It does. I believe you’re right, though I don’t think I’ve seen studies on this particular thing. My experience with clients and my own personal experience, as well as what I know of physiology, all tend to agree. (I’m a sport physiologist, not MD).
When I intentionally gained weight to 240 pounds and was up to ~15% fat I was virtually immune to it.
At 9-10% fat at 225 pounds, I was highly sensitive.
Now at 9-10% fat at 208 pounds, I am slightly less sensitive to it, but the period of weight loss from 225 to 208 was the most marked time of sensitivity.
More muscle and less fat definitely results in higher likelihood of reactive hypoglycemia symptom report, and increased severity. Current kcal deficit augments further.
Really? So if you were to finish your meal at 2 hours 15 minutes prior to your first pedal stroke, you’d anticipate worse? What is your food selection like? What specifically are you eating?
Typically if folks are eating pretty hearty (high fiber, high fat, high protein, high volume carbs) meals in the 1.5-2hr window it can act similarly to the more stereotypical “you ate in the 30-75min pre-workout window.”
If folks are moving their meal time further and further away from training and finding that it just gets worse, they’re often folks who have a rapid gut transit, and who would be expected to have a higher insulin sensitivity, and may be choosing lower fiber, rapidly digested food sources. ie. quick oats with sugar, egg whites, banana, carbs in beverage form, etc. This problem would be exacerbated by being VERY lean or running a kcal deficit currently.
I’d be happy to help troubleshoot here. Always interested in finding cases that don’t fit my current understanding! (I’ve worked with 1300 folks one on one, so congrats in advance if you find something I can’t solve).