I understand how P+C helps gain weight quicker than P+F at bedtime meal (9pm), but does one gain the muscle at the same pace regardless of the route chosen?
Let’s say my workout was at 5pm.
If I eat the P+C at night, will I just accumalate unnecessary fat as opposed to P+F?
I wouldn’t even try to get any exact numbers out of diet specifics; metabolism is far too complex for that, in my opinion.
GENERALLY SPEAKING, insulin sensitivity is higher in the morning, lower in the evening, hence P+C in morning and P+F at night. Following these guidelines, you may be able to eat an extra 300-500 calories a day and still gain the same amount of fat becuase of optimized food timing (a la Berardi Massive Eating.) So that means more muscle, hopefully. Good!
However, working out at 5 puts a big kink in all that, because that will definately increase your insulin sensitivity. So on your workout days, assuming you’re trying to gain muscle, I would have your P+C post workout meal, then an hour or so later have ANOTHER P+C post-post workout meal, and possibly one more P+C meal a couple hours after that, depending on when you go to bed. If you want to, after you get two P+C post workout meals or so, you could try a P+F meal before bed. However, because you’re working out in the evening like that, I think your insulin sensitivity will be high enough to allow you to use P+C all the way up to bedtime.
Of course, workout duration, intensity, all that matters too, but I’d get at least two good P+C meals in there after your workout- thats the time to let loose, while you’re gaining.
Try it out for yourself though, I doubt you’ll get any exact numbers.