I’m posting this on the regular forum instead of the Pound because I’d like to get a wider range of opinions. However, let me say at the outset that I’m looking for feedback from people who have (a) tried what I’m about to describe in a scientific manner (either with themselves or with clients) and (b) kept some sort of real records about what happened.
Okay, that said, here’s the issue:
You hear a lot about how taking in carbs after a certain in the evening (usually 6:00) will lead to fat gain or at least less-rapid fat loss. I understand the argument that you expend more energy during the day and that therefore any carbs taken in after you’re “in for the evening” would be stored more preferentially as fat rather than being used for energy. Fine.
However, it also seems to me that you could look at the issue another way, i.e. that if you consider a day as one 24-hour period, and that you expend X amount of calories per day, no matter when you take those calories in you’re going to end up in the same spot (physique-wise) in the long run.
To give a specific example, let’s say that a guy normally uses 3500cals/day and that he’s on a maintenance diet. If he eats most of his carbs during the daytime and expends, say 2500 of these cals for energy, then he has another 1000 cals left over and these can be met by eating less during the evening. Thus (in our perfect theoretical world), no fat gain.
Then our guy changes his eating pattern to where he’s not eating as much during the day but more at night. So the first day he’s really hungry, and actually cuts into his bodyfat stores a bit to make up for the calorie deficit that he incurs. But then he eats more at night, and makes up the difference. So he’s back to where he started. Even if he has gained a bit of fat, he’ll burn it off the next morning/afternoon.
Okay, so it seems to me that, theoretically, you can look at the issue either way and make a good case. Here’s what I want to know. How many of you have actually tried limiting your carbs to the daylight hours, and what sort of results (or lack of same) did you experience? Again, I’m not looking for a theoretical argument, but real changes (or not) that happened while keeping the overall number of calories (and other factors like level of exercise) constant. Thanks!