Episodes
An episode prompted by listener questions! In this episode, it’s a question or variation of a question I get ALL the time. What is the best deficit for fat loss?   A list of the references and links discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep52 As per the podcast, enter your email address here and I’ll email you a coupon for £80 OFF Mac-Nutrition LIVE! - https://mailchi.mp/martin-macdonald/macmail-newsletter  TOPICS 06:10 -  What to consider when choosing your Calorie deficit ...
Published 10/08/21
In this episode I discuss the inevitability of criticism & some thoughts around handling it. “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard A list of all the quotes discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP51 TOPICS 02:11 - Which people suffer from Imposter Syndrome the most? 05:15 - Why you’ll always be criticised & what to do about it 10:37 - Why you can act in the best possible way & still have enemies  13:10 - The inevitability of...
Published 10/04/21
De Novo Lipogenesis - The reason carbohydrates don’t directly make you fat. In this episode I explain the real reason as to why the overconsumption of carbohydrate can lead to fat gain. A list of the references discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep50  TOPICS 02:10 -  Is it even possible to turn carbohydrates into fat? 04:03 - What happens in the body when you over eat carbs 07:50 - The worlds best analogy on why over feeding carbohydrates leads to fat storage 12:00 - Are...
Published 10/01/21
In this episode, I share how you can have the biggest chance of success in your fat-loss endeavours & explain the importance of considering the magnitude of effect in your strategies. I also reveal a few details about the upcoming Mac-Nutrition event MNU LIVE and why you need to be there this year!  References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP49 TOPICS 00:27 - The science of losing fat in a specific area - aka Spot Reduction 04:43 - What not to do...
Published 09/23/21
In this episode, I discuss whether there are people more suited to carb cycling, reveal the unique benefits carb cycling could offer you and discuss whether there are physiological advances of eucaloric carb cycling with regards to longitudinal fat loss. TOPICS 3:03 - Why the truth behind carb cycling could hurt your feelings 6:30 - Could carb cycling override the law of thermodynamics? 7:44 - Who is carb cycling suitable for? 9:05 - Psychological and training benefits of carb cycling ...
Published 09/11/21
As part of #PCOSAwarenessMonth, I recorded this episode to dispel some of the common myths around Dairy & PCOS that are disempowering women! I discuss whether dairy actually causes inflammation, the impact of dairy on fertility and high protein diets for PCOS.  References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP47  Keep an eye out for my PCOS Awareness Month posts by following me on Instagram @MartinNutrition TOPICS 02:56 - The scientific data on dairy...
Published 09/04/21
In this episode I talk about whether or not you can be in a Calorie Deficit whilst breastfeeding & if it will impact breastmilk supply. I also touch on other factors that may impact breastmilk production & my own experiences in this area. A list of the references discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep46  TOPICS Time points: 00:55 - Common poor advice around nutrition & breastfeeding 04:30 - How many Calories do you need to maintain milk supply 11:31 - The...
Published 08/19/21
This episode is for anybody who is feeling a little ‘stuck’ in life! I give you some of my favourite life quotes & discuss that changing how you talk to yourself can alter your perspective. I also discuss whether you can choose happiness, the importance of having your own DIY positivity toolkit, & share my experiences of accepting the things which can’t be controlled. A list of the quotes discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep45  TOPICS 03:42 - The difference...
Published 08/05/21
In this episode, I am interviewed by Stephen Cuthbert on his podcast: ’Strength Chat’. We discuss Normal Eating, Flexible Dieting, Aggressive Dieting as well as how important laughter and camaraderie has been during the pandemic & how I discovered my passion for public speaking! TOPICS 05:32 - The importance of mindset in tough situations 18:48 - A background to my career 26:05 - How I discovered my passion for public speaking 33:33 - What is ’normal eating’? 45:58 - Why science...
Published 07/31/21
As someone who is very fond of having a White Monster in my hand at all times, I get a LOT of messages about the dangers of them and other 'Energy Drinks'. In this episode, I answer some of the common questions I get asked about these types of drinks, their impact on health, body fat levels and and whether it’s safe to consume large amounts of caffeine.  References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep43  TOPICS 00:43 - Coffee vs high caffeine energy...
Published 07/26/21
In this episode, I answer several listener questions relating to becoming or developing as a Nutritionist.   I drop some real hard hitting industry truths that I think will shock many & discuss why the advice of ‘You must go to university to work in nutrition’ is a myth.   TOPICS   00:46 - The listener questions that will be all be answered directly or indirectly   03:00 - Different laws by country & state around use of ’Nutritionist’    05:00 - Martin forgets the...
Published 07/17/21
In this episode, I talk about an often frustrating and difficult to navigate topic, giving nutrition advice to friends and family. I delve into the problems you may come across as a practitioner, or just someone that wants to help someone close to you and how to tackle these in a non judgemental and empathetic way. You can buy my PCOS talk on my website, use the coupon code FUPCOS to get the talk for £10 - www.martin-macdonald.com/product/pcos-management-talk  TOPICS  TOPICS 02:46 -...
Published 07/10/21
One big episode with all you need to know about BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids). I discuss what they are, what they do, when it might be worth taking them & all the situations it is NOT worth taking them in! References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep40 TOPICS 01:41 - What are BCAAs and why do we need them in our diet? 06:18 - Busting the common BCAA myths 14:07 - What is the optimal amount of leucine? 16:30 - Why BCAAs are the new viagra 22:40...
Published 07/03/21
This episode is from my guest appearance on Paul Dermody's podcast: ’The Paul Dermody Podcast’.  We discuss how MNU and MN School of Nutrition are filling gaps in the world of nutrition, the necessity of critical thinking, extreme nutrition cult followings, social justice, aggressive dieting & more! A mammoth episode! Enjoy!! TOPICS 05:14 - How MNU filled a gap in the world of nutrition 13:29 - The importance of having a fundamental understanding of nutrition 19:50 - How to improve...
Published 06/18/21
This episode is from my guest appearance on Kate Neudeckers Podcast: ’The Fitness Mindset Podcast’. We discuss how the pandemic has affected peoples attitude to nutrition. It gets pretty deep at times! We delve into guilt, stress, gratitude, stoicism & more. We also discuss PCOS, when to begin a fat loss phase and how to avoid misinformation and charlatans on social media. TOPICS 01:55 - When is it right to use tough love? 11:05 - The story behind the creation of the MN School of...
Published 06/14/21
The final episode! 20+ quick fire listener questions all answered! More than ever I hope the timepoints below will prove useful for you! TOPICS  01:18 - Why does creatine have such a bad reputation? 06:05 - What can I take creatine with to increase absorption? 07:04 - Should I avoid creatine and glutamine together? 07:18 - If I take creatine with sodium, will it increase intracellular uptake? 09:04 - I've heard great things about CreGAAtin! What's your opinion? 10:40 - Creatine and...
Published 06/04/21
In this episode, we reach the pinnacle of the creatine series! I discuss exactly how to work out HOW MUCH creatine YOU need. I tell you exactly WHEN you need to take it. I also discuss a couple of things to avoid! References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/Ep36 TOPICS 00:50 - How exactly I put creatine in my mouth 03:40 - How to work out exactly HOW MUCH creatine YOU need 06:37  - The two effective strategies for Creatine loading 14:40 - The optimal...
Published 05/28/21
In this episode I give you the final word on the hot topics of hair loss & acne. I also discuss all of the evidence & nuance around using creatine during pregnancy & whilst breastfeeding. I also give some interesting insights into how to stop creatine upsetting your stomach & how it might actually help gut health!! This is a good one not to be missed! References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP35 Time points: 01:09 - Does creatine lead...
Published 05/22/21
In this episode, I respond to three of the most common questions/concerns surrounding creatine. I discuss the issue/stigma around creatine & water retention plus address concerns relating to dehydration, injury, cramping & the big one - kidney damage! References for the studies discussed can be found at www.martin-macdonald.com/ep34 TOPICS  02:43 - Does creatine cause water retention? 11:16 - Should you be consuming more water? 15:05 - Creatine, dehydration and muscle cramps ...
Published 05/20/21
Hopefully you've realised by now, creatine is not just for gym goers. It's an evidence based supplement for atheltes, young and old. Not only can it help with endurance (especially in the heat!) and team sports performance it can also be beneficial around rehabilitation from injury! Is there anyting it can't do!? Time-points:   04:38  - What creatine ACTUALLY does!   07:49 - Can creatine actually make you last longer?   14:14 - Creatine stops the detriments associated with a...
Published 05/14/21
In this episode, I talk about how taking creatine affects the health of older people and the concept of ‘life is the training stimulus’. I discuss the amazing effects it can have on the older brain but reveal whether it is even safe for them to take.    References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP32 TOPICS 02:25 - Is creatine ageist?  06:08 - The use of 'relative' dosing with creatine 06:54 - You don't even have to exercise for creatine to make...
Published 05/06/21
In this episode, I discuss how creatine can improve or benefit the human brain! I discuss several studies that have shown improvements in various domains of cognition specifically in vegetarians, children & during periods of sleep deprivation.   References for the studies discussed can be found at www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP31 TOPICS 01:40 - Why vegetarians should be taking creatine 03:34 - The potential of creatine in promoting healthy brain function in older adults 09:00 -...
Published 05/02/21
In this episode, I begin a series, that many of you have been asking for, on creatine!   My main focus of this episode is to introduce the areas I’m going to cover then focus on just how effective creatine is for building muscle! All the references I mention can be found at  www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP30 TOPICS 03:33 - Introducing the wide range of domains that creatine may benefit! 09:25 - Creatine in the treatment of brain injury 14:21 - How creatine can increase muscle mass ...
Published 05/01/21
While it will take an astute listener to realise it. The purpose of this episode was and is to encourage my GOOD listeners to act with compassion. To encourage my students and mentees to seek to truly understand those with differing views, before reacting to their perhaps skewed viewpoints. I also go on a little rant about people CHOOSING to be offended. Sorry not sorry. TOPICS 00:38 - The post I did this week that triggered the Karens & the Zanoons 07:00 - Before you get...
Published 04/25/21
“I’m female, my fat loss has stalled, I want to focus on muscle gain. How big should my surplus be for a bulking phase?”   I’ve received this questions in dozens of different forms over the last year. More so than ever before so I wanted to record a full podcast to ‘call out’ this erroneous trend. There’s a little hardcore physiology in here for the geeks too, see www.Martin-MacDonald.com/EP28 for the references. TOPICS 01:43 - Why women should never bulk 04:49 - There’s only one...
Published 04/15/21