Glycemic Index

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The Glycemic Index (GI) is a method of ranking different effects of carbohydrate based foods on blood sugar. It is measured in a two-step process, first by giving people 50 grams of pure glucose and then measuring the effects over several hours. Second, they give people 50 grams of a certain food (carrots, rice, beans) and again measure the effects on blood glucose levels. The Glycemic Index can have an effect on your diet and if you use it correctly can maximize your gains in the weight room and physique. There are certain foods that are high on the Glycemic Index and these absorb rapidly into your blood stream and can be available quickly. Some foods absorb more slowly into the blood stream and take more time to digest. For an individual looking to see benefits from the Glycemic Index, one should eat foods high on the Glycemic Index before and after a workout. These foods will digest quickly and be available for use during the workout and after the workout to help the body recover from the workout. A food that is low on the Glycemic Index takes longer to digest. It would be more beneficial to eat a low Glycemic Index food 4 or 5 hours before the workout, or eat it later in the day to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition throughout the day. Get Big, Be Strong, Keep Fit and Get Healthy. Beast Out.