5x5 would be harder to recover from, but what if you reduced the volume to 3x5? I understand that insufficient food will result in insufficient recovery, but that is assuming that you want recovery to occur within 24-48 hours for a "novice". I'm asking if allowing more time for recovery to occur by using a weekly progression would work for individuals eating/sleeping less than optimal for a daily progression.
"Harder program" is relative to the weight used, not just the number of total reps. I can do 5x5 with the bar and have no problem recovering, but I'll certainly have problems recovering from 5x5 with my 5rep PR.
I'm certainly not trying to win any argument (that idea is laughable), I just feel like you aren't answering my question.