I cannot bother to count calories and time meals (but I do like eating for progress!) so I’ve always eaten by rough guidelines. ‘Bulk Up, Cut Up!’ finally motivated me to organize my thoughts and feelings on the subject of different methods of gaining LM (dirty bulk, clean bulk and lean gain) and cutting and how they compare to my personal experiences with them.
So in terms of doing these methods using your body as the guide rather than calculations and logs, I came up with this…
-Eat after you’ve felt hungry, stop when you are no longer hungry. (I’ve noticed this requires being a bit slow while eating).
-Eat when you start to feel hunger, stop when you are no longer hungry.
-Eat before you feel hunger, stop when you are no longer hungry.
-Eat before you feel hunger. Eat until you feel full, but not stuffed.
-And in the case that you seem stuck at maintaining, pull double duty. Fix a plate of your normal serving size and double it, go back for seconds.
Instead of having to calculate how much you need depending on your activity level, your body has already taken this into account and will let you know, at least thats my case.
I guess this wouldn’t be a good guideline for people who don’t know the distinctions between getting hungry, feeling hungry, no longer hungry and feeling full. Or for beginners who don’t know what foods they should be eating when (which I also think can be made intuitive but thats too personal and complicated to discuss).
Also beginners tend to not notice that their body, while not hungry, is craving nutrition during and after workouts, so I guess WO meals would be an exception.