Carbohydrate Timing Increases Insulin Sensitivity
Carbohydrates are the focal point of athletes’ diets. Carbohydrate timing strategies are used by athletes for various reasons, such as improving performance (e.g. carb loading), weight loss (e.g. ketogenic diets), overall body composition improvement (e.g. carb backloading), and general fitness (e.g. carb cycling). There are a few things everyone needs to know about carbohydrates if they want to manipulate them for improvement in any of these areas.
- All dietary carbohydrates, except fiber, are converted to glucose so that human cells can make energy (ATP).
- In most cases, glucose requires insulin to get into the cell.
- Several hormones release glucose from cells – glucagon, epinephrine (adrenaline), thyroxine (T4), and cortisol.
- Insulin is the only hormone that drives glucose into cells.
- Insulin is only released in response to eating carbohydrates and amino acids (protein).
Those last two are pretty important. We want glucose to be in the muscle where it can contribute energy for muscle contractions. One of the ways we achieve this is by maintaining insulin sensitivity with carbohydrate timing. Being insulin sensitive means that the muscle will absorb more units of glucose per unit of insulin that binds to its receptor on the surface of the muscle. Conversely, being insulin resistant means that less glucose is absorbed into the muscle.
Strategic Consumption of Carbs
Carbohydrate timing is a broad term used to describe any strategic consumption of carbs around events like training and or sleeping. In the case of carbohydrate back loading for example, the “event” may be any time after training. The rationale for this pattern of carbohydrate feeding is that the muscle is more insulin sensitive following exercise, and therefore, it will utilize more of the carbohydrates eaten for anabolic purposes. Similarly, carb cycling is the practice of consuming more carbohydrates on days with a greater volume of exercise.
Have you noticed that each of these dietary approaches hinges on insulin sensitivity? Without a high degree of insulin sensitivity, athletes miss out on more muscle and leaner physiques – because if glucose doesn’t get into the muscle, guess where it goes… That’s right, to fat cells, to be converted into body fat for storage until the energy is needed. Exercise is an essential component for high levels of insulin sensitivity, and carbohydrate timing can help, but insulin sensitivity will never be maximized without supplementation.
This is what you get with SlinMax. Greater insulin sensitivity to gain muscle and lose fat. SlinMax uses only the most effective ingredients to help you achieve your goals. Berberine is perhaps the most effective non-pharmaceutical agent for shuttling glucose into cells. In fact, studies comparing berberine to metformin (Glucophage) have found that it is equally as effective for reducing blood glucose and other markers of diabetes. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an anti-oxidant and glucose depositing fatty acid found in the mitochondria of cells. The R-ALA isoform is the most biologically active, and the sodium aids ALA’s transport through the liver. Chromium is a mineral that increases levels of chromodulin, a protein that increases the number of glucose transporters on the cell’s surface. More transporters means more glucose gets into the cell! One recent study has even found that chromium supplementation with protein and carbohydrate intake significantly improves muscle anabolism!
These 3 ingredients are just a few of the clinically-validated, efficacious ingredients found in SlinMax. The remaining five include Agmatine Sulfate, Banaba Extract, Cinnamon Bark Extract, Trigonella Seed Isolate, and Black Pepper Extract. Each of these other five ingredients capitalize on other mechanisms in the body that regulate blood glucose levels! If you want to know how, check out the Science tab on the SlinMax page! While you’re there, do yourself a solid and pick up a bottle of SlinMax to experience its benefits firsthand!