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If you're into all things health & living healthily (which I'm sure you are since you're reading this right now, I'm sure you've come across articles about bodybuilding & losing belly fat before…
So why am I even bringing this up?
Why is this even relevant at all?
You see, one thing many people don't know is the fact that there is a DIRECT CO-RELATION between bodybuilding and diabetes. Put another way, What the bodybuilder practices on a daily basis on food, diet and nutrition is surprisingly SIMILAR to a diabetic who wants to control or even reverse his condition.
- Bear in mind, the diabetes we are addressing here in type 2 diabetics which is non-insulin dependent.
You see, bodybuilding is a pursuit of building muscle mass and reducing your body fat to a level that you are ripped and muscular just like those underwear and swimsuit models.
But what is that they do that is can help with our type 2 diabetes?
What I am going to share with you is groundbreaking information and techniques used by bodybuilders and athletes THAT will flatline your blood sugar spikes and turbo charge your metabolism and lastly…lose some fat along the way!
Many of us tend to skip meals as a result of stress, busy workload and lastly…to lose weight! NO!!!
You see one or two meals is a disease, not eating at all will impair your metabolism and make your diabetes worse.
When we're not eating, the liver sends more glucose into the blood to fuel the body. For many people with type 2 diabetes, the liver doesn't realize there is already more than enough glucose present.
“Your morning (fasting) blood sugars have much more to do with your liver and hormonal functions than what you ate for dinner last night.
Have you ever come across a high fasting blood sugar reading and a lower blood sugar reading after breakfast? This is the reason why!
Not only skipping meals gives you a higher fasting blood sugar, it also makes you feel lousy and unproductive. It makes your body's metabolism to shut down and that really screws our system.
Furthermore, when we are done with a crash diet, our cravings and binges tend to get the better of us…and that's where blood sugar spikes and weight gain happens!
The best option is to fuel your body with meals constantly throughout the day. The starving and stuffing pattern of eating sets you up for uncontrollable cravings and massive binges later on.
Have you ever had strong cravings late in the day for specific foods you don't normally eat and you don't know why? If so, think back to what you ate earlier in the day.
Chances are you were NOT eating every three hours or you ate fast-burning sugars by themselves. You set off the hunger alarm by skipping breakfast or leaving big gaps between meals. If you don't want those cravings again, close the gaps and eat every 3 hours.
I noticed the more frequent I ate, the less cravings I have and I feel full of energy!
Foods bodybuilders eat:
Bodybuilders stay away from foods rich in simple carbohydrate such as bread, rice, pasta, white flour and sugar as these foods promote blood sugar spikes and high insulin secretion which causes the body to store more fats which leads to obesity, insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.
A bodybuilder's diet consist of a measured balance between complex carbohydrates such as water rich vegetables, fibrous grains, lean proteins and fats high in omega 3 and monounsaturated fatty acids. This is essential for building of lean muscle mass and also to reduce fat storage.
There's a saying “Abs are made in the kitchen, NOT in the gym”
———————–Increased Attitude Towards Food Intake ——————–
Another reason why there is a strong connection between bodybuilding and diabetes is simply the mindset that those who are very involved with bodybuilding adopt.
Due to the nature of their training and the desire to build muscle, they are paying very close attention to their meal frequency.
Since one of the big treatment methods of those who do suffer from diabetes is eating in regular intervals to never let blood sugar levels get too low or too high, this fits right in with the bodybuilder's diet set-up.
———————– More Care Paid To Meal Frequency ———————-
In addition to paying more attention to meal frequency, bodybuilders are also a lot more likely to take more care in their meal choices.
Whether it's limiting the amount of saturated fat they consume or only eating slow-burning carbohydrates apart from the post-workout period, most of the eating habits adopted by the bodybuilding lifestyle are very in accordance with those recommend for preventing or treating diabetes.
Furthermore, those who decide to utilize a lower carb approach to match their workouts take things one step further, as this especially can help manage diabetes.
It is important to note though that intense exercise cannot be performed unless carbohydrates are taken in at some point, so make sure you don't write them off completely.
You do need carbohydrates to function and workout properly, so it's important to learn how to do so properly if you are dealing with diabetes.
———————- More frequent meals? ———————
Yes. Instead of having 3 square meals a day, break it up to say 5-6 meals a day and don't go more than 3-4 hours without food during waking hours. This benefits us diabetics by
- Controlling our blood sugar spikes with less food intake per meal
- Improving metabolism
- More energy
- Less craving and binges for bad foods!
- Less stress towards your pancreas
—————— Smaller meal size ——————
If you just go to any restaurant and observe, you'll realize everyone is eating more than they should be. Americans are over eating and the country's waistline shows it all. And this is growing to countries which have no obesity problems in the past.
An average SAD meal (Standard American Diet) , can consists of up to 1000 calories and this is ordinary food you get from restaurants whether it's a steak with frees, Chinese foods, Italian, fast food and etc. It's just way too much!
Imagine you stuff yourself with more dessert and beer after that. No wonder we just want to lie down on the couch and watch TV and eat more potato chips????
With more frequent meals you should aim for smaller meal portions. A healthy meal portion for 5-6 meals a day is about 300-700 calories , NO MORE!
Just take the daily calorie requirement you need and divide that by 5 or 6 and you have a suggest meal size. For example, you would need about 2,500 calories per day, divide that by 5 and you would need about 500 calories for a meal.
500 calories is about 3 ounces of salmon, 2 eggs, cup of steamed broccoli and 1 tablespoons of olive oil.
Fortunately, diabetes care has changed dramatically in the past few years. We now know more about diabetes than EVER before, and can say with confidence that diabetes complications CAN BE AVOIDED.
All you need right now is the right INFORMATION.