XTEND for Fasting   Ever heard of Intermittent Fasting (IF)? The technique of regularly taking breaks from eating for 16-24 hours has slowly been getting more popular. It started with the ancestral health crowd (think paleo, primal, caveman diet) but has been gaining traction in the more mainstream physique communities. Not only does intermittent fasting improve markers of cardiovascular health and decrease muscle inflammation, its advocates claim that it is unbeatable in terms of stripping off body fat. Martin Berkhan of the website leangains.com has a popular IF program that calls for an eight-hour feeding window from noon to 8:00 at night. This means you eat nothing from 8 P.M. to 12:00 P.M. He also suggests finishing your fast with a workout to take advantage of the natural surge in growth hormone that occurs while fasting. To some of us, the idea of training after a15-hour fast sounds like sheer misery, not to mention a good way to burn up your muscle. But that is where the XTEND come in. Since insulin is what blunts the growth hormone surge, you don't want to consume anything that is insulinogenic. So a product like XTEND, which doesn't raise insulin but initiates protein synthesis, is the perfect companion. Berkhan recommends taking 10 grams of BCAAs (about one-and-a-half scoops of XTEND) 15 minutes before training, and then another 10 grams every two hours afterwards or until you can get your first full whole food meal. While Intermittent Fasting might not be right for someone on a mass-gaining plan it has a lot to offer anyone who is looking to lean out and improve their health. Just make sure you have some XTEND handy if you give it a try.