OK, we admit that the last item in this series comparing both dangerous and supposedly safe weight lifting supplements to procurement and supply chain strategies is not a supplement at all. (If you’ve missed the others, you can get pumped up by catching up on our musings here: series introduction, Ultimate Orange, Diuretic Pills, Creatine and BCAAs.)
Rather, this final tip is a modified approach to, well, eating. And if you practice it, people will think you’re crazy. But trust us (Jason, specifically) — it works.
What’s the “supplement” you ask? Intermittent fasting tied to workouts.
There are lots of variants of intermittent fasting — not eating for 16 hours, then eating during 8; restricting yourself to 500 calories on given days — But the general idea, at least our non-scientific understanding of it, is to burn through the liver and glycogen stores of energy in your body so when you work out, you are actually burning fat, and burning fat in the lead-up to the workout. You’re also benefiting from it in many other ways as well compared with teaching your body to burn fat as an energy source alone.
I actually discovered intermittent fasting violating all tenants of Judaism I’m sure (and intermittent fasting for that matter, by not eating afterwards) while marathon training during Yom Kippur one year. (That’s the day that Jews fast not for health reasons or in training to set a PR, but as part of atoning for our sins.) Don’t ask — I’m crazy and likely going to hell for this or not written into the book of life or something — but I actually found myself feeling good after a run during the day in between services and not “bonking” before I could eat that night.
Today, I personally swear by intermittent fasting as part of a weight and cardio routine (and training for races) and do it anywhere from a few times per week to once a month depending on how I feel at a given point in time. It’s absolutely made me into a better distance runner (e.g., holding off the bonk in races, not needing to eat anything or drink carb supplements for up to a half marathon distance, etc.)
I’ve also been able to put on more muscle and maintain the same weight (while still binging on carbs at night, mind you!) Less important for you meatheads, I’ve also seen the benefit in my recent labs as well (by far the best I’ve ever gotten back from my doctor despite not changing anything else in my activities or diet). There’s a real science to doing it with weightlifting as well.
So try it yourself. We recommend, as others do, eating early the night before and skipping breakfast in the morning (besides coffee -- essential in my book for keeping up the fast) and lifting, running or doing light weight session during the first part of lunch. Then eat during the second part (don’t wait long though).
As for procurement and supply chain comparisons to intermittent fasting, it’s almost too easy!
The question is, how low can you go? And how can you do it safely? Vendor managed inventory, just-in-time programs and inventory-based financing programs, where goods remain on someone else’s books until used, are good places to start. Just make sure to get the calories — I mean inventory — off your books and burn through that balance-sheet killing stock.
Finally, don’t forget to replenish your stores (both personal and in the stockroom) from time-to-time. And when you’re feeling a bit hungry or worried about shutting down the production line, you can always watch the most memorable Rocky scene of all time for inspiration (and to get your fill of bad 70s music).