Originally Posted by justanothagirl
If it doesn't matter whether it's carbs or protein, then why do bodybuilders who are cutting eat mostly carbs/fats at night and not carbs?
People who are bodybuilders can give their reasons for their personal choices of foods and what time of day to eat them. I don't know. Even in that area, there are different opinions about how best to build muscle mass.
My point is that there isn't ONE best way for everyone in the world to eat. There are whole societies who for hundreds of years have eaten mostly animal protein and blubber (the Inuits/Eskimos in frozen North America), strictly vegetarian diets (some Asian groups), milk-based diets (peoples who herd reindeer), diets which completely exclude milk (American Indians and other groups who can't digest milk as adults). There are individuals within those groups who choose to eat other sorts of foods -- such us those of us in the western world who follow all sorts of fad diets. People who observe Ramadan eat and drink nothing during the day for a whole month each year and then eat ALL their nutrition after the sun goes down -- and then they go to bed with a full tummy. This has been going on for many many generations, and these people appear to be very healthy even though they eat late at night. There are other people who eat their biggest meals for breakfast and eat very little late in the day. There are people who do just fine on one meal a day and others who must space out their eating every few hours in order to keep their blood sugar stable.
Bodybuilders all have different opinions about what diet will work best for them -- I can't believe that ALL bodybuilders follow the same diet. And most of the people who check in here to the Healthboards aren't bodybuilders -- we are here to learn from each other and read different opinions about what one "should" eat or not eat and then make decisions about what works best for us as individuals.
So, to answer your question, I don't know why bodybuilders make the dietary decisions that they do. If that is what the original question was about, then I'll stand aside and let someone else have the floor. Can you enlighten us about bodybuilders' diets? I'd love to have more muscles!