STEPH LOWE – Effective sports nutrition and MAF training

Steph Lowe, founder of The Natural Nutritionist, breaks down what a fat adapted athlete is and why it’s such a powerful thing you can do for your body and endurance training. We also dive into what MAF training is and how powerful this type of training can be. Not sure if this is how you should train? Listen in for this nutrition and training throwdown!

Jackie 00:11
Hey, hey, this is Jackie Tann, and welcome to the body’s built better podcast. On the show, we chat with experts, athletes, coaches and authors to educate and inspire you. We explore the body’s incredible ability to heal, adapt, and evolve. So you could crush limitations, reconnect your body and mind and discover your extraordinary potential.

Jackie 00:44
Today on the show, I chat with the natural nutritionist, Steph Lowe. We talk about all things sports, nutrition, training, and understanding what you need to be doing for your body. Now, I promise you if you will be blown away with all of this incredibly valuable nutritional information, Steph breaks down everything so so well, not only will you get a better understanding of what good nutrition is, but also what you could be doing in your training to get the best out of your body. You’re going to learn so much from this. So please enjoy this episode with Steph. Steph. Hello, thank you so much for chatting with me today. I’m very excited to talk about all things sports nutrition. But before we do, can you give us a bit of a background on you and how you got into nutrition, and especially sports nutrition?

Steph 01:45
Yeah, thanks so much for having me. So my personal journey starts back when I was a teenager actually. Okay, this part brief. But essentially, I wanted to lose weight. And I started devouring all the information I called around nutrition. And back then everything was low fat, and very much about calorie counting. So what did I do? Well, I counted every calorie and cut every morsel of fat out of my diet. So as you can imagine, that isn’t the healthiest way to achieve weight loss. And it’s certainly not what I do with my clients and my global audience today. And what it really did, unfortunately, is completely interfere with my hormones and my mental health because we know, just really simply, that we need the right essential fats to make our hormones because they are, you know, one of the key building blocks. And of course, our brain is significantly fat, made of fat. And so I then had a whole host of symptoms that were really impacting my health. And whilst I lost about 20 kilos, when I got to that, quote, unquote, goal weight, I was quite depressed…..[listen to the rest on the podcast]

Jackie 05:21
Absolutely huge. And I find it interesting, because I actually, I heard an interview that you did. And you mentioned how you knew by studying nutrition, that you’re going to have to study a lot of BS, your words, you know, and the Dietary Guidelines and myths and maybe misconceptions around that. Can you just dive into that a little bit before we Yeah, dive into sports nutrition.

Steph 05:53
Yeah, so this was 2009. And so we didn’t have courses like we do now with incredible companies like changing habits and the Institute of integrative nutrition, and so many courses that are able to allow us to learn about Whole Foods and gut health, and you know, the vagus nerve and all these amazing topics. But in 2009, I had what I had, so I was literally having this internal dialogue where I was like, right, I need that piece of paper on the wall, you know, want to be a nutritionist? How do I get there? … [listen to the rest on the podcast]

Jackie 08:00
All right. Well, let’s let’s get into this sports nutrition. When someone is starting a training program, what should they consider in planning their nutrition?

Steph 08:15
Yeah, well, the first thing, I think, from an educational standpoint is to just under understand a little bit about physiology, nothing to detail, but to think about the body as having these two engines or these two tanks rather. And so if we’re looking at eating a more Western food pyramid, where, essentially like a car that runs on petrol, and that’s where we use, you know, muscle glycogen, and of course, carbohydrates that we consume exogenously….[listen to the rest on the podcast]

Jackie 11:31
Yeah, let’s dive deeper into that. So what we’re talking about today is a low carb high fat nutrition planning for athletes. Yeah?

Steph 11:42
Yes, I call it lchf. And the acronym specifically that I’d like to encourage everyone to use his lower carbohydrate to load in the food pyramid, and then healthy fat, because if we say low carb, high fat people freak, they think ketosis, they think they’re going to hit the wall or get slow or lose their top end. And they are also often so afraid of certain fats, because we have all those of us that live in the Western world have all been told to fish that for five decades now, not everyone listening is 50 or more, but it’s our whole life for a lot of us around fearing fat. So healthy fats reframes that because most people know that avocado and olive oil and nuts and seeds are great, but a lot of people feel the fat on the meat and the butters, and the coconut oils, and essentially the saturated fats that have unfortunately been deemed demonized for 50 years, vilified more recently, but it’s very slow movement. So you know, we are still seeing the demonization of saturated fats continue. And so, yeah, we want to make sure that we’re having saturated fat in the diet, because our brain is 25% saturated fat, but it’s only a small part of what we eat. It’s lots of omega three. So that’s why you’ll hear me say, avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, wild caught salmon all the time, because these are the right sorts of fats that we do want to make sure that we’re prioritizing underneath that lchf umbrella….

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