Originally Posted by why
meal timing doesn't matter
For me it does. Not so much the actual timing, but spreading my daily food intake over five or six meals instead of three just works out better for me. I used to be a three-meal sort of guy, but found the peaks and valleys of hunger and fullness weren't as extreme if I spread daily intake out to five or six meals.
'carb intolerance' is overblown and underqualified,
I'm an advocate of exploring the options out there, putting to practice the options you think will work best for you, and then making adjustments based on results.
From personal experience, I've just found limiting starchy carbs to very early in the day or after lifting produces better aesthetic results. Even when I'd cut calories below maintenance and not monitor carbs, I didn't get satisfying results.
I've got some friends who can eat tons of simple carbs all day and not really see negative changes in body composition. They were all thin in their youth. I was not. I still eat starchy carbs at the aforementioned times and also with my handful of cheat meals. I just keep the overall intake in check now and it's produced good results so far and more importantly, has me feeling physically better.
and ordering a chicken salad is a waste of time and money (did you get blue cheese or ranch on the side?)
We were eating at a place where it's virtually impossible to get anything "good" for you. I always cringe at paying $10 for a salad I could make at home for like two bucks, but it was still the best choice on the menu.
No dressing or cheese on or near the salad, either. I'm not one of those middle-aged women who think they're doing the "healthy" thing by getting a salad and then dousing it with the ranch dressing hose.