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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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How much protein should you eat after exercise?

3 April 2013 When it comes to muscle recovery the timing of your protein intake and the type of protein are just as important as the total amount eaten. In a recent study, a group of Canadian and Australian researchers … Continue reading

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Coconut water: better than sports drinks?

15 March 2013 Coconut water – touted as ‘nature’s sports drink’ – is all the rage with professional athletes for its hydrating properties. But is its popularity driven by marketing hype or does it really work? I decided to investigate … Continue reading

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What causes cramps?

25 Feb 2013 Experts used to believe that cramps were caused by dehydration or electrolyte depletion. But no studies have actually linked the idea that dehydration or electrolyte depletion is the reason one athlete cramps and another doesn’t. Strong experimental … Continue reading

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