For those who want to find out more about how their body works, reading some of the latest studies on the subject is an excellent way to start. From learning more about the right nutrition for our workout to better methods of exercising, there’s a lot to learn and to experiment with.
This week, we’ll see how well our bodies cope with fleeting indulgence and the effect of a high-sugar diet on our training.
Let’s do this.
How does our body deal with occasional indulgence?
Everyone likes to commit a little “crazy” from time to time (some of us, more often than that…), but for many people there is a concern about the impact that this can have. However, according to a recent study, this concern has no reason to be. 1
According to the results of this study, our metabolism copes quite well with a sudden flood of calories from time to time.
To study the issue, a group of researchers asked a group of young men to eat pizza, first, until they were comfortably full, and on another occasion, until they were completely fed up and they were absolutely unable to eat more. .
They found that the participants were able to eat about twice their usual limits, which means, of course, twice the calories ingested.
Blood tests, however, showed some unexpected results, as nutrient levels remained within the usual range. Blood sugar and lipid (fat) levels indicated very little difference between the two meals. However, insulin production increased by about 50% after the most abundant meal.
This suggests that overeating occasionally will not have a negative effect on metabolism, although researchers have also been careful to note that overeating too often has consequences.
Do you like having a “day off” or do you prefer smaller but more frequent concessions? Finding what works best for you depending on your lifestyle and the way you feel is always the best idea, but it’s good to know that losing your mind every now and then doesn’t do too much damage.
Can sugar consumption impair the effects of physical exercise?
A warning to all greedy and greedy, this article is for us.
It is well known that eating too much sugar does us no favors and, according to a recent study, it can even have a negative impact on training results. 2
According to a group of researchers, having too high blood sugar levels can make it much more difficult to improve our aerobic capacity during exercise.
The study was carried out in two groups of rats. The first group experienced an increase in blood sugar levels as a result of consuming a Western diet rich in sugar and fats, while the second group was induced to reduce insulin production, which also resulted in an increase in blood sugar levels. .
It was found that, although both groups were under a strict exercise regime, in none of them an improvement in aerobic capacity was detected. In fact, when they analyzed the muscles of the mice in greater detail, it turned out that they were not undergoing adaptations to aerobic activity as they normally would.
This line of research was developed with tests on human participants at young ages, with similar results. Those with the highest blood sugar levels were found to exhibit the lowest aerobic capacity for exercise.
Despite the absence of changes in aerobic physical condition, some positive points resulted from the training regime, including fat loss and better glucose metabolism. This suggests that in any case there are concrete benefits of training, whether we have high blood sugar or not.
Like many other studies, this seems to confirm the fact that the results are obtained in the kitchen, as well as in the gym.
Whether you are looking for an excuse to indulge yourself in a giant pizza, or simply need confirmation of how food can influence training, these two studies offer undoubtedly interesting results.