Time-restricted feeding plus resistance training in active females: a randomized trial (Tinsley et al., 2019)
Hate to be a buzzkill because this was actually a well-designed and well-conducted study.
I’m not a huge fan of intermittent fasting (IR) because it’s usually shown to be no better than continuous energy restriction (CER) yet also require prolonged periods of severe energy restriction.
Also, if forced, I’d recommend starting with eTRF or an early dinner; the point being to extend the fasting window by starting it earlier in the day rather than ending it later — there might actually be some metabolic benefits of this over isocaloric CER.
And in this case especially, athletes, who benefit from increased protein-feeding frequency which is removed from IF by design (although the authors attempted to partially bypass this by adding some HMB to an IF group).
#context: this wasn’t eTRF. It was skipping breakfast. These weren’t older insulin resistant people. They were young females with resistant training experience.
So, tell me again, how fasting induces growth hormone secretion which promotes the anabolic potential of skeletal muscle?
Breakfast and a late lunch instead?
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