The right carbs are essential for peri-workout nutrition. About 20 years ago we discovered that post-workout carbs and protein help with recovery and muscle growth, but they pale in comparison to proper carbs and proteins before and during workouts. <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma contains nutrient-partitioning, functional carbohydrates (highly branched cyclic dextrin). You really can’t compare these specialized carbs to the “average carb” from standard foods or cheap supplements. For one thing, they are thermic in nature, meaning they help with fat loss.
Also, Plazma and <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/mag-10"target=“new”>MAG-10 are not thick shakes, but more like drinking water or a sports drink. Very easy on the stomach. Tim Patterson designed them that way because athletes often use them during competitions.
The highly structuralized di-/tripeptides hydrolyzed from bioactive casein are also very different than standard protein.This protein is transported (unaltered, requiring no further breakdown) directly into the bloodstream. And this particular di-/tripeptide mixture produces effects in muscle that go far beyond simple amino acids from other protein sources.
Peptide structures have biological activities beyond regular amino acids, stimulating protein synthesis, as well as other muscle building and recovery effects, to a far greater degree than what you would get from 100s of grams of conventional protein.
A serving of Plazma should be consumed 15 minutes before a training session, so you may want to move back the solid meal you have before training. During the session, you drink 1 or 2 more servings. Just drink between sets as you would water, finishing the Plazma before the workout ends. If using MAG-10, you drink a servings post-workout, about 60 minutes after you finish your Plazma.
You can add <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/creatine"target=“new”>Creatine Monohydrate or <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/creatine-malate"target=“new”>Creatine Malate to the workout drinks if you’d like.
If you’ve always had issues with carbs, consider using Indigo-3G, which fixes the dysfunctional fat cells and nutrient uptake mechanisms that cause these issues. You can get all those products in a package deal here: <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/packages/plazma-super-stack"target=“new”>Plazma Super Stack
Hope this helps!