Everybody knows that nutrition is important. Whether your goal is fat-burning or human performance, if the proper fuel isn’t there, your goal won’t be achieved.
The following piece of information is the one single most important aspect of the human body science that you need to understand if you want your body to feel better, perform better and look better.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by an organ called the pancreas. Its role is to take sugar in the bloodstream and get that sugar into muscles, to be used for energy.
Unfortunately, if insulin levels are always high, then the sensitive insulin receptors in the body’s cells eventually become unresponsive to insulin, resulting in a host of problems related to what is called “insulin insensitivity”. These problems can include weight gain, fatigue, appetite cravings, and even cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
If you want to control your insulin levels, there are two very important things you can instantly do…
1) Don’t Go Hungry. If you’re going more than 4 hours between meals, it’s likely that your blood sugar levels are dropping very low. When this happens, and you eventually do eat, blood sugar levels rise more rapidly than usual, resulting in a big surge in insulin levels. Rather than waiting to eat until you’re about to gnaw off your arm, give yourself a rule of snacking or eating at least every 3 hours. By planning, preparing, packaging and pre-cooking, you’ll ensure that you have adequate snacks on hand to make this happen.
2) Choose Carbs Wisely. The more quickly a sugar is released into the bloodstream, the faster your insulin levels are going to rise. Some carbs are “quick-release” carbs and include things like sport drinks, sweets, biscuits and white pastas, rice or bread. Other carbs, are “slow-release” carbs, and the best ones are lean dairy foods, vegetable carbs like carrots and squash, nuts and seeds, pears, berries and green apples. Choose the quick-release carbs only before, during and after heavy exercise, and use the slow-release carbs the rest of the day.
With these two simple rules, you can suddenly have enormous control over your insulin levels, your health, your performance and your body.