Eating vegetables and protein before carbohydrates resulted in lower post-meal blood sugar levels in overweight people with type 2 diabetes— according to a study led by Louis Aronne from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Preventing spikes in blood sugar in diabetics is important for preventing a blood vessel disease that can lead to heart attacks. It is also important for athletes. Maintaining stable blood sugar helps prevent major shifts in energy levels and reduces fat deposition. A simple way of preventing blood glucose spikes is to consume your protein shake at the beginning of a meal. This will turn on biochemical pathways that promote muscle protein synthesis and prevent rapid increases in blood sugar. Make sure to eat your protein and vegetables before carbs if you want to burn fat.
(Diabetes Care, 38: e98-e99, 2015)