Is red meat bad for you? thumbnail image

Is red meat bad for you?

Posted on 31-07-2020 | Last updated 27-07-2020

This is an interesting question that I’ve wanted to talk about here for a long time. It’s a bit of a read, so do give yourself a good 15 min slot to get through it... It’s noteworthy that while nutrition is an area of scientific exploration – something that is...

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Should I do the BTN Foundation Academy before the BTN Practical Academy?

Posted on 03-07-2020 | Last updated 24-06-2020
…the BTN Practical Academy is a stand-alone course that will give you enough knowledge to coach nutrition…
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Is sugar really toxic?

Posted on 26-03-2020 | Last updated 25-03-2020

Today I want to reflect on a question I was asked in a recent live social media Q and A, which was "is sugar really toxic"? (I do these Q and As every week, by the way. They go out on the Ben Coomber Facebook page, Instagram, YouTube channel and...

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The ‘afterburn effect’ – should we believe the hype?

Posted on 13-03-2020 | Last updated 05-03-2020

It’s extremely common for personal trainers, class attendees, and regular gymgoers to consider the ‘after burn effect’ (properly termed EPOC or excess postexercise oxygen consumption) of exercise when choosing the specific training modality appropriate for a given goal. This effect is also often used for class or training program advertising,...

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“My clients won’t stick to their nutrition plan” The coaches dilemma

Posted on 13-02-2020 | Last updated 12-02-2020

Do you often think to yourself, “why can’t my clients be more like me, interested in training and nutrition, wanting to eat well, wanting to look after themselves, wanting to go to bed on time, will remember to carry their water bottle with them and stay hydrated…?”.  Would make our...

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The Game Changers Movie: How it should have been filmed (part 1)

Posted on 22-11-2019 | Last updated 21-11-2019

Blog banner photo credit: The Game Changers 2019 A couple of months ago a film with the name ‘The Game Changers’ was added to Netflix after a lot of pre-release hype. The film features a number of athletes and medical professionals espousing a plant-based diet and...  OK, so while I...

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Problems with nutrition science and how to spot them

Posted on 22-10-2019 | Last updated 21-10-2019

Here at the BTN Academy we promote evidence-based practice. Evidence-based practice doesn’t JUST mean that you read a bunch of research and base your actions on that, though, it’s properly defined as a combination of the best available evidence, your professional expertise and (most importantly in my opinion) your client’s...

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Intuitive eating, is it really intuitive?

Posted on 19-09-2019 | Last updated 18-09-2019

A few weeks ago we sent out a short email about intuitive eating. While our emails have always proven popular this one seemed to blow up, resulting in our inbox being flooded by tonnes of comments and questions from people, so we decided to expand the conversation into a blog...

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Metabolic adaptation to weight loss: Where is the science now?

Posted on 22-08-2019 | Last updated 30-07-2019

Metabolic adaptation to weight loss – the phenomenon of reduced energy expenditure during and after a period of calorie restriction, is probably one of the most misunderstood topics related to nutrition and body composition. Ideas commonly shared include but are not limited to:  As you diet, your body will adapt...

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Exercise & Mental Health - is the connection as clear as we think?

Posted on 01-08-2019 | Last updated 30-07-2019

Mental health is something that has been historically treated as a separate thing from physical health – a situation that arises from the dualistic idea that the mind (‘you’) and the brain (the physical thing) are somehow independent entities that can and therefore should be discussed separately. This dualistic way...

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How many calories do you burn during weight training?

Posted on 27-06-2019 | Last updated 27-06-2019

This blog is a poignant one for me because I hate seeing people work their arses off in the gym to then be greeted by minimal results at the end of the month. There’s nothing worse than trying super hard, or feeling like you are, and getting nowhere. It’s disheartening,...

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BTN And Active IQ Press Release

Posted on 25-04-2019 | Last updated 25-04-2019

How exciting is this? We have been working behind the scenes for a very long time to achieve something really cool, and we’re so glad we finally get to spill the beans. What you can see below is a press release to announce that we, the BTN Academy,  are now...

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Freestyling vs. tracking what you eat to get AND stay lean

Posted on 04-04-2018 | Last updated 08-04-2019

Here I will define ad libitum dieting as eating without tracking your macronutrients. Can you do this and get contest/photoshoot lean? Good question. There are well known and respected figures in the fitness industry such as Menno Henselmans who have managed to successfully apply ad libitum dieting to get down...

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Do you think and train like the athletes you coach?

Posted on 15-03-2018 | Last updated 10-04-2019

In the world of bodybuilding many will argue that you cannot truly prep someone for a bodybuilding competition without having done one yourself, and I can imagine many Triathlete coaches would say the same about competing and coaching in triathlon. While this statement isn’t fully true as science is science...

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Is flexible dieting healthy?

Posted on 12-12-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

Which vitamins and minerals are you most likely to be deficient in? thumbnail image

Which vitamins and minerals are you most likely to be deficient in?

Posted on 05-12-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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Intermittent fasting – do or do not?

Posted on 14-11-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Celebrities are a strange breed and, for some reason, when we read about a celebrity doing a thing, no matter how ludicrous or potentially dangerous it could be we swallow it hook line and sinker. Why? How is it that the general public will pay attention to something that a...

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From client to coach… my journey

Posted on 07-11-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

A long-time favourite house music track of mine is Ultra Nate, Free. Within this track are a set of words that, at this stage in my life have so much meaning… Cause you’re free to do what you want to do. You’ve got to live your life, do what you...

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Can nutrition coaches give out diet plans?

Posted on 31-10-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Upon completion of the BTN Practical Academy (Active IQ Level 4 Qualification in Nutrition Coaching) you are a qualified nutrition coach able to practice and help clients with their nutrition and lifestyle. Because of this, some of the biggest questions I get asked as manager of the BTN Academy are:...

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Why do I store fat in my legs?

Posted on 24-10-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

As a coach specialising in fat loss, the vast number of my clients have been female. This is not unusual and is in fact the norm in the industry – women are far more likely to seek a personal trainer whereas men tend to avoid asking others for help unless...

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Sh*t things good coaches do

Posted on 18-10-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

There are two kinds of coaches, broadly speaking: There are shit coaches. This is, unfortunately, the majority in my experience. This isn’t usually due to the coaches themselves, though it often is. It’s due primarily due to the low quality of Level 3 PT courses, the lack of support that...

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Here’s what every nutrition coach needs to know...

Posted on 03-10-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

OK, so my last blog here was kinda long, and wasn’t really aimed at fitness people. I’m going to try to make up for that now by writing something for you nutrition-y folks that’s a little shorter and to the point. We’ll see how that goes… A while ago I...

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How to lead a healthy Life

Posted on 26-09-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

Are YOU the problem? thumbnail image

Are YOU the problem?

Posted on 19-09-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

I’m a nice guy, I like to educate, and 99% of the time I’m all about empowering people through education and realisation, but, not today. There are times where tough love is needed. We need to be told direct, upfront, 100% honestly what the issue is. Now I’m not going...

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Why do I wake up in the middle of the night

Posted on 12-09-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Many people wake up in the middle of the night, in fact for many it’s the norm. If those I have spoken to are anything to go by, few sleep all the way through - but shouldn’t we be able to? When I deliver a seminar and ask for a...

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Trust me, I used to be obese

Posted on 30-08-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

I used to be overweight, obese, fat, very cuddly, whatever you want to call it. And all I can honestly, hand on heart say is, the day I turned 18 it was a label and state of health that I no longer wanted, and as a result, I took action....

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Nutrition science: who’s laughing now?

Posted on 08-08-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Read time: Around 10 minutes. Grab a brew. I first got into nutrition just before the IIFYM movement managed to develop some real sway. This means that I joined this industry when people still HAD to eat six meals per day, when ‘clean eating’ was still a thing and when...

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Why the fitness industry is wrong on weight loss

Posted on 24-07-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

When aiming for better body composition you have to eat certain foods to burn fat, avoid certain foods that store fat and partake in fat burning exercise right? Wrong! There’s a lot of myths and misunderstandings surrounding fat loss, body composition or weight (muscle) gain but much of this just...

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How to lose fat and build muscle

Posted on 10-07-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

I hear this question a lot, but people seem to somewhat misunderstand what they are asking for. It sounds like an impossible task doesn’t it? To build muscle you have to be in an energy surplus and train for hypertrophy, which usually means that you will also gain a little...

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Idiots guide to lean gains

Posted on 27-06-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

What is the common perception that most people have of a personal trainer? A big ripped guy wearing a tee shirt two sizes too small, to show off his big guns. He’s orange from fake tan, spends too much time looking at himself in the mirror and always seems to...

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How to lose weight as quickly as possible

Posted on 19-06-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

When a person starts out to lose weight they usually have target number of some kind in sight. Usually a number on the scales or a dress size, something like that. In most cases they want to achieve that goal as quickly as possible, often without making any changes to...

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How to start dieting

Posted on 29-05-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

This blog isn’t about the mechanisms of weight loss. If you want to know more about how energy balance works I suggest you read this blog here (The 3,500 kcals myth). The reason I am writing a ‘diet’ blog and not addressing the concept of calories in versus calories out...

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Are you in the driver’s seat?

Posted on 22-05-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Today I want to talk about an issue which I find a huge amount of overweight, repeat-failed dieters face, and that is the issue of learned helplessness. This subject more or less centres around one question – are you in charge of your own destiny? Now I’m not talking about...

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Its pointless being perfect

Posted on 16-05-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Extreme leanness and a perfect physique is totally obtainable for many, yet completely unsustainable for most. To an outsider looking in, the fitness world had a certain façade. It seems that everybody involved with fitness professionally (personal trainers, coaches, nutritionists, physique competitors and fitness modals) would rather die than sit...

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Why your diet isn't working

Posted on 28-02-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

It’s mid-February – surely the January, ‘New Year, New Me’ gym goers have faded out by now. They will have come up with excuses by now as to why they are destined to be fat forever and nothing ever works for them. Let’s face it, eating healthy is too expensive,...

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How to manipulate training and nutrition around your female cycle

Posted on 02-02-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Sorry fellas, this one's for the ladies but it won't do you any harm to read.... As females it’s not just as simple as having a training programme and sticking to it week in week out. Unfortunately for us ladies (we're talking about premenopausal ovulating women here) we also have...

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Are you over complicating your diet?

Posted on 17-01-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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A note to those on a diet

Posted on 10-01-2017 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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Adrenal fatigue

Posted on 27-12-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

One of the things which really should make us proud of Western society is our medicine. I am alive today because of Western medicine, and I would wager that you are too. We have vaccines which have all but abolished some of the worst diseases we have faced as a...

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Why does nobody 'like' me?

Posted on 25-11-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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Mobility from an athletic point of view

Posted on 01-11-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

  When we talk about Mobility it’s important we know exactly what we’re referring to. A very basic definition is; “the ability to move or be moved, freely and easily”. So when we think in terms of joint mobility, it’s the ability of that joint to pass through a complete...

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The role of carbohydrates in female fat loss

Posted on 27-09-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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The 3,500 calories myth

Posted on 06-09-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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How to use your hands to diet

Posted on 29-08-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

 

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Nutrition coaching: science or art?

Posted on 02-08-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

In the world of internet nutrition, there seems to be two sides to the camp: one that propose nutrition coaching is a science, and the other that propose it’s an art. Science guys look for hundreds of peer reviewed references before considering an idea where as the art guys are...

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Is fruit bad for you?

Posted on 19-07-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Is fruit bad for you? Fruit has been demonised in many circles for many years, the story goes that ‘Fruit is nature’s Candy’. We need to be wary of it because it contains sugar (including ‘the bad one’: fructose!), and you should definitely only have one piece a day. But,...

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PCOS

Posted on 21-06-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Polycystic Ovarian syndrome is a relatively common condition affecting up to around 20% of women, caused by elevated androgen levels. Risk Factors include obesity, inactivity and heredity. This is a complex syndrome experienced by many females and seeing as we often get questions about it in the BTN community I...

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How to choose a diet

Posted on 05-04-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

Bruce Lee is probably one of the most iconic figures of our time. His movies are legendary and he is credited with bridging some of the cultural gap which existed in America by being the first person to openly accept white Americans into his martial arts classes. More than this,...

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BTN Academy student feedback

Posted on 29-03-2016 | Last updated 10-04-2019

If you’re considering the BTN Academy, you need to read this blog. Why? Because what our past and current students think of the course and the learning experience could be the deciding factor for you on whether you take the plunge to enrol on our course or not. We take pride...