Part II of this blog deals with nutrition and ‘other’! It’s a confusing landscape out there, this blog aims to clarify some of the words being thrown around on the regular at the moment! If you missed part I: Fitness language click here to catch up.

Nutrition jargon

Whey – a type of animal protein supplement

Matcha – a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is high in antioxidants and you’ll find it in teas, coffees and cookies (if you know where!).

Antioxidants – a substance that inhibits oxidation and removes potentially damaging agents (free radicals). Found in vitamin C and E.

Low GI – carbohydrates which are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised causing a lower and slower rise in blood glucose. E.g. pasta, oatmeal

High GI – carbohydrates which are digested, absorbed and metabolised quickly causing a faster and higher rise in blood glucose. E.g. baked potato

Plant-based – a diet focused on foods derived from plant sources. Meat and animal products are excluded.

Vegan – a way of living which seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals including food and clothing

Supplement – sources of dietary nutrients taken as a top-up to the food you eat. Examples are whey protein, caffeine, creatine, vitamins.

Pre-workout – a supplement usually containing BCAAs and caffeine taken before a workout

#IIFYM – if it fits your macros (I didn’t know this one for a while either!). An online hashtag popular with bodybuilders, bikini competitors and people that track the number of macronutrients they are eating

Macro – short for macronutrient. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, protein and fat.

Food prep – batch cooking so that you make a number of meals in one go which can be eaten at a different meal or day.

Proats – oats with protein powder mixed in

More jargon

Mindfulness – a meditation technique which helps you to stay present. It is associated with good mental health.

Vinyasa – a flow sequence in yoga. A series of poses linked together into a short routine. Great for warming up.

Asana – a yoga pose that is held for a period of time, often measured in breaths.

It would be impossible to explain all the words associated with health and fitness that are out there! If there is something I have missed which you’d like me to clarify send me an email via my contact form or get in touch on social! I’m happy to help 🙂 And if you’ve enjoyed this blog, please give it a like, share, or little comment on whichever platform you accessed it! Thanks x