Glycogen Levels

Written by Patricia Skinner
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The kind of glycogen levels you need to maintain for your own perfect level of health will depend to a large extent on what kind of lifestyle you lead. The more active you are, the more carbohydrates you will need to keep energy levels constant. However, exercise will not necessarily make you feel hungrier, contrary to popular misconception.

In fact, exercise triggers a rise in glycogen levels in the blood so that you feel less hungry, at least in the short term. Because metabolic action is also stimulated, you will burn more fat, which is very good news if you're trying to lose weight. But exercise is an important adjunct to a healthy life, whether you need to downsize or not.

Avoid Lowering Glycogen Levels

Trying to keep glycogen levels low on the premise that this will cause you to lose more fat is a very bad idea. While you're in this state of glycogen depression, you will also be losing muscle. What this means is that, aside from losing the benefits of high-calorie-burning muscle tissue, you will probably begin to feel tired and run down. You also run the risk of worsening your weight situation.

How can this be? Well, since you've been losing muscle tissue as well as fat due to keeping glycogen levels low, if you should put weight back on (and this is highly likely because you've been losing according to a very unwise system), it will all be in the form of fat. This means that you will now have a higher fat ratio, and because muscle tissue weighs more than fat, you will be larger than you were at the same weight before your dieting. Keeping your glycogen level constant and increasing physical activity is a much better policy for achieving a healthy weight.

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