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Another Glycemic Index/Diet PostWannabe
Mar 13, 2002 9:24 AM
The posts from individuals like LFR really have me intrigued. I know very little about proper nutrition beyond the basics, eat your veggies, moderate your fat, etc... About the only thing I can count on is when I build up my workouts after a winter break is my appetite sure does grow!

Anyway, all this talk about the glycemic index and high GI foods making you hungry and the "crashing" got me looking on the web for more info. I have not been looking long, but it is some seriously confusing stuff! And sometimes contradictory! First off, thrrugh that simple vs. complex carb comparison out the window! At least that is what I have found so far. Anyway, I thought I would paste a link to a rather interesting report on how high and low GI foods pertain to the athlete (and they used cyclists!).

They did briefly mention the connection between high GI foods making one "feel" hungry and that there was indeed a direct connection between the two.

Because of my lack of technical knowledge in the area, a lot of the finer details have undoubtedly escaped me from this report, but much of the info cited dealt with how high GI vs. low GI food consumption affected perfomance of the athlete, not necessarily on how that athlete felt. A couple of things (one directly usable by me and one just interesting) that I have taken so far from my first read are:

*If no nutrients/food is consumed post-ride, a low GI meal is preferred prior to exercise for resynthesization of muscle glycogen. However, best resynthesization of muscle glycogen resulted in a high GI meal as soon as tolerated post-ride.

*The report stated that although the findings were perhaps not applicable to athletes, a 30 day study suggested that a high GI diet enhanced carbohydrate oxidation and increased muscle storage of both fat and carb fuels. The lack of applicability to athletes was reasoned as this study did not involve any exercise over the 30 day period.

Just a couple of tidbits that I've found so far. There really is a lot of info out there and for someone like me, not only is it confusing, but daunting!

Further suggested reading for me and items for thought regarding this link would be appreciated.

Andy - Wannabe
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Mar 13, 2002 6:24 PM