S2 EPISODE 7 - Nutrition For Bodybuilders, Hypertrophy and Physique-Focused Athletes w/ Dr. Eric Helms PhD

In Season 2 Episode 7, Dr. Bubbs chats with expert strength and hypertrophy researcher Dr. Eric Helms PhD to talk nutritional strategies for bodybuilders and physique-focused athletes.  In this episode, Eric outlines how protein requirements shift depending on training phase, effective weekly targets for weight loss, the key role of carbohydrates for bodybuilders and suggested intake ranges, as well as how contest prep impacts testosterone levels, evidence-based supplements to potentially add to your arsenal and the importance of using your eyes and ears to monitor progress. Great evidence-informed insights from Eric!

Lay-Ups

  1. In a caloric deficit, increasing protein intake above 2.3 g/kg can help protect against loses of lean muscle mass.
  2. Dropping calories too steeply can result in a 40% reduction in metabolic rate.
  3. Supplements make up only a small percentage of gains for bodybuilders

Research Link

Evidence-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding contest preparation: Nutrition and supplementation. May 2014 Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 11(1):20 

About Dr. Eric Helms

An active researcher in the areas of maximum strength development, fat loss, hypertrophy and competitive physique and strength sport. He is the co-founder and regular contributor to the Monthly Applications in Strength Sport research review and is the author of the Muscle & Strength Nutrition and Training Pyramids books. Eric also coaches a handful of drug free strength and physique athletes through 3D Muscle Journey LLC, which he co-founded in 2009.