Diabesity Challenge Day #33 – Glucose Demand and Filling the Gap

Natural_Shilajit_Muscle_BuildingMy workout yesterday was pretty extreme as I worked my shoulders pretty hard. I had the strength and energy of a bear as I anticipated pushing every single exercise to the very limit that my muscles could stand. I honestly believe that adding in the one rest day after a day of strength training then a day of cardio was a wise decision as I am feeling more energy during my workouts and both my body weight and blood sugar numbers seem to be dropping.

My meals yesterday were questionable as I had a protein shake after the workout with some vitamins that I started taking each day. I was hungry at work in the morning and ended up eating a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese. For lunch I had a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato. Dinner I drank 3 bottles of beer and two small slices of Papa Murphy’s pizza. WTF? After eating so many carbs I anticipated both my weight and blood sugar to be high this morning.

After a hard core workout I am just hungry but need to find better food choices to fill this hunger. I am working on it. The one thing I did notice with eating bread three times yesterday was that I experienced very healthy bowel movements. This is an indication to me that I am not eating enough fiber and this is where I need to find the solution to fill this void. There is only so much salad a man can eat and other fiber filled foods can cause much gas which is accompanied by gas pains and running to the bathroom during the course of the day. One of the items I was looking at is the sweet potato. As I am keeping my protein intake at a minimum of just around 70-100 grams per day I don’t think I need to go past that, but it is the carbohydrates my body is calling for after an intense workout. I will have to learn how to fill the gap for the calling of energy foods after a workout as the body certainly needs just enough to metabolize the foods that I eat. On the other hand eating too many carbs can send my numbers the opposite way as it raises the insulin response.

gr3There seems to be a direct response between the use of glucose in the cells and the desire to supply more glucose to the blood stream. In other words, when I work out hard I am causing the use of the glucose in the cells to become depleted of thus causing the desire to supply more to the blood stream to refill those cells with glucose. The hunger I feel towards carbohydrates is the response my body is sending out to eat more. As long as I can fill this void of the demand without going overboard it may be beneficial without causing harm. Although I did eat more carbs yesterday than normal it seems that my cell’s demand was in direct relation to what I ate.

2013_08_Muscles_BodyOnExerciseThis theory makes me believe that it is through strength training that reduces blood sugar at a better rate than cardio. It’s all about supply and demand. Without the demand we end up with too much sugar sitting in our blood and slowly getting metabolized into fat. With the demand in place the sugar has somewhere to go to be used up as fuel. This gives me reason to make all of my strength training session intense and I will push each one to the very limits.

Today I decided to do the same with the cardio workout. I brought my time up to one whole hour, walked 4.04 miles and burned 465.3 calories. Kicking ass and taking names. I have decided that with the one rest day it gives me the freedom of taking these work outs to higher levels.
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Blood Sugar- 94, Body Weight- 184.2

Treadmill
Distance- 4.04 miles
Time- 60:00 minutes
Calories- 465.3 burnt

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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5 Responses to Diabesity Challenge Day #33 – Glucose Demand and Filling the Gap

  1. I sometimes have the same hunger for carbs after heavy workouts, and I sometimes give in and eat foods with processed carbs or sugar. That seems to happen when I ramp up the intensity and duration to new levels. But I question whether your theory is completely accurate, as muscles can burn fat directly, and the body can also convert fat into glucose if it needs to. There are plenty of aboriginal peoples who subsisted largely on hunting (meat) with zero processed carbs and only some occasional berries. I don’t think there is any minimum dietary requirement for carbohydrates, and I question whether we really need fiber, too. In the end, it may make sense to consume some level of carbohydrates as long as you watch the glycemic load — but at the same time be careful, as the addictive properties of processed carbs may cause the brain to endorse “theories” that suggest eating more of them….

    • Yes, the carb cycle. Sugar up and sugar down. What’s interesting is that there were also tribes of long ago who ate mostly stables like rice or potatoes and also were in healthy form. It seems the body adapts over time and certain qualities are passed off in the genes. I am even starting to question the lock and key theory where type II diabetes is the broken system of glucose getting into the cells. What if the cells are just full from lack of spent energy? Things to ponder…

  2. I eat eggs for breakfast. They give me the protein I need. If I eat carbs for breakfast, I drag around all day and my blood sugar shoots to the ceiling. With your exercise, I’m sure that helps a lot.

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