WHAT we eat directly after exercise can have a significant impact on the health benefits we reap from it, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Eating sugar loaded carbohydrates right after exercising can negatively affect both insulin sensitivity and human growth hormone (HGH) production.
The study found eating a low-carbohydrate meal after aerobic exercise enhances insulin sensitivity, which is important, as impaired insulin sensitivity, or insulin resistance, is one of the underlying causes of Type 2 diabetes and a significant risk factor for other chronic diseases.
Consuming fructose, including fruit juices, within two hours of exercising depletes natural HGH production. According to HGH Magazine, a high sugar snack, or a sports drink (which often contains high sugar levels) after working out, will counteract the benefits of exercise induced HGH. You can work out for hours, eat a high sugar bar or have a high sugar energy drink and this will shut down the synergistic benefits of HGH. If you miss reaching HGH release during working out, you will still get the calorie burning benefit from the workout. However, you’ll miss the HGH ‘synergy bonus’ of enhanced fat burning for two hours after working out.
This is extremely important to remember if you want to cut body fat and shed a few pounds.