Why would you have a high energy packed carb/protein drink AFTER you have already exerted your energy at the gym?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to have it before your workout, then a healthy meal after, once your stomach has settled down?
Well in my understanding, takeing a shake hits your body faster in terms of nutrients and so forth, like whey for instance, I mean its powdered so it takes less to digest so WHAM, straight into the system to help muscles, where as food would take a while…[/quote]
You are overestimating how fast a shake is digested compared to whole food. Maybe digested is the wrong word. But the nutrients in the shake consumed PWO will not enhance anabolism that much more than a whole food meal eaten withing a few hours the workout. The anabolic window is much larger than most people assume.
I mean CT’s para-nutrition principles are all the rage right now. Maybe you should read them to broaden your knowledge.
And to the OP. A it’s not an either or situation WRT to shakes and food. I have a meal 1.5 hours before my workout. A shake 30minutes prior. Sip whey/carbs during the workout. Have a weight gainer shake (maltodextrin/protein blend) PWO and then a meal about an hour later. Calories are calories. If you aren’t getting enough overall it doesn’t matter how perfect your nutrient timing is.