I know the ultimate answer is most probably “it does not really matter”, but I was thinking if there was any difference between the effect of pre-workout carbs vs post-workout carbs.
If you could choose from only one, would you choose to have pre workout carbs or post workout carbs? What are the advantages/disadvantages of both? Would your choice change is you are more concerned about performance vs. hypertrophy vs. recovery?
For me personally, if I an eating more carbs on training days and not doing a low carb “cutting” diet, I prefer them prior to training. I’ve tried it multiple ways - carbs pre-workout, post-workout only, fasted training, etc. I personally perform better, since I work out in the afternoon between 3-5 PM, if I eat a protein + carb meal for breakfast. If I had to choose either/or, it would be pre-workout. However, I normally split it up. I figure up how many carbs I need on training days, and then divide them between two meals: breakfast and post-workout. Everything else is protein + fat (e.g., lunch and a snack or two).