It’s one of the most popular diet strategies of the decade – touted by Instagram influencers, athletes, and celebrities alike. In an effort to shred weight, enhance mental performance, slow aging, and lower disease risk, intermittent fasting proponents are forgoing food for up to 16 hours at a time! But did you know, you can use MACROS to successfully intermittent fast?
POPULAR INTERMITTENT FASTING METHODS
The 5:2 method/alternate day fasting: allows you to eat normally for 5 days of the week, and fast for 2 days by allowing yourself 500 calories for the day e.g. 500 calories for Monday and Wednesday, and a normal intake for Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Eat-Stop-Eat: similar to the 5:2 method, however you don’t eat any calories for the fasting days.
The 16/8 method: fast for 16 hours and eat within an 8 hour window e.g. eating from 11am to 7pm daily and fasting from 7pm to 11am the next day (with calorie free beverages like water, herbal tea, and black coffee permitted).
HOW TO DO INTERMITTENT FASTING WITH MACROS
MACROS can easily be incorporated into your intermittent fasting regime. The way you use MACROS to intermittent fast will vary depending on the intermittent fasting method you’ve adopted, as well as your health and training goals.
If you’re on the 5:2 method: follow your normal SCULPT, PERFORMANCE, or MUSCLE GAIN meal plan for the five normal eating days. For your two fasting days, either enjoy:
- 2 of our tasty SCULPT meals
- 1 PERFORMANCE meal and a healthy protein packed snack
- 1 MUSCLE GAIN meal under 600 calories e.g. Double Roo Rendang with Pumpkin & Jasmine Rice, Jalapeño Chimichurri Chicken with Brown Rice & Quinoa, Baked Chicken & Smoky BBQ Sauce with Brown Rice, Zucchini & Capsicum, or Coconut Chicken & Lentil Stew with Kumara & Kale.
If you’re on the Eat-Stop-Eat method: follow your regular MACROS meal plan for the 5 normal eating days, and stick to calorie free beverages like water, black coffee, black tea, and herbal tea for the 2 fasting days.
If you’re on the 16/8 method: have breakfast and eat your regular SCULPT, PERFORMANCE, or MUSCLE GAIN meals within the eight hour window. e.g. breakfast at 11am, MACROS lunch at 2pm, and MACROS dinner at 6pm (finish eating by 7pm).
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