Precision Nutrition

Precision Nutrition

Since 2006, our world-class, multidisciplinary team of counselors, doctors, exercise specialists, naturopaths, and nutritionists have coached more than 200,000 people in nearly 100 countries through our coaching and certification programs.
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A look at the science behind overeating: How your brain controls what you eat (and what to do about it).
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Precision Nutrition1 day ago
Leave it to the Personal Trainer Development Center to bring together some of the very brightest minds in fitness for one epic event.

If you work in fitness (or aspire to), this is an awesome opportunity to learn and network with industry experts.

[Also note, Toronto in May is beautiful...]
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Precision Nutrition1 day ago
Even something as simple as a 6-minute walk might boost creativity.
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Precision Nutrition2 days ago
PN contributor Camille DePutter nailed it.

"But sometimes it is not the acting of planting, but the act of waiting, that really matters."
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Precision Nutrition3 days ago
Performance enhancing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

ESPN explores how the pregame PB&J has spread through the NBA-- with fascinating input from director of performance nutrition here at PN, Brian St. Pierre.

"At first bite of a PB&J, receptors detect the food's chemical composition and report back to the brain -- fats! sugars! starches! proteins! salts! -- where reward centers release opioids and, after a few minutes, endorphins, which briefly reduce stress. It's an effect, St. Pierre notes, that's similar to sex. They also lower the body's heart rate, a bonus for an anxious hunter or a player just before tip-off."
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[Coaching tip of the week, via Krista Scott-Dixon]:

It's complicated. AND it's simple.

Want to see something I'm working on?

That's one signalling pathway for a few biological processes. If there are variations at any one of those green boxes (in other words, if you have any genetic variation, which you probably do), it can affect the rest of the flowchart.

Clients' lives are kind of like this. Complex.

And obviously clients' bodies are definitely like this.

As a coach, you have to look at things with "two brains":

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1. Recognizing, respecting, and understanding complexity.


2. Helping simplify, clarify, and prioritize. Looking to find the ONE thing clients need to know, focus on, or do right now.

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You might even map this complexity out with a client on a whiteboard or piece of paper, or with post-it notes.

"Before we settle on a next step, let's look at all the moving parts and get a sense of them."

Capturing this complexity can be helpful. (As a client told me yesterday, "When I wrote it all out into a big list, it seemed like a lot... but also not so bad really.")

You can use complexity to encourage compassion and strengths.

"Wow, there's a lot on your plate here. No wonder you're having trouble recovering from workouts!"

"How do you manage all of this? You must have some great time management skills!"

But always end simple.

"OK, looking at this, there's a lot here, right? Let's not get overwhelmed. I have some ideas for which thing we might start with. Is there one thing in particular that jumps out at you?"

"Let's not worry about this other stuff right now; we can get to it later. It strikes me that for you, THIS factor is the crucial one. What do you think?"

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Remember that clients don't need "experts" to show that they know every step in the MAPK signalling pathway.

They need COACHES to help them find a way through.
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Precision Nutrition5 days ago
"In case saying goodbye to a bunch of food groups all at once sounds sad and unsustainable."

BuzzFeed reppin' Precision Nutrition hard here-- with 3 out of the 17 tips coming from PN team members.
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Precision Nutrition5 days ago
"It's not about busting your butt to get a gym body."

Here are the real reasons why healthy movement matters. (They might surprise you.)
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Precision Nutrition6 days ago
Can eating too little actually damage your metabolism?

Let's explore this interesting topic and separate fact from fiction.
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Precision Nutrition1 week ago
There's a TON of confusion out there about nutrition "truths"...

"Is it ok to drink red wine? Are carbs good or bad? What about calorie counting?"

If you have burning questions of your own... OR if you have clients, friends, colleagues, and relatives who ask these questions...

...check out this resource; it's packed with evidence-based answers to really popular (and sometimes controversial) nutrition topics.
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Precision Nutrition1 week ago
Performance vs. Mastery goals: Do you know the difference?

Performance goals are a lot like outcome goals. But they’re usually associated with external validation such as wanting to get good grades from a teacher, win a competition for the fans, or race against a standardized time.

Just like outcome goals, performance goals are often limited by factors outside your control:

-It could be rainy and windy on the day of a marathon. That’s out of your control, yet influences your time.
-You could get a head cold, an upset stomach, or mega-period-cramps on the day of a powerlifting meet. You may not perform well or set that personal record.
-You could show up in top form at a bodybuilding competition. But your opponent could show up in better form.

Of course, performance goals can be fun for a while. They can push you to achieve your best.

But it’s incredibly demotivating if they don’t work out. Every time you don’t achieve the performance standard, you may think you’ve “failed” (regardless of whether it even makes sense to meet that standard).

And performance goals put our happiness and satisfaction in the hands of someone or something else. Like pleasing a coach. Beating a competitor. Matching an arbitrary number. Having lots of social media “likes”. Or getting a gold star.

We never really feel like we accomplished something because we’re always looking over the fence.

Mastery is different.

Mastery emphasizes the process of getting a little bit better each day at a particular skill. You don’t expect to be a black belt a quickly as possible. But you do expect to progress… a little at a time.

Mastery focuses on the joy of learning and the value in intrinsic (inside-yourself) process. External validation becomes irrelevant when you’re focused on the pleasure of doing the activity itself. Mastery is gratifying because no matter what others think or do — whether you’re judged poorly or you’re outperformed — you can still feel good about your own personal progression.

Truly, mastery is motivating no matter what else is going on.

But wait, you’re thinking, I’m an athlete.

Or maybe: My clients are athletes. Athletes are defined by performance goals.

They might be during competition. However, during the day-to-day grind, the best athletes we’ve ever worked with have focused on mastery almost exclusively.

The intrinsic pleasure of a growth mindset, of learning each day, and of making improvements is what keeps them training for years. And top performance comes from mastery.

After a disappointing play, or game, or season, mastery-oriented athletes don’t question the value of the activity, or of themselves. They don’t feel like losers. They see losses as essential learning opportunities.

And let’s imagine a situation where performance can’t get better. Let’s imagine that an athlete is winning everything, performing their absolute best — at the very top of their class, with few competitors to challenge them. If there’s no one else to beat, what do you train for? Mastery.

For some examples of how to turn performance goals into mastery goals (plus other smart goal-setting tips), check out the article and charts here:
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Precision Nutrition1 week ago
Podcast people: This is being called one of the best episodes of all time on The FitCast.

Dr. John Berardi chats with Kevin Larrabee about the “Pause Button Mentality” of dieting, career paths, where the fitness industry and it’s demands are going and much more.
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Precision Nutrition1 week ago
Just updated our Encyclopedia of Food with three brand new entries. That means three delicious new recipes to try (and photos to salivate over).

===> Hazelnuts (Recipe: Arugula salad with hazelnuts, figs & balsamic
butter sauce)

===> Oysters (Recipe: Fresh oysters with a trio of sauces)

===> Smoked paprika (Recipe: Vegan chickpea flour quiche with roasted
vegetables & smoked paprika)

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