Ben Greenfield is back, and on today’s show we dive into the topic of insulin and its role in the body as well as how it plays a role specifically for endurance athletes.
-Defining insulin: what role does insulin play in the body; how and when insulin works,
-Athletes vs general population.
-Stimulates protein synthesis,
-High insulin = lowers ability yo burn fat,
-Possible inability to lose weight/lose fat.
-Exercise helps insulin sensitivity so is overdoing it on carbs and sugar really that bad if you’re exercising a ton?
-Insulin crucial for muscle recovery,
-The post-exercise window to take in food in regards to insulin,
-Other issues with too many sugars/carbs regardless of insulin (there ARE other health implications)
-Insulin and fat burning,
-How does carb backloading/reloading at night play a role in all this for athletes who want to control insulin but need to replenish at times of high activity?
-Timing of macronutrients for optimal results – higher fat during the day and higher carb at night.
-How does blood glucose levels correlate with insulin?
-Explain normal vs abnormal Glucose levels,
-Why and when we should test our glucose and how to interpret.