Episodes
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
In this episode, I talk about why habits aren’t everything and why it might be time for you to STOP tracking calories! TOPICS 02:36 - The reason you might not feel motivated right now 07:15 - The problem with having an ‘all or nothing’ mentality 15:02 - How to start living your life without tracking calories 21:53 - Intuitive eating & how it could help you
Published 04/08/21
This episode was inspired by a DM I got on Instagram from a lady asking for advice for her husband who is always tired and bloated. These are two symptoms that could have hugely wide ranging causes so I go into where to start and what to do about them if you're suffering. TOPICS 03:08 - Hair Mineral and Food Intolerance Testing - What you need to know 05:39 - The vitamin that you’re probably deficient in 11:51 - The one action that will definitely make you less tired 16:20 -...
Published 04/01/21
Admit it, that title piqued your interest didn’t it. This podcast has come off the back of an Instagram DM I regarding happiness & weight loss. I only scratch the surface here for what could be many hours of discussion! TOPICS 00:55 - The reason you’re not happy with your body 06:38 - How to detach happiness from the way you look  12:43 - My message to the anti-diet crowd 19:52 - BMI is stupid on an individual level
Published 03/25/21
In the third and final part of the series on sugar, I talk about sugar cravings and give some practical tips for how you can reduce your cravings.  TOPICS 02:29 - Why do people crave sugar? 10:02 - Factors that increase cravings 20:40 - 2 things you might be unknowingly doing that are increasing your cravings 29:08 - Practical tips to reduce cravings All references for my podcast can be found on the episode page on my website: www.Martin-MacDonald.com/NANP
Published 03/20/21
Part 2 - I've dedicated this whole episode to Sugar Addiction which means there will be a part 3! TOPICS 00:36 - Is sugar addictive? 06:20 - Sugar Addiction vs Eating Addiction 09:27 - Foods that definitely don't promote good health 13:35 - Approaching addictive-like behaviours 24:36 - Setting up your food environment  31:00 - Is it possible to control cravings?
Published 03/11/21
In this 2 part episode I respond to listener questions all related to SUGAR! Check out the time points below to see if there’s a questions you’ve got that I’ve answered! TOPICS & TIMEPOINTS 06:30 - What is sugar & are there different types? 10:05 - Is sugar bad for us? 14:45 - The foods that we really SHOULD be avoiding 22:27 - Should we avoid 'reduced fat' products because they contain more sugar? 27:47 - Are 'added sugars’ the devil? 36:40 - How sugar is broken down and...
Published 03/04/21
In this episode, I talk about an inane discussion that has been going on for my whole career: food quality vs food quantity and the fact that people always feel the need to create a dichotomy between the two!! Lots of cool research linked in the show notes of this one! TOPICS 06:11 - The role of ultra-processed food in our diets 14:50 - 'Clean Eating' and fat loss 20:09 - How you can set up your environment for fat loss 29:29 - The food choices you can make to make fat loss easier ...
Published 02/25/21
In this episode, I talk about the first book I have read in 21 years and how it has motivated me.   I also talk about how we perceive our circumstances and how, no matter how bad your day has been, you can always choose to help others.  ⠀ Victor Frankl, a Psychologist and Holocaust survivor, is famously quoted as saying, "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own...
Published 02/19/21
In this episode I ruffle some feathers by stating the problem with dietitians who give all the wrong advice about diabetes and why there is a serious problem with the anti-diet crowd who wrongly assume that all diets are doomed to fail and that BMI doesn't correlate to health. ⠀ As always, I raise the difficult topics that others won’t, try to explain the nuances of this subject and why they are wrong. ⠀ "I don't think I'm smarter than anyone, I just see things others don't see. I'm...
Published 02/12/21