EP 598: Intermittent Fasting – Will it Help or Hinder our Performance?

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There has been a lot of hype around intermittent fasting for the last couple years but not a lot of decisive research or data.  Coach Bob Seebohar rejoins The Nation to help us understand what intermittent fasting is and what he knows about it and help us understand if there is any benefit for endurance athletes.

Bob Seebohar is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics, exercise physiology, and an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach.  He is also the sports dietitian for the University of Denver women’s gymnastic team and the University of Denver Athletics Department.

If you want to learn more about Bob and his services including his books, articles, coaching services, nutrition and more, visit ENRGPERFORMANCE.  He is also the co-host of the podcast Inside Sports Nutrition with Dina Griffin.

Check out the tasty healthy snacks he invented at All-Around Snack Company.

He has been on TRN a couple other times including these two great episodes:

EP 517: Eat to Train

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  • Bob seemed biased against IF and presented data in a misleading way. In terms of safety, as long as you are hydrated, IF is safe. It makes more sense to think of IF as a way to optimize fat burning capacity and thereby increase endurance. IF reduces insulin resistance, which has got to improve exercise performance for endurance athletes. Personally, I’m a cardiologist and ultrarunner and I’ve been doing IF, usually just OMAD, for about 8 years and it has only helped my performance. And this is also not even mentioning the other benefits of IF for mental and physical health in general.

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