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FrederickSebastian

Intermittent Fasting

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Hi,

I am wondering if someone who's 5'2" like myself could maintain a physique that would turn heads at the beach (lean/muscular, not too thin) while being on a 2,000 calorie diet M,W,F with feeding times at 8:00AM and 8:00PM (1,000 calories per meal) and a 800 calorie diet on T,R OMAD... still have not decided what I will do S,S...but might do either: a fast both days or 2,000 cal OMAD depending on how thin I become once I start CRON.

 

I know I have been on and off CRON several times over the years and my posts might get annoying but I'm trying to do what's right for myself without being too extreme/hopeful...

 

What is your opinion?

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I know that you are on the short side, but I'm not sure that you'll take in enough calories to meet your goal. That said, if you are fairly inactive outside of weight training to build muscle, it might be possible. The only way to know for sure is to try it and find out - you would probably need a solid 12 months of this regime to properly evaluate it. Clinton on this forum is very ripped on only 2000 calories per day and same with Mccoy on a slightly larger amount at about 2500 calories per day. I personally consume a lot of calories but am very active and also have a high NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) level, so it's required to maintain a BMI between 20.5 - 21.0. 

I wouldn't be surprised if you could get away with two low-cal days (800 as you indicate) or something like a 36 hour weekly fast and still 'turn heads at the beach.'

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I am going to guess that 2000 is probably a good start for someone 5'2" and then slowly go down a bit.

Clinton and mccoy can get away with the calories because they both have a high percentage of muscle mass and likely their metabolism is really good. Muscle mass also increases HGH production, if I recall.

Starting at 12 hours is also a good idea, try to add an hour a week until you get to 15-16 fasting hours.  Once you get used to it, it's actually rather easy, and you will find that consuming fewer calories is much easier too.

See this for intermittent fasting and muscle mass:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27737674/

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