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Matt O’Neill Q & A

Matt O’Neill Q & A

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry? I got into the nutrition industry triggered by a passion for metabolism and how the human body responds to both exercise and nutrition. Dual qualifications in exercise and nutrition gave me a unique perspective on weight management, and that’s been my passion for the last 25 years. I’ve also been training health professionals in weight management and more recently with my Metabolic Jumpstart program helping over 24,000 regular Australians lose weight, get into shape and manage their diet. Is most of your work focused…
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IBS Management and Treatment: Everything You Need to Know

IBS Management and Treatment: Everything You Need to Know

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the nerves and muscles of the bowel. It’s the least understood, but most common gastrointestinal disorder - affecting one in five Australians. IBS isn’t a disease itself, but a label given to symptoms that are not related to other conditions like coeliac disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Therefore it’s very important to speak with your GP about your symptoms as soon as possible to rule out more serious gut conditions. Symptoms can vary in severity and come and go, lasting for hours, days, weeks or months. For most people, it’s a…
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How to Change Your Diet to Optimise Fertility

How to Change Your Diet to Optimise Fertility

So you’ve made the momentous decision to try for a baby! Be it your first, or fifth, it’s a good idea to get yourself prepared as early on as possible. Optimal nutrition is vital to ensuring that you and your partner have the best chance of getting pregnant and also setting up a foundation for a strong and healthy new addition. Food, nutrition and lifestyle choices are crucial for optimising your fertility. Let’s look at 3 key changes you may need to consider before you grow your family. Boost B vitamins B group vitamins are used in energy metabolism helping…
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5 Easy Ways to Include More Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Your Diet

5 Easy Ways to Include More Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Your Diet

Move over coconut oil, the real superfood is in the house! Extra virgin olive oil is the new and emerging health trend that we should be encouraging everyone to try! With an array of health benefits associated with its consumption, along with its delicious taste, there is no wonder we are going crazy over drizzling olive oil all over everything! Extra virgin olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean dietary pattern and is considered the healthiest choice of olive oil. Multiple intervention trials have used extra virgin olive oil as their primary dietary fat and have seen a…
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Should You Listen to a Celebrity’s Nutritional Advice?

Should You Listen to a Celebrity’s Nutritional Advice?

This is a point that strikes a note with me personally. Dietitians and nutritionists dedicate their lives to becoming experts in nutrition; often in one specific field of nutrition. Yet for some reason, celebrities are the go-to source for diets involving weight-loss, muscle gain or any other result. Every time you walk past a magazine aisle you see a title like “How I lost 10kg” with a picture of a famous celebrity. For some strange reason, people seem to intensely study the miraculous secret that these individuals appear to have discovered. Then they go and tell their friends about this…
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Do Vitamin D Supplements Reduce Your Risk of Fractures? A Review Of The Research

Do Vitamin D Supplements Reduce Your Risk of Fractures? A Review Of The Research

To follow up on my previous post on calcium supplements, this post will be on the effect that vitamin D supplements have on fractures risk. The majority of our vitamin D comes from the sun and a small amount comes from our diet. Surprisingly, even though Australia is known for its sunny weather, approximately one-third of Australians are deficient in vitamin D. With the knowledge that vitamin D increases the effect of calcium, it is common sense to assume that it would be good for bone health. To make the assumption even stronger, supplementation also leads to an increase in bone…
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Do Calcium Supplements Reduce Fractures Risk? An Analysis of the Research

Do Calcium Supplements Reduce Fractures Risk? An Analysis of the Research

Recently I asked myself a question about whether there were any topics of nutrition that I could write about that very few people in the nutrition world were already providing. The conclusion that I came to was the findings of my systematic review that I did in my final year at university. This was on the topic of whether calcium and vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of fractures in the elderly. I chose this subject because there had been no clear answer in the research. I figured that it’s something that I could share that nobody else could. It…
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Should I Go Gluten Free?

Should I Go Gluten Free?

Gluten avoidance has increased over the past few years with many more people opting to ditch wheat products for gluten-free alternatives.  A 2018 study from NSW, Australia, reported that almost one-quarter of their 1301 respondents were currently avoiding dietary wheat or gluten. In contrast, the 2016 Australian Dietary Survey reported that 12% of their respondents were avoiding either wheat or gluten. Whilst the survey size and recruitment strategies of the two studies were very different, these results suggest that gluten and wheat avoidance may be on the rise.  On the internet in general, you will probably find two camps of…
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The Survival Guide for Honours: Tips and Tricks

The Survival Guide for Honours: Tips and Tricks

  Have you thought about doing Honours? Whether you are a nutrition student or a dietitian, the option to do Honours in Nutrition is available to anyone who has done undergraduate or post-graduate studies in this field. I completed my Honours year in 2016 at La Trobe University and I ended the year with First Class Honours. My thesis was titled, ‘The Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Visceral Fat in Australian Patients Post-Cardiac Event’, we aimed to explore whether the Mediterranean diet could reduce visceral fat at 3-months and whether this effect was sustained or larger at 6 months…
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5 Nutrition Tips to Improve Progress in the Gym

5 Nutrition Tips to Improve Progress in the Gym

Training is only one piece of the equation when it comes to getting good results in the gym. Without adequate nutrition, not only does your body lack the fuel it needs to push through a tough workout, it is unable to effectively recover and grow after each session.  This article will outline 5 nutrition tips to ensure that you are getting the full benefits out of each session. 1) Ensure You Are Consuming an Appropriate Number of Calories Consuming the correct amount of calories per day is vital to ensure you are seeing progress at the gym. Your ideal calorie…
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