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Lately, I’ve had a lot of people asking me to do a video on how carbohydrates work, specifically, how fruit works within the body. You see, fruits got this bad rep. We all seem to think that fruit is horrible because it’s a sugar, and it’s a carb, and we’re living in the low carb generation and yada, yada. The thing is, fruits are important. Come on. They’ve got a lot of vitamins, they’ve got a lot of things that we need, and let’s not forget the simple fact that they’re low calorie.
When it all comes comes down to it, I know some people will disagree, but it is somewhat of a calories in versus calories out game.
I want to tell you in this video when you can eat your fruit to get the most effect from it and to make sure that that fructose, the sugar that is found in fruit, doesn’t get converted into fat. Before I tell you the best time to eat your fruit, I want to explain how carbohydrates are stored and how they’re somewhat metabolized within the body.
You see, carbs are important source of energy for us. They’re important for brain function, they’re important for muscle function.
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When you consume carbohydrates, they’re stored in the body in one of two forms. They’re either stored as muscle glycogen or liver glycogen. What that means is it’s a stored form of carbohydrate. Your body will either shuttle those carbohydrates into storage within the muscle or into storage within the liver.
The difference is that glucose or the simple monosaccharides that come from regular starches and things like that, those are shuttled in as muscle glycogen and only muscle glycogen. Then you’ve got fructose. Fructose is shuttle in to the liver as liver glycogen. Glucose will not replenish liver glycogen or liver carbohydrates stores and fructose will not replenish muscle glycogen or muscle carbohydrates stores. It’s that simple. There’s no crisscrossing.
The liver can usually only hold roughly two to three glasses of orange juice worth of fructose or worth of carbohydrates. Where as the muscles, obviously, you’ve got a lot more of them throughout your body can hold significantly more. You can get away with eating more starches or more regular sugars or other kinds of glucose than you can fructose.
You see, what happens is when you consume too much fructose, the liver glycogen gets full and it triggers an insomatic process that tells the body to start storing the extra fructose as body fat. More often than not, it goes right to the midsection where we don’t really want it. This is terrible if you’re trying to get in the best possible shape.
Well, let me tell you, if you crave some fruit, having it before your workout is probably going to be the best time. Why? Because the body is going to want to use that fructose first because it’s readily available for energy. Before it’s processed down the liver and stored it’s glycogen, it’s flown to the blood stream and readily available. The perfect time that you can use it when you’re in the gym.
Also, you’re going to burn through that liver glycogen really quick. You might as well eat your fruit, let yourself have some fun and enjoy the fruit right before you go to the gym. One thing that a lot of people don’t really know about is the fact that if your liver glycogen levels are low, we don’t have a lot of those glycogens storage in your liver, your body has to produce alanine from the muscles. What that means is that your body starts breaking down the muscle tissue, which means that you can catabolize. You can loss that lean muscle tissue.
We have to remember that lean muscle tissue, even if we’re not trying to get bulky is ultimately what is going to help keep our metabolism sky rocketed so that we can burn more fat and have more energy throughout the day. They’re you have it. Eating your fruit pre-workout is going to be not only help you spare some muscle and let you have your fruit, but it’s also going to give you the energy that you need.
Let’s talk about when not to eat your fruit. You’re not going to eat you fruit right after your workout. You see because after you’ve burn through that liver glycogen, your body starts pulling storage from the muscles. While the first place that your body is going to restore glycogen after a workout specifically is within the muscles. You want to restore the muscle glycogen first.
After a workout, get the muscle glycogen filled up by eating starches, and regular glucose, and regular carbohydrates and leave the fruit out of the equation. Remember, it doesn’t take much fruit to fill up the liver glycogen. We can take care of that later.
See you in the next video!