Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?
The quick answer: No.
Why? First, intermittent fasting triggers a hormone called growth hormone. Growth hormone is the main hormone that spares muscle protein breakdown in your body. It protects it.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, and insulin both cause destruction of your muscles. So stress, eating sugar, having instant resistance, being a diabetic destroys your muscles. Forty hours of fasting did not trigger any breakdown of skeletal muscle. I did not find the study he was talking about but I found this one, SIX things I have Learnt from forty-hour Fasting https://annfoweraker.com/tag/40-hour-fasting/
There are other studies have shown that you can even go longer without breaking down muscle protein. If you were to go having even one meal a day and thinking that is going to be destructive to your workouts – not true. If you do not eat you actually do stimulate certain hormones that protect the body against loss of muscle. In the evolutionary process of the body it adapted to not eating.
Going on a ketogenic diet or cutting down your carbs will also stimulate the protection of muscle. Eating in general suppresses growth hormone. Every time you eat you actually block growth hormone, the main hormone that spares protein.
Intermittent fasting can boost growth hormone by between 300 and 2,000 percent! There are other things that will also do it:
- low blood, sugar keeping your sugars out of the diet,
- deep sleep, deep quality sleep,
- Vitamin B3 niacin,
- Intermittent fasting, and
- hard core exercise.
These are the things if you want to protect your muscles those are the things that you do.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s videoIntermittent Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovESvZSue6o
You may also be interested in more of Dr. Berg’s videos:
Functions & Benefits of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) beyond Muscle Building https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jLGTnf2YHc
Please refer to my Blog Posts based on Dr. Berg’s videos:
Growing Muscle on Keto
Can the Keto Diet Decrease Your Fitness Performance?
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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