The 3 Myths of Building Muscles

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Dr. Berg & Thomas DeLauer Joint Video: The 3 Myths of Muscle Building.

This is a joint video on the three muscle building myths.

Myth #1:
We Need Carbs to Build Muscle

This is true to some degree, however, too much insulin causes a condition called insulin resistance, which then causes the body not to be able to absorb insulin anymore. This is a situation in the body where there is both excess insulin in certain places and insufficient insulin in other places. And carbs do trigger insulin but the question is how much glucose (concentrated carbs) do we really need in our blood to maintain normal. Well it’s only a very small amount. If you look at normal blood sugar (80-90 mg/dl), we only need around 1 teaspoon of sugar per our entire body’s blood. But an average person consumes 27-31 tsp of sugar per day.

Thomas Delauer explains his history of consuming carbs all the time and how it influenced his body weight. With all the carbs and all the insulin, the body adapts and creates insulin resistance, which makes insulin unavailable and forces the body to make more insulin. Ketosis actually preserve glucose in the muscle and this protects your muscles. The best way to preserve muscle is keeping your fat content high (but keeping your carbs low).

Myth #2
We Need Lots of Protein to Build Muscle

Makes sense since our muscles are made of protein, however, excess dietary protein triggers insulin and can limit your body to absorb protein. When you do ketosis and intermittent fasting you can increase Growth Hormone which preserves your muscles. On average our body needs 3-6 ounces of protein with each meal. Thomas DeLauer recommends we need 0.50-0.70 grams of protein per lb of body weight. He explains that too much protein can also negatively effect your kidneys. To build muscle, we only need “slightly above baseline” and anything above will be wasted and create additional problems with the body.

Myth #3
Building More Muscle Will Burn More Fat

Actually this is not true. More muscle can burn more calories but you have to differentiate what type of calories you are talking about (sugar calories or fat calories). Burning fat calories occurs when you lower the carbs and lower the frequency of eating.

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