Daily Archives: April 11, 2017

USING INSULIN IN YOUR BATTLE WITH THE WAISTLINE

Insulin is a hormone that when elevated, depending on the time of day and circumstances, can help increase muscle mass or lead to increased body fat. The key to maximizing insulin’s benefits is knowing the best time to increase its levels. After you work out, increasing insulin levels by consuming sugars will help drive protein, creatine, and other nutrients into your muscles, but increasing insulin levels at other times of the day will likely encourage the storage of body fat.
Another option for promoting the benefits of insulin release without the downside of increases fat storage is to utilize insulin mimickers, a category of supplements that help deliver nutrients to your muscles. Here are some of the very best:
1) Cinnulin. Cinnulin is a great supplement for driving creatine to your muscles and is often included with creatine. Cinnulin is a water-soluble cinnamon extract; it’s active component is hydroxychalcone. You should consume less sugar in the meals or snacks at which you take creatine products that include cinnulin; this reduces your likelihood of becoming insulin-resistant; a condition that can ultimately result in more body fat storage. Dose: 3-5 grams of creatine pre and post workout.
2) 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine. This amino acid has been found to increase the amount of insulin released by the pancreas. Research shows that taking 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine with dextrose following a workout helps to better replenish muscle-glycogen stores. This supplement is extracted from the herb fenugreek, so you may find it labeled as such on
3) supplement packaging. Dose: after workouts, take 60-100 grams of simple carbs with 300-600 mg. of 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine.
4) Alpha-lipoic acid. ALA can help improve creatine and glucose uptake by muscles when you consume it with simple carbs. ALA Is also included in some fat loss products because it reduces the amount of insulin your body releases when you consume carbs. Dose: 500 mg. of ALA with 3-5 grams of creatine and 50-100 mg. of carbs before and after workouts.
Don’t underestimate the benefits of muting insulin responses, especially if you have the type of body that is prone to storing excess calories as body fat. Insulin mimicking supplements will not only provide you with muscle building benefits of insulin, but also allow you to consume fewer calories from carbs, further reducing your storage of fat.

CARBOHYDRATES AND OUR DIET

The immediate source of energy for our cells that circulates in the blood is the simple sugar glucose. This fuel can be quickly produced from dietary carbohydrates and proteins or by the breakdown of glycogen stores. The principal energy storage in the body is in the form of fat, which is a long-term reserve made available to cells at a much slower rate.
Carbohydrates are vital to the primary energy cycle in the biological world. In a process called photosynthesis, plants combine carbon from the carbon dioxide in the air, water from the air and ground, and energy form the sun to produce stored carbohydrate energy as well as the waste product oxygen.
Carbohydrates have a powerful effect on the body. The proportion of your diet that is carbohydrate and, more important, the type of carbohydrate you consume, have vital effects on your health. Of the three sources of calories – carbohydrates, fats, and protein – carbohydrates are the only one not necessary for survival. Without certain essential fats and the right protein building blocks, you could not live. You don’t need carbohydrates to build the structure of your cells; you could get all the energy you need from fat and protein. The key to a well-balanced diet includes some carbohydrates, it does not revolve around carbohydrates.