Monster's Insulin Primer
From my experiences with insulin, you must first feel
out how the insulin effects you. I have used with great success
multiple times. The most important thing I found out about myself is
that I didn't have to consume 10 grams of carbs per iu. I have gone
down as low as 1 gram and felt hypo once. Drank a coke and the
feeling went away. I am completely comfortable taking only 4-5 grams
of carbs on a regular basis. Just listen to your body!!
Ok, lets have a look at insulin.
Its highly anabolic and non-androgenic, and in case some of you are
in the dark (I'd like to think we're all clear on anabolic versus
androgenic, but ya never know) I'll briefly touch on the subject
before diving in... if you're ok on anabolic/androgenic concepts,
skip to the INSULIN part...
ANDROGENIC VERSUS ANABOLIC
ANABOLIC is defined as "The process of constructive
metabolism" or of building complex substances out of simple
The way your body processes protein, carbohydrates, and fat (all
simple substances) and makes muscle (a complex substance) is
ANDROGENIC is basically defined as pertaining to male sex
"Steroids" are actually called "Anabolic Androgenic
Steroids." They accomplish "anabolism" through
"anabolic" pathways, some being more androgenic
(testosterone esters) and some less (winstrol, Anavar, primobolan,
Most often, with reduced androgenic properties comes reduced anabolic
properties, but it isn't always cut and dry. If anyone is interested
I'll go into it another time, but lets head toward the insulin topic.
INSULIN: Non-Androgenic but Anabolic
Insulin is NOT a sex hormone. It is not related in any way to
testosterone, or to estrogen for that matter. It is a product of the
pancreas as opposed to testosterone which is a product of the HPTA,
pituitary, gonadal, leydig, mishmash of interconnected glands...
WHY IS INSULIN ANABOLIC
So why is insulin anabolic then? Insulin is a partitioning agent. A
"shuttle" if you will.
Picture insulin as a bus. Nutrients board the bus, and insulin pulls
away and drops off the nutrients at the proper bus stop. That is
basically what it does, and for all intents and purposes that is
everything you need to know to understand how it works.
So by insulin shuttling these nutrient where they need to go, it
enables anabolism and is therefore anabolic!
WHY NOT JUST TAKE CARBS TO RAISE INSULIN
Well, the amount of carbs you would need to take in to increase
natural insulin levels to the degree a 10 i.u. shot would would be
far more dangerous than using insulin (and using insulin is NOT that
hard OR dangerous).
Carbs at that level would eventually lead to diabetes and fat gains.
If insulin is a bus taking nutrients where they need to go, then
exogenous insulin is a bullet train! It can hold far more nutrients
than a normal naturally produced burst of insulin can, and it works
quicker. Exogenous insulin is the most efficient way to accomplish
glycogen overcompensation, period.
WHAT KIND DO I TAKE
I'm a major supporter of fast acting insulin. The faster the better!
Currently he fastest acting insulin available is Humalog. It is
active in 15 minutes, peaks in 1 hour and clears the system around 2
Next would be Humulin-R. It is active in about 30 minutes, peaks at
the 2 hour mark, and clears the system at the 4 hour mark.
"Biophasics" are mixtures of fast and slow acting
insulin's, but are not the best choice in my opinion, due to an
active dose being in you throughout the day. The reason you don't
want that will be covered in the "HOW DO I USE IT" section.
There are also Humulin-L and Humulin-S, but they are long acting, and
are no more use to me than the Biophasics. There are also porccine
and bovine derived insulin, but I am against injecting animal derived
WHEN (AND HOW MUCH) TO USE
Im going to assume we want to avoid any fat gains at all. Even
bulking I don't like to gain any unnecessary fat, so I'm going to
discuss it from that stand point.
The ultra conservative time to use insulin is post-workout. Most
people who are concerned about fat don't go over 10 i.u. as a total
Some people us it on waking, before breakfast, since your body is in
a basically carb depleted state. Its the kind of thing you have to
try for yourself, and if it works for you, do it. If you think you're
gaining fat, stop. BUT! Don't start it at both times at once. Make
sure you get your post workout dosage worked out and that you know it
is not causing you any fat gains before you try pre-breakfast shots.
That way you can take out all the guess work as to where any fat
gains may come from.
DISPELLING A FEW MYTHS
There is a commonly held perception that you Must take in 10grams of
carbs per I.U. of insulin, some radicals say 5 grams... well, they're
I got curious about this when I discovered that my insulin dependant
diabetic friend didn't even keep track of what she ate post
injection. She would feel hypoglycemic after a shot and take a
A glucose tablet is only 5 grams of glucose (carbs)! So I started to
think, "Hmmm, maybe everyone is off point on this?"
After conducting a few experiments on myself, I found that you can go
considerably lower in carbs than people previously believed.
Now it doesn't make sense to go low in carbs, because that defies the
purpose of using the insulin in the first place, but it does free us
from having to use so much that there might be some "spill
over" in carbs that cant be utilized. So it really makes us able
to have more freedom in carbs choices and amounts.
The "risk" in insulin use is not as risky as people
believe. Any person with an ounce of sense can see the warning signs
of a problem coming, and remedy the situation.
HOW DO I DO IT
If you look at the drug store, you can get these little pen cases
that hold a loaded insulin syringe. They are great for our need, you
load up the syringe, and put it in the case, and throw it in your
bag/purse/whatever. After the workout, head to a bathroom stall and
inject it under the skin! Pull up a little skin from the abdomen or
upper thigh (anywhere will do, but these are easiest) and inject. Do
not shoot into a muscle. This rushes the dose and makes it harder to
predict when it will spike.
So now you have 15 minutes to get some carbs (actually you have
longer, since the initial hit of the dose is mild and easy to cope
with, the spike is a little more harsh, but still nothing unbearable.
If you use the carbs, you probably wont notice the initial dose OR
(this is based on Humalog at 10 i.u.)
I use a powder with a 20% simple/80% complex ratio (actually its 17%
mono, 5% di, 7% tri, 5%tetra, and 66% penta-saccharides). I use about
60grams of carbs to the 10 i.u. of insulin.
This gives me a nice solid stream of carbs to overcompensate my
depleted muscles, but not so many that I risk fat accumulation from
Now you are good to go till around 1 hour after the initial
injection. At this 1 hour mark, the majority of the dose hits your
system. Now is the time to eat a good balanced (AND FAT FREE!) meal.
The fat-free emphasis will be explained in the POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
section. This balance meal of carbs and protein and little to know
fat can be anything from a protein drink and a crab drink, to a low
fat MRP, to some lean chicken and rice... your choice.
After this meal, you don't need to pay anymore consideration to the
insulin, it will gradually decrease and will be out of your system at
the 2 hour mark.
Till you get accustomed to the use of insulin, start low and slow.
Start at 2 i.u. then 5 i.u. then 7 i.u. then 10 i.u. That way you get
a better understanding of any hypoglycemia you may encounter. I've
went as high as 35 i.u., just to try it, but at a certain point a
higher dosage doesn't yield any better results (except fat!)
Insulin is relatively safe. If you don't take in any carbs after
using it, your body will give you PLENTY of warning! You'll feel
dizzy, tired, achy... hypoglycemic. What is happening is your body
has no glycogen to use as fuel. Your muscles re depleted from working
out, and often times you've tapped your liver for any remaining
glycogen. The insulin does, searching for glycogen to use, takes the
rest from your liver, and in the absence of carbs coming in to make
more, it heads for the brain.
Your brain uses glucose as its primary fuel source (a little fat,
too.) That's why you get dizzy and light headed, the same with during
a ketogenic diet... low glucose equals light headedness.
So if you forget about the carbs, you'll get a warning from your
body, and you can get your ass in gear and get some carbs in you.
If you get to the point where you're nauseated, just drink some
sugary beverage and get some carbs in you quickly. You're still a
long long way from any major danger, but don't mess around.
"Fat Free" I said earlier about the 1 hour mark meal.
During the 2 hours of the dosage duration, you should avoid fat like
it is the plague! Insulin's partitioning properties are as effective
at sending fat to the fat stores as it is carbs and protein to
So till the dose is clear of your system, NO FAT! ( That's another
reason why I advocate the fastest acting insulin you can get.)
Well, I cant think of anything else off hand that needs to be said,
but if I missed anything, just ask. I may have taken something for
granted and figured everyone would know or assume on their own...
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