Dr Eric Helms - Physique Scientist

This week I speak to Dr Eric Helms, one of the smartest guys I know in the space of diet, nutrition, fat loss and strength and conditioning. We take a deep dive into the concepts around energy adaptation, metabolism, fat loss and how he coaches athletes to a lifelong approach to diet. Enjoy!

Eric is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. A trainer since the early 2000’s, he’s worked in the US Air force, commercial gyms, private training studios, medical fitness and strength and conditioning facilities. As a part of 3DMJ he coaches drug free strength and physique competitors at all levels. Eric has competed since the mid 2000’s in natural bodybuilding, unequipped powerlifting and dabbled in Olympic lifting. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter.

Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for commercial fitness publications. He’s taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science and speaks internationally at academic and commercial conferences for fitness, nutrition and strength and conditioning. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. He is also co-founder for MASS monthly strength and conditioning review.


Iron Culture podcast: https://ironculture.libsyn.com/

MASS monthly research review: https://www.strongerbyscience.com/mass/

Kevin Hall study on Energy expenditure https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4962163/

Nutritional recommendations for physique athletes: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32148575/

Towards a sustainable nutrition paradigm in physique sport: a narrative review: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31315180/