I know you think CHOs are the bastardized macronutrient of the century, but do they have benefit when used to inhibit proteolysis, among other things, i.e., glycogen mediated cell swelling, strictly in the post workout realm?
Coingestion of carbohydrate with protein does not further augment post exercise muscle protein synthesis
Key points from study above:
1. Though skeletal muscle protein breakdown rates were not assessed, the study observed lower plasma and muscle BCAA levels when CHOs were co-ingested, the latter suggesting that protein breakdown was reduced.
2. Even though ingestion of only carbohydrates does not seem to stimulate post-exercise muscle protein synthesis, it has been reported to improve net protein balance by inhibiting muscle protein breakdown.
I guess what I'm asking is if you think carbs + whey + leucine > whey + leucine, strictly in the post workout setting, for the trainee looking to make the greatest net gains in muscle.