Last week Mark’s Daily Apple had an interesting read on skipping meals and workouts as being healthy. Based off the title of the article it’s no secret that rest days are beneficial. Days away from the gym allow the body and mind to recover from the variety and intense workouts we do. When it comes to food, I am constantly eating throughout the day to keep my body properly fueled. During the nutritional challenge I especially had to keep up my food intake so I could perform well on lifts and WODs. So it would be hard to imagine that skipping meals would be beneficial for someone like me. As I read on I did learn that there are plenty of benefits of skipping meals, or as the article calls it, “Intermittent Fasting” or “IF”. Within the article there are a few links that provide back up on studies performed on animals and humans and the results from fasting. Through these experimental studies, humans not only showed a decrease of fat loss, but improvements in blood pressure and insulin sensitivity. Although these particular cases had positive outcomes, it does NOT mean to go ahead and immediately skip meals throughout the day and see how you feel. If this is something that sparks your interest then do the research and find out if this something worth exploring. As for me I personally feel that I will have major setbacks if I don’t keep my body fueled. The times that I have missed a meal I start thinking that my body won’t be properly balanced for the remainder of the day and thus won’t perform as well in the gym. Luckily as I kept reading I found that our body doesn’t work like that. Just because I haven’t eaten for 8 hours my body won’t burn my muscle for energy. It is same concept when sleeping at night for 7-9 hours. Sure, I’ll be hungry, but just have to remember it is not the worst case scenario. So from this article we can take that skipping a meal and a workout is not necessarily the end of the world. You don’t have to beat yourself up over “Intermittent Fasting” with a meal or taking a “Rest Day”. Unless certain goals are in mind say, gaining muscle, then eating and working out consistently would be vital. Please go ahead and take a look through the articles as they provided great information.
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