Nov 16 – Reasons WHY diets don’t work!

When we hear the word diet we often think of food deprivation, bland meals and unpleasant periods of semi-starvation. Thinking like this is completely wrong as a diet does not have to mean any of the above. Throughout this article you will learn how you can replace this way of thinking with a sustainable long-term healthy eating plan allowing you to eat normal foods without restricting yourself and learn the reasons why diets do not work.


Biochemical individuality:

There are many fad diets out there and each is said to be able to help every single one of us, but what they do not take into consideration is how we are all physiologically different and how all of our bodies need different foods and requirements. This may explain how you and your friend have both been following the same diet but she has managed to loose 10lbs and you only 2lbs.


When a calorie restricted diet is followed over a prolonged period of time your body will go into famine mode and start to hold onto the calories that you eat and the stored body fat. It can even start eating into its own muscles for fuel (becoming catabolic). Chronic under eating tends to lead to binge eating and feeling bloated. Bloating often happens after a binge eating session as your body has consumed foods it is not used to, alongside the increase in volume. Shocking the body like this is not sustainable.

Not sustainable:

A diet is often perceived as a quick fix and something you can dip in and out of when you want to lose weight for a certain event or time of year. Ultimately most people think that these diets are unsustainable as they are not suitable to be followed over a prolonged period of time. The most efficient change you can make is in experimenting and finding out what will work for you, eliminating any foods that cause you irritation and monitoring your calories in and calories out. Be sure to add in lots of protein, good fats, vegetables and salad. Don’t forget that you can also have treats, but in moderation.

Don’t turn your treat into a daily habit – it is not a treat then!

Diet foods:

Many of us have to come think that “diet foods” are the best and most effective way to lose weight. In fact they may even be hindering your weight loss progress as these low fat, fat free products are all highly refined and processed containing virtually no nutrients whatsoever, so aim to avoid these wherever possible.


Weight gain:

The cycle of deprivation and binge eating mentioned earlier can lead to weight gain and not weight loss, so you could become your own worst enemy. The most effective way to find a sustainable plan is to find real foods that are nutrient dense helping to keep you fuller for longer and aiding your body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function.

Promote unhealthy relationship with food:

Following a calorie-restricted diet and depriving yourself of foods which you deem to be bad can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, leading to cycles of deprivation and binge eating. The most important point to take on board here is to focus on eating good fats, proteins and vegetables allowing nutrient dense foods to nourish your body, helping you to build a good relationship with proper food.

Damage metabolism:

When restricting calories your body will become stressed and a unfavourable hormonal environment can be created. Changes such as raised cortisol levels, thyroid dysfunction, impaired detoxification and altered energy production can make it much more difficult for you to burn fat and lose weight.

In conclusion

For all of the reasons above it is suggested that following a “diet” is not the best way to lose weight and become healthy, in fact following a sustainable life-long healthy eating programme is.

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Nov 16 – Elite sleep – Case study & recommendation

Any athlete knows how important it is to rest and get your sleep after a busy day’s training. But what happens when you struggle to sleep at night either because your brain won’t shut off or because you just generally struggle to get shut eye. Over the last month I have been experimenting with the most amazing product I have found on the market at the moment – ELITE SLEEP by GENETIC SUPPLEMENTS.


Genetics are a supplement company who create products based on scientific evidence to help athletes perform to their best. Genetics products contain high quality ingredients which are all tested and safe for athletes to use.

Elite Sleep is a blend of zinc, magnesium and 5 HTP which are all proven to help aid with deep and restful sleep.

It is very important to make sure you have consistently good sleep patterns as sleep is an integral part of recovery after intense exercise. Good sleep can also aid general body balance and fat burning.

Supplementing with elite sleep helps to bring all the most important micro nutrients into your body before falling asleep allowing your body to optimise its rest and recovery time. The supplement market is saturated with poor quality supplements. DON’T waste your money by buying what you see as a cheap deal or value for money before talking to somebody who has knowledge in this area.

Elite sleep contains a unique blend of Magnesium Bisglycinate and Zinc Ortate that are some of the most highly absorbable forms of these nutrients. Alongside the added 5HTP, theanine and b vitamins it is a superb blend to support recovery and regeneration.

My experience of using elite sleep has been incredible. Before taking elite sleep my sleep pattern was very up and down and I never felt fully rested and recovered.

An example of a night’s sleep was


Examples of sleep after

As you can see the images of my sleep pattern after taking elite sleep are very different to those before. The blue humps are much lower than before although there are higher spikes between 2-3 in image 3 and 3-4 in image 4 this was where I got up out of bed to go to the toilet. Upon waking now I feel fully rested and full of energy for the day – very different to before.


This product is highly recommended for those training late evening

Genetics are a brand that we trust highly at pH Nutrition as they produce some of the highest quality products currently available. ELITE SLEEP is no exception.


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