I say this with all due respect to facko and Ryan, who are hard-working dudes. But I don't feel like those IF approaches to gaining make any sense. Maybe they do make sense, but I'm just too thick-headed to understand even in theory why it makes sense to base a gaining diet on IFing principles.
I would limit that in Ryan's case, since he seems to be taking out a second mortgage on all the Indigo stuff (just as a note, this was a joke). I don't know much about Indigo, and I won't go there on that front. I would venture to guess, however, that you would at least say that your IFing protocol that's heavy on carbs and very low on fats would not be the way to go without Indigo...?
And maybe my feeling this way about it is from my own inability to understand the logic behind IFing when one is not cutting. I know that it's extremely effective in helping one to lose weight--when I was serious about running, I used IF and had great results.
But maybe you guys can explain it in a way I can understand. When I first read the Anabolic Diet thread a little over a year ago, the AD made total sense. Whether I agreed with it or not, it at least seemed logical. My current diet basically follows the AD, although it's more in line with what MODOK does now. But whether it's good or bad, it at least made sense. The theory behind IFing....it just doesn't seem to make sense to me.
One thing I definitely understand is what Ryan said about the psychology of it. One of the reasons it helped me to lose weight when running was that I had that one period of the day to eat whatever, but then a structured aspect to the rest of my day that did not include food.