Make Insulin Your Friend… and Get Leaner, Stronger & Healthier

Over the next few months I am going to be conducting an experiment about the interaction between nutrition, exercise, blood sugar, insulin, body composition and overall health.

Here’s the plan…

Using a blood glucose monitor (supplied free of charge by Roche Diagnostics), I am going to have one of my clients measure his blood sugar, blood pressure and body composition again and again and again…. and we’re going to see how it reacts to different types of diets and training modalities.

Starting next week, he will begin taking his measurements upon waking, pre-meal, post-meal, pre-workout, post-workout and before bed.

I will track all the data and (fingers crossed), we should generate some pretty interesting data.

We will be testing how his body responds to:

  • a Standard American Diet (aka junk food)
  • a meat & potatoes diet
  • a vegetarian diet
  • a low fat diet
  • a high fat – Atkins style diet
  • a Paleo diet
  • a Mediterranean diet
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Cardio workouts
  • Health Habits workouts…. lots of HIRT
  • Heavy lifting – power bodybuilding style of workout
  • No workouts
If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment.

12 thoughts on “Make Insulin Your Friend… and Get Leaner, Stronger & Healthier

  1. This sounds like a great plan! very interested in the outcome. It would also be interesting to see the effect on
    1. different body types.
    2. gender differences.
    3. people of different levels of fitness.

  2. I would love to see the result of this experiment! Mostly what happens when following a certain type of diet. Tim Ferris did something like this and he documented it in his book The 4-Hour Body, but I think your study will be more exhaustive and hopefully will bring good result. One thing I would think about is measuring blood sugar not only immediately after eating or working out but also after an hour or two, since the effect may not be immediate. Question: for how long will your client follow each diet? I agree with christinekos that it would be interesting to see the effects on both men and women.

  3. I’d be interested in how the diets/workouts work together. HIRT and Mediterranean versus HIRT and IF, for instance. Can’t wait to read this series!

  4. Studies with an n of one are always the most interesting.  I would say that if this is not  a person on insulin, that is a lot of pokes. I would agree with a previous poster, that getting the two hour postprandial once a day, might give you some more interesting data.

  5. @T1HbA1c I have 5mths of data on carbs consumed, exercise, BG and BP if you are interested – was diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic in January this year!

  6. We started taking initial blood tests this week to get a baseline

    We’re going to start with a Paleo style diet first…any suggestions?

  7. As a type 1 diabetic and an avid gym goer and general health freak id love to see how other diets affect blood sugar.

    Iv been paleo/low carb for past 3yrs with HIRT and explosive weight training sessions 6 times a week for as long as I can remember. Im looking to vary my exercise routine but am worried about the effect on my blood sugar levels and overall Hba1c so am glad someone else is going to guinea pig!!

    Cannot wait for the results!

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