“Carbs aren’t the problem, you’re eating too many calories.”

Another Stupid Myth……Listen to the real experts.

 Prof Noakes says, “Weight gain cannot occur without the ingestion of more calories than are needed by the body. In this sense the energy balance model of obesity is correct. But the point is that the over-ingestion of calories cannot occur if the brain appestat is functioning properly, as it did until 1980. The appestat of the obese must fail because it is especially susceptible to the appetite-stimulating effects of high-carbohydrate foods, especially those found in modern processed foods that are designed with the single goal that they are highly addictive. It is those addictive foods that have invaded the human food chain in the past 30 years.”

Why did I publish this?

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. This is a small section of the full article. If you want to learn more and read the full article simply click here

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.

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.