Diet Doctor Podcast #75 — Why we need muscle

Muscles aren’t just for looking good. Having adequate muscle mass may be one of the biggest contributors to good health. As you will hear from our guest expert, Stuart Phillips, PhD, maintaining muscle mass may be the difference between recovering from an illness and losing your independence. Muscle tissue can also contribute to metabolic health, healthy weight loss, and your quality of life.

But do you have to “pump iron” in the gym for hours every day to achieve the optimal amount of muscle mass? “No way,” says Phillips. He gives practical and simple advice on how we can all maintain or build our muscles. And he also explains the important role that eating enough protein plays in ensuring our muscles have the building blocks they need to thrive.

What’s enough protein? As you will hear him explain, it is much more than the often-quoted Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams per kilo per day. Phillips provides helpful tips to ensure you get enough protein and much more in this tour de force on all things muscle and health.

Thanks for reading,
Bret Scher, MD FACC

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Table of contents

00:00  Introduction
02:17  Welcome, Prof. Stuart Phillips
07:14  Why is muscle health so important?
14:35  The types of exercise to maximize metabolic health
19:11  The interplay between nutrition and exercise
25:03  More protein content for muscle stimulation?
36:49  Protein from real food vs supplement for health benefit
40:33  The concern with more protein for muscle benefit and longevity
48:08  About Prof. Phillips’ upcoming research
50:28  Considerations for animal vs plant protein for muscle health
58:37  Conclusion and where to find Prof. Stuart Phillips

About the video

Virtual podcast recorded in June 2021, published in July 2021.
Host: Dr. Bret Scher
Producer: Hari Dewang

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