If you're about to get started on intermittent fasting, you need to watch how you're dividing up the macronutrients. While getting the right calorie intake is incredibly important, you also need to be paying attention to the grams of protein, carbs, and fats you're eating as well.

Let's take a closer look at what you should keep in mind with regards to how to split these macronutrients up properly.

When To Eat Protein

The very first macronutrient to think about is protein. Protein should be consumed at each meal you eat during the feeding period, as well as a small amount should always be consumed pre-workout.

Many people using this approach will place their workout session on the tail end of the fast, using it to break the fast essentially as they'll follow it up with a post-workout meal.

This can be a great strategy as the body is more sensitive to glucose at this time, so it can assist with the muscle glycogen replenishment process.

But, that said, doing a completely fasted workout isn't in your best interests. This will set you up to experience lean muscle mass loss, which would then hinder your performance.

To get around this, add 10 grams of protein pre-workout. This can come from BCAA's or protein powder.

When doing an intermittent fasting diet, you should also use a slightly higher protein intake overall as well. Aim for around 1.5 grams per pound of body weight.

Adding In Carbs

The next nutrient to consider is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates should be consumed immediately post-workout for best results and then in one meal following during the feeding period. On days you aren't working out, it can be a wise move to keep carbohydrates slightly lower as this will assist with the fat burning process.

Carbohydrates are the one nutrient that many people alter depending on their goals, so really think about whether it's fat loss or muscle building you're after.

Factoring In Fats

Finally, you can't forget about fats. Fat consumption is also related to your goals. Those seeking fat loss will consume less fat since they are trying to reduce their total calorie intake, but this doesn't mean it should be completely avoided.

Dietary fat should be consumed in the meals just before you begin the fasting period again as this is what will provide hunger support throughout the fast. If you can make those meals higher in protein and fats along with veggies, you can rest assured you won't be hungry until your next feeding period begins.

So there you have the main points to note about setting up your macronutrients while using an intermittent fasting diet plan. Make sure you give this some good consideration.

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


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