Callum Staff wants to know my go to resources for nutrition. Here are some resources/people I routinely rely upon for my nutrition strategies:
1. Lyle McDonald- www.bodyrecomposition.com
Lyle is super smart as has a great track record in both body composition and sports performance nutrition, supported by a depth of research.
2. Dr John Berardi- www.precisionnutrition.com
What I like most about Dr Berardi’s system is that it is incredibly simple to implement, and it is proven at the highest level as he has worked with the Canadian Olympic Association and UFC’s Georges St Pierre amongst others.
3. The IOC consensus on sports nutrition
Stick a lot of smart people in a room, get them to talk about what matters in nutrition science and this is what comes out the other end.
4. Anything by Shelby Starnes
Shelby Starnes is a body builder by trade, but dismiss him at your peril if you are a rugby coach. A huge part of what bodybuilders do is hard training (which has to be fuelled by good nutrition), adding lean body mass, and reducing body fat which we do a lot of in rugby.
5. Other notables from the twittersphere
Including Professor Kevin Tipton, Dr Graeme Close, Ben Coomber and Joseph Agu who I all think speak a lot of nutritional sense and actually understand/critically evaluate the science rather than interpret it to suit their needs like a lot of internet “gurus” out there.
A final piece of the puzzle I would encourage you to read up on is the science of behavioural change, because the best nutrition plan in the world is utterly worthless if a player cannot sufficiently modify their behaviour to implement it.
This is particularly true when you consider the 24/7 commitment a perfect nutrition plan requires whereas training is only a couple of hours per day maximum. Toss in some suffering where fat loss is concerned and it is easy to see why players are resistant to prioritising good nutrition in their programmes. My go to book for this topic is called “Switch” by the Heath brothers, Dan and Chip.