I wonder what everyone's views are on post workout nutrition. No, I don't mean which is the best post workout supplement or shake, just in general what your thoughts are on it.
In my own experience and reading, I've found there are a few schools of thought on it:
1) Post Workout meal should be soon after the workout, high, fast acting carb content, to illicit an insulin response.
2) No immediate Carb intake, why spike insulin?
3) Doesn't really matter at the end of the day.
The opponents of the first scenario say that when you ingest a good amount of carbs immediately after, yes you spike your insulin, but you lower testosterone levels, and will cite studies as the following:
Opponents of the second scenario claim that recovery is greatly increased by ingesting within the first half hour after your workout.
In my experience, I've found that for very demanding, "metabolic" endurance type workouts/circuits, as well as intense MMA training, carb/protein/nutrient loading soon after has helped my recovery. I don't feel that I need supplementation/food soon after low rep max effort sessions, however. (this is all anecdotal though).
So what are your thoughts on this?