You DON’T Need Carbs to Build Muscle!

You DON’T Need Carbs to Build Muscle!

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I used to get so frustrated and disappointed I put so much faith in people and people would tell me Thomas if you ever want to build more muscle you need to eat a bunch of carbs so I did and I got fat I mean I have to say it honestly so I’m not saying that if you eat carbs you’re going to get fat but I will say that if your goal is to build muscle you don’t have to have carbohydrates you absolutely don’t have to here’s the thing that’s really important to remember it is not just about the macronutrients you bring in it is not just about the protein it is not just about the fat and it’s most certainly not just about the carbohydrates it is about the muscle protein synthesis okay and what that is is the cellular system that turns on either black or white on or off whether it’s time to build muscle or not okay that cellular signaling is everything and it does not have a whole lot to do with your carbohydrate consumption so hey I do want to make sure you hit the red subscribe button and then hit that little Bell icon so you never ever miss my videos and let me be very clear on something carbs are not bad I’m not here to say carbs are bad sure I talked about keto a lot and yes I lost a hundred pounds with keto but am i anti carbohydrate no okay they have their place but I just want to make it very clear for those of you that are working really hard to build muscle like I was I don’t want you to think that you need to load up on carbs and potentially gain a bunch of fat or at the very least not be able to lose fat it’s frustrating so let’s lead off with a study that was published in the Journal of Medicine and science and sports and exercise all right so ladies and gentleman this study took a look at nine men that’s pretty cool nine-minute they had them do the same kind of resistance training divided into two groups one group consumed 25 grams of protein only and another group consumed 25 grams of protein plus 50 grams of carbohydrates well guess what they found that the group that had the protein and the carbohydrates had a significantly larger insulin spike now at first that would lead you to believe that they’re going to build more muscle but it turns out the insulin spike doesn’t necessarily equal more muscle gain it actually turned out that both groups had the same amount of muscle protein synthesis they had the same amount of muscle protein synthesis they had the same potential to build muscle between two groups and guess what they had the same amount of muscle protein breakdown so both groups lost the same amount of muscle and both groups gained the same amount of protein synthesis now I don’t want to beat something over again and again but I do want to reference another study all right this one was published in the American Journal of physiology endocrinology and metabolism this one will just keep it really short they found and they concluded with this study that the co ingestion of carbohydrates along with protein did not affect muscle protein synthesis what that means it doesn’t matter if they consume carbohydrates it didn’t change anything but let’s dive in a little bit deeper some other things here’s the interesting thing protein itself is insulin Oh genic what that means is protein will spike your insulin so the whole thing with insulin is that it’s pro growth right we need to spike insulin to turn on growth of the muscle or growth of tissue I understand that but it’s not entirely true it is a pro growth hormone but it’s not necessarily required but the point is either way protein spikes your insulin maybe not as much as carbohydrates but enough for the protein to actually do its job you may have heard before that whey protein spikes your insulin well it does but all protein spikes your insulin it just so happens that whey protein spikes it really fast because it absorbs really fast now if you go all the way back to 1967 that’s when the first real studies came out that found wait a minute protein actually spikes insulin so they found and it was published in the advances of bioscience that literally amino acids that came from protein made it so that insulin spike now why did this happen when you look at it from a biological standpoint from sort of an evolutionary standpoint it makes sense the body sees protein come in and it doesn’t want to just have it go to waste it wants to magically allowed to be used so protein by itself triggers enough of an insulin spike to utilize the amount of protein you consume if you consume 20 grams of protein your body’s going to secrete just enough insulin for you to utilize said 20 grams our bodies are really powerful when it comes to that and here’s the other cool thing that you have to pay attention to is that since protein is insulin no genic if you factor it with other things that improve protein synthesis you’re going to get even more out of it a good example would be Omega threes right like right after a workout if you have a good amount of protein that is high in omega-3 maybe some salmon or may some lean grass-fed grass-finished beef you’re going to have a higher degree of protein synthesis meaning your body’s gonna use more of that protein okay so just for reference if you guys do want to check out I did put a link for butcher box down below you’ve seen me talk about them and all of my videos they’re an online meat delivery service so they deliver grass-fed grass-finished meat right to your doorstep super inexpensive super easy quite frankly it’s what myself and my family uses now so I just highly recommend it and I put a special link down below since I thought this was a relevant video and that it would make sense so you get a discount if you use the link down below anyway check them out but not until after you finish this video please alright so now let’s talk about three important things that your body needs in order to build muscle and if you understand these three fundamentals you will have a clear clear picture of everything you need to really know you don’t have to rely on carbohydrates and you definitely won’t have to listen to those like people telling you you need to load up on carbs all the time right so the three things that you need you need energy that comes through the Krebs cycle I don’t talk a lot about the Krebs cycle but basically you need energy it’s metabolized okay then secondly you need amino acids to order to build muscle right and then thirdly you need to be able to actually put those amino acids to use via cell signaling through what’s called mTOR so that’s the trifecta there energy building blocks aminos and the cell signaling switch turned to the on position it doesn’t matter how much of the way of calories and protein you have if that cell switch is not in the on position you’re not building muscle so here’s what we have to remember branch chain amino acids carry out all of these things but branched chain amino acids aren’t just what we think of them they’re not just a supplement that we get right we think branched chain amino acids are just in a powder form they naturally come that way our body breaks down tissues breaks down food all that stuff into branched chain amino acids the thing is branched chain amino acids are great when it comes down to ultimately building muscle but we don’t want our body to break them down from our protein tissues in our body in order to get used so the body will try to recycle them so what I mean by this is the body can recruit amino acids out of our muscle which breaks down
our muscle that’s how we lose size that’s how we lose ma so that’s not always the best thing so that’s where people think oh well if I consume branched chain amino acids in a supplement form then I’m solving the problem and yes in some ways you are but hear me out on this because I’m playing devil’s advocate you can consume those branched chain amino acids and it will help you in terms of not breaking down muscle but it’s going to stall your fat loss so yes they can preserve muscle but at the expense of fat because it goes to the front of the line and they spike your insulin my whole point in saying this is if you are not eating carbohydrates here’s what happens if you’re not eating carbohydrates your body starts producing ketones and ketones are a much more efficient fuel source for the body which means that the mitochondria and the cells are going to feed on the ketones rather than the branched chain amino acids so if you’re following me here what that means is the amino acids that are normally in your muscles would normally have to get sucked out of your muscles to fuel the body which means you lose muscle if you have ketones as a buffer that ketones will fuel the cells and the ketones come from your fat so your fat is fueling your cells leaving the branch chain amino acids available to build muscles so rather than the branched chain amino acids getting sucked out of the muscle just for energy the branched chain amino acids are actually left in the body to be used to build muscle so in effect the ketogenic diet or lower carb diets actually make it so that you have more muscle building potential or at the very least less muscle wasting risk you do not need carbs to build muscle but you do need the right kinds of proteins and that’s where we kind of come back to the simplicity of all of this you need to get your clean proteins in you should still get them in somewhat close to your workout so you get maximum muscle protein synthesis but most importantly you need to be in that muscle protein synthesis mode which means you need to be working out you need to be doing the things that your body needs as the catalysts to build muscle and again when it comes down to getting quality meat and things like that you can use that link down below because I don’t want you wasting your money on stuff at the grocery store but the big point of this is you don’t need the carbs now a lot of the science is already done here but I felt like I wanted to at least tack something on to the end of this video to talk about sort of my experience in my story a lot of people always want to hear you know the science and they want to hear like the practical side of things so if you want to tune out of this video turn off totally fine absolute still respect alright how I ended up over weight really was a result of trying to build muscle the wrong way okay honestly it went overboard I loaded up on carbs my post-workout meals were things like tater tots enchiladas I was having lots of protein I was also loading up on carbs because I was just listening to the stuff that was out there okay and then next thing you know life catches up with me I get stressed out I get into a busy career and I’m still eating like that because I got addicted to carbohydrates because I was trying to eat a lot of them to build muscle so think about it like this here’s a just a macro view of it Thomas it was actually skinny Thomas wanted to build muscle so Thomas ate a bunch of carbs and a bunch of protein Thomas got kind of fat I started to build some muscle and he was happy Thomas got addicted to carbohydrates because he was consuming literally like 600 grams of them per day got addicted to them then Thomas got busy Thomas got stressed out Thomas ended up in a corporate environment where he was sedentary all the time Thomas was still addicted to carbohydrates so Thomas loaded up on him and kept eating them and kept eating them even though I was working out one day a week instead of six well next thing you know I’m close to 300 pounds and yeah I have a little bit of muscle on me and you could look at my pictures and you can see yeah okay yeah he was still a decently muscled guy but I looked like the typical stereotypical kind of ex football player football coach that used to be a football player and then now still thinks he’s a football player but it’s just overweight that was me and it was honestly a big part of it was just doing the wrong things triggering inflammation in my body and a pursuit of muscle that got me hooked on the drug that we call carbohydrates so I’m not saying that carbs are totally bad but if you fall into the trap of using them as just your tool all the time and not just a proper implementation of them you can run into a problem so anyhow that’s just a little bit of my story I can do more videos on my story but I want to see if there’s actually interest by comments down below so see you in the next video thanks for watching 

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This is not a video bashing carbs…but with that said, you do NOT need to eat carbs to build muscle! This video covers why carbs aren’t a necessity when building muscle, but will also explain how carbs can help you when trying to gain mass. This includes some exciting science intertwined with my own personal experiences! Let’s dive in, get your GAINS up and I’ll see you in the comments!!
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