I honestly think in trying to cram as many calories as you can, you could only benefit from getting more carbs around your workout. Eat more fruits before, starches, etc., and then in your drink, add more dextrose/malto or whatever you’re using. If you’re not drinking a carb/protein supplement DURING your workout, here’s a good chance to start.[/quote]
I was going to just leave this htread without commenting, but when I hit back, I got a glimpse of your screen name… HOLY SHIT, NICK! I haven’t talked to you in years! Fancy that, you’re a BB now. Never would’ve guessed. I had JUST deleted all of my old contacts from MX, too. Christ.
(And given that it’s been somehwere around 3-4 years… if you do not remember who this is… I own a Les Paul Black Beauty with DiMarzio X2N/PAF Pro/Air Norton set up as the pup config).
As far as on-topic goes… I’ve never been a huge fan of peri-workout nutrition, namely because I find it gives a lot of people GI trouble and my own clients tend to puke a lot. The most important nutrition is PWO, and I think that’s when the vast majority of the calories should be coming in.
Other than that, breakfast is key. These two spots also happen to be the time periods where your carb intake can be quite a bit higher, so it’s not uncommon for my breakfast macro profile to be something like 50% carbs, 40% protein, 10% fat. Towards the end of the night, I tend to have a much higher fat intake and a much lower carb intake… but experiment a little.
I wouldn’t worry too much about ingesting too much fat IF IT WORKS FOR YOU (that’s an important point). I’ve known guys who consume 60% fat during bulking phases and are lean as hell. The important thing is to make sure that your baseline nutrition is top-notch.
If you’re getting everything you should be getting in, whatever else you add onto it isn’t really going to affect you that much. Hell, I just stuffed my face with Oreos and I am NOT a hard gainer. The important thing is to pay attention to your body and see what works. Maybe having 2-4 Oreos with your meals will make you put on more fat than you want… if it does, just stop.
the difference between a beginner and an intermediate/expert is that the intermediates and experts out there have experimented enough to know what their bodies can and can’t handle… or if they haven’t, they aren’t AFRAID to experiment to learn more.
In my experience, and with my clients, I don’t really recommend eating whatever you can… BUT… if you’re eating clean, and getting everything you need, what you add in calories isn’t going to be that bad for you, no matter what it is.