods and bench 430. 630 is all the resistance my hotrod rig has.
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    I've gone from a 42" waist to a 38". Goal is a 36", which I should hit in a few months around 220 pounds.
     
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  28. J. Salmon

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    I just stumbled on this thread. After listening to a Vlog by ZDOGG MD (very smart guy), I basically just stopped eating breakfast. That's all I did. I didn't change what I eat, the beer I drink, no change in exercise. I dropped 15 pounds and it has stayed off (I weigh exactly what I did when I graduated from college, a long time ago). In a nutshell, I treat fasting as a workout, and I have gotten to where I am really good at it. I can basically go all day without getting hungry, even doing long endurance workouts. I wrote my own blog about it, which is my take on why it works (I am a physician, so I do have some edumacation). http://www.salmonupstream.com/2017/10/beating-american-obesity/
     

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