I had always (perhaps ignorantly) assumed IF was basically incompatible with my ideal routine of early morning workouts, but have been curious to discover the LeanGains protocol and read more about how IF can complement strength training.
I am thinking about trying out skipping breakfast. (Yes, this is a new and scary idea for me!) My primary motivation is that it would just be so much more convenient with my workday routine. Obviously any extra fat loss or health benefits are a major, enticing bonus. I like to start work early and packing/prepping both breakfast and lunch to take to the office becomes quite the production. I arrive at my desk like a bag lady with a million Tupperware containers and if I am disorganised one day and forget, it becomes a real mission to find something appropriate to eat - and interrupts the most productive part of my day. If I could make it to 12pm with just black coffee, life would be so much simpler!
I would plan to do 3 meals between 12 and 8pm - lunch, a substantial afternoon snack and dinner. The workout is 5.30am, 45mins mixed strength/circuit training 4 days a week.
However I do have the lingering idea that perhaps it’s somehow harmful not to “refuel” straight after a workout. I am wondering if anyone else has experience of waiting a long time to eat after a workout, and how it went for you…? Has there been any research on this topic that can put my mind at ease? Any former Breakfast Lovers who have been converted to IF??