Weighing up the pros and cons of exogenous insulin use to add muscle
By Josh Hodink, owner of Enhanced Nutrition – www.enhancednutrition.net
Insulin is considered to be the most anabolic hormone present in the human body as this hormone, which is secreted by the pancreas, is responsible for regulating carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism in the body.
Injecting insulin is not a new concept in the world of bodybuilding. In fact this practice has gained in popularity over the last few decades. To put the power of insulin into perspective simply take a look at bodybuilders of today and compare them to the bodybuilders of Arnold’s era. Many top amateurs today dwarf many of the top pros during the time when Arnold, Lou and Franco were the kings of the stage. Not much has changed in the steroid world since then, which means that we have insulin to thank for this shift in the physical development potential of modern day athletes. Sure, HGH and other peptides have been thrown into the mix, but insulin is ultimately responsible for the disparity in size between bodybuilders of today and those of yesteryear.
“Failure to consume enough simple carbs will ultimately result in hypoglycaemia and a possible trip to the emergency room or, in the worst case scenario, will result in death.”
Anyone who has used exogenous insulin will swear by its ability to dramatically increase size and strength. The method used by most bodybuilders today is to inject insulin multiple times throughout the day while taking 10g of simple carbs for each IU injected.
However, this approach is not without its dangers. Failure to consume enough simple carbs will ultimately result in hypoglycaemia and a possible trip to the emergency room or, in the worst case scenario, will result in death.
Similarly, while bodybuilders are quick to praise insulin’s amazing ability to pack on size, they will also attest to the other downside to its use, which is excessive fat storage. Years ago I also turned to exogenous insulin to help increase my size and I too became hypoglycaemic as I didn’t eat enough simple carbs. After eating and drinking everything I could find in my kitchen to rid myself of the sweating and nausea that accompanies extreme hypoglycaemia, I knew I had to take in more carbs if I was going to continue to use insulin. The end result was that I ate as many calories as I could at the local buffet following an insulin injection. I packed on a ton of size while doing this, but did it look like I had more muscle? No, I looked fat and bloated. This is generally what happens to most bodybuilders in the off-season when they use insulin. If used incorrectly they simply become fat.
And obviously this impacts on your contest prep because, when a person has to drop 80 or more pounds by dieting down, muscle loss will occur. Sometimes the muscle gained through the use of insulin outweighs the muscle lost from the resultant need for extreme dieting. However, athletes, including myself, have been able to avoid the fat storage and muscle loss while still reaping the benefits of exogenous insulin use.