Aging Misconceptions

HGH & Your Food Behaviors

The Insulin and HGH/IGF1 Tightrope
Hormones are messengers. Insulin says "store these sugars as fat" and/or "send these sugars to the body for use." IGF-1 says "burn fat" and/or "convert fat to muscle." Thus, insulin and IGF1 counterbalance one another. (IGF-1 =insulin growth factor #1... IGF-1 is created by the liver as the liver absorbs HGH.) So... what happens after we eat? Insulin goes through the roof and IGF-1 gets driven into the basement for about TWO HOURS. Then as the need for digestion drops off because the free sugars are gone, the insulin drops way down and the IGF-1 comes up to high levels. This situation remains until we eat or snack again.

Snack or Drink Sweetened Coffee Two Hours After Eating?
It's Often The Worst Thing You Can Do

Why? Because if you ingest carbohydrates which raise your insulin levels again, then your IGF-1 never has a chance to tell your body to "burn fat" or to "build muscle." This is where understanding the term glycemic index becomes important- basically a food which has a high glycemic index is one that will give your body a large insulin boost when eaten by itself.

Consider a high glycemic food like M&M's... not much of anything in them but sugars... just the type of food you do not want to eat by itself for a midafternoon snack. But if you choose M&M peanuts, then because of the low-glycemic peanuts, the overall insulin boost is not too bad, if you absolutely must snack.

Sweetener in Your Midmorning Cola or Coffee?
WHICH Sweetener? Choose Low-Glycemic

Low-glycemic sweeteners: fructose (by itself not when combined with anything else like corn syrup), aspartame, NutraSweet, Ace-K, DiabetiSweet, Somersweet, Saccharin, cyclamate, alitame, sucralose (FYI -last time I checked, Coke and Pepsi used only 1 sweetener, aspartame, in their diet drinks).

Glycemic sweeteners to avoid: sucrose (i.e. table sugar), dextrose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, FruitSource, EnergySmart, honey, barley malt, date sugar, beet sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, invert sugar, caramelized sugar, corn syrup, glucose, maltose, molasses, maple syrup, maple sugar, maltodextrins, glucose polymers, Equal, sucanat, Sweet Thing, Sweet N Low, Sugartwin, Splenda

Low Glycemic Foods
are nuts, seeds, proteins, beans, fats, fruit (such as oranges, grapefruit, pears and apples, but NOT dried fruit nor bananas), and most veggies (except corn and root veggies like potatoes and carrots). For most of us eating high-glycemic foods AT MEALS does not present significant difficulty, but the INBETWEEN mealtime snacks unhappily cause unwanted peaks of insulin telling your body to "store more fat."

Food Choices That Help Maximize Your Anti-Aging
Choose only the ones easy for you to incorporate in your life. These are NOT for diabetics- please see your healthcare provider for advice.

1. No calories between meals and only low-glycemic sweeteners between meals.
2. If snacking is a must, choose low-glycemic snacks (fairly complete lists may be found by searching the www for "glycemic index").
3. Space your meals so that they are 4-5 hours apart (beyond this tends to cause an unwanted hypoglycemic response) and eat a serving of protein at each of these meals (this keeps your between-meals-hunger away longer).
4. Fast one day every two weeks (please consult your healthcare provider before attempting this). This triggers your "starvation" response which is a large boost of HGH which tells your body to "use that stored fat."
5. Lose some weight. For every 10 pounds you lose, your HGH levels will rise about 10%. Lose 50 pounds, your HGH levels will rise about 50%. (More than 50 pounds?- better still but not quite at the rate of 1% increase per pound lost.)

Why Try to Maximize HGH?

So that your anti-aging results will multiply!

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