Re: Workout/Staying in Shape Thread
Genetics, metabolism, and other factors will always play a hand in how an individual gains/loses weight. That's just the nature of the beast. Some people are hardgainers, while others gain weight very easily.
Diet and nutrition are extremely important. You can hang & bang in the gym all you want, but it's not going to make a dent in your overall progression unless you have your diet & nutrition in check.
Pumping iron and pushing weight is where the hard work's at, sure. But that's only phase one. It's the process of tearing your muscles down. The key is building them back up, which is what proper diet & nutrition is all about.
Why would you go through all the trouble of lifting weights, if you're not going to properly capitalize with the rebuilding phase? Because that's what your nutrition is - it's the rebuilding of what you just tore down in the gym. You can't deplete yourself of glycogen and do a half-assed job of restoring it. You'll get bogged down and plateau fairly fast.
I, for one, never really understood the whole phobia of eating after a certain time at night. It's a ridiculous notion, for so many reasons. In fact, bedtime is a great time to think about ingesting some slow-digesting protein to help keep your body in an anabolic state throughout those 8 hours of rest.
Besides, if your macros are all kept in check throughout the other (earlier) hours of the day, then it's not going to make a difference whether you're eating at 5pm or 8pm. Calories in versus calories out. It's really as simple as that.