You always hear about carb and fat “timing”…and people always preach about getting a protein shake directly after exercise, but this advice can be a little misleading.
And even though the post workout window is one of the 3 most important times to consume protein…
…If you’re goal is to burn fat, I recommend you delay the post workout protein shake for at least 30 to 60 minutes AFTER exercise.
Although having protein right after your workout is a “healthy” choice, it can potentially block fat loss by spiking insulin.
Yes, protein can raise insulin too.
And if insulin spikes too soon, it can blunt the post exercise calorie burn and block growth hormone release from higher intensity exercise sessions.
Insulin and Growth Hormones are antagonists so they don’t get along. They compete against each other. That’s why it’s so important to “time” your food intake properly.
In theory, the absence of insulin along with the presence of these “fat burning” hormones will spare muscle and help you burn more fat and calories during this brief post workout period.
That’s why I recommend you ride the fat burning wave for 30 to 60 minutes after high intensity workouts.
A word of caution: Do NOT try this approach if you’re not healthy or have sugar issues. Get cleared by your doctor and build a foundation of basic conditioning first.
But if you’re an exerciser and your belly flab won’t budge, this hormonal metabolic trick will help give you the edge.
It’s not a “game-changer” by any means, but it’s something Karen and I have had success with for years now.
Keep in mind, if your goal is to gain muscle this trick really won’t be necessary.
You would intentionally want to spike insulin for faster muscle growth and repair directly after exercise.
Besides insulin and growth hormone, there is one other hormone that literally controls EVERYTHING related to fat-loss.
If you don’t keep this particular hormone balanced and at healthy levels, it can stop fat burning altogether.
But fear not, at the link below you can learn to control this hormone in only 30 seconds a day:
Keep going strong,