For beginners wanting the ins and out of my methods, or long-time readers who may have missed a hidden gem or two, I wrote a site guide. This will provide a coherent overview of essential reading as it relates to intermittent fasting, nutrition and good training practices. Let me know if you think something’s missing.
Dec 14th: Aware of some broken links due to site migration. Currently working on issues due to the migration from Blogger (adding new images, importing comments, etc). Thanks for your patience!
For background and insight into how and why I got started with intermittent fasting, read the interview with Leigh Peele, Martin Berkhan And Intermittent Fasting. Done many interviews since, but this one’s exhaustive.
Once you’ve read that, Top Ten Fasting Myths Debunked is THE most essential piece related to intermittent fasting you’ll ever find. Here, I use science to violently disassemble the bullshit that plagues this industry and holds people back from fasting.
Next stop The Leangains Guide, on how to turn all that theory into practice. Another essential read and together with Top 10, most copied – I’m looking at you, Greg – and poorly imitated method in fitness history.
On body composition and the hormonal effects of intermittent fasting, read Intermittent Fasting, Set-Point and Leptin and Intermittent Fasting and Stubborn Body Fat.
Studies on fasting and intermittent fasting are discussed in great detail;
- The Leangains Study
- Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss Preserves Muscle Mass?
- Fasted Training For Superior Insulin Sensitivity And Nutrient Partitioning
- Fasted Training Boosts Endurance and Muscle Glycogen
More can be found within the research tag. A more recent article of interest include Intermittent Fasting: Where are We Now? Pay close attention to the part where I discuss a popular theory about optimal meal frequency for muscle gain.
To delve deeper, explore the intermittent fasting tag. Because there’s much to learn beyond the aforementioned articles. Such as using branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) while fasting; I’m inundated with questions about this subject, and the theory and practice is explained in Fasted Training Boosts Muscle Growth? And further elaborated upon in Early Morning Fasted Training.
In Maintaining Low Body Fat I give the lowdown on how to get and stay very lean while balancing everything else around you. Sometimes, striking this balance means employing a few metabolic tricks like those described in Cheat Day Strategies For a Hedonist or The Truth About Alcohol, Fat Loss and Muscle Growth.
For more nuance when it comes to alcohol consumption, I recommend reading Does Alcohol Affect Strength Training? before going to any extremes. The 3-drink-rule is something I try to employ myself in most situations. Apparently, these don’t include evenings preceding deadlift competitions, but I digress…
Much of my writing consists of debunking the nutritional nonsense so prevalent everywhere. By exploring Diet Mythology, you’ll find Is Late Night Eating Better For Fat Loss and Health? and other subjects of interest.
Another topic I’ve addressed ad nauseum is meal frequency. You’ll find Better Blood Glucose With Low Meal Frequency and more while exploring the meal frequency tag.
The most important article on training ever written is Fuckarounditis. If you’re only going to read one thing on this site, fuck it one thing in your life, read this. I’ve lost count how many people have written and approached, thanked me in person – and said this piece changed their life. Seriously.
In How To Look Awesome Every Day I discuss checkpoints, something anyone serious about weight training should implement.
The Minimalist is about how less can be more and includes a routine I used successfully when I first started training. Later, I got into Reverse Pyramid Training (RPT) and have used this extremely effective method ever since. When dieting, there’s nothing better. I always use this method while working with clients who want to lose fat and retain/gain muscle.
10 Random Thoughts on Weight Training Part 1 and Part 2 is just what it sounds like. Though my thoughts and views on weight training have evolved quite a bit in recent years, there’s nothing here I find disagreeable today.
Browse the Training category for access to everything on this subject. It’s not as liberally populated as the other categories, which is something I hope to change in 2018.
Articles of interest in the Miscellaneous category include Consequence and Clarity, which people either love or hate, and Like Water, which more than a few have told me is their favourite article. Check out the Psychology tag for more.
Lastly, for all things LG, the Leangains Reddit Community is active, accommodating and has a list of additional resources in the sidebar.
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