What's the best thing to do after indulging (say in like a not-so-satisfying cinnamon bun)?
After indulging I try to eat some kind of protein and complex carbs immediately. This helps me avoid the sudden increase and decrease in my blood sugar. When your blood sugar skyrockets up and then shoots back down, your body releases insulin and cortisol, both things which will help you store body fat and can cause crankiness and mood swings.
If you add some protein and complex carbs in the same meal as the sugary treat, you’ll get a bit less side effects. A meal that contains only simple sugars will cause a rapid spike in blood sugar, usually within an hour, and a fast drop. By contrast, a protein meal would take longer to be released into the bloodstream and would keep blood sugar levels elevated for a longer period of time.
Timing is also everything when you eat simple carbs. Eating a treat when you’re physically active or eating it right after a workout when your glycogen levels are depleted is a good way to burn it off.