Consistent diet and nutrition has such a large impact on the results you ultimately achieve.
One of the often used axioms proclaimed in the forums, fitness blogs and stated from sports nutritionists is that “you cannot out-train a poor diet.”
There is a lot of truth to that. Calories are “King” with macros (protein, carbs & fats) being the “King’s Court.”
When I became interested in building my physique with more specificity, I began to first manipulate calories and then play around somewhat with the “King’s Court.”
I started out with intermittent fasting experiments and quickly realized how much an impact and role calories play in results. During this time I tracked calories meticulously.
I would aim to 90% of the time be in a very slight caloric deficit. This approach was made much easier by pushing back my first meal of the day if even by a few hours.
Some from the intermittent fasting community like to utilize fairly strict fasting/feeding ratios such as 16/8 (16 hours fasting/8 hours feeding) or even 20/4. For a while I experimented with these type of ratios, but found that for myself and my fairly unpredictable schedule, I was better off being a bit more organic and going more by feel based upon the day.
Something I concluded was that I actually had not experienced the sensation of hunger (real hunger) for a very long time and I assume those that also subscribe to the 6-8 meals a day routine are in the same boat.
Hunger is a very natural, healthy sensation that in my opinion is not to be avoided. In fact if your motivation includes obtaining a very low body fat percentage for aesthetics, you will most definitely need to spend some time in hunger for optimum results.
I think the best time for this is early morning. The body has rejuvenated overnight with sleep, your organs are getting a break, natural HGH is optimized and increased, so why not extend this awesome fat-burning period for best results.
Next time I will discuss my thoughts on the “Kings Court”–protein, carbohydrates & fats.