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Clearing up diet confusion through the use of metrics.

It’s easy to become confused as you set out upon your journey to better health. One “expert” says you should eat low carb, the next recommends high fat, another proclaims that “everything in moderation” is the only way to eat – who do you know who to listen to and why does it seem that everybody recommends a different way of eating?

It’s simply really. Everybody is correct. Everybody is also incorrect. Let me explain.

Nutrition is a science that we know very little about. We learn more every day but our understanding of human metabolism is still in its infancy. So on one hand we have a “low carb/high fat” advocate that achieves great results with many clients. On the other we have a “moderate fat/moderate carb/high protein” advocate that also achieves great results. Both these people understandably believe that they’ve discovered the secret to fat loss. They may have, for the individual they were working with. But the same eating plan may not work with another individual, or even for the same individual at a different stage of their life.

The only way to know what works is to measure. The use of a metric provides data that can be used to formulate your energy and nutrient requirements. Providing the metric is consistent you’ll have a reliable tool to guide you through the confusion.

There are many metrics that provide reliable data. At FSS we use the Poliquin BioSignature method which measures 12 skin folds. By examining which skin fold sites rise or fall, it is possible to determine whether an individual is eating the correct foods for their unique metabolism.  You can read more about the system we use on our website at:


Eating too many carbs? We’ll see that in your skin folds. Not enough carbs? We’ll see that too.

There is no rule for eating. The metabolism is unique to the individual. Metabolisms change with time and from influences such as stress, exercise, sickness and even food intolerance. If you’re not measuring, how do you know what works?

If you want something to improve, measure it!

Stay lean, stay strong!


Why Is The World Getting Fatter?

In a world dominated by diets, low fat food and fitness crazes it seems odd that the population is getting fatter. Could it be that we’re missing something? Read on and I’ll give you my take on the situation.

The missing piece of the puzzle, I believe, is “nutrient density”. Our diet is becoming less nutrient dense as we consume more processed food. Our body requires food to do to two things – to move and to repair/adapt.

The moving part isn’t hard to explain. We eat calories which get metabolised and used as fuel for movement. If we move enough we’ll burn all the fuel – simple. If we don’t move enough and don’t burn the fuel it will be stored as fat – also simple. If you don’t move enough you are more than welcome to visit me for some personal training in Flemington, Melbourne – www.flemingtonstrengthstudio.com.au – I have ways to get you moving!

The adaptation part is actually pretty easy to explain too. I believe the body is driven to consume food not only when energy is required, but also when nutrients are required. Our cells are in a state of constant adaptation. If the food we eat doesn’t contain the required nutrients to satisfy cellular demand, our hormonal system drives us to consume more. By providing all the necessary nutrients, we allow the cells to communicate to our hormones that we’ve had enough to eat – thereby self regulating appetite.

No calorie counting required, no diet needed. If we consume nutrient dense foods, we have no need for diets as our body will tell us when we’ve had enough.

So what is a nutrient dense food? Look to nature. Most foods provided by nature are nutrient dense. Vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, rice, fruit – all simple foods packed with nutrients. I give my clients a general guideline of “lots of fibre, protein and water and don’t be scared of fat as found in nature”. That usually does the trick unless the metabolism has been damaged – and that’s where it gets tricky!

FishGet lean, get strong!