I'm looking into the Lean Gains/IF diet and was wondering if it really matters when you eat per day, and how much as long as you hit your calories?
No. As long as you hit your cals,macros.
If your going to follow IF I would suggest scheduling your workout during your eating window . This way IMO you get the most from your post workout meal.
"Strive to seize the initiative in all things"
Which makes sense because when you look at it, it all adds up to meeting caloric intake
So the insulin response from downing 120 or so carbs in one post workout meal won't affect me negatively?
So with regards to macronutrient intake, a calorie is just a calorie?
I've followed so many protocols in terms of meal frequency and macro composition, the most recent being a 21 hour fat, and guess what I've learned...it all comes down to the kcals and the macros.
If you can fit a full days macros in to one meal or small window, more power to you. And it's no wonder virtually any protocol works. I'm assuming you are talking about bulking. You are missing the protein synthesis best practice boat but this discussion has already been beaten to death around here though.
So, could I eat a pound of 90/10 ground beef and day as part of my IF diet? I see it has 100% of your saturated fat and 100% of your cholesterol for the day...