post workout carbs- crucial yes or no
- 09-08-2008, 04:36 PM
post workout carbs- crucial yes or no
Thinking of ditching post-workout carbs. I am not sure that carbohydrates in the post-workout period are needed and there is research that they have no impact or may even be counter-productive.
Not sure what I want to follow-
1. Just Protein, no carbs, no fat
2. Protein and fat
Looking for thoughts...
- 09-08-2008, 11:17 PM
Depends on your goals. If performance is your concern, then you need carbs. Aesthetics varies from person to person.M.Ed. Ex Phys
09-08-2008, 11:26 PM
09-08-2008, 11:29 PM
09-08-2008, 11:33 PM
09-08-2008, 11:39 PM
09-09-2008, 12:18 AM
I honestly belive anything in the likes of the following is fine for shuttling aminos to muscles and to spike insulin. I may try WMS one day, but i believe items such as oats, bananas, etc are just as good.
1. whey + 1/2C oats
2. whey + banana
3. whey + 1/2C rice / rice cakes
4. whey + gatorade powder (never done it ,but assume its decent)
5. when + danon lite-n-fit yogurt
09-09-2008, 08:36 AM
09-09-2008, 09:14 PM
It's my opinion that a huge insulin spike pwo is way overrated. Generally speaking, of course, since it depends on the individual and the duration/intensity of the workout.
After a heavy leg day, for example, it's a must have for me or I could pass out or have lasting depletion. After an average arm day however, slamming 75g of simple sugar seems completely redundant. I'm not denying the faster assimilation of protein, but having ditched this method for some time now I feel it has affected my gains not in the least. Unless I truly feel depleted, my pwo carbs is a glass of grape juice or gatorade(~30-40g carbs) to transport 10-15g of creatine, then protein, then meal containing slower carbs 1 hour later.
09-09-2008, 11:09 PM
09-09-2008, 11:26 PM
09-09-2008, 11:58 PM
I prefer a mix of slow and fast digesting carbs.. I usually have 25 grams whey with 20 grams of dextrose, then I down 2 slices of whole sprouted wheat berry bread with 1 tbsp of peanut butter. MMmm!
09-10-2008, 12:00 AM
09-10-2008, 11:42 AM
09-10-2008, 12:06 PM
There is nothing essential about a carbohydrate and you don't need to consume them post workout. Especially when the bodies primary fuel source is fat (such as those who have been on a CKD), research has shown that IGF-1 shuttles glycogen into the muscles post workout when no carbs are present. However, if your main fuel source is carbohydrates I would definately recommend that they are consumed in the post workout period. I'll try to dig around and find that study somewhere.
09-10-2008, 01:21 PM
09-10-2008, 09:05 PM
I find that a blend of proteins + fiberous carbs such as (applesauce) post workout, along with some dextrose works efficiently to better absorb nutrients post workout...
09-10-2008, 09:19 PM
09-10-2008, 09:29 PM
I always have you have my Waximaize followed by protein 30 minutes later, or I feel guilty... almost like i'm not getting as much as a could have out of my workout.
09-10-2008, 11:21 PM
09-10-2008, 11:35 PM
I drink a half gallon of skim milk right after my workout. Just enough protein and sugar to make it all work out.
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09-11-2008, 01:54 AM
when i was bulking i used to consume a 100g or so of fast digesting carbs like sugar and dextrose PW... It def seemed to help with recovery and gains, however i added some serious bodyfat
now i keep it to 20-30g if any at all and focus more on protein... several amino's elicit an insulin response as well as rodja said so i'm more inclined to chug some xtend PW and then my shake, than maxing on carbs
09-11-2008, 12:29 PM
09-11-2008, 12:50 PM
09-11-2008, 01:28 PM
whey + carbs will quickly increases anabolism, but these effects are very short lived and shown to be wasteful. although amino acid concentration do increase quickly with whey + carbs, oxidation rates also increased, creating a steady state catabolism in which there is no change in overall protein balance.
2. fats are needed to produce testesterone and other hormones required for muscle building. post-workout, the body is scrambling to keep testosterone levels from dropping too low due to the rise in cortisol levels (the two hormones exist in a see-saw fashion; as one rises the other drops, and vice-a-versa).
3. fat helps maintain consistent and steady insulin levels. increased/spiked insulin output blunts growth hormone release that should naturally be occurring post workout.
4. a recent study compared the effect of whole milk, and a higher dose of fat-free milk (to match the calories of the whole milk) taken 60 minutes post-resistance exercise. whole milk was superior for increasing net protein balance despite the fact that the calorie matched dose of fat free milk contained more protein (14.5g protein, versus 8.0g in the whole milk -an 81% advantage).
the ideal pwo meal in my opinion is a mixture of casein + whey + fat.
Last edited by Hank Vangut; 09-11-2008 at 01:57 PM.
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