This is a completely inane idea I thought of today, but I thought I'd share it here on the boards for some potentially interesting discussion.
Generally speaking, the accepted norm in the bodybuilding industry is to eat roughly every 2-3 hours to maintain nitrogen balance. We set a target caloric range for each day and divide that range up among the 3 macronutrients.
instead of eating decent sized meals every few hours, why not take your macronutrient requirements for the day and split them evenly among every hour that you're awake?
So, say the average 200 lb bodybuilder stays awake for about 15 hours per day. Each day he aims to take in 250 grams of protein, about 200 grams of carbs and 70-80 grams of fat. Every hour he would consume a very small serving of protein, carbs and fats (i.e. 15 g protein, 13 g carbs, 5 g fat). The goal here being to provide the body constant fuel throughout the day, so there is never a moment of hunger or muscle catabolism. (Breakfast and workout meals might contain more macros, however.)
I know this sounds crazy and I'm sure most people might even think it's stupid. Eating every hour would be a hassle, but it does sound like an interesting idea I think.
Any thoughts? Constructive criticism?