Creatine: Common Questions Answered

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Share this article on Facebook Introduction In November 2015, Sigma Nutrition founder Danny Lennon published this outstanding article. The motivation for this piece stemmed from a ridiculous opinion piece written by Irish rugby journalist Neil Francis, essentially implicating creatine as a potential player in the tragic and premature death of All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu. Danny’s rebuttal was spot on and made me incredibly proud to be associated with him. In addition, the number of shares the article received at the time put a beaming smile on my face and gave me a glimmer of hope as to the level of … Read More

SNR #162: Andrew Chappell, PhD – Examining Contest Prep Strategies Followed by Natural Bodybuilders

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 162: Andrew Chappell, PhD of Sheffield Hallam University is on the show to discuss preliminary data looking into different nutritional strategies followed by natural bodybuilders. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Andrew Chappell, PhD. Andrew is a Pro Natural Bodybuilder who has been training and competing for over 10 years. He competes with the Drug Free Athletes Coalition in professionally sanctioned contests and is previously a five time British Champion with the British Natural … Read More

SNR #154: Jeff Rothschild, RD – Intermittent Fasting, Time-Restricted Feeding & Circadian Biology

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 154: Jeff Rothschild discusses the science and application of fasting protocols, meal timing, time-restricted feeding and their effects on circadian rhythms and health. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Guest Bio Jeff Rothschild, MSc., RD Jeff Rothschild is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science. He works with a variety of clients including elite ATP and NCAA tennis players, endurance athletes, boxers, swimmers, and a number of touring musicians … Read More

SNR #153: Dan Garner – Hydration Status, Electrolytes & Athlete Lab Analysis

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 153: Dan Garner discusses hydration status, electrolyte supplementation and performance nutrition for athletes.  Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Dan Garner   Dan Garner is the owner and founder of Team Garner and is the head strength coach and nutrition specialist for hockeytraining.com. Specializing and delivering consistent world class results in physique transformation and athletic performance, Dan has worked with many athletes from the youth leagues right up to the NHL, NFL, MLB and UFC. He … Read More

SNR #152: Lyle McDonald – Glycaemic Load, Trigger Foods & Physiology vs. Practical Implementation

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 152: Lyle McDonald is back on the show to discuss glycaemic load, trigger foods, behavioural eating, hyperpalatability and the difference between giving practical recommendations and what is correct from a physiological perspective. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Lyle McDonald Lyle McDonald is the author of the Ketogenic Diet, the Rapid Fat Loss Handbook and the Guide to Flexible Dieting. He has been interested in all aspects of human performance physiology since … Read More

SNR #151: Planning the 4 Phases of Combat Sport Nutrition

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 151: How to periodize nutrition for a combat sport athlete through understanding the 4 phases of nutrition they transition through. Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Sigma Weight Cutting System Support the podcast on Patreon Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts

SNR #150: Are You Really a “Hard-Gainer”? – 5 Reasons For Not Gaining Weight

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 150: Sigma coach Gar Benn lays out 5 reasons that really explain the notion of “hard-gainers” giving rise to some people feeling they can’t gain weight/muscle.  Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Sigma Nutrition & Performance Coaching Program Support the podcast on Patreon Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Enjoy this episode? Support the podcast on Patreon

SNR 149: Mike Israetel, PhD – Evidence-Based Healthy Eating Principles

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 149: Mike Israetel, PhD discusses the hierarchy of nutritional factors that have an affect on health, how this differs from just body composition goals and how to avoid getting married to any one diet method. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Mike Israetel, PhD   Mike Israetel is currently a professor of Exercise Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well consulting nutritional and training for elite strength and combat athletes around the … Read More

An Open Letter To Neil Francis & The Irish Independent: Science, Scaremongering & Creatine

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Share this article on Facebook I didn’t really want to do this. Crazy articles related to nutrition/supplementation that pop up in the media regularly get sent my way. Most often I can see the unscientific nonsense straight away, remind myself my time is best spent on other things and avoid engaging with it. But somehow I now find myself writing this public response to one such opinion piece. In this particular case, for reasons I’ll mention later, I feel the need to sufficiently address an article published on the 22nd of November in the Irish Independent. The piece in question, penned by  journalist … Read More

The Most Misleading Nutrition Statements in the History of Ever

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Let’s take a look at some common statements you’ve no doubt come across, that are perhaps a bit misleading… “Calories don’t matter, as long as you’re eating real food!” Sure, including more real food and less highly-refined foods in someone’s diet is a great way to both support health and fat loss (if that’s the goal). And we know plenty of people have made this change and transformed their physique. But let’s be clear why… More real/whole foods will generally (there are exceptions) mean higher satiety, more fibre, more protein, better blood sugar regulation and so an overall lower drive to overconsume. … Read More

What’s the ROI of Your Nutrition Choices?

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I did a few more classes but soon had to move away due to a college work placement so it wouldn’t be until September of that year until I could return to Fergal’s classes. I then became obsessed. Not just with thinking about BJJ but with the pursuit of improving. The milestone I set was my blue belt. In order to improve to that point it should be pretty obvious that it would take time, consistency and taking constant actions. With each action just leading to a small incremental change. But when you add up the cumulative result of all … Read More

Making the Cut, Part III: Supplements for Combat Sport Fighters

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Supplementation. This could be a 4-part series in itself. However, I’ll skip on some details and cut through a lot of the crap that’s out there to get to: which supplements actually work which don’t and which are actually worth investing in. A brief point to consider before I go into this: If you don’t have the foundations discussed in part I in place, don’t worry about supplements. Sort yourself out first. The best supplement regime you can put together will be worth f**king ZERO if you continue to sleep 5 hours a night and eat too few calories and no carbs. Ok, … Read More

Making the Cut, Part I: The Fundamentals of Combat Sport Nutrition

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Below is Cian Cowley. Cian’s a pro Muay Thai fighter and came to me about his nutrition early in 2014, through his strength and conditioning coach Jason Kane. Now, a  few things to bear in mind: The guy is insanely talented. He was (and still is) on a winning streak and was already pretty damn lean. However, after digging into what Cian had been doing nutritionally up to this point, we needed to implement some extremely important changes into his diet. He had been falling into some of the same traps a lot of fighters out there are falling into. Over … Read More