Insulin is like one of your bosses at your new work place. Get along with them and your life will be good, do the wrong stuff, fall out with them and your muscle building will be a hard, hard slog.
It’s like this.
Your Insulin levels decide where your body is going to shove the carbs, fat and protein after you’ve eaten. But the trouble is, it’s only go three places to stick them: your muscles, liver or turning it in to fat.
But it’s here where insulin turns in to your friend or foe. If your insulin levels are high (meaning your, muscle and liver storage are full), there’s only one choice left: fat.
But there are three times of the day when your insulin level is at its lowest, which means you can tuck in knowing what you eat will top up your muscles and liver first. Turning it in to fat is the last option on the list.
These are the times to benefit from your insulin lows: breakfast, during your workout and after workout. If you want to bulk with the least amount of fat, it’s critically important you take advantage of these three ‘windows’.
It’s also why you’ll read in fitness and muscle building mags about not eating carbs after 3pm. Chances are you’ll body will choose to store it in the fat box.
But, if you’re skinny, and you want to add some weight to your physique, eat your pasta dinner as late as you can. Just don’t forget it’s the protein that’ll give you the muscle.