don't overthink it, just eat good, healthy foods. Nothing processed or sugary.
Your pre training meal should be meat and veg, post workout should also be meat and veg.
Plants and dead animals should make up 99% of your diet.
There's a lot of info out there on the benefit of having a fast digesting protein + carbs meal post workout, but in terms of actual real world results there's very little difference.
I used to buy in to the whole "protein + carbs immediately post workout" to maximise gains thing, but since I stopped doing it there's been no difference. Now I just heave a healthy solid meal an hour or so before the gym, then have a healthy meal when I get home.
Just eat well over the course of the day, all there is to it.
Yea i think that definately sounds like the easiest, safest plan... Thanks! And what about conflicting info about eat 5+ small meals every 3-5 hours vs the staple breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
the 5+ small meals a day was based on the flawed notion that it somehow keeps your metabolism revved up. That's not the case.
I personally like to eat 3 big meals and 1 snack over the course of the day. The total calories and macronutrients are the same as if it were a lot of smaller meals, there's really no difference.
Just eat when you are hungry, keep the protein high and eat plenty of fruits and veg.