• Strange Behaviour – The Complexity of Behaviour Change

    Posted on November 11, 2016 by in Behaviour change

    Donald Trump is elected POTUS and the UK have voted for BREXIT, strange behaviour you may think and why didn’t we see it coming. Part of the reason is that a lot of the information we were being fed was inaccurate. However, the biggest factor is that regardless of polls and surveys, behaviour is difficult […]

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  • Research Review – Iron Status and Health

    Posted on November 7, 2016 by in Diet and Health

    Poor iron status can lead to you feeling tired due to an inability to maximise oxygen uptake. Good iron status is also required for enzyme production, red blood cell production and an appropriate immune response. For athletes, poor iron status can have a profound effect on performance. Females tend to be more susceptible to iron […]

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  • Research Review – Low Energy Sweeteners and Weight loss

    Posted on November 4, 2016 by in Diet and Health

    There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of low energy sweeteners (LES) such as aspartame, saccharine etc. The arguments and debate centre around health and weight. This latest research review considers a systematic review by Rogers et al1 (paper included at bottom of page) that looks at the relationship between LES and weight loss. […]

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  • Research Reviews – Why 5% from Public Health England

    Posted on November 1, 2016 by in Diet and Health

    In this edition of research reviews I look at ‘Why 5%’ this is an explanation from Public Health England (PHE)1 (attached below) about how the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) arrived at the new recommendations on the consumption of dietary sugar. An intake of no more than 5% of free sugars is the new recommendation and this is […]

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  • Research Reviews – Front of Pack Food labelling

    Posted on October 28, 2016 by in Diet and Health, Uncategorized

    This latest research by Hodgkins et al1 looks at the effect of different forms of front of pack (FOP) food labelling. This type of research is required if we are going to get the government to take a tough line on food labelling. Although the abstract concludes that any presentation of key nutrient and energy […]

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  • Which Diet should I follow?

    Posted on October 18, 2016 by in Diet and Health

    It would appear that when it comes to diet the academic and public health community have done a very good job of totally confusing the public. This confusion has created an environment where social media nutrition guru’s are seen as the more reasonable option when it comes to making dietary choices. A recent article posted […]

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  • Nutrition Requires an Understanding of Body Composition

    Posted on October 11, 2016 by in Diet and Health

    This week I am teaching undergraduates about fitness testing and measuring body composition. I often talk to athletes (at all levels) about the weight category they are competing in or the weight they compete at and how they decided this was right for them. Very often the answer is “it feels about right or my […]

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  • Working with a Client to Achieve a Lifestyle Change

    Posted on September 26, 2016 by in Behaviour change

    The biggest hurdle to clear with any client is achieving the results they desire. Lifestyle change is a long process and this journey starts with setting out realistic expectations. A client may come to you with a desire to look a certain way or be a certain weight. It may be that they want to […]

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  • Why Lifestyle Change is Difficult to Achieve

    Posted on September 14, 2016 by in Behaviour change

    If something is easy to achieve there is little satisfaction when you achieve it. This is certainly true for lifestyle changes that are notoriously difficult to achieve. Despite this it is lifestyle change that is required when it comes to getting fit and healthy. My mantra when working with clients is “it’s your lifestyle that […]

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  • Motivational Interviewing Skills will make you a Better Trainer

    Posted on August 22, 2016 by in Behaviour change

    Motivational interviewing skills will make you a better trainer On completion of my PhD research into the treatment of male obesity the one question I was always asked when delivering the behaviour change workshop was “what do you do if a client is assessed as being in the contemplation stage of change”? My stock answer […]

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