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Hormonal health and weight management – Episode 34 with Reed Davis

Summary

In this first episode of the new series, Reed Davis provides a fascinating discussion around hormonal health and key principles for managing our health and wellbeing, especially in managing body weight. He discusses the importance of an individualised approach and how hormonal imbalance can lead to weight gain.

Guest biography

Reed Davis, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT), is an expert in functional lab testing and holistic lifestyle medicine.  He is the Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) and the FDN Certification Course.  Reed served as the Health Director and Case Manager at a Wellness Center in So. California for over 10 years and now teaches the FDN Course with over 2500 trainees or graduates in 50 countries.  Today, Reed is known as one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world, having provided functional lab assessments to over 10,000 clients.  Reed is also a Clinical Advisor for BioHealth Laboratories and lives in the US, teaching the FDN Certification Course and helping his graduates build robust private practices.

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Website: www.functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com

Episode content: Hormonal health and weight management

In this episode with Reed, we discuss a wide range of vital topics in regards to hormonal health:

  • 1.35 – What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition?
  • 4.45 – Reed defines the acronym DRESS for success
  • 8.34 – The importance of the root cause in preference to relying on symptoms alone
  • 15.47 – Accessible tools for health and fitness professionals to monitor client health
  • 24.50 – What factors are the top priority in managing body weight? Calories? Hormonal health?
  • 33.45 – Which hormones are commonly out of balance in the overweight/obese?
  • 38.02 – Cortisol as a catabolic hormone may still, counter-intuitively, impact weight gain

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Connect with Reed on social media

Reed Davis, or his organisation, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, is available on a range of social media, please click the links below to connect.

 Facebook @FunctionalDiagnosticNutrition

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 Twitter @FDNtraining

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Sleep recovery for health, exercise and weight loss – Episode 33 with Ben Pratt

Summary

Recently the creator of our Sleep Recovery Specialist course, Ben Pratt, was interviewed on the Pro-Fit podcast (episode 7) by Matt Robinson, a member of the Pro-Fit Personal Training team. With the permission of Pro-Fit we are featuring the video recording of the full interview as episode 33 of the Fit to Succeed podcast. Enjoy.

Guest biography

Ben Pratt has worked within the health and fitness industry since 1995 across a wide range of different roles. In 2003 he refocused his career towards education and has been teaching and developing coursework for fitness professionals ever since. Ben’s formal education includes a BSc. in Sports Science and an MSc. in Holistic Nutrition. His research and course development work has included more specialist fields such as obesity and diabetes, nutrition for physical performance, postural assessment and corrective exercise, suspension training, and the importance of sleep for exercise performance and recovery, weight loss and muscle growth. Ben is also the author of Nutrition’s Playground and the Complete Guide to Suspended Fitness Training.

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Ben Pratt – leading fitness educator

Episode content: Sleep recovery

During this episode, a wide range of topics was discussed, including:

  • the importance of sleep to health and wellbeing
  • how sleep habits have changed during the last 3 decades
  • why correctly assessing sleep habits and behaviours is important
  • the powerful connection between chronic sleep loss and weight gain
  • fundamental principles to train circadian rhythm and establish effective sleep
  • ideas and strategies to help develop good sleep habits in young children
  • how to correctly utilise naps to help improve performance following periods of sleep loss

If you enjoy this episode, then please rate the show and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify, or the video series on YouTube so you will be notified of each new episode immediately upon release. To enjoy more of our engaging expert interviews, please visit our podcast library.

We invite you to learn more about the Sleep Recovery Specialist certificate and to register on the course using the discount code SRSDROP20 to get 20% off the course price.

About Pro-Fit Personal Training

Pro-Fit PT is the leading personal training company in the north-west of England, founded by Graham Webb and Steve Butters back in 2002. The Pro-Fit team is now over 140 personal trainers strong, spread across a wide range of gym and fitness clubs across the region. Pro-Fit pride themselves on delivering high-level customer service with motivational coaching to help each client optimise their fitness and nutrition in the achievement of their goals.

Click here to learn more about the successful Pro-Fit Personal Training business.

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Nutrient density helps weight management – Episode 21 with Dr Zoe Harcombe

Summary

This episode addresses the concept of using and applying nutrient density as an effective factor in the battle against obesity with expert diet and nutrition researcher, Dr Zoe Harcombe.

* Please note this is an audio only recording (but still worth a listen)

Guest biography

Dr Zoe Harcombe is a researcher, author, blogger and public speaker in the field of diet and health. Her key areas of interest/expertise are public health dietary guidelines (especially dietary fat), nutrition and obesity.

Zoe earned a BA and MA from Cambridge University and was the first pupil from her state school to have graduated from Cambridge. She was voted college student president by her peers while there – only the second female president in over 630 years.

In 2016, Zoe was awarded a PhD in public health nutrition. The title of her thesis was “An examination of the randomised controlled trial and epidemiological evidence for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in 1977 and 1983: A systematic review and meta-analysis.”

Zoe is the author of several best-selling books, including The Obesity Epidemic, The Harcombe Diet and Why do You Overeat? She is a regular speaker at leading conferences and is a sought after expert whose research capacity and ability to dispel dietary myths and fallacies has helped cement her excellent reputation.

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Dr Zoe Harcombe

Episode content: Nutrient density

Episode 21 with Dr Zoe covers a fascinating range of dietary themes that will certainly bring greater understanding to your personal dietary journey, including:

  • The importance of our relationship to food in the weight management battle
  • A scientific definition of nutrient density
  • How do commonly marketed ‘health’ foods measure up in terms of nutrient density?
  • What metabolic effect do low nutrient, processed foods have upon the body?
  • Dr Harcombe’s views on isolated oils, such as olive oil and coconut oil, that are marketed as ‘healthy’.

If you enjoy this episode, then please rate the show and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. To enjoy more engaging expert interview please visit the podcast library.

Website: www.zoeharcombe.com

Podcast: Diet and Health Today available on iTunes

Connect with Zoe on social media 

Facebook @zoeharcombe

Twitter @zoeharcombe

Books

Zoe has written and published a range of books on diet, nutrition and public health. To learn more about this, please view Zoe’s website Bookshelf. All Zoe’s books are also available on Amazon.

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High-intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT) science – fact or fiction?

High-intensity training has been a hot media topic over the last couple of years, from magazine and newspaper articles to prime time television shows on the BBC. It seems that the idea of achieving as much benefit within less time is a solution that appeals to many people in a world where available workout time is at a premium. However, the idea of using higher intensity training to boost physical benefits is certainly not a new one. Early research by scientists like Bahr, Tremblay and Tabata, all of which have become renowned in this field, date back to the early 1990s. Take note that not everything published in the media or blogosphere on high-intensity training is justified by the scientific literature. Fitness professionals and enthusiasts often use the basic concept of high-intensity interval training and embellish the truth a little, perhaps unknowingly, to suit their own desired outcome. The intent in this post is to glean the facts around this popular training method from the scientific literature so that you are correctly informed going forward in your utilisation of HIIT as a training modality.

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  • Tremblay showed in 1994 that a 15 week HIIT programme reduced total skinfolds 14 mm subcutaneous body fat compared to a 20-week endurance training (ET) programme that only reduced by 4mm total skinfolds. The HIIT protocol being 3.5 times more effective.  The ET programme was steady-state exercise beginning at 30 minutes at 60% and progressing to 45 minutes at 85% HR max as the test subjects were able. The HIIT protocol was 30 minutes of short bursts, beginning at 10 x 15-second bursts progressing to 15 x 30-second bursts as the test subject was able.
  • In 1996 Tabata published a study demonstrating that 8 bouts of 20 seconds at 170% VO2max with 10 seconds rest in between each set had the same benefits to the aerobic system as 60 minutes of steady-state training at 70% VO2max. However, the HIIT protocol also caused a 28% improvement in anaerobic capacity that was not observed in the low-intensity protocol.
  • Borsheim and Bahr are renowned for their work on increased metabolism following exercise, also known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). In 2003 they carried out a substantial review of the scientific literature and showed that exercise intensity has a curvilinear relationship with EPOC whereas exercise duration is linear. Increased EPOC for 8-12 hours after intense training periods was common.  In simple terms, you get more bang for your EPOC buck by driving CV intensity up rather than spending longer at moderate intensities.
  • Talanian in 2006 showed that a 2 week (7 sessions) aerobic HIIT training protocol (10 x 4 min, 90% bursts with 2 min rest periods) significantly (up 25%) increased muscle fatty acid oxidation.
  • Trapp in 2008 showed that HIIT training is effective even in overweight deconditioned women as well. A 20-minute cycling HIIT protocol was compared to a 40-minute steady-state cycling regime of the same frequency for 15 weeks. Both groups had similar CV improvements but the HIIT group had significantly greater body fat loss on legs and trunk and improvements in insulin resistance.
  • Boucher in 2010 reviewed the available scientific evidence surrounding HIIT and concluded that while there was valid evidence to show it is more effective at decreasing both subcutaneous and abdominal body fat compared to steady-state training, there is also clear evidence of individual variation in response – not all participants appear to receive the same level of fat loss benefit.
  • Resistance training has also been shown in scientific studies (Melby 1993, Laforgia 1997) to influence EPOC and fat burning when lower volume, higher intensity weight training is utilised in preference to higher volume, moderate resistance work, but the research is still ongoing in this field.

While this is just a brief look at some of the science on high-intensity training, it does illustrate that in comparison to steady-state exercise, the benefits of HIIT training are:

  • it may be as good at providing aerobic training benefits
  • it is better a stimulating anaerobic training benefits
  • it significantly improves body fat reduction
  • it increases EPOC for up to 12 hours’ post-training
  • it improves insulin sensitivity to working muscles

It is important to note that the majority of these studies have been performed in a highly controlled environment and most often using a cycle ergometer (bike) or a treadmill. Whilst it is reasonable to assume these benefits may also carry over to other training modalities, such as circuits, group training or resistance work there is much less current evidence to suggest this is true. Perhaps in time the science will more fully support and provide confirmation that high-intensity training has a broader application across a range of training modalities with the same beneficial results.

In the meantime, while we wait for science to catch up, it is clear that the many different methods of HIIT training can be great fun, they definitely save on time in the gym and it can deliver a real motivational boost to your training. If it does provide an increased fat burning boost as well, then all the better!

Do you love fitness? Ever thought about making a career out of your passion? Find out more about how you can do that through the Nordic Personal Trainer Certificate from Nordic Fitness education. 

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