Intermittent Fasting and Muscle Mass Gain – Dr.Berg

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0:15 Do you need to spike insulin to gain muscle loss?
1:02 Serious mass
1:40 What to do to help gain muscle mass
4:38 A few things that can slow down muscle gain 

In this video, we’re going to talk about intermittent fasting and muscle mass. Can you gain muscle while fasting? Let’s say you want the benefits of intermittent fasting, but you also want to gain muscle, how can you do that? Well, there are several factors in play here. 

Sometimes people think they need to spike insulin to gain muscle mass. They load up on carbs because carbs trigger insulin, and insulin is an anabolic hormone. But, when you stimulate insulin too much, you create insulin resistance. If you have insulin resistance, you can’t absorb protein or amino acids that well.

What to do to help gain muscle mass:

1. Do 2 meals a day (do intermittent fasting for at least 16 hours)
2. Get enough exercise 
3. Don’t go over 50g of carbs (if you’re younger, you may be able to go up to 70g)
4. Consume 6-8 oz. of complete protein per meal (egg and fish are good) 
5. Get your nutrients (calcium, B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin D, potassium)

A few things that can slow down muscle gain or cause muscle loss:

1. Cortisol 
2. Long fasts (72 hours)
3. Insomnia 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 56 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Thanks for watching! These are the factors that can help you maintain muscle mass or even help you experience muscle gain while doing intermittent fasting.

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