Let me start off by saying that I think that David Barr is one of the most underrated T-Mag contributors; he definitely seems to have a good knowledge of the lit. Consequentially, DB, I’d love to pick your brain.
I’ve got a question, but first here are some of DBmuscle?s words:
“Here’s another valuable tip: the post-workout nutrient window for muscle protein synthesis will last at least 24 hours (Tipton et al., 2003), so another serving* when you’re fasted (i.e. the first meal of the day) will most likely elicit the same exaggerated effect of stimulating protein synthesis!”
*referring to another serving of Surge
“Generally speaking, the first protein meal after waking is the only real time to stimulate protein synthesis using food (nocturnal feedings aside), the rest of our meals are mostly anticatabolic. I’d have the protein first with some simple carbs*, then eat a real meal a short while later.”
*a surge-like meal?
“The best time to take BCAA’s is when serum amino acid levels are low*. This will ensure an increase in protein synthesis. Don’t forget that you need the other aminos to actually build the protein from.”
*such as after an overnight fast?
My question: DB, could you fully articulate your reasoning for consuming a surge-like meal first thing after waking? I’m not completely clear on why this is a good idea. Also, I’d love to see what you eat (or you suggest one eat) each day; just a general meal plan.
BTW, you also posted the following.
“According to the scientific literature the windows are 1h (and decreases thereafter) for carbs 48 hours for protein metabolism”
The first quote on this thread seems to contradict with this statement. What’s up with that?