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4 ‘Real’ Food Alternatives to Sports Supplements (plus 7 hot tips)

20th November 2014 With the myriad of sports drinks, gels, bars and chews now available you’d be forgiven for thinking these products are essential for performing well in sport. But there was a time when athletes ate actual food and … Continue reading

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When low-carb diets aren’t helpful

1st October 2014 Tempted to give low carb diets a go? If you’re serious about your sport, you should know that low carb high fat (LCHF) diets – fashionable as they are – might actually hinder your performance.  Here’s why. … Continue reading

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Do you really need a sports drink?

22nd July 2014 If you’ve been finding your workouts a little more sweaty lately – thanks to this glorious spell of hot humid weather – you may have been thinking about having a sports drink or an electrolyte tablet to … Continue reading

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Is sugar bad for athletes?

20th June 2014 Sugar in its various guises (gels, sports drinks, bars, etc) is a long-standing staple of athletes’ diets but with the tsunami of negative press surrounding it, should you now be cutting it out? The simple answer is … Continue reading

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Sports Supplements Part 2: Which sports supplements ‘work’?

3rd May 2014 One of the most popular questions I get asked at every talk and seminar I give is which supplements to take? Yes, it’s tempting to think that all those expensive shakes, powders and pills will give you … Continue reading

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Carbs are not evil!

31 December 2013 Poor ol’ carbohydrate. There’s been a plethora of articles, blogs and opinion condemning carbs in general, sugar in particular, gluten by association, and extolling instead the virtues of low carb living. Carbs have been blamed for obesity, … Continue reading

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7 of the best recovery foods

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10 December 2013 With the plethora of commercial recovery drinks and bars now available, it’s a confusing choice for athletes.  The question is: are such products more effective than regular foods? First, let’s consider what the science says. Dozens of … Continue reading

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Low carb vs. high carb diets for athletes

1 November 2013 A few well-known sports scientists have recently challenged the conventional high carb diet dogma and begun promoting instead the idea that athletes can perform better on a low carb diet. What’s the evidence and should we all … Continue reading

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The gluten-free (Djokovic) diet: sense or hype?

25 August 2013 So Novak Djokovic has put his recent success in tennis down to a gluten-free diet. Even more intriguing for me is the way he discovered his so-called intolerance: by the good ol’ ‘holding ‘bread against stomach’ test … Continue reading

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Sports supplements – a risk too far?

16 July 2013 The current doping story has raised some serious questions about the safety of sports supplements and whether taking them is a risk too far. Number one rule for an athlete – know what you’re putting into your … Continue reading

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