Does intermittent fasting (e.g., time-restricted such as 16-hour fasting and 8-hour eating windows) without calorie reduction/increase make it easier or more difficult to gain muscles when exercising?

All the studies I've seen so far such as {1} use an intermittent fasting that reduce the calorie intake, which introduces a bias when comparing intermittent fasting and non-intermittent fasting.

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  • {1} Tinsley, Grant M., Jeffrey S. Forsse, Natalie K. Butler, Antonio Paoli, Annie A. Bane, Paul M. La Bounty, Grant B. Morgan, and Peter W. Grandjean. "Time-restricted feeding in young men performing resistance training: A randomized controlled trial." European journal of sport science 17, no. 2 (2017): 200-207. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27550719
  • There’s nothing anabolic about not eating. Jan 6, 2020 at 3:12
  • @JustSnilloc From ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30696848's abstract: "anabolism stimulated by fasting" Jan 9, 2020 at 16:35
  • @FrankDernoncourt - I don't have access to the full study, could you perhaps clarify what they are talking about there because it doesn't seem clear to me. Also, your quoting of that section doesn't even make sense because there is a soft pause in the sentence after anabolism. Jan 9, 2020 at 23:00


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