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What Does Insulin Do For Building Muscle?

The Insulin Advantage

The Insulin Advantage

Here's what you need to know... If you think bulking and cutting are seasonal, think again. By controlling your insulin you can allow your body to build muscle and burn fat daily. Muscle is made of protein. To build muscle, your body must synthesize more protein than it catabolizes. Insulin is responsible for muscle growth and the storage of muscle glycogen. Excess insulin production will lead to the storage of body fat and the inhibition of fat burning. To build muscle and burn fat on the same day, manipulate your insulin production by consuming carbs strategically. Prioritize carb consumption around workout time. Daily Manipulation Forget the idea of the seasonal "bulking" and "cutting" phases that the newbies love to talk about. Instead, bulk and cut throughout the day, maximizing muscle gains while controlling body fat. How? By manipulating insulin. Depending on your background, you probably think of insulin as either the anabolic Holy Grail or the natural enemy of fat loss. Which is it? Insulin is Like a Weapon It's human nature to label something as good or bad, but this myopic outlook often does us more harm than good. Those wanting fat loss call insulin the "bad" hormone that's making us chubby by inhibiting fat burning and increasing fat storage. Those wanting muscle growth call insulin the anabolic and anti-catabolic phenomenon. How can one hormone be a fat boy's nemesis and a skinny boy's best defense? The truth is, insulin is like a weapon: it can hurt you or help you. And the good news is we can accurately predict how insulin will act. Know Your Opponent Insulin is an anabolic hormone. In fact, it's even more anabolic than growth hormone. The problem? It's indiscriminately anabolic and doesn't care whether it helps with the building of muscle or the accumul Continue reading >>

The Muscle-building Messenger: Your Complete Guide To Insulin

The Muscle-building Messenger: Your Complete Guide To Insulin

Years ago, insulin was only discussed in reference to diabetes. Insulin is the hormone that drives glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells, and diabetes is the loss of the ability to control blood glucose levels. Yet insulin is so much more than a hormone that controls glucose. For one, it's highly anabolic, which means it's critical for building muscle. Insulin also has a dark side, because it can increase fat storage. The challenge is to learn how to spike insulin to optimally recover from workouts and grow, while also blunting it to stay lean. Do you know all the facts about insulin and how to use it to your advantage? Don't be so sure. If not, my insulin guide will teach you how. Insulin And Muscle Insulin is actually a protein, and it is produced and released by the pancreas whenever you eat carbs, protein, or both. (That is, if the pancreas is working properly). Yet unlike the proteins that are the physical building blocks of muscle, this is a functional protein, much like growth hormone. Like all other proteins, insulin is a chain of amino acids strung together. But the way this protein chain is folded makes it act more like a signaling mechanism than a building block. From the pancreas, insulin enters the blood stream and travels to various tissues, including muscle tissue. The muscle fibers (or cells) are lined with insulin receptors, similar to a docking station. Once the insulin molecule docks onto the receptor, it signals the muscle cell to open up gates. This allows allow glucose, amino acids, and creatine to enter the muscles. This process is a major reason why insulin is so important for building muscle. Another reason is that when insulin docks onto the muscle cells, it instigates biochemical reactions in the muscle that increase protein synthesis, Continue reading >>

Insulin For Bodybuilders

Insulin For Bodybuilders

Insulin is a peptide hormone that is secreted by the pancreas. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fat in the body, and promotes protein synthesis and glucose utilization. Designed for use by people with insulin disorders such asPCOS, Insulinoma, metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus, biosynthetic "human" insulin is taken by injection. Video of the Day Insulin helps to volumize each cell. This is why insulin is considered to have an anabolic effect. Bodybuilders take it to increase stamina and improve endurance. Additionally, it is used to increase muscle bulk because it stimulates glycogen formation, which feeds the muscles during a workout. Finally, insulin works to prevent the breakdown of muscle protein, which also helps a person bulk up with muscle. How To Use Typically, users inject insulin three times daily -– immediately upon awakening, mid-day, and then immediately following a workout -- for a total of 15 to 45 IUs. The three types of insulin used the most include Humalin “N,” Humalin “R,” and Humalog. Each of these is used at different times of the day and at different times during the bulking cycle. The injection may be done intravenously, subcutaneously, or intramuscularly. The most common site of injection is the abdomen. High-glycemic index foods such as jelly beans, honey, glucose tablets, maltose, or dates are consumed with the injection to prevent the blood glucose level from going too low. In addition, a very rigorous diet must be followed to see the benefits and to decrease the risks involved. Improper use of insulin can lead to the person developing diabetes mellitus, long-term organ damage, coma, or death. Symptoms of insulin shock include sweating, a clammy feeling, paleness, hunger, anxiety, trembling, rapid heartbeat, fa Continue reading >>

Insulin And Muscle Mass

Insulin And Muscle Mass

Why do we lose muscle as we age? The obvious answer for most people is lack of sufficient exercise. Muscles work on a use-it-or-lose-it basis, as do most of the organs and tissues of the body. Without the stimulation provided by exercise, the neuromuscular connections between the brain and the muscular system gradually fade, and muscles atrophy, or shrink. The loss of muscle mainly affects the type 2 muscle fibers, those linked to muscular size and strength, and the balance between type 1s, the weaker, so-called endurance muscle fibers, and the more powerful type 2 fibers veers toward a dominance of type 1s. That explains much of the frailty associated with the aging process. Besides a lack of exercise that places stress on type 2 fibers, namely resistance exercise, such as weight training, a major cause of muscle loss with aging is the gradual decline in the synthesis and secretion of anabolic hormones, including testosterone, growth hormone and insulin. There’s crossover between anabolic hormones and exercise, since regular exercise helps maintain measures of the hormones with age. Inevitably, of course, they drop to some extent in most people. People who are clinically deficient in any of the anabolic hormones often experience dramatic beneficial changes in body composition and strength when the missing hormones are supplied. That explains the current popularity of growth hormone therapy to treat aging symptoms. Giving GH to an older person who’s deficient in it results in significant improvements in such factors as skin thickness and bodyfat, which in turn often leads to a subjective feeling of turning back the clock. Testosterone is even more important for those who want to maintain or develop muscle with age. Without adequate testosterone, you simply won’t m Continue reading >>

Does Insulin Stimulate Muscle Growth?

Does Insulin Stimulate Muscle Growth?

You probably heard about insulin before. It’s the hormone that’s released when you eat those tasty carbohydrates and that makes you fat. At least, that is what all your diet books have told you right? But if insulin is so bad for your physique, then why do bodybuilders inject insulin? Well I’m glad you asked. Insulin 101 One of the main functions of insulin is too keep your blood sugar under control. Your body can become resistant to insulin and this results in diabetes. In recent years, insulin has gotten a bad name as ‘’the evil storage hormone’’. Insulin is demonised as a hormone that stores the food you eat as body fat and prevents your body from using body fat as a fuel. This is principle where most low carb diets are based upon: eating less carbs results in less insulin release, which results in less body fat. While that sounds nice in theory, things are nowhere near as simple as that. A topic I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about in the future. So a lot of people are afraid of insulin because they think it’s bad for their health and weight. Yet many dedicated gym rats intentionally try to increase insulin levels through food strategies or even injections because they think it will help them build muscle mass. But are they right or wrong? Insulin and building muscle Chances are if you have the guts to read one of my research reviews, you’ve been reading about fitness for a while. In that case, I’m wondering what you currently believe the effect of insulin is on building muscle? Is it extremely effectively, totally useless, somewhere in between? Second question: how sure are you of your answer? Because not all scientists agree with each other on this question. Simply because there’s quite a few studies saying it’s working, but just as man Continue reading >>

How Insulin Really Works: It Causes Fat Storage…but Doesn’t Make You Fat

How Insulin Really Works: It Causes Fat Storage…but Doesn’t Make You Fat

Many people believe that insulin is to blame for the obesity epidemic. When you understand how it actually works, you’ll know why this is a lie. Insulin has been taking quite a beating these days. If we’re to listen to some “experts,” it’s an evil hormone whose sole goal is making us fat, type 2 diabetics. Furthermore, we’re told that carbohydrates also are in on the conspiracy. By eating carbs, we open the insulin floodgates and wreak havoc in our bodies. How true are these claims, though? Does it really make sense that our bodies would come with an insidious mechanism to punish carbohydrate intake? Let’s find out. What is Insulin, Anyway? Insulin is a hormone, which means it’s a substance the body produces to affect the functions of organs or tissues, and it’s made and released into the blood by the pancreas. Insulin’s job is a very important one: when you eat food, it’s broken down into basic nutrients (protein breaks down into amino acids; dietary fats into fatty acids; and carbohydrates into glucose), which make their way into the bloodstream. These nutrients must then be moved from the blood into muscle and fat cells for use or storage, and that’s where insulin comes into play: it helps shuttle the nutrients into cells by “telling” the cells to open up and absorb them. So, whenever you eat food, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood. As the nutrients are slowly absorbed into cells, insulin levels drop, until finally all the nutrients are absorbed, and insulin levels then remain steady at a low, “baseline” level. This cycle occurs every time you eat food: amino acids, fatty acids, and/or glucose find their way into your blood, and they’re joined by additional insulin, which ushers them into cells. Once the job is done, insu Continue reading >>

The Facts About Insulin

The Facts About Insulin

Insulin is one of the most misunderstood hormones in your body. There are some diet plans that say to keep it as low as possible and there are some bodybuilders who want a lot of it, there are those who inject it for survival but the wrong dosage can send you into a coma. Is insulin as deadly as some say it is? What is the real truth? In this article I’ll separate fact from fiction so you can determine for yourself if this is the cause of all evil in your body or what can help you perform at your peak. What is it? Insulin is one of the most powerful hormones in the body. For starters, it regulates the carbohydrates, fats and proteins that are in the blood. When there is too much sugar (glucose) in the blood the body will regulate this by causing the pancreas to produce insulin. The insulin will then lower the glucose level by absorbing it into the body. This is something that is necessary, since too much glucose in the blood can be toxic. The body can also make insulin if too much protein is detected in the blood. The glucose can be stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. When the blood glucose levels fall, the body can convert the glycogen back to glucose and use it as energy. The insulin can also cause the excess glucose to be stored in your adipose (fat) tissue as excess body fat. When insulin levels spike too quickly, usually it will be the fat tissue that will absorb the extra glucose. This is why you don’t want too much sugar when you are trying to lose weight. Insulin and Weight Loss Yes… insulin is very good at creating stored fat, so if you are trying to lose weight you need to keep your insulin levels in check. That is a fact, but what the heck causes this fat gain to happen? The reason insulin is very good at increasing body fat is because it doesn Continue reading >>

Does Taking Insulin Make You A Better Bodybuilder If You Have Diabetes?

Does Taking Insulin Make You A Better Bodybuilder If You Have Diabetes?

BodyBuilding, Insulin and Diabetes If you’re into bodybuilding you’ll be aware that injectable insulin is often used in conjunction with anabolic steroids to maximise muscle growth and recovery. As a type 1 diabetic, natural bodybuilders and the general public can mistakenly assume you have an unfair bodybuilding and muscle growth advantage due to the fact you administer injectable insulin post workout similarly to non-diabetic bodybuilders using insulin as an anabolic aid to facilitate the delivery of carbohydrate, amino acids and other nutrients like creatine into muscle cells. TAKING INSULIN AS A DIABETIC (OR NON-DIABETIC) DOES NOT GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE TO BODYBUILDING. Bodybuilders with type 1 diabetes can face an uphill battle when it comes to getting in shape. Exogenous insulin is given as medication to supplement their complete lack of endogenous (internal) insulin production. Check out the short video below. I discuss the common myth that type 1 diabetic bodybuilders are at a muscle building advantage. I also share with you key strategies I use to increase protein synthesis and reduce the catabolic effect of hyperglycemia – a common side effect of poorly controlled diabetes. Continue reading >>

Does Insulin Build Muscle

Does Insulin Build Muscle

I would like to know if inulin builds muscle I know it helps in the process but the hormone it self isn't anabolic so what's your views? Insulin is a storage hormone so does it build muscle ? YES but also fat it stores carbs and fats into muscle sells and fat sells when insulin is up fat burning stops and storage mode is on , can you build muscle without insulin research says yes but it will be at a very slow rate but it will be cleaner muscle aka less or no fat , with insulin around you will be bigger but a lot is water weight and fat and muscle catabolic means breakdown of tissue , this can be muscle this can be fat .... anabolic means building tissue this can be muscle or fat cells so when insulin is around you are anabolic because you are building fat and muscle cells when there no insulin you usually are catabolic depending how long levels have been low but this doesn't mean you are burning muscle you wil burn fat before muscle so is insulin itself anabolic ? NO but the process it creates makes an anabolic environment so this answer can go both ways basically picture it as a storage hormone not an anabolic hormone because many things can make you anabolic AKA calorie surplus long as your not breaking down fat or muscle your not catabolic and there for you are anabolic I get f'ing jacked on insulin, but I don't do like to take it when I'm not cycling, because I put on too much fat. I only take it when I'm on something that keeps the fat off like tren, and preferably also when i'm on HGH. I took it for 3 weeks of my "off time" and I actually ended up getting leaner... I did have GH in the mix tho. I've read online of some people having the same result from insulin that I had. My next run in the new year will be alongside test and tren ... This time around was just t Continue reading >>

Diabetes, Bodybuilding And Insulin: The Facts

Diabetes, Bodybuilding And Insulin: The Facts

Diabetes, BodyBuilding and Insulin: THE FACTS Insulin and bodybuilding are often considered best friends. Bodybuilders understand the important role insulin plays in performance and recovery by transporting key nutrients into cells, as well as reducing muscle protein breakdown. Quite often the man-made form of the drug (injectable insulin) is regularly abused by non-diabetic competitive bodybuilders to boost muscle mass and performance. Quite often the man-made form of the drug (injectable insulin) is regularly abused by non-diabetic competitive bodybuilders to boost muscle mass and performance. In this article, I want to discuss the key roles insulin plays in bodybuilding and also dispel the common myth that people with diabetes who use injectable insulin are at a marked advantage for building muscle and strength. This article is suitable for anyone that is serious about weight training and building muscle. Nutrients On The Move. Carbs, protein, fat and micronutrients flood our digestive system after a meal and increase levels of circulating nutrients in the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, our cells have evolved a number of integrated mechanisms that allow for the immediate use or storage of these nutrients. For example; carbs can be stored as glycogen, amino acids can be used to build new muscle, and fatty acids can be stored as adipose tissue under the skin. For all of this to happen, nutrients must be sensed both in the blood and in the tissues. This includes depletion and surplus. There are many different mechanisms and hormones involved, many of which are well beyond the scope of this article. However, I want to focus on one of the main players, insulin. Insulin: Roles and Functions in Bodybuilding Insulin is a glucose-storage-stimulating hormone made by the Continue reading >>

The Bodybuilder’s Guide To Using Insulin Effectively

The Bodybuilder’s Guide To Using Insulin Effectively

Insulin is one of the most crucial hormones around when it comes to building a better physique. It plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and is a critical player in the minutes and hours immediately following your workout. Hence, it is frequently mentioned in articles but not often explained. Here is the mini playbook on insulin. What it is Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas, and has a significant role in the regulation of fat and carbohydrates metabolism. Insulin enhances the uptake of glucose into skeletal muscle, liver, and fat tissue. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done Although it is commonly thought that insulin is just a fat storage hormone or anti-catabolic hormone (both accurate), this is an overly simplistic view. Insulin also plays an important role in reducing appetite. In addition without insulin, a lot of the processes that occur in the body will go unregulated. For instance, breakdown of muscle protein will accelerate via a process known as proteolysis. The elevated protein in the blood is then converted to glucose, a process known as gluconeogenesis, and the end result is hyperglycemia. Lypolysis (the breakdown of fat) will also go unabated resulting in excess Continue reading >>

Here's Why You Don't Need To Spike Your Insulin After A Workout

Here's Why You Don't Need To Spike Your Insulin After A Workout

“What should I eat after a workout to get the best insulin spike?” — PRADEEP R., LANTANA, FLORIDA It’s time to clear up one of the biggest misconceptions about post-workout nutrition. It’s been (correctly) reported that your body needs a rise in insulin to drive protein and carbohydrates into the muscles to help them recover and grow. Starchy foods accomplish this, which is why rice and potatoes are staples in any bodybuilder’s diet. But here’s the funny thing: The one time of day you definitely don’t need to boost insulin is immediately after a weight workout. Research from the Journal of Applied Physiology has shown that muscle contractions facilitate glucose transport into muscle cells, essentially mimicking the work insulin does. In other words, lifting primes the pump for you, so you don’t need a sharp rise in insulin to get nutrition into the muscles. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done So, rather than spend money on fancy post-workout supps that spike insulin, eat a piece of whole fruit. Fast-digesting carbs are still important after a workout because they halt muscle breakdown, so a mere banana will get the job done. Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S., is the Men’s Fitness training di Continue reading >>

The Role Of Insulin In Bodybuilding

The Role Of Insulin In Bodybuilding

Not too long ago, insulin would only be brought up in a discussion if the theme was diabetes. This is because insulin is the hormone that transports glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, and diabetes consists of the loss of ability to control blood glucose levels. However, insulin is much more than a mere hormone that controls glucose. For starters, it is highly anabolic, which also means it is essential to build muscle tissue. Nonetheless, insulin has a bit of a dark side as well, since it can make us store more fat. Therefore, the challenge is to learn how to boost insulin secretion, to optimize the recovery from trainings and to boost the muscle growth process, while preventing it from making us store more fat at the same time. What is insulin? Insulin is a protein that is produced and secreted by the pancreas whenever we have carbohydrates, protein, or both (provided that the pancreas is working properly, that is). However, unlike proteins, that act as building blocks of the muscles, insulin is a functional protein, much like growth hormone. Just like all other proteins, insulin consists of a series of chained amino acids. However, the way this chain is lined up makes it act as a signaling mechanism, rather than as a building block. How does insulin work? Secreted by the pancreas, insulin goes into the bloodstream and is carried to several tissues, including the muscle tissue. Muscle fibres (or cells) are surrounded by insulin receptors, a little like a docking station. Once the insulin molecules get in contact with the receptor, it signals the muscle cells to open their “doors”, allowing glucose, amino acids, and creatine to penetrate the muscles. This process is one of the main reasons why insulin is so important in the muscle building process. Moreover Continue reading >>

Insulin, Glucagon, Glucose, Fat And Muscle: Understanding How These Elements Interact Can Help You Build Muscle And Burn Fat

Insulin, Glucagon, Glucose, Fat And Muscle: Understanding How These Elements Interact Can Help You Build Muscle And Burn Fat

One thing about weight training and building muscle that clouds the entire process is the fact that you can train, eat and supplement completely wrong and still make gains. The bad thing with this is that it usually reinforces bad training and nutrition methods. If you train wrong and make progress what will motivate you to optimize your training to achieve maximum progress? One of the primary objectives at AST Sports Science is to continually seek to optimize nutrition, supplementation, and training methods to achieve the greatest results in the least amount of time. We spend countless hours in the laboratory, in the research library, in the gym and in intense collaboration with the most progressive minds in sports science research. We don’t think in terms of “What can we sell next?”, we look into the science with foresight and develop products based on validated physiological effects. Effects that give you maximum results in the real world. Unlike most companies in this industry, we do not try to blow smoke up your ass with distorted muscle-building promises of miracle supplements. I think it’s ironic that the companies that invest absolutely nothing in research are the very companies that run the biggest scams. It’s a jungle out there. Actually, it’s more like a side-show. You can’t just arm yourself with knowledge, you have to arm yourself with the right knowledge. The education we provide at AST Sports Science is designed to help you gain this knowledge so you can maximize your results, make more intelligent decisions, and hopefully help prevent you from wasting not only your money on worthless supplements, but also help you from wasting time as well. Look, we all want the most gains in the shortest amount of time. We strive every day to make that pos Continue reading >>

Optimizing Insulin Sensitivity For Muscle Gain And Fat Loss

Optimizing Insulin Sensitivity For Muscle Gain And Fat Loss

There's more to insulin sensitivity than eating 6 meals per day. Learn how to fully optimize insulin sensitivity to build muscle and lose fat. Bodybuilding is one of the toughest sports there is to train for. It's not for the casual trainee. It’s a constant and grueling uphill battle filled with dedication and determination. Training, nutrition, supplementation, rest, and recovery must be planned out seven days a week, 365 days a year. The only goal is to maximize muscle while stripping bodyfat to single-digits; bodybuilders have chosen to pursue an extremely difficult and testing lifestyle. One of the toughest parts of bodybuilding is finding the balance between shredding and building at the same time. So how do you find that perfect balance between massive and cut? Fortunately there are a few often-overlooked, but simple tricks; they are unquestionably the most important things any serious lifter must to do – the surprisingly simple steps to radically improving your insulin sensitivity! Developing a lean, muscular physique without first taking into account the many ways insulin sensitivity can be improved is like trying to run a marathon with no aerobic conditioning: you will fail. Insulin sensitivity is one of the crucial parts of bodybuilding to go the distance and developing a head-turning appearance. Insulin Sensitivity The regulation of blood sugar is one of the most important bodily processes for both general health and wellbeing, and muscle-building. Blood sugar is regulated through the pancreas, which secretes insulin whenever a certain amount of sugar is detected in the blood. Once released, insulin stimulates the absorption of sugar into muscle and fat cells; think of insulin like a key that opens the door for glucose. Decent insulin sensitivity encourag Continue reading >>

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