“Bread is not the enemy. Why deprive yourself of something you love?” 

Dr Tom O’Bryan says, “No human has the enzymes to fully digest the proteins of wheat, rye, and barley. These grains will cause inflammation and intestinal permeability every time they are eaten. Dr Alessio Fasano conducted research at Harvard University and recently published a paper that showed that gluten in wheat causes intestinal permeability in every human. His team studied four populations; recently diagnosed coeliacs, coeliac patients in remission, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity patients, and patients with no sensitivity to gluten, amazingly in his conclusion he states that “increased intestinal permeability after gliadin exposure occurs in all individuals.”

Did that headline and photo get your attention? This is just one of the stupid statements I recently heard by a Personal Trainer giving advice to his clients! 

As a personal trainer, I have a responsibility to my clients to provide them with the best advice, based on up-to-date science. I recently watched a video interview from some young personal trainers on #wasteboook and the advice they provided about health and nutrition has prompted me to write this article.

As far as I’m concerned the advice some trainers are providing, and the intense training they are putting their clients through, as if everyone is the same, is based on old principles and old science. The problem is that almost anyone can become a personal trainer these days. With government funding supporting these courses, and the amount of gyms supporting these personal trainers, I think it’s getting worse.

In my opinion there is not enough content covering nutrition on the Accredited Personal Trainers Courses in Australia, certainly not enough to provide the proper advice to someone who has had weight problems for years. Because of this, the advice provided can actually do more damage than good. This includes, injuries through high intensity workouts that often lack appropriate techniques; and elevated cortisol (stress hormone) levels day-after-day, session-after-session, which often leads to adrenal fatigue, weight gain, self-doubt, depression, anxiety, and binge eating.

As a fully qualified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Advanced Level 1 Les Mills RPM Instructor, Spin Coach, a USA and Australian Triathlon Coach, and currently ranked number one in my age group 50-54 in the AWA Ironman 70.3 rankings, I do know a little about exercise and nutrition (About me). But, I don’t pretend to know it all, and I turn to the real experts in their fields for guidance.

With help from these experts, I am going to correct some nutritional advice provided by some young personal trainers. After four years of restructuring my approach to nutrition and reading an extensive list of books I have decided to collate much of what I have learned in order to save you four years of research. If after reading this article you do decide to fundamentally challenge your beliefs on training and nutrition (thanks Prof Noakes) you should book some time to talk to me.

If you want to read the full version of my article just go here and enjoy listening to the real experts  Apparently Oprah Winfrey collected $12 million from Weight Watchers for posting a tweet about losing weight and eating bread. What a joke.

About the Author

Andre Obradovic is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach, Triathlon Australia Development Coach, ICF Leadership and Personal Coach, Certified Low Carb Healthy Fat Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. He is a passionate triathlete and marathoner in the 50-54 age group. As at December 2016 he was ranked 1st in Australia within his age group. He works with his wife who a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, helping clients optimize their life.