This week I’m going to talk about how to train and do the best that you can at maintenance while fasting, specifically for Lent since it starts this weekend. You may be from some fly by night denomination that doesn’t practice Holy Fasting, and you probably attend fellowship in some rented out strip mall space or movie theater like some kind of savage. In which case keep trucking.
Now rule #1 when it comes to fasting is that it isn’t supposed to be fun, easy, or enjoyable. It is a sacrifice, meant to weaken your flesh so that your spirit will be strong. If you love the Beast Life, a fast will mean a major interruption to you, unless you plan ahead to make it work for you. Lent actually works out perfectly for a good cut after a winter bulk. It is very difficult to not be in a calorie deficit during Lent, and 40 days of calorie deficit is a long time. Might as well take advantage of it. Typically you will fast from meat, dairy , and wine. This is kind of the same as the Daniel Fast that is popular with evangelicals, where they eat only nuts, fruit, and veggies. Either way, you are missing your main ingredient for a lifting diet- meat and dairy.
You will want to find good sources of protein that you can eat in abundance. Broccoli, quinoa, oats, nuts, peanut butter. Learn to love them. But to help fill in the blanks, I have e a few suggestions.
Ezekiel Bread: Instead of eating a shitty bread and pasta, focus on getting the biggest impact from quality breads. Ezekiel bread is #1. It stems from the bread that God told Ezekiel (4:9) to bake using certain grains. Well some nerds got together and figured out that this bread has all of the essential amino acids spectrum, where as only meat and dairy are known to naturally contain them all. This makes it a complete protein!
Amino Acids: Since you can’t take whey protein, this is your next best supplement. It is vital dietary support.
Rice Protein: After years of searching, I finally found something useful that those faggot-ass vegans have contributed to the world. Rice protein powder will be your best bet for post workout. Mix it with aminos acids or in conjunction.
As far as training goes, your goal is to maintain. Don’t go crazy; don’t over do it. Keep it easy. You don’t want to work for growth. You just want to keep your muscles from wasting away. Aim for 10-12 reps. Do cardio, but keep it low intensity. Speed walking, biking, etc.