- 03-09-2009, 12:11 AM
Can someone properly explain this to me? I understand you get them from having high carb meals? Or, maybe having a soda, juice, something like that?
How much carbs/sugar does it take for you to have an insulin spike?
How long does the spike last?
Are they a bad thing?
Can they promote weight gain?
Can they help muscle gain?
Also, if your happy with your size/weight and workout 5 days a week, is it ok to go out and have ice cream on occasion, or eat pizza, etc? I don't eat fast food, but every now and then having ice cream with a date or something...I mean, as long as i stay within my maintenance calories, I'm not going to get fat by eating unhealthy food, right?
- 03-09-2009, 02:11 AM
FWIW I am diabetic so I am somewhat more familiar with insulin than the average Joe.
To give you an idea, I take about 12 units total insulin per day when on a 2000 calorie cutting diet versus about 26 units on a 3000 calorie slow bulking diet.
Also, a 'spike' is subjective. It generally refers to a tall peak with a narrow base. IMO attempting to define this just leads to misconceptions.
Last edited by Nitrox; 03-09-2009 at 11:57 AM.
03-09-2009, 12:11 PM
Thanks a lot, great post.
I do want a little more muscle, but i'm not going to bulk for it...I'm just going to keep working out and get bigger slowly eating around maintanence...I go out a lot, so it's nice to be able to have some cheat meals, lol. I can't tell you the last time i had ice cream...
My diet consists of:
Breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal, 2tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 scoop of whey protein
Snack: Some almonds, maybe banana
Lunch: Small turkey sandwich on 100% wheat bread and maybe 2 eggs...
Snack: Fat free cottage cheese, or maybe some peanuts...
Dinner: Chicken breast and veggies...
Every morning i have the same breakfast. Generally, dinner is the same to. Lunch and snacks vary, but i try to get in some EFA's if i can. Hell, if i need a quick snack and need about 300 calories, i grab a tbsp of olive oil and mix it with either natural PB, or some peanuts, lol.
I don't have cheat days. So, now i think i might relax a little and enjoy foods a bit before i leave for the navy...I'll still fit it into my calorie range though.
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