insulin and weight gain

Discussion in 'Anything and Everything about dietary supplements' started by RainierWolfcastle, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. RainierWolfcastle

    RainierWolfcastle New Member

    I've read that insulin is extremely anabolic (more so than testosterone). Insulin is great for packing on muscle but also increases fat gain.

    If you understand how insulin works, that kind of makes sense, but how does it fit into the context of calories in and calories out.

    Let say you eat 3500 calories per day and use up 2500. That leaves an excess of 1000. This will mean that each day you will gain 1000 calories of fat and muscle. The exact ratio depends on many factors.

    What happens when you take insulin ? Does the ratio change at all ? Does the balance of calories in/out change ? How does the claim of greater muscle gain + greater fat gain fit into this context ?

  2. vicious

    vicious New Member

    Insulin is important for shuttling the amino acids into the muscle for synthesis, but I doubt elevated insulin levels is anabolic in itself.

    I think the answer lies in how depleted your muscles are of glycogen and how much of the calories is actually absorbed/digested and converted into glucose.

    I think it's a good thing to make up your excess calories in mostly protein. Protein doesn't "go in the gut" as easily as carbs or fat. More likely, unused portions will be used as energy or peed out.


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