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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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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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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Dietary Periodisation: What is it but how do you do it?..

We talk about periodising nutrition all the time, but WHAT the heck is it? And HOW do you do it? Nutrition Periodisation is the use of planned nutritional strategies aimed at maximising the results from specific training sessions to improve performance (1). It is just like having a training plan but for your nutrition, where your nutrition is planned around…

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Sports Supplements
Sports Supplements

Sports Supplements

Sports Supplements are everywhere!  I struggle to keep up with the latest products on the market with new brands popping up every week. As many athletes search for that ‘magic bullet’, sports supplements have become a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, a recent study found that 40-70% of athletes take supplements.A nutrition supplement, as the name suggests, is designed to…

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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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5 Tips for Fueling on the Bike
5 Tips for Fueling on the Bike

5 Tips for Fueling on the Bike

Words by pro cyclist Nicole Moerig I was out riding with an old school friend the other day and we got chatting about nutrition. She has been cycling going on 1 year now and came from a running background, similar to me. Any runner would know how hard to it is to fuel your body before and during training. 'Runners…

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Fuel Rules for Runners
Fuel Rules for Runners

Fuel Rules for Runners

Whether you’re a beginner runner or pro athlete, nutrition plays a key role in running performance. Check out these winning tips to eat and drink your way to peak performance. Find Balance Running is (generally speaking) a high energy burning sport. Sometimes this allows us to get away with eating whatever we like with little consequence on our weight. However,…

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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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Caffeine – Performance nutrition
Caffeine - Performance nutrition

Caffeine – Performance nutrition

Caffeine is a widely used, socially acceptable stimulant. It is found naturally in the leaves, beans and fruits of a variety of plants. The most common dietary sources of caffeine include tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks, chocolate and supplemented sports foods like gels and shots. It is rapidly absorbed and transported to all body tissues and organs where it exhibits…

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