Is anyone else wondering, “Can I Eat Fried Chicken on Intermittent Fasting?”
If I’m honest, the rules for intermittent fasting are never entirely clear-cut.
Plus, this is made more difficult as there appears to be a wide variety of intermittent fasting plans.
However, when it comes to what you can eat during your eating window, is fried chicken acceptable?
Basically, is it okay to eat just about anything you like during your eating window?
Let’s find out.
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Can I Eat Fried Chicken on Intermittent Fasting?
You can eat fried chicken on intermittent fasting. However, in order to lose weight you will need to ensure that any calories consumed are within your daily calorie requirements. That being said, fried chicken isn’t particularly nutritious, plus it will cause a spike and drop in your blood sugar levels. This will typically leave you feeling ill and tired.
1. Can I Eat Fried Chicken and Still Lose Weight?
On the face of it, intermittent fasting is pretty simple.
What I mean by this is that you have a specific fasting window, when you should’t eat anything or consume any calories.
And then you have an eating window, when you break your fast and consume calories.
Now, when it comes to losing weight (which is typically why many people initially start intermittent fasting), the process once more is pretty simple.
If you expend more calories than you consume then you’ll lose weight.
So, in effect, even if you consume 5,000 calories in one day, but you burn 5,500 calories throughout the day, you will lose weight.
Realistically, you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, but as long as your activity levels mean that you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming, once again you’ll lose weight.
So, using this thought process you can of course eat fried chicken on intermittent fasting (as long as you burn those calories off through your normal daily activities).
In fact, forget fried chicken, you can eat any high-calorie foods that you want, as long as you burn those calories off.
Now, before you get excited at the prospect of eating anything, there is a lot more to the story.
Metabolism & Muscle Mass
In truth, most people shouldn’t really be overly focused on losing weight.
What I mean by this is “weight loss” should only really be a thing for those who are extremely overweight or obese.
That being said, what most of us are really interested in is fat loss.
Plus, one of the best ways to lose more fat is to increase both muscle mass and your metabolic rate.
Now, intermittent fasting does take care of your metabolism.
Intermittent fasting literally resets your metabolism and then has it firing on all cylinders thereafter.
So, you have almost turned your body into a fat-burning machine.
Furthermore, increased muscle mass means that your body is burning even more calories, even while you’re at rest.
You also have to understand that muscle has a greater density than fat.
Therefore, muscle will take up less volume than fat in the body.
So, you could actually look smaller, more toned and muscular, but you still weigh the same, or perhaps weigh even slightly more than before.
Now, in order to increase muscle mass your most important macronutrient is protein.
Plus, fried chicken definitely contains a fair amount of protein.
However, due to the increased carbs, and especially saturated fat, in fried chicken, you probably won’t be getting enough protein without going over your daily calorie allowance.
So, in effect, while it’s okay to eat fried chicken, you’re actually defeating the purpose of intermittent fasting.
Realistically, you’ll never get enough protein from fast foods without exceeding your daily calorie intake.
Therefore, while it’s perfectly feasible to eat fried chicken when intermittent fasting, it’s definitely not something I would recommend.
2. The Nutrition & Energy Side to Fried Chicken
Okay, so I’ve mentioned the nutritional side of eating fried chicken.
However, I’ve really only focused on protein and calories.
Essentially, there’s far more to it than this.
Firstly, fried chicken is going to be extremely high in saturated fat.
In other words, you’re consuming more fat, while you’re also trying to lose body fat at the same time.
So, you’re really working against yourself by eating fried chicken.
Furthermore, the increased intake of saturated fat, as well as carbs that are likely to be in a processed meal, will impact both your brain and your body.
Whenever you eat highly-processed food you’ll typically spike your blood sugar levels.
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This is also why you almost feel a jolt of energy when you eat processed foods.
However, what goes up must come down, and it won’t be long before your blood sugar levels drop again.
And it is this spike and drop in blood sugar levels that can affect you.
You’ll generally feel extremely tired, lethargic, and like crap as soon as your blood sugar levels drop back down.
And it is during this time that your mind tends to take over.
Basically, you feel awful, you’re likely to be craving more carbs, and possibly something sweet.
However, due to your consumption of fried chicken you’re unable to take on any more calories for the day.
But, this doesn’t stop all those terrible feelings that you’re going through.
This is the most likely time that you’ll either cheat during your fasting window, or simply give up altogether.
Plus, let’s not forget that the lack of nutrients from eating fast food will mean that you’re not getting the essential nutrients your body needs.
In effect, you’re making yourself feel like crap, as well as leaving yourself open to illness and disease.
I certainly see nothing wrong with enjoying fried chicken as a treat every once in a while.
But, this is certainly not something that you should be doing on a regular basis.
What Fast Food Does to Your Body
So, I hope you understand that you can eat fried chicken on intermittent fasting, although it isn’t advisable.
Basically, as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance, then you can pretty much eat whatever you like.
However, the downside to this is that you won’t be getting enough essential nutrients in your diet.
Furthermore, fried chicken, and pretty much all fast foods, contain high levels of saturated fat, which will see your blood sugar levels spike and drop.
Unfortunately, this usually has a detrimental effect on both your mind and body.
So, if you continue with a diet of fried chicken (and other fast foods), you’ll usually always feel tired, fatigued, moody, and basically like crap.
This is usually when you’re most likely to cheat on intermittent fasting.
Hi, I’m Partha, owner and founder of My Bodyweight Exercises. I am a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the Register of Exercise Professionals, United Kingdom. I have been a regular gym-goer since 2000 and coaching clients since 2012. My aim is to help you achieve your body composition goals.