Nutrition they always say is the most important thing in getting into shape and staying healthy. It honestly is 80-90% of what will get you there quickly and safely. Working out even twice a day isn't going to be enough for most people if you don't get your diet and calorie intake under control. One of the ways that can make that easier is through Intermittent Fasting and Beachbody.
Most people think that with Beachbody you have to follow either 2B Mindset or Fixate and this simply is not the case at all. If you like those two nutritional plans you can honestly incorporate them into Intermitting fasting as well. But when it comes to Beachbody workouts you just need to make sure you have enough energy.
Intermittent works great for a lot of people including myself I love it because it is simple. I have a very busy lifestyle so food in the morning just slows me down so I usually go for at least 16 hours of fasting followed by 8 hours of eating time also called 16:8. I also use 18:6 where I fast 18 hours and only eat for those 6 hours and honestly I feel even better and more lively when I do that. So for example I normally never eat until after noon.
So most days I get my Beachbody workout in first thing in the morning before anyone is up. I drink lots of water and a cup or two of coffee until around noon. Then I eat a lunch or late breakfast with a Beachbody Shakeology or Recovery. Then I snack a 2-3 hours later followed by dinner 2-3 hours after that.
Simple as that and I do try to keep most meals lower carb and healthy meats.
Beachbody On Demand And Intermittent Fasting
Beachbody On Demand goes great with Intermittent Fasting. You can workout either first thing in the morning or during lunch right before you eat. Working out on an empty stomach is fine as long as you have enough energy the first few days can be rough to just quit eating breakfast cold turkey.
That is why you can supplement with lots of water or calorie free liquid along with some coffee. Try to keep the coffee black, but honestly some creamer isn't really going to break your fast just keep it under 45 calories.
If you are doing more intense workouts in the morning like Insanity Max: 30 or 6 weeks of the work just make sure you have a later Shakeology or Recharge the night before. These have more casein protein which is slow release and will provide more energy the following day.
As far as nutritional plans within your Intermittent fasting keep it simple at first just by counting your calories get an app on your phone you can do this with. I use the app “Lose It” works great used to use MyFitnessPal but when Under Armour bought out they went down in quality in my opinion.
From their you can fine tune your IF plan with leaner meats, veggies and eggs. You can tailor it to what suits you as well Keto and IF is a great combo that can accelerate fat loss. You can also use 2B Mindset turned into IF.
2B Mindset And Intermittent Fasting
2B Mindset can easily be converted into Intermittent Fasting as it is a simple diet I highly suggest you ready. I highly recommend you read Ilana Muhlstein's (creator of 2B Mindset) book called “You Can Drop It” even if you aren't a Beachbody Member.
Basically she teaches drink lots of water before a meal, eat lots of veggies first, then a protein, fiber rich carb or fruit plus another treat. Rinse and repeat. So you can do this easily with IF.
Wait until noon drink 16 ounces of water, have a salad with light dressing, eat a seasoned chicken breast followed by an apple or banana and a rice krispy treat.
Don't believe this will work look into Kino Warrior's version of Intermittent Fasting. That's the thing just do what works and keeps your calories down. After you have gotten that down work on your macros a bit.
Beachbody Energize And Intermittent Fasting
If you don't like coffee by all means jump on that energize it doesn't have enough calories to get you out of your fast. Anything 45 calories or less is fine if you don't think so then don't have it and go for a non calorie caffeine mix.
Go with one scoop at first then go to two if that is not enough. With being in a fasted stated and taking in caffeine some people can get extremely sensitive to it. Energize just like coffee will help curb your appetite until lunch time.
Can You Do Intermittent Fasting 21 Day Fix?
Yes you can do Intermittent Fasting while doing 21 day fix. Even though 21 day fixes workouts can be extreme they are only 30 minutes in length. So you will be fine not eating until noon after you are done working out in the morning.
If you have any issues just make sure to have a later in the day Shakeology or recovery.
T25 Intermittent Fasting
T25 is a great program for beginners starting Intermitting Fasting. With the workouts only being 25 minutes long your appetite shouldn't soar after your workouts.
Make sure you stay well hydrated drink 8-16 ounces upon waking up in the morning along with 8-16 before eating lunch. Then you can also have your Recovery drink at lunch to.
Beachbody Intermittent Fasting According To BOD Users
We didn't want you to only take our word for it so we went out and got opinions from real Beachbody On Demand users. This information was curated from forums, websites and facebook groups. Nothing has been changed except any spelling or grammar where needed.
Real BOD Users
1. Tara “Whatever plan you can stick with” – Honestly, whichever plan you are going to be able to stick with. For some IF works well but for others it feels too restrictive. In my opinion a food plan only works if it fits easily in your lifestyle
2. Deb “IF all the way” – I’ve been doing IF for over a year now and lost lots of weight. I love it.
3. Courtney “Try different things stick with what works” –Whichever works for you! We are all different so I don’t believe there is a specific method that is the best for everyone but a bunch of methods that work for different people. I would try both for at least a month to see which works for your schedule and body.
4. Brandy “Depends on individual” – It depends on the individual. For me it’s eating every few hours.
5. Nicole “IF and counting calories” – I have always counted calories and my scale stayed the same. I’m down 15lbs in 2.5 months with intermittent fasting. I’m short in stature but curvy. I have PCOS and endometriosis. This seemed to do the trick for me.
6. Sarah “Regular 3 meals a day” – I work out daily so I can’t imagine doing IF, personally I eat the typical 3 meals a day with some protein snacks in between if I’m really hungry and that has worked great for me, I never count calories.
7. Paula “Ask your doctor” – It depends on soooo many things. The best person to ask is a doctor (a good one) that knows all of your medical info past and present. It's super individual.
8. Jeffrey “Couple snacks and a meal” – Every person is different. I use to eat every couple hours and felt sluggish. Switched to IF and it is much easier for me. I’m not much of an eater turns out. I can live off a couple snacks and 1 normal meal a day and feel great.
9. Ashley “Whatever creates calorie deficit” – Calorie deficit is king. The one that is better… Is the one you prefer and works for your lifestyle! I would never enjoy IF… I eat like a hobbit. I still lost about 30# between last Oct and March because I stuck to my deficit. IF is just a tool to help you stick to your calorie deficit, if you like it and it helps you, then go for it (but remember it isn't magical…)
10. Margaret “IF for me” – Every person is different. I found that I personally consume fewer calories with IF just because there's only a certain window of time I can eat and I don't snack outside of that. However, with my schedule, it doesn't work a lot of days so that's not a sustainable lifestyle. You have to find what you can do long term, not just in fad style. Try a few different things for 2-3 weeks at a time and see what's the most successful for you!
11. Brittani “Eat ever 2-3 hours” – I eat every 2-3 hours, and honestly, it helps me not ever feel hungry which leads to me not over snacking or binge eating. So I think in that sense it’s helps with weight loss.
12. Heather “IF is great” – I've been doing IF for a few weeks and it's going well. If you end up consuming all the calories you didn't eat at typical eating time during your window, then it not going to be super effective. You have to figure out what works best for you.
13. Lynette “16:8 IF” – Everyone different yet for me IF 16:8 worked best for years until I tried to build some serious muscle. If you're trying to bulk and build muscle i would say multiple meals throughout the time
14. Alesha “2B Mindset” – i eat more intuitively following 2b mindset. I have done IF and it was not for me. It really is finding what works for you, not what is a fad or what people say work for them
15. Kathy “Whatever you can do longterm” – Eating in a way that you can sustain for the long run is best. In my experience when we force ourselves to eat in a way that feels limiting, we perceive losing weight with feeling badly. Focus on Whole Foods, eat at least 25-30% protein and eat just 300 calories less than your caloric needs. Practice more stress reduction practices and building up lean muscle versus just cardio so you can eventually increase metabolism and continue to keep the fat off and the energy and good results for the long term.
16. Marla “Fasting all the way” – I don't believe in calorie deficiency for weight loss personally, it backfired for me. I stand behind fasting 100%! Not just for weight loss but for mental clarity and some other personal issues. Give it a shot and see what works for you! Its kind-of a rough start but you will smooth it out with trial and error.
17. Ashley “Whatever Sticks” – Whatever you will actually stick with. Eating small meals every few hours never worked for me because I would forget to eat all together and I’m pretty sure my body was holding on to weight because of it. IF works for me but it actually worked better once I started following the containers and eating more balanced meals and more calories. I get my containers in with 2 meals and a shake during my eating window
18. Joey “Didn't have energy on IF” – I’ve done both and while I did lose weight with IF, my workouts suffered because I had little energy because I barely had any food in my body. Now I currently eat throughout the day and always have energy to fuel my workouts while eating in a caloric deficit.
19. Margo “Pain eating every couple hours” – I would personally find it kind of a pain eating every couple hours but thats just me. I am a a ‘volume eater' so IF is more up my alley but lots of people find frequent eating affective. Many other benefits come from fasting though. Give IF a shot and see how it works for you.
20. Heather “Add in extra fasts to speed up” – Been doing IF with 24 hour fasts. No issues with hunger or energy, workouts are going fine, and I’ve lost about two pounds a week. It’s totally mind over matter, but I’ve overcome that block and feel great!
88% of our results stated to go with what works if that is Intermittent Fasting so be it. You need to get onto something you can sustain long term that is also healthy.
If you are eating fast food everyday then just going to anything home cooked with IF is your first step. Just work on that calorie deficit then go to dialing in your macros later down the road.