THE BEST TIME TO CONSUME SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES
As soon as exercise begins, the body down-regulates its need for insulin. The hormone used to carry blood sugar into the cells. Therefore, during exercise sugar intake produces smaller increases of this hormone because muscles become more sensitive to increased amounts of insulin and permeable to glucose, reducing the need for large amounts of insulin that normally are required to escort the sugar into the muscle. This is good news.
These same receptors are exponentially more sensitive for 30 minutes following, and up to 2 hours following exercise. So the good news is that there is a “good time” to consume those yummy simple (sugary) carbohydrate foods. When not participating in exercise, foods should be FAR more protein oriented. This will help to keep those nasty carbohydrate
cravings (and this one’s waistline) controlled.
Posted on January 24, 2012, in Aging, Common Ailments, Dealing with Stress, Fitness, Food - Symptom Connection, Nutrition, Self Care, Weight Loss and tagged blood sugar, exercise, hypoglycemia, insulin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.