Before I discuss my nutrition philosophy and ideals, I have to admit some bias.
I am not a fan, no actually I detest the idea or act of eating six, seven, eight, ten times a day.
(five is even a lot, but every once in a while I do have a fourth meal on those particularly long days.)
When I first became interested in bodybuilding and researched the nutrition aspect of it, all the publications advised the many-meal-a-day approach.
Wanting to make progress as rapidly as possible I subscribed to that approach thinking it would be the path to increased muscle growth & strength.
I gained weight no doubt, but the majority of it was in the form of adipose tissue (fat.) I also felt miserable much of the time because I was force-feeding, eating when I really didn’t feel like it and also trying to digest food on a constant basis.
It seemed like I was always watching the clock usually with dread, thinking about scarfing down that tuna & pasta.This went on for quite some time, years in fact.
Eventually, I decided to research other methods to achieve the goals I had and stumbled upon various forms of intermittent fasting and macro allocation and realized that my long term beliefs that I had established may not necessarily be the only or even the best pathway to my goals.
I have had more success in not only my physique goals pursuits, but also my strength endeavors by simplifying things and most days eating 2-3 meals. These meals are larger generally—meaning that I am more satisfied and they are also consumed only when I am actually hungry.
Constant force-feeding is not only uncomfortable and in my opinion unnecessary, but also can’t be good for your internal organs. All biological systems share a commonality of work/rest/recover and our organs are no different.
Another albeit fairly recent experiment that seems to be challenging my prior beliefs is on the subject of protein. In the past I would attempt to ingest up to two grams per pound of body weight. In recent times I generally would strive for around one gram/per, but in the last few months I have experimented with an increase in carbohydrates and a marked decrease in daily protein intake.
Most days, I have been getting roughly 100g or so, sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more and have not noticed any muscle loss whatsoever.
In fact, I feel better, sleep way better and my gym performance has been progressing nicely.
My energy levels are great and supplement-wise, I have only used a multi, fish oil, vitamin D, and of course my nightly glass of Cabernet.