Nice post Eastie and thanks for the heads up on Beardsley. Check out Scott Iardella, you will like his podcasts as he likes to get in to the latest studies as well.
I am on week 5 of a 6 week functional hypertrophy program from Rdella Training and feeling the effects of the increased load and reps. Eating like a beast to try and put some fuel back into the system and yet still dropping body fat percentage all whilst putting on size. Which all in all is great considering I hit the big 50 in Jan. I started the program so that I would finish it just before my b'day.
The intermittent fasting has also been great in really helping to cut down weight and also just to feel a truck load better. To help with the fasting I have been having a "bulletproof" coffee in the morning, albeit without the MCT oil. Just good unsalted grass fed butter whizzed into my french press coffee with some cinnamon keeps me going until about 1-2 each day until I have my first meal. Sounds yuck, but is surprisingly tasty. Has a great mouth feel too.
are you 'fat adapted' ?
I would have to think that I am becoming that through daily intermittent fasting (14-16 hours) and a 24 hour fast once a week. I only exercise in a fasted state to push the body to burn fat rather than burning carbs and I am not losing muscle mass, but certainly dropping body fat.
how do you find your energy levels when exercising in fasted state?
I did keto a while ago, fantastic tasting diet. Loved it. morning coffee had me super charged all morning, made with coconut oil. Found my emotions much more stable on that diet. I have stressful job and prone to mood sings, but not on that diet. Dropped fat, skin/hair were really glowing. Never ate so many veggies per day in my life and felt fantastic, after the sugar cravings disappeared.
But, had trouble doing heavy weights without some hi GI carbs (lollies) half -hour before workout. Couldn't lift for as long as used to prior to the diet
I quit it though cause my wife complained by body was turning 'acidic'. I wont divulge how she came to the conclusion but was show stopper for me.
It is strange but I think my energy levels have actually been higher since I started intermittent fasting. I normally do my workouts first up in the morning, grab the jacked coffee and then straight into working on the farm. On a normal day after I break anywhere from 12 - 2pm to grab first meal and then back to work. We live in a valley so the property is on some nice slopes and I notice if I have energy or not by how hard it feels walking up the hills carrying fencing gear. On Sunday when I do the 24 hour fast it is amazing how many jobs I can get through around the property before 7pm.
I haven't changed the rest of my diet as we are pretty good and living where we do we have to cook all our own meals anyways, so no junk food. Lots of veggies, pulses, grass fed meats and fish. Also try to eat a heap of fibre to keep everything down there working. I do have a cheat day on Thursday where I may break out and have a glass of milo, or a choc bar or bag of chips, but that is good to do once in a while.
Haha! "Acidic"! I hope that all is good with the missus again on that front.