What The Fitness

How to Grow Muscle According to Dr. Berg

Eric Berg’s original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pjG98krPT4

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In this week’s What the Fitness, we discuss a recent video from Dr. Eric Berg, a chiropractor who has never met a topic that he wasn’t ready to give his uninformed opinion on. In this video he talks about ‘How to Grow Your Muscles.’ In it he makes various claims, the vast majority of which are unsupported by data. In the video I cite various references to debunk his claims that you can review below:

Growth Hormone: Great Expectations (Article on biolayne):
https://www.biolayne.com/articles/supplementation/growth-hormone-great-expectations/

GH does not increase strength
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7525633/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8550787/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7864103/

GH does not increase skeletal muscle hypertrophy
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1550219/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7864103/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20541030/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2825605/

Muscle Damage is NOT required for muscle growth
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21270317/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29282529/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22344059/

Volume Load is the Main Determinant of Hypertrophy
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27433992/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20300012/

Greater lean body mass loss with intermittent fasting compared to non-IF
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2771095

Protein distribution is important for optimizing muscle mass
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27903833/
https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-018-0215-1
https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/150/7/1845/5823851
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6471574/

Ketogenic Diet Impairs Muscle Building
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6038311/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5969192/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30335720/

Fast Eccentrics Create MORE Damage than Slow Eccentrics
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16874584/

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