As an athlete you need to understand that nutrition is a key pillar of your health and performance. You can not reach your peak potential if your food game is a lost game.
That is why I encourage all athletes (young and old, emerging and set) to be aware of and look for the signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration.
Building awareness around this will enable you to be able to address poor nutrition promptly and metaphorically “nip it in the bud”. Think of it as quality control and risk mitigation so that the machine that is you, is working to it’s full potential.
Today I will reveal to you the 7 key signs of poor nutrition and poor diet strategy. Use this list to audit your current situation as well as to inform ongoing future nutrition optimisation.
One specific nutrition strategy that has risen in popularity in recent years is called a Diet Break. This is a fat loss/weight loss strategy that involves a strategic manipulation of calories and has been touted as an effective tool.
Fat loss is a very common goal among athletes of all levels due to the desire to be leaner. Therefore it is not surprising that more and more active individuals are looking into diet breaks as potential way to improve fat loss or for those wondering “how to break a weight loss plateau”.
What is a diet break?
Should you be eating more to lose weight?
Are diet breaks an effective way to achieve fat loss?
These are 3 questions that come about often when I am speaking with new clients about this subject.
In this short guide, you will learn about diet breaks and how they can be used to improve your fat loss results. Consider this your Diet Breaks 101 Mini Guide.
Did you know that there are differences between fat burning vs fat loss itself?
Fat loss is such a common goal in the health and fitness space yet there continues to be many confusions and misconceptions surrounding the strategy behind achieving weight loss.
Everyone seems to be looking for the “quickest way to lose belly fat”, “the best exercise to reduce belly fat”, and the “best way to burn fat”.
So it is no wonder that no matter where you look, it appears there is a list of fat loss tips or people preaching that “their way” is the “best way” to achieve successful fat loss.
However, to truly understand weight loss and fat loss…you need to understand the difference between fat burning and fat losing - because only one of them is ultimately your goal.
In this simple guide, you will learn about the truth that you need to know to better understand your fat loss plan and make better decisions to achieve your health and fitness goals.
Unless you have been living on a galaxy far, far away…then you would have heard of the term Intermittent Fasting. This concept has been circulating the nutrition and fitness space for many years now and has risen in popularity ever since.
So what is Intermittent Fasting? Is it a special weight loss strategy that has no equal? Is it a fad diet like many others who rise and fall over the years? These may be some of the questions you may have about Intermittent Fasting.
Nevertheless, Intermittent Fasting is becoming a staple of the nutrition space and it is important that you understand it fully so that you can decide on if it’s the right nutritional strategy and dietary approach for you.
That is why I wrote this “no B.S. and straight to the facts” Intermittent Fasting For Beginners Guide. Keep reading to stay informed.
Have you asked yourself, how can I increase my protein intake?
Protein is by far the most popular macronutrient among athletes, weekend warriors, and the active professionals of the world. Many people know they should be eating more protein but don’t know “how much protein do I need to have to build muscle or lose fat?”. Or they get stuck not knowing how to hit their protein targets easily.
Well if you are wondering how to boost protein intake more effectively and consistently, then keep reading because in today’s blog I reveal 4 sports dietitian approved nutrition tips to help you achieve better protein intake.
Wondering what milk version is the best choice for health and performance?
Is cows milk better than the alternative milks?
Or is soy milk and almond milk the healthier choice?
In today’s blog, I compare the 3 biggest players in the milk game (Dairy Milk vs Soy Milk vs. Almond Milk), to answer the question: which type of milk is BEST?
The milk debate has been going for years now and there is always the question I most often get asked: which milk should I drink? When it comes to milk comparisons, the key is to not let emotion or social media influence you and use the nutrition profile of each milk product to determine who is the undisputed winner.
What are the best high protein vegan food options?
How do I eat more protein as a vegan?
Which plant based foods are high in protein?
These are some of the common vegan nutrition questions I get as a Sports Dietitian from vegan athletes and gym goers alike. The truth is that vegan diets can be effectively balanced diet but they require more care and effort to ensure you fill the gaps left by eliminating animal based food products.
Protein is one nutrient that many vegans struggle to get enough of because the biggest players in the protein food game as animal based products. Nonetheless, there are some effective plant based protein foods you can incorporate into your diet to level up your results and your vegan athlete game.
In today’s blog I will reveal the top 5 best vegan protein food sources that you should consider including in your diet from today!
Athletes and gym goers have long had an interest in supplements and how they can help them achieve better results. The supplement game is a large industry that has well and truly become a part of the nutrition space - for better and for worse. That is why it is important that Sports Dietitian’s such as myself, aim to inform you and separate truth from myth.
One supplement that has increasingly grown in popularity in recent years is Beta-Alanine. This fancy sounding powder product is becoming a staple in the stacks of sports supplements used by athletes and weekend warriors worldwide.
Is beta-alanine safe?
How does beta-alanine help?
Does beta-alanine even work?!
In today’s blog I will breakdown beta-alanine supplementation and answer the main questions you have so that you know if it’s worth attention and what it does.
"What protein powder should you use?"
"What protein powder is the best to use?"
Such a common questions among athletes I coach, and one that I will guide you on today. Protein powder is a big player in the supplement game so you want to be able to make an informed decision and take out the guesswork.
In this blog post, I share the 3 best types of protein from a nutritional point of view to help you make the buying decision a bit easier so you can focus on your food game.
Want to eat pizza with more protein and less calories? I got you!
If there is one food that I truly would not want to live without, pizza would be challenging the top spot (alongside a good juicy burger). Pizza is comfort food through and through. However, pizza is traditionally not the most calorie friendly meal nor are the ingredients always ideal to be consumed too regularly.
For this reason, I started looking at ways I could create a pizza that not only fit the “macro friendly” criteria but ALSO hit the taste bud criteria - because at the end of the day I want pizza that tastes like real pizza (I’m sure you agree).
Well this 2 ingredient pizza base recipe was what I stumbled on and today I am going to share it with you!
Hi there! My name's Aleksa Gagic - i'm a Brisbane Sports Dietitian & Brisbane Sports Nutritionist. I have 7+ years experience in providing professional nutrition consulting and want to help you learn about the power of flexible nutrition.