of course protein is the building blocks of muscle but carbs play an important indirect role in muscle growth and people underestimate how crucial carbs are. carbs are crucial to have throughout the day to give your muscles energy. not just in a pre-workout meal. the emphasis all seems to be on protein, protein and more protein. most guys take in too much protein, chugging down protein shakes, cooking chicken breasts, eating eggs but lack enough carbs, then they wonder why they are having poor sessions in the gym and not progressing. whenever i get an aching feeling in my muscles, it is usually because i havent had enough carbs. every gram of protein should be equalled with at least a gram of carbs.
what are your thoughts on this? do you think that people dont appreciate the role of carbs enough?
My knowledge on this is a lot more rusty than it used to be, but I used to swear by a meal of complex carbs with protein prior to working out, then protein and simple carbs after workout.
I remember reading lots of times that protein alone wont be as efficiently absorbed as it would be when combined with simple, fast-absorbing carbs - needed to replenish glycogen/glucose levels and prevent catabolism. So yeah, have a glass of orange juice with your protein shake, and chicken with white pasta for your post workout meal!
Based on personal experience I'd say carbs are important to building muscle too.
If you have a calorie surplus and enough protein you will build muscle regardless of carb intake. To take carbs out of your diet though wouldn't be great as your body uses carbs and the most efficient source of energy.