The “Leangains” Intermittent Fasting Study Is Finally Here

Intermittent fasting (or time-restricted feeding, as it’s typically referred to in the scientific literature) has a long history.  The yearly fluctuations of calorie availability in pre-industrial societies tended to cause (involuntary) periods of fasting; most religions throughout history have practiced some sort of fasting; and today, many Muslims – approximately 20-25% of the world’s populations – forgo all food and water from sunrise to sunset during their holy month of Ramadan.

Until fairly recently, however, few athletes or coaches really gave much thought to intermittent fasting’s applicability for body composition.  Around 2010-2011, interest in intermittent fasting began to increase, remaining strong from 2012 until today.

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