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Old 01-04-2009, 05:47 PM
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Hey i was just wondering how many of you aim to create a spike in insulin levels after work out, and how important is it because most people i know do not do this? Also what food/supplements do you use to achieve this spike. I usually eat a baked potato, or make a shake with many high glycemic carbohydrates. I am 5'10 and 228 pounds, and just wondering about the proper dosage(amount of grams) i should consume. Also should i just forget the natural food and just buy some dextrose? Thanx for answering my questions.
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It's not necessary unless you do consecutive depletion workouts or two-a-days. The stimulus from training and your pre workout meal/shake should have spiked your insulin and insulin sensitivity enough that you don't have to have high GI carbs.
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hey thanx for answering my question
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:51 PM
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You hear a lot of talk nowadays about glycemic index/load. It is not only a factor of what food you eating but also the form of the food.

For example, oats are good for you and are not considered that high on the glycemic index. However, if you use oat flour or finely ground oats, you increase the effective glycemic index. So, I add finely ground oats to my post-workout protein shake. This may help to produce a (minor) insulin spike but for me having a spike doesn't matter that much. The ground oats make the post-workout shake tasted better and I get fiber and other benefits of oats.

Bottom line is that if you want to take advantage of an insulin spike, you can do it with regular food much more cheaply than costly supplements. The only supplements I think are really important are creatine, fish oil and probiotics (acidophilus) which are hard to get from diet. I also take garlic and cinnamon supplements which may be helpful or not depending upon what you read.
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^^ dextrose is cheap, if you want an insulin spike there is no easier way to do it.

that being said, I have gone both routes in the past, using dextrose/maltodextrin and wms in my post workout shake, and not using any, I saw little to no difference personally. But everyone is different.
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