Eating to maximize gains?
Hey guys. I've been thinking about something for a while and was wondering what you all thought about this idea...
Everyone knows that you have to eat in order to grow. Your body needs protein and carbs to power itself and to heal the mircrotrauma done to your muscles during lifting. However; it also seems inevitable that during all this eating you will end up with a caloric surplus which ends up turning into stored fat. Most people seem to eat a lot, lift a lot, and do lots of cardio. The idea being that when their body is recovering and repairing, the food is used to build muscle. Then, the cardio is done to burn off the excess calories and prevent fat gain.
Here's the big question: How do you maximize your lean muscle gains while minimizing your fat gains. If you lift Mon/Wed/Fri mornings it would stand to reason that you're going to be gaining most of your muscle after your workouts (Mon, Wed, Friday during the day) and during the nights on the days you worked out (Mon, Wed, Friday nights). Then, since your body will be mostly finished repairing itself, you should need less food on Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun and during those nights.
If the above assumption is true, you could theoretically gain more lean mass and less fat by taking in more calories/protein on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (especially before bed) and less calories on Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun.
Instead of eating the same number of calories each day and going through "bulking" and "cutting" phases, perhaps cycling 500-1000 calories between "on" and "off" days. Do you guys think this would work? Has anyone ever tried this technique? I don't believe i've ever seen this mentioned before. It seems that most programs recommend finding your maintenence level, then adjusting in cycles to gain muscle or lose fat, but never adjusting daily.
What do you guys (and ladies, of course) think about this?