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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...

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

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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