Insulin spike PWO necessary?
- 06-21-2009, 02:53 PM
Insulin spike PWO necessary?
I keep hearing that it's not necessary. From what I've read, spiking insulin has been a standard practice postworkout to maintain an anabolic state, as insulin is the most powerful anabolic hormone, and it sets the stage for quicker glycogen replenishment. Complete postworkout supps like Torrent and Dark Matter also seem to support this.
What do you think? Any truth to the high GI carbs/insulin spike PWO not being necessary?
- 06-21-2009, 02:54 PM
I know it helps suppress cortisol levels post wo. To save money I just drink a shake with milk post wo because of all the sugar in it.
06-21-2009, 03:00 PM
Yes exactly, cortisol = catabolic hormone, so you're maintaining an anabolic state.
Lactose (milk carbs/sugar) isn't a terrible choice unless you're lactose intolerant, which you may be if you're not of Northern European descent. You probably also get some with your whey unless it's pure isolate. And some whey products like ON's contain enzymes (lactase) to help. Though malto/dextrose/sucrose/honey would be better. I get NOW's Carbo Gain (malto) for $23 for 12 lbs, pretty cheap.
06-21-2009, 03:06 PM
You could add something like Dextrose (which is super cheap) to your PWO shake, but I wouldn't say it's 100% necessary.
06-21-2009, 06:26 PM
I've gone back and forth on this a lot......Im going to say no. I've had a lot of success using low-GI carbs post workout. Dextrose and Malto give me stomach issues anyways. WMS works great for me because of simplicity and 9 times out of 10 I am not hungry post workout.
WMS attracted me bc of it's high molecular weight and ability to help shuttle goodies without insulin being needed.
Here's my advice try one for 4 weeks and chart gains and then try the other for 4 weeks. See which works better for you.
Serious Nutrition Solutions Representative
06-21-2009, 06:30 PM
I am in the no camp.
Complex carbs for me after workout thank you. Blended oats, protein and a banana.
06-21-2009, 06:34 PM
2 scoops karbolyn
6 scoops xtend
post workout perfection....im with distilled water on this one
06-21-2009, 06:39 PM
Hey at last - good company. Low GI forever except I've a weakness for full cream icecream (I can sink a 1/2 litre tub pretty easily).
I think the idea of trying the spike and charting is a very good one. Hi GI carb is cheap.
06-22-2009, 09:46 AM
06-22-2009, 10:00 AM
necessary no, possibly slightly beneficial - but moreso only if everything else is on target too. Otherwise you are about as likely to add more fat than muscle
06-22-2009, 10:58 AM
No, it is not neccessary. Beneficial for some yes...,However I have found I gain just as much lean muscle with protein and fats PWO as I do with Carbs.
06-22-2009, 11:19 AM
You'll get answers from both camps, those who avoid/keep carbohydrates low post workout and those who 'go for the spike'.
I personally go for an insulin spike post workout, since the rest of my meals/diet is very low GL/GI, to me it's the best time to spike insulin if you're ever going to do it.
06-22-2009, 11:41 AM
There are pros and cons to both. Insulin and GH won't share the same stage and when you do strenuous exercise (aerobic or anaerobic) the body releases GH. One of the few times of the day it will other than REM sleep. You can release insulin at will. By consuming carbs PWO you kill your GH release. Both hormones are anabolic. The benefit of GH vs insulin is insulin makes fat and GH burns fat.
As for me I always did carbs PWO, but this time I am going to go without.
Also if you are "on" cortisol should not be a concern. You are anabolic as a result of the hormones.
06-22-2009, 07:06 PM
I seriously suspect any naturally created insulin response due to hi gi carbs PWO wouldnt be a significant enough response to create that much of an anabolic environment, meaning it wouldnt foster significant ,if any, added muscle growth. . Exogenous insulin = yes , this IMO - no.
06-22-2009, 07:30 PM
My concern is moreso, no matter how insignificant, you are laying fat down each time you do this.
06-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Fat bad, muscle gooood!
06-22-2009, 10:11 PM
I used to simply take
2 tbsp natty pb
Nothing wrong with that. Im done with all the sugas PWO...especially since im trying to cut and its summer. Until i see otherwise, im sticking with this protocol.
06-23-2009, 08:09 AM
Guys if I can just throw a wrench into the works here, you may want to check out this article:
Its an indepth study on post workout nutrition but in laymans terms. You can read the indepth one on their site somewhere too, I found this quite helpful in deciding what to do and what not to do post workout. Been following it best I can for just under 2 years now.
See if this can help shed some light into the matter
06-23-2009, 10:21 AM
without references, that pdf is pointless. anyone can write whatever they want to write, if there aren't actual studies backing it up that you can look at to see where the study has flaws, its just an opinion.
06-23-2009, 10:59 AM
I've seen studies that show low gi carbs work just as well as high gi carbs to spike insulin. Like DS said, try it both ways and see what works for you the best.
06-24-2009, 12:17 AM
06-24-2009, 12:52 AM
I used to be vehemently YES, but as far as personal experience on going the route of Simple Carbs/Leucine/Protein PW for months on end and then a season of Ezekiel Natty PB & Sugar Free Jelly/Protein PW route. The difference was negligible. I'm going with I still somehow want to believe that it's a YES deep down, because of all the science I've read on it, but from my personal experience, I say NO, not so much.
NSCA - CSCS
06-24-2009, 10:43 AM
06-24-2009, 10:51 AM
I've seen plenty of theories that suggest glycogen levels are restored just as easily spreading out carbs throughout the day, regardless of hi vs. low GI. I'm not convinced that a post workout heavy carb load does anything whatsoever vs. a diet where total carbs were spread through the day.
06-24-2009, 11:35 AM
I've read a pretty credible book on the topic, Nutrient Timing (you can find from Google Books), which really promotes the insulin spike at a 3-4:1 carb-protein ratio with high-GI carbs postworkout.
So the topic is debatable. I guess just go with what works best for you. I guess drinking tons of sugar postworkout at least tastes good. :-)
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