If you're someone who's interested in adding more lean muscle mass to your frame and starting a bulking approach to your workouts and diet, one thing that you may be wondering is whether or not the Intermittent Fasting approach would be a viable solution for you.

Is this a diet plan set-up that you could get results with? Or, will you just be disappointed by using it? Can intermittent fasting be used while bulking?

These are great questions and if you fully understand what this approach is about, you can come to under the correct answer to the question.

Let's have a look at what you should keep in mind.

The Calorie Intake You Achieve

The very first thing that you'll need to note if you plan to do intermittent fasting while bulking is that you still must make sure that you are in a calorie surplus in order to continue. This is where many people go wrong.

Since you are only going to be eating for a select few hours of the day, it can get difficult to get in the calories that you need in order to see success. If you're only eating 12 calories per pound of body weight because you're eating in a 6 hour window and that's all you can cram down into you, you won't see results. You simply need more calories in order to progress onwards.

For this reason, if you are going to use an intermittent fasting approach to your bulking program, you're going to have to make sure that you're focusing on foods that are very energy dense. This means foods such as nuts, seeds, raw oatmeal, full fat milk in some cases, salmon, steak, and pasta. You'll want to avoid high-volume, low calorie food as this will simply not allow you to meet your daily calorie requirement as you need it to.

Setting Up Your Workout Sequence Properly

The next thing that you need to take into account is how to sequence your workouts properly. Since you must be consuming food prior to and after the workout session, this means you need to make sure the workouts are falling around your eating window.

If you hope to build muscle while using the intermittent fasting approach, you definitely cannot expect to do so doing that workout in the middle of a fast.

Make sure that you place them either right into the eating period or just when it's about to be finished so you can break the fast with your post-workout meal.

Paying Attention To Recovery

Finally, the last thing that you need to keep in mind is that you'll need to pay close attention to your recovery. Some people do find that they recover a bit slower using the intermittent fasting approach, so for this reason, try and use a higher carb approach to the diet. This will allow you to maximize your carbohydrate intake after the workout session, therefore helping to restore muscle glycogen and improve the progress that you see.

So there you have the main points to note about intermittent fasting and bulking. When done properly, you can see good results using this approach while building lean muscle tissue.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.


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