Mickey, have you started your insulin yet? I am curious to see how your results are. I have been using Novolog or Humolog for a couple years. I read how it’s so great and can make you a monster. It is not as great as you may have read.
First, i’m sure you may know that it’s all about timing and how much you deplete yourself (glycogen stores). You will get fat if you don’t train like a freak and deplete your glyco stores greatly (before you inject and have you shake).
Either train on a somewhat emptyish stomach or do cardio before or after then have your shake. Or, if you have a moderate to low carb diet (like me) your stores are always lower. I have found that I have more strength and energy if I shoot a couple units before or midway through my workout and sip a protein/carb shake while working out.
The bigger body parts will require you to use less insulin and be more cautious with your insulin dose. If you train legs hard a smaller amount of insulin will make you go hypo. The amazing thing that exercise does is increases your sensitivity to insulin.
If I train very hard I can clear nutrients out of my blood stream with no or hardly any insulin. I am a type 1 diabetic and could NOT even begin to imagine being a diabetic and not weight training. I would need twice the insulin and it would not work as well or as quickly.
I have been somewhat conservative with my dose. This website will laugh at my 3-4 units of insulin and only about 30-50 grams of dextrose/malto/protein drink. I could use more insulin and injest more carbs but I have not. I try to remain lean.
I have inquired about this with pro bodybuilders and some type 1 bodybuilders, but as you can imagine they are reluctant to tell me the truth and how they really use it. Be careful if you start using insulin. Carry a sleeve of the glucose tabs with you.
I have adapted to lower blood sugars to keep on the healthier side and have had my blood sugar down to 33-34. I am still coherent but a little goofy at that point. You would be in wonderland at 34. Also one thing you have to realize is that your body still produces insulin so this makes it more tricky for you.
The pancreas is very clever, it works in two phases, phase 1 and 2. Maybe i’ll pound myself in the gym and shoot 5-6 units and ingest 60-70 grams of carbs. I post my results and tell you if I become Johnny O overnight. Good luck.