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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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Cholesterol and saturated fat: innocent victims?

29 June 2013 Most people fear fat: butter, cheese, cream, eggs…they’re all off the menu. The idea that these foods raise cholesterol levels, increase heart disease risk and make you fat is deeply ingrained in most people’s minds. The truth … Continue reading

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Is the Paleo Diet suitable for athletes?

28 May 2013 The Paleo Diet has gained an almost cult-like following since the book by Professor Loren Cordain was first published in 2002. No longer is it seen as an offshoot of ‘complementary and alternative medicine’, now many regular … Continue reading

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