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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Dismissing the Detox

This obsession with the ‘detox’ seems to come from a place of wanting to drastically reset our body. Usually following a period of indulgence in high fat and sugary foods, and probably a few too many wines or beers as well. The idea of a detox is plucked up as a saving grace as if days or weeks of denying…

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Eating for Entrepreneurs

Our Top 5 Tips for Mental Performance As busy business owners, eating well can often take a back-seat when there’s tight deadlines and a million other things to do! But when you’re busy, stressed and time-poor, it’s even more important to eat well to get the most out of your day. Food is fuel for our bodies and our brain,…

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How to choose the best protein powder
How to choose the best protein powder

How to choose the best protein powder

We have a food first philosophy here at Dietitian Approved but in some instances, protein powders can have their time and place within a healthy and active lifestyle. As a supplement, that’s exactly what they should be used as; an addition to a balanced diet when you can’t get enough protein through real food for whatever reason. Here are some of…

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How to Beet Your Best Time and Get the Competitive Edge
How to Beet Your Best Time and Get the Competitive Edge

How to Beet Your Best Time and Get the Competitive Edge

Beetroot juice was the secret sauce for many athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lots of countries were using it, but it wasn’t until afterwards that the news about beetroot juice became public knowledge...Many athletes are looking for that performance edge over their competitors. Most athletes have heard about it, but don’t know how to use it. If…

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Dietitian Approved Crew – Megan Piccardi
Dietitian Approved Crew- Megan Piccardi

Dietitian Approved Crew – Megan Piccardi

Name: Megan PiccardiCurrent location: BrisbaneProfession background: LawyerSport of choice: Power lifting & sometimes runnerHow many years have your been training for: I have been training for just over 2 1/2 years.What got you into it? For running, I was never really a runner and decided one day that I wanted to push myself and do a fun run. My first fun run…

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Eating for Immunity
Eating For Immunity

Eating for Immunity

Now that the colder months are upon us, it’s time to be proactive with our nutrition for the best immune system defence.For active people, immune function plays a role not only in fighting off infections but also in promoting tissue repair to recover from exercise and injury1. To function properly, the immune system requires lots of nutrients – both macro…

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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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Noosa Race Recap
Noosa Race Recap

Noosa Race Recap

It was the night before my first ever Olympic Distance Triathlon. After 10 months of preparation, I was ready, albeit incredibly nervous. Sitting down to a home-cooked dinner with my support crew, I felt like the biggest kid eating my large bowl of pasta, side of garlic bread, all washed down with pasito (dietitians orders). As I forced it down…

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3 Benefits to Eating What’s in Season

Fruits and vegetables naturally grow in cycles and ripen during a certain season each year. Purchasing your fruits and vegetables when they naturally ripen is called ‘eating seasonally’, and eating with the seasons has some serious perks to it. 1. Bang for your buck Choosing seasonal produce can help you get the most value out of your dollar. Fruits and vegetables…

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Runners Gut. What is it? How can you prevent it?
Runners Gut. What is it? How can you prevent it?

Runners Gut. What is it? How can you prevent it?

Are you the type of runner that knows exactly where every public toilet is along your route?Don’t worry - you're not alone! 30-50% of athletes regularly suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) problems while exercising (1).Far too common among endurance athletes, GI symptoms include nausea, cramps, bloating, wind, vomiting, diarrhoea and urgency. The frequency, intensity and severity of these symptoms seem to…

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