So Today's article on t-mag got me thinking about casein protein and how little I actually know about the bulking process. To save time, I'll just say that they reccomend 80g of casein before bed as a measure to not only prevent your body from slipping into a catabolic state (which can be accomplished with only 40 grams), but help build additional muscle while sleeping. My first question is, should I be taking casein protein before sleeping and is such a large amounts neccessary? Would getting this much protein from dairy products (eating a big dairy based meal or drinking a lot of milk before bed) be a bad Idea? cause 40 grams of protein from milk is 4.5 cups of milk which also includes 36g of fat and 54g of carbs. Secondly, as somebody interested only in strength (not in sarcoplasmic hypertrophy) should I be concerned with the rate at which I put on muscle? There are essentially two types of hypertrophy and while it's not possible to fully encourage one or the other, Sarcomeric Hypertrophy is noted as being significantly slower than sarcoplasmic. T-Mag has become a bodybuilding website and it's articles are geared towards more muscle no matter where it comes from, which should concern anyone interested more in lb for lb strength. Third, if I just pack on gobs of sarcoplasmic hypertrophy and then begin to train in a fashion targetted towards sarcomeric, will my muscles convert from one to the other? Will I even get a lot of sarcoplasmic hypertorphy if I train in a manner associated with sarcomeric (myofibrillar) hypertrophy? Lastly, what exactly is an anabolic state? My initial google-based research shows that I need not just protein but carbs too. So why then would they reccomend low carb protein at the end of the article? In this case drinking a quart of milk before bet would be more beneficial than using a protein powder wouldn't it? though I know that all the protein in milk isn't casein (it IS where whey comes from right?), so to get 40g of casein I'd have to drink even MORE milk. It's all terribly confusing. Good thing I like milk though huh? Anyways, any help you guys can offer would be appreciated.