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The Crossfitter’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting

Whether you’re a die-hard, competitive Crossfitter, or you’re just breaking into the Crossfit scene, you’ve probably heard the term 'Intermittent Fasting' floating around your box or local gym. And rightfully so.

While it used to be reserved for only elite bodybuilders and fitness models, Intermittent Fasting provides untapped performance and health benefits (and yes, aesthetic perks, too!) that are making it gain serious traction among mainstream athletes.

But as with any new fitness ‘trend’, Intermittent Fasting is still a hot topic of debate:

  • ‘Won’t it hurt my performance?’
  • ‘Don’t I need to fuel up first thing in the morning?’
  • ‘Is it even…healthy?’

While the finer details are beyond the scope of this one article, let’s learn the basics, clear up the confusion, and discover if Intermittent Fasting is right for you.

WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?

Before we dive in, let’s address the elephant in the room… Intermittent Fasting has a disgustingly horrible name, for what’s really a simple concept. If I had to guess what it was, purely from the name, I’d say it sounds like starving yourself off-and-on for who knows how long.

Agonizing, right?

‘Good news! Intermittent Fasting is simple: Keep your meals to an 8-hour window during the day, and you’re golden.’

This puts you in a ‘fed state’ for 8 hours and a ‘fasted state’ for 16 hours, hence the name.

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intermittent fasting requires healthy, wholesome foods

For women, 10 hours in the ‘fed state’ and 14 hours in the ‘fasted state’ is ideal to begin with. From a hormonal perspective, ladies tend to see a slight increase in irritability and food cravings when they hop right to 16 hours of fasting, so starting with a 14-hour fast, and then shifting over to 16 is your best bet for a smooth transition.

Find out about the benefits…

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