The BIA scan breakdown: a valuable measure of body composition?

I can’t be the only one that’s noticed Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) scans popping up in just about every gym 12-week challenge, or ‘get fit for summer’ promo. These scans are advertised as a ‘new’ and ‘improved’ way to accurately measure your body composition that’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg. But should you be relying…

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Nutritionist vs Dietitian vs Sports Dietitian
Nutritionist vs Dietitian vs Sports Dietitian

Nutritionist vs Dietitian vs Sports Dietitian

What is a Dietitian and Nutritionist?We constantly get asked to explain the difference between a Dietitian and Nutritionist. Yes they're different and yes we will always correct you when you call us a Nutritionist. Read on to find out why we get slightly offended ;)Australia currently does not regulate the professional titles ‘nutritionist’ or 'dietitian', leaving a wide market for…

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Intermittent Fasting: Breaking Down the Evidence

Intermittent Fasting; the latest in diet trends. Claiming health benefits from weight loss to prevention of chronic disease. Is it really the answer to the world’s health problems? We take a look at the evidence... What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent fasting encompasses several different dietary behaviours, all of which focus on controlling the period in which food is consumed. These…

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Sleep and Athletic Performance
Sleep and Athletic Performance

Sleep and Athletic Performance

Sleep is essential for general health and wellbeing.The more we learn, the more we realise that increased sleep duration and quality is associated with better performance in sport and life. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep each day for optimal health (1). But it's not clear exactly how much sleep athletes need. It's been suggested…

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Muscle Cramps – Part 1
Muscle Cramps - Part 1

Muscle Cramps – Part 1

Over the next few weeks, we look at the latest evidence on what cramps are, why we get them, how to prevent them and how pickle juice may be able to help.What are muscle cramps?Ah cramps! They make me nervous just thinking about them! Most of us have had one at some point or another but what are they exactly?A…

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Iron-(wo)man
Iron-rich foods, including eggs, spinach, peas, beans, red meat,

Iron-(wo)man

There can be many reasons for feeling tired and exhausted sometimes. Keeping up with the demands of training, getting enough sleep, managing stress, eating well and staying hydrated are all factors that affect how we feel day to day. Meeting our vitamin and mineral requirements is also key to feeling energised. A common culprit to feeling flat for no apparent…

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Carbo-Load, Don’t Garbo-Load!
Carbo-Load, Don’t Garbo-Load!

Carbo-Load, Don’t Garbo-Load!

Race season is well and truly here!Have you developed your race nutrition plan yet?WHAT you eat and drink during a race and WHEN can have a massive impact on your performance…Lay the foundations in trainingBefore we delve into race nutrition, let's not discount the value of your everyday eating plan. The foundations of daily healthy eating are where you will…

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Fat vs. Carbs: What’s best for sports performance?
Fat vs. Carbs: What’s best for sports performance?

Fat vs. Carbs: What’s best for sports performance?

There is so much media attention around low carbohydrate diets at the moment; it’s hard to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Low-carbohydrate diets are not a new dietary concept by any means, yet they have made a popular comeback with claims of rapid weight loss and other health benefits. A quick Google search pulls over 2 million…

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Stay hydrated this summer
Stay Hydrated This Summer

Stay hydrated this summer

Summer is just around the corner and as the temperature heats up, now is the perfect time to visit hydration and its effects on exercise performance.  Our body is over 60% water making hydration essential for everyone, all the time. Water plays many important roles in our body including maintaining blood volume, transporting nutrients, getting rid of waste products and…

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A Dietitian Approved Approach to Body Fat Loss for Triathletes

I despise the word ‘diet’ and don’t even get me started on ‘detox’. The idea of a quick fix is appealing but unfortunately, there is no magic pill for weight loss.  Diets are often gimmicky, unsustainable and are not going to provide adequate fuel to keep up with the often-high load of triathlon training. There are some very real consequences…

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