A little background:
It all started one day on the bus to work RAVENOUSLY hungry. But I don't understand; how can I be this hungry after a 700cal breakfast?
"Oh, you're metabolism must be sky high." Yeah, right.
So I googled it and was taken to LeanGains. This was about the same time I started to question the absolute necessity of "6 meals a day." I'm very interested in dietary intake as it pertains to the endocrine system so when I read a blog post (with references) about post awakening cortisol and its interact with insulin i started listening with intent to learn. Was 6 meals absolutely necessary? All those friends that say "Ahhh I gotta hit a meall or else.." What You'll implode? What happens if I do skip a meal each day?
Working in a lab, one cant exactly bust out tupperware and any given time and stepping out for 10min 3x a day doesnt look good. My schedule has flex on when I start and take lunch. If I'm used to a meal at 1130 but have to wait till 1, thats gonna suck. First I followed LeanGains, then I tried to maintain Warrior Diet but the window is too small and too close to sleep. Now I have about a 6/18 feed/fast with a shake pre and 2 whole food meals posr. Eventually I decided I dont want to bother about food at work and would rather have a big, hearty satisfying dinner in relaxation. I did this off season and my initial cut for a Nov show. Strength stayed high as dieted down. My coach thinks I'm insane but I didn't start losing some size for my show until he put me back on 6 meal plan. I also save a good amount of money on food.
I competed with a surgeon one time. he did something similar: two big meals - one in the AM and one PM. He was in surgery 10-12hrs a day. Sergio Oliva had periods of dieting this way as well. You can do a 12 hour fast but won't reap the full benefits. At 15-16 hours all the immune system, GI cleansing, cognitive, and endocrine functions start reaching higher levels and peak off after 30hrs.