I would say there is a big difference in my nutrition strategies. They fall into three main categories outdoor, indoor, and events. I also very much prescribe to the whole foods theory so if you can take food you prep at home that is better than store bought pre-packaged.
For Outdoor - My calorie burn is usually a lot higher so the strategy becomes the trash can theory; if its not nailed down I’m eating it. No, my weight doesn’t go up very much, I gain a few pounds of water weight because of humidity and yeah genetics.
For Events - I haven’t been in too many hoping to change that soon but usually carb-ing up works for me.
For indoor - Most of my workouts for my plan are about getting my VO2 Max up so that means they are short, sweet(ehh?), and intense so eating something solid is not really an option however I have found that Skratch in the bottles is great, and a little ounce or two of juice in the bottle works great to add some liquid carbs and cals. When a workout reaches about the 90 minute marker is when I start thinking about gels and possibly a solid. Anything shorter than 45 minutes I try to stick to just water.
Also I have been taking in about half a bottle during warmup and have noticed a bit better performance during the workout, not quite sure what to make of this yet. I’m thinking it has to do with bioavailability.