I've been researching a lot lately, trying to find different approaches to pre and post workout to improve my physique. Nobody ever knows enough, there is always another approach that may or may not work better. I personally feel I can do more, and that my physique is at a disadvantage and not getting what it truly needs.
Right now, when dieting, I'm doing carb cycling. I include my post workout carbs as part of my daily amounts....right or wrong? Secondly, my post workout usually is a protein shake and rice cakes. I've been researching a lot about BCAAs and feel I'm going to include them more in my day. Particularly pre and post workouts. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of people in the fitness community, having a post workout carb powder, with bcaas and protein shake. Then 30-60 mins later having a meal. Is there a better approach, or anyhting wrong with this approach?
Then that brings me to my next question of carbohydrates. Normally my carbs come from oats, sweet potato, rice cakes and occasionally as of late brown rice. Is there anything "wrong" with red/white potato? I've always been told sweet potato and brown rice and oats are the best sources when you consider glycemic index, digestion rate etc. However, with any diet or nutrition plan, I know what works for someone may not work for me etc. It's trial and error, but when dieting for a show, I don't want to eat a type of food that may set me back.
Can someone help clarify my concerns. Whether this is the appropriate section, I'm unsure, if not, I apologize. I'm simply looking for some information.
Thank you to everyone for any assistance.