Just like everything in life, it’s good to have a plan. An exit strategy of some kind. And if you watch my videos a lot, you know that I am a huge fan of being prepared for what may come but you also know that I help a lot of people with living day to day, busy lives that are real. As someone that came out of a high stress corporate environment myself, I know that you can’t always be robotic with your diet.
Now, I talk a lot about reducing carbohydrates as much as possible, simply to prime the body to run on fats for fuel, but we have to face reality when we see that we are constantly bombarded with business functions with limited food choices that sometimes force us into carbohydrate consumption that we ordinarily wouldn’t partake in. We also have to look at the fact that we are not always as strict with our diets as we would like to be.
I’m going to give you a four step approach that you can take to reduce the impact of the carbs that you may have “accidentally” ingested.
Take some Chromium Malate:
I’ve talked about chromium a lot before. It helps the body shuttle glucose from the carbohydrates that you ate into the muscle cell to be used as glycogen, rather than floating through the bloodstream. Keeping some chromium pills on you is important for emergencies, but recent studies have shown that chromium malate is much better than the more common chromium picolinate that you normally find in stores.
Drink some Green tea with a bit of Cinnamon.
Cinnamon has a similar effect as chromium when it comes to glucose metabolism, except cinnamon has a bit more of a sustained effect. This means that you can prevent the rise and fall of blood sugar that may come with having carbs.
The polyphenols within the green tea prevent the production of an enzyme called amylase which is needed to break down starches into usable glucose. So all you need is a little bit of tea to do the trick and can reduce the amount of amylase enzyme by 87% according to a randomized placebo study from a test meal in humans.
Do some interval training within the next 6-8 hours.
Now, I know this isn’t always possible, but I will say that one of the biggest mistakes that people make is consuming carbohydrates and then expecting to be able to burn them off with extra steady state, low intensity cardio. That’s not going to cut it. Your body isn’t running on carbs with this kind of exercise, so we need to get some interval training in. The good news is, you can zap up close to 100g of carbohydrates with just 5x 30 seconds burst. So that’s all it takes, you can be done in less than 10 minutes.
Pop a Magnesium Pill
I’ve done other videos on magnesium as it really is such a critical mineral to the healthy well-being of us all. Ranging from stress, cramps and now all the way to lowering blood sugar. According to the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Magnesium is shown to dramatically lower blood sugar. But the reason that magnesium is step 4 is because you take it at night before bed. Magnesium calms the NDMA receptor which can be triggered by all kind of things within the body, thus allowing a good night sleep. So not only do you get the benefits of lower blood sugar and less insulin response, you also get a more restful night’s sleep.
Now you’re prepared for a carb-attack. These tips are going to allow you to bounce back from those carbs, and even use them to your advantage immediately after and long into the next day.
Always be prepared, just like anything else in life.