Martin MacDonald is the real deal. In an industry filled with charlatans and scammers, it's refreshing to have some good guys who aren't afraid to call bullshit. Martin devotes considerable time to reading research and staying current. His courses are evidence-based and legit, I vouch for him and his course with zero hesitation.Brett Contreras (Researcher, Speaker, Author)
"I am really glad I got in contact with Martin, my only regret is not doing it sooner!"Natalie Jowett (Model)
I am setting PB's at the age of 39; when common thinking says it's impossible - this is nothing short of miraculous!Duncan Shea-Simonds (Ironman, Triathlete)
Exercise science and nutrition advances rapidly. If you want to be able to deliver to your clients/patients an appropriate opinion supported by scientific evidence, then Martin is the person to learn from. Martin and his team will give you the most up to date information in clinical and sports-performance nutrition, but more importantly, they will help you to apply your newly acquired knowledge.Dr. Alvaro Bustamante (Sports Physician MEDS, Chilean National Football Team)
Not only did enrolling on MNU have a positive impact on my own coaching business and the results of my clients. But Martin and the MNU team are the only nutrition educators I would ever refer other trainers or coaches to.
Completely unbiased evidenced-based nutrition education, broken down into practical solutions that trainers, coaches and practitioners can apply in real-world scenarios with their clients
I happily recommend and refer all my students to the Martin team in complete trust that they are not only in the best hands to learn, but also to be supported.
"Martin's passion for combining scientific rigor with practical, real-world solutions is evident in his work with both professionals and the public. It's clear that he's on a mission to elevate the state of the industry - and it's great to see it happening."Alan Aragon (Nutrition Researcher, Writer and Speaker)
"Now, if I'm going to be papped in a bikini, all I have to worry about is if I've got any lippy on!"Hannah Waterman (Actress)
Speaking to players afterwards they were enthused with new ideas on ways to improve their performance.
Thanks again for your time and enthusiasm.”
“As a Strength and Conditioning coach for the English Institute of Sport, working with UK Athletics and also private clients, I would have no qualms in recommending Martin as a Nutritionist of the highest quality. Martin has vast experience in working with athletes across a wide range of sports, at every level, including working with Olympians. Martin has the knowledge and ability to tailor his programmes to suit athlete’s requirements and goals, whether it is weight loss, optimising recovery, gaining lean muscle mass or achieving the desired body composition for performance. In my job and my own training, I often have nutrition related questions that I don’t know the answers to, or have issues that I want to discuss in greater detail. In these situations, I often use Martin as a sounding board both for professional advice but also to chat to about the latest thing on his mind, to try to gain an insight into his perspective.
Although he has a very balanced approach to Nutrition, this does not water down the fact that Martin’s methods bring creativity and ingenuity and will challenge some of the traditions and myths surrounding Performance Nutrition. His intrigue has led him in reading, researching and in personal experimentation to be the best there is. In a field that is littered with folk lore and misinformation, trust plays a very important role. I have complete trust and confidence in Martin, and what he delivers, and on this basis I wholeheartedly endorse Martin as a Nutritionist.”
“As a Performance Nutritionist myself (and registered Dietitian) currently working for SportScotland institute of sport and private elite athletes I would not hesitate in recommending athletes/clients to Martin. As a Performance Nutritionist Martin stands out from the crowd with his extensive and impressive intellect. Yet his ability to convert this knowledge into easy to understand advice speaks volumes of his all round capabilities as an exceptional practitioner. All this I feel lends him to be one of the leading experts in this field.
What adds weight to Martin’s abilities is that he has a thorough understanding of the true and up to date science of health, physiology and nutrition and from this he is able to dispel any myth, fad diet or magic potion formula with hard hitting evidence. Martin also challenges the traditional convention of a ‘balanced diet’ and replaces them with sound cutting edge and innovative evidence based nutritional strategies and practices which achieve lasting desired results.
I thoroughly enjoy communication with Martin who is always willing to converse, share his knowledge and expertise. I have not come across anyone else who has so much passion, enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge in their profession as Martin. He is an inspiration and great motivator at helping me to continue to raise my game!
Whether you are an elite athlete or simply want to improve your general health and well being Martin will certainly help you achieve your goals beyond expectation.”
"Martin is at the forefront of Performance and Health Nutrition. Martin’s unique views and insights into nutrition have been forged through his extensive experience working with elite athletes and health clients. Martin is a pioneer of Nutrition, he continues to challenge out dated and conventional guidelines with a well educated and well researched approach. It was a pleasure to work with someone as knowledgeable, meticulous and passionate as Martin".Stephen Mellor (University Lecturer)
“Martin’s knowledge of nutritional strategies to aid sports performance is extensive, and is based upon fundamental scientific principles and an expert interpretation of the latest research and how to apply this to working directly with athletes. The reason his services are sought after by serious athletes is not only due to his underpinning knowledge of nutrition, but also in his understanding of the interplay between nutrition and training or performance, something which has earned him respect among coaches, athletes and Strength and Conditioning Coaches such as myself. In working with endurance athletes, he is able to specifically adapt and tailor individualised nutritional programmes for different disciplines within multisport events.
Martin is prepared to challenge traditional methods and perceptions of nutrition, using cutting edge techniques, and is willing to go against the grain as long as it works in theory and in practice.
He has been an influential figure in helping me to develop my understanding of the important role of nutrition in maximising athletic performance. His advice has also influenced my own nutritional strategies, helping me to maximise my training. I have seen marked improvements in strength and body composition since adjusting my nutrition based on Martin’s recommendations.
Anyone serious about maximising their training and sports performance would benefit massively from Martin’s expert nutritional advice”.
“As a professional working within elite sport, having practitioners around you who you respect and trust is crucial. Martin fulfills these criteria and his knowledge as a performance nutritionist is excellent. He is always keen and willing to share his knowledge in conversations and to debate and discuss ideas. Being so passionate about what he does creates an environment of transparency. This openness makes Martin extremely approachable, a vital component in creating change in his clients.
I frequently recommend Martin and his approach, to athletes who are looking to enhance their performance through nutrition; be it through weight loss, supplementation or getting their macronutrient balance right for their training.”
“I am a qualified Nutritional Practitioner and I stumbled across one of Martin’s research articles and I have been hooked ever since. What I love about Martin, is how passionate he is about spreading factual education around fitness and nutrition. He is not afraid to step outside mainstream education and I know first-hand how challenging this can be (so does Martin , because I ranted at him for two days solid!).
Martin is always happy to answer your email or Facebook questions, he truly wants to educate at all levels.
It is difficult to separate the facts when it comes to Nutrition due to so many of the misleading headlines we read about, and even as a therapist myself , I find it a challenge to know a good research paper from a bad. Martin has a fantastic way of dissecting the research papers and delivering to you, based on his researched facts, the real story behind a health headline.
I regularly use Martin’s forum for sport, health and diet advice for myself, it is full of excellent advice from people who have fitness and nutrition in common, I have learnt so much in the space of a few months. I am also following Martin on Twitter as I love his tweets, they are amusing and informative at the same time!
Martin has personally helped me with some questions and research for my own clinic and I really admire how passionate he is about his field.”
Martin's academic expertise combined with his practical experience as a bodybuilder sets him apart from the field in high performance sports nutrition. His knowledge, particularly with regards to sports supplements and ergogenic aids, is first class and Martin has been invaluable to both my own training and that of my athletes."Ian Crump (S&C England Cricket & member of GB Bobsleigh)
“As a PhD student of sports nutrition in Dublin City University I am always striving to gain the most up to date information and practices in both sports nutrition and general health nutrition. When I discovered Martin I knew he embodied all of this! Martin is renowned for his amazing work with David Gillick an Irish International sprinter, this, along with his website and blog enticed me to contact Martin with regard to innovative ways to get the right nutrition messages to the audience.
I have found that many dieticians and other professionals working in the area of nutrition are still in the dark ages with regards to their scientific knowledge of nutritional guidelines. Martin’s approach to nutrition is grounded in his vast scientific knowledge of the area. Martin constantly questions the traditional perception of nutrition and in doing so challenges those in similar fields to query what they (we) believe.”
“Martin was invited to be a guest speaker at an Employer Engagement conference I organised titled ‘Corporate Wellness – Inspiring Excellence.’
Martin was very approachable and knowledgeable about all aspects of nutrition and really took time to tailor his session to engage the audience.
Martin also gave guidance and helped to plan a nutritious lunch for delegates to complement the day which was extremely well received. I would definitely recommend Martin to other organisations.”
“In the early months of 2010 I decided that I wanted to get involved in Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competitions, with the ambition to compete; I had been interested in female bodybuilding for many years but never had the confidence or knowledge in dieting to act upon. Fortunately I knew a couple of performance athletes who had already worked with Martin, highly recommending his nutritional & diet support, saying the advice was practical, individualised, helpful & friendly.
After my initial consultation, all of my questions and concerns had been answered and I instantly felt confident and somewhat excited about the changes that were to come over the following months.
I was provided with an individualised nutritional diet plan to assist my training needs- influencing strength gains, whilst getting leaner. The nutrition plan was very easy to follow, containing foods that I enjoyed and clearly stating exactly what to eat and when to eat it. Over the months, the team made the necessary adjustments to the nutrition plan, educating me along the way, and despite being on a ‘diet’, I never felt hungry!
I had monthly progress review meetings with Martin, which showed that although my body weight was not greatly changing- my body fat percentage and skin fold results were steadily going down, whilst lean muscle mass and strength was increasing! On top of that, even at the very end of the diet, being close to competition standards, I had loads of energy and generally felt great- the complete opposite to how I’d imagined!
Thanks to Martin, I have seen the most incredible changes to my physique and training performance, which would never have been possible if I hadn’t received his help and advice. Although I have not yet competed in a Bodybuilding or Fitness Competition, the ‘run-through’ with his consistent guidance this has given me the knowledge to confidently and safely continue to control my own diet for training/competition needs and lead a healthier lifestyle in general.
I trust Martin implicitly from the results that I have achieved and I would recommend his services to anyone who is looking for help or advice from a professional nutritionist.”
“As an Abercrombie and Fitch model it is important that I keep a trim physique & stay lean. I am also a keen basketball player and heard about Martin from my coach. The team’s advice on nutrition has transformed my diet and also my physique. Martin’s nutrition and dieting expertise has, without a doubt, helped me and has meant I can now be in great shape for big days such as being the lead male model at a store premiere.”
“Since working with Martin I have enjoyed my most successful triathlon ever, setting significant personal best Ironman, Half Ironman and Marathon times. This has been possible due to the positive weight, compositional and all round health benefits from Martin’s eating plan. The changes I have made have resulted in uninterrupted training, the absence of niggling illness and injuries that would usually accompany my high training load. I have enjoyed better recovery and therefore am getting more from the 2-3 sessions a day I am completing.
My personalised plan includes an eating plan, post training recovery strategies and phased and specific supplementation. In competitive Ironman racing nutrition has
often be referred to as the ‘fourth discipline’, a challenge that Martin has approached with meticulous attention to detail, quickly familiarising himself in aero hydration systems, fuel belts and other associated long course triathlon
Before working with Martin I probably typified a lot of long course triathletes – fat phobic, carb junkie, over trained and under eating! Now, at 34 years old, I am lighter, leaner and healthier and consequently am enjoying the form of my life, culminating in a 54 minute personal best performance over the Ironman distance of 10:35:19.
If you are serious about performance and nutrition you need to work with
1st : Dark and White Mountain Bike Trailquest Series, Peak District (Female Pairs)
2nd : Open 5 Adventure Race (Mixed Pairs)
6th : Leicestershire County Cross Country Championships
8th : Roding Valley Half Marathon
11th : Ashby 20
14th : Brighton Marathon
4th : Belvoir Half Ironman
6th : British National Age Group Triathlon Championships
30th : (7th in Age Group) Challenge Roth Ironman, Germany – 10:35:19 (PB)
1st : Eidfjord Sprint Triathlon, Norway
2nd : Roding Valley Half Marathon (PB)
1st : Mallory Park Sprint Triathlon
1st : Stanwick Lakes Half Marathon
14th : Edinburgh Marathon (PB)
10th : British Elite Duathlon Championships
1st : AG at World Age Group Championships Qualifier, Dambuster Triathlon
1st : Day in the Lakes Middle Distance Triathlon
1st : Bude Triathlon
2nd : Blithfield Triathlon
16th : Inferno Triathlon, Switzerland
1st : Challenge Henley Half Middle Distance Triathlon
“As an elite level track cyclist, both my off season and in season training and nutrition programs are critical to my success. Since I was first introduced to Martin at the end of 2007, I have been more than impressed with his knowledge base and how it is put into practice. It is extremely reassuring to know that with every question you ask, you’ll get an honest and researched backed answer!
In the time that I’ve been working with Mac-Nutrition, I’ve won a host of races including a National Championship. They helped me keep my strength, power and endurance while losing body fat and upper body mass. The guidance has also helped me train and race at a high level, which is quite hard to do when dieting and losing weight. I’m leaner and as light as I’ve ever been while cycling. They indeed know how to turn research into results and I am looking forward to continued success under the guidance of Martin.”
“I decided Christmas 2008 that I wanted to do a bodybuilding competition in the coming summer. I knew a fair amount about training but little about the nutrition side of things and the specifics of competitive bodybuilding. A friend recommended that I seek out Martin’s services.
Once I investigated Mac-Nutrition’s services, I discovered that Martin had actually competed himself several times so having inside knowledge and experience gave me confidence to trust in his abilities. I was given a diet and training plan that evolved as time went on to tune my physique. My progress was reviewed & checked regularly when we had our meetings. I was even taught how to pose, which is an art by the way.
I found Martin’s experience invaluable regarding the pre-show preparations with regards to water manipulation. I noticed my physique evolve by the hour at this point. I found it was the attention to the detail that added up to a big difference at the end; I believe this is what ultimately gave me my edge over the other contestants.
What helped this long and difficult mountain to climb was that Martin was friendly and approachable; someone I could get on with. The bottom line is that without their expert advice and coaching I would have never reached the level I did. The only regret I have is that I didn’t find Martin sooner.”
“As an American footballer, nutrition and strength & conditioning are vital aspects of my training. In order to reach my physical potential, Martin has helped me a great deal over the last 4 years, in both the competition season and the off-season.
I have found the team at Mac-Nutrition has exceptional knowledge of nutrition has been invaluable in putting in place weight gain diets for the off-season in order to gain lean muscle mass whilst maintaining a relatively low level of body fat. This allows me to make the power and strength gains that are so important in my sport, and also carry out speed training on a regular basis without feeling sluggish from excessive weight associated with a gain in fat.
During pre-season and throughout the competition season, with the guidance of Martin, I have dramatically cut body fat, whilst still training maximally and thus not losing power or strength. Throughout the season, I have followed personalised food plans which have allowed me to continue to improve my track and game speed due to a decrease in percentage body fat.
I have to give Martin a great deal of credit and thanks, his depth in knowledge of nutrition, combined with impressive S&C know how, has helped me achieve great things in my sport, including winning the national title with my club and being selected for the Great Britain Lions team in 2008. With his continued support I hope to achieve greater things in 2009 and beyond.”
“Being a triathlete it is not only important to maximise the training sessions I do, but also to maximise my recovery between these sessions. Some days during the week I find myself training up to three times per day. Before I started working with Martin, I felt that I wasn’t getting the most out of my training sessions. My diet wasn’t too bad but it was hit and miss each day. I found that one day I would eat the right things then the next day would be so much different. This year I am going to be competing in elite races. I used to see a large difference in body shape between the other elite athletes and myself. I now feel very satisfied with my body and have cut down my body fat levels.
With the team’s expert knowledge I am getting more out of my training sessions and my recovery is quicker. I have seen the results of my improved diet during training, I feel so much stronger in all three disciplines. My *times have got faster* and I have so much more form from not being fatigued. From the first time I made contact I found the team very professional but also very approachable. I found that my diet was completely personalised to my preference of foods I like and dislike. I know that I could contact the team at any time for advice & support; and I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with them over the coming months. I feel that there will be some very exciting results ahead this summer.”
“As an international athlete competing in a weight categorised sport, nutrition and body weight are important issues for me. Over the past few months leading up to competitions I have been working closely with Martin with the aim of reducing bodyweight whilst also maintaining strength. Despite only working with him for a short period of time, body composition testing has shown a decrease in my body fat. I have also been able to maintain good form lifting and have produced new personal bests. This proves that something must be working! Ha!
The way in which Martin has helped me to date has been brilliant. Not only does he have outstanding knowledge and expertise in this area but the team is also very approachable and willing to share knowledge and explain with reasoning. The communication I have had with Martin and the M-N team has been excellent; I’ve found that they are always available to answer questions and help out, even on Sunday afternoons! : )
The diet plan created for me was individualised and tailored to my needs and the requirements of my sport. I feel great following the diet because I get to eat all the time and I never feel hungry.
I have enormous faith in Martin and trust him completely. I never have any doubts or concerns about the advice given and I would recommend his services to anyone.”
“In the approach to the London Olympics 2012 it is becoming increasing important for any athlete to raise their game to qualify for ultimately the most prestigious event a sports performer can compete in. During the past year I have followed a detailed and highly specific nutrition plan provided by Martin to help increase my muscle mass, aid my recovery between sessions, and ultimately allow me to train harder and run quicker over the 400m hurdles.
It has allowed me to understand the food required to fuel my body with to provide it both with the nutrients it needs, and how much of each is necessary for optimum performance. The guidance has allowed me to look after my body appropriately and has reduced the amount of illnesses I suffered from throughout the training year.
Martin’s programme is totally individual to my body, my sport, my event and my specific goals. It has allowed me a thorough understanding of the importance of the food I consume as well as any supplements that my body needs to train optimally. Without this advice I highly doubt I would be able to train at the level or intensity I do without suffering from injury or illness”.
“In a sport where hundredths of a second can separate first from last, getting your nutrition right is crucial. Over the past few years I have competed internationally for my country over 100m and 200m at youth and junior level. This year as I made the transition to the senior ranks I decided to consult Martin directly to ask for his help in giving me that extra edge to make the transition from the junior ranks, and the increased training load associated with such a transition, as smooth as possible.
I was immediately impressed with Martin’s experience and knowledge of elite sport and all things nutrition. Within weeks of starting my new nutrition and supplement plan, the aches and pains of training that made everyday life a struggle, were a thing of the past!
I’ve found myself recovering quicker from every session, consequently allowing me to get more out of every session; dramatically reducing my risk of injury!
Following my easy to read and personalised plan, also resulted in a drop in body fat, increase in power to weight ratio and increase in overall energy levels.
I would strongly recommend any one trying to make it in elite level sport, or just trying to improve their diet, to get in touch with Martin’s team or simply learn from them online; Martin is a true experters in his field. It is nutrition that not only works but tastes good too!
“Martin has provided Imperial College Active Lifestyles Team with many nutritional seminars to the college’s staff and student population. His talks are always informative, engaging and unique in their approach to nutrition, which has been echoed by the Active Lifestyles Team philosophy. Martin has been involved in both student performance pre-season nutrition support and our wellbeing area. I would highly recommend Martin to any organisation.”
“For the last 3-months I have worked as a private client with Martin. Within a short space of time I started to notice big differences in my energy, alertness, reduced waste line and improved shape of my torso (with little time for exercise).
Due to my success & increased productivity I wanted to offer the same to my employees. Martin came and delivered a seminar to my entire workforce which was engaging, practical and best of all fun and enjoyable for the staff! We are now looking to enlist more individualised services for the directors & Mac-Nutrition have been excellent in coming up with a process to make this happen that fits with us. ”
“Having had quite a lot of guidance in the past with basic nutrition we were drawn to Martin for knowledge and understanding in sport performance. My mum and I liked the website and the time taken in our telephone enquiry. Martin was also recommended to us from another high performance sports nutritionist as being able to offer the guidance I needed.
My consultations were really helpful because I was given genuine advice and also the understanding of why my body needs certain requirements and what changes need to be made. I have felt it’s been really successful working with Martin so far, I think this is because of the amount of things I have learnt and that I have still to learn, and new ideas to improve my performance. I also think it has been really useful because of how much my nutritionist knows about the whole picture, like my sporting discipline, not just simply how much food I’m eating.
As a Type 1 Diabetic but also as a gymnast the advice I have received has been different from other medicial professionals. Martin looked at my diet from lots of different angles. I have found that other people I have worked with have had a very specific way of looking at my diet; Martin looked at my diet from a more scientific point of view and medical perspective. As a result my energy levels have definitely improved and that has helped improve my training, leading to my selection to the GB squad!
The things I have learnt have certainly helped me to keep tweaking my diet to further improve my performance. I feel that with continuing the help and advice I can further improve my knowledge and can improve my performance. I feel more confident with making food choices and can continue to improve my body!”
“I have worked with Martin in the build up to two Commonwealth Games, one Olympic Games and several World and European championships and I can say honestly that his help has been invaluable. Competing in a weight category sport (weightlifting), it is important that I do not lose any strength whilst losing weight and this has been demonstrated by my lifting of higher weights in competition than training even though I am lighter. In fact, I have even managed to improve my strength whilst dropping 7 kilograms of bodyweight in order to move down a weight category; this is something I have seen other nutritionists claim to be impossible! Not only have I been able to manage my diet very effectively with Martin’s help but I have also managed to avoid hunger whilst dieting and still eat enjoyable foods, giving me a psychological advantage going into competitions. I greatly value Martin’s input in all things nutrition and I look forward to his continued help.”
“Being a full time athlete that suffers from a incurable disease (Crohn’s disease) is very challenging. However, working with Martin has been key in managing my symptoms and recovery in-between training sessions. Martin has been fundamental to my success, and without his ongoing contribution I would not have won the world title. ”Ali Jawad (World Champion & World Record Holder)
“Martin's nutrition seminar really opened my eyes on what it means by eating healthy and maintain a healthy status. The talk was very interactive – who ever thought a nutrition seminar could be so much fun and interesting?! I would highly recommend people to attend a talk from Martin if they get any chance. It was a privilege to attend their seminar.”Jaemo Yang (Corporate Nutrition Talk Attendee)
“Nutrition: Where do I start?!?
My name Is Natasha Perdue, I’m an Olympic weightlifter.
I have a weight category of 69kg but didn’t have a problem with getting to my weight or even maintaining it so I didn’t feel the need to have a nutritionist, but then I stumbled across Martin and Mac-Nutrition. I sat down with Martin for a chat and he explained a few things. At this point, I was still a bit skeptical but if food could improve your performance by only 1%, isn’t it worth a go?! Of course immediately I thought let’s give it a go …and low and behold, it works!
- My totals have gone up in competitions which is the most important factor.
- I feel full of energy all the time.
- My recovery is much better so I can train harder.
- I’m never hungry – which is great!
- My weight has come down …and even better it is body fat that I have lost – how great is that! Which now leaves me in a great position.
- I’m well within my weight category – so I now have room to put on muscle, which will obviously make me stronger… I’m looking forward to Martin getting me in good shape for the 2012 Olympic Games.
I could not believe how important food is and the difference it makes. But I have found everyone at Mac-Nutrition really easy to work with, where food plans are adapted to the foods you like. Martin will guide you through the whole process and explain everything thoroughly.”
“As an up and coming elite triathlete, my diet during the off and race season is incredibly important. Maintaining a lightweight without compensating speed and power is essential to my progression as a triathlete.
Before meeting Martin my diet was all over the place. Snacking from time to time and not paying attention to detail in what food I bought and ate. After several meetings with Martin, it highlighted the importance of a structured diet and the quality of food I need, to get the best out of myself during training and racing.
Being an endurance athlete, utilizing my energy stores is very important in the build up and throughout the race and I believe with Martin’s nutritional advice I can access these stores to their full potential. I have only been working with Martin for a few months now and already I can see my weight improving, I feel consistently lighter and swimming, cycling and running has never felt better.
With Mac-Nutrition’s sound advice and guidance the future looks very exciting.”
“As a competitive powerlifter, having the correct nutrition regimen to promote gains in strength and muscle mass, whilst also minimising body fat gain, is imperative. Martin has been a fantastic resource to myself throughout my training cycle and during competition periods. Recently, Martin helped me and created a diet plan in which I managed to lose over 2 stone whilst maintaining all my strength. His knowledge was invaluable to me at this time, not only this, but also the personal guidance and support helped me to achieve my goals.
Martin doesn’t impose preconceived ideas or ideals on an individual; this willingness to cater for the individual and this willingness to adapt a diet to a personal goals and preferences sets him apart from the rest.”
“Working with Martin was a real eye opener for me. Martin’s philosophy is a very balanced approach to nutrition.
Working 1-2-1 with Martin let me develop a far greater understanding and interest in the interaction between my training, diet and supplements.
Martin always made himself available to answer any questions or concerns I had; this was especially true when I was competing internationally.
This work ethic is a quality that, as an athlete, made me very comfortable in employing Martin’s help and I would recommend his expertise to anyone wanting to take their understanding and use of nutrition to the next level.”
The following is a testimonial written by the carer of a client… not just any client, Martin’s oldest client to date! 92 years of age!
“Two years ago Arthur was only able to walk with the aid of a stick about the house and with someone to support him outside. He had poor cardio-pulmonary output and had collapsed while in the garden.
Arthur was on a moderate amount of medication for someone his age:
- Salbutamol and Beconase inhalers for wheeziness
- Bendroflumethiazide for his heart condition
- A beta–blocker was also introduced which caused him to collapse again
He then had a pacemaker implant and started on a gentle daily exercise programme to regain lost stability ie. strengthen core muscles, thigh and hip muscles to help him lift his feet properly, breathing and chest exercises to expand lung capacity. At this time, Arthur’s bloods showed high sugar, high cholesterol, high urates and anaemia and his medication was extended to include:
- Allopurinol for high urea in blood, previously plagued by gout
- Prednisolone for polymyalgia causing pain and weakness in the shoulders
- Timolol maleate eye drops for glaucoma
- Ferrous fumerate prescribed for anaemia
It was at this time that the caring staff were told to start altering his diet to try to improve his health. The issue was that the nutritional advice that was given for one thing was the opposite of what would be advised for another of his ailments. So a decision had to be made, what would we tackle? The decision was made that we’d tackle as many birds with one stone… a low fat, low protein diet was prescribed which would hopefully help with the gout, high sugar and high cholesterol. In turn this would ease some of the pain in his shoulders. This meant that Arthur could no longer have his butter on his beloved cabbage starter. It meant he had to switch to skimmed milk on his cereal with fruit juice. His meat intake had to be reduced drastically due to something called ‘purines’ in meat.
Two years on he takes only:
- Aspirin to protect against stroke and ranitidine to protect his stomach
- Timolol and Lumigan for his eyes
He’s like a new man! He walks unaided and enjoys working in his garden, pushing a supermarket trolley in cold weather as alternative exercise!
This has been achieved by a change in diet as well as his exercise, with a lot of encouragement and TLC!
Here’s is a run down of what we give Arthur based on your recommendations. Obviously there are things in here that he won’t give up but why change with the results and enjoyment from life he is getting through living this way!
Breakfast: Tea and porridge with cream – no sugar! Nuts, sometimes a banana, fish oil capsule and aspirin.
Mid-morning: Coffee with ryvita, butter and marmite.
Lunch: Omelette made with whole eggs, mushrooms, asparagus, spinach or broccoli and cheese,
or Cold meat, avocado and salad or soup with a petit pain and butter. A small amount of fresh fruit/Vitamin C. drink to help absorption of iron and assist kidney function.
Teatime: Cheese scone or oatcakes with butter and a small amount of honey or a couple of dates.
Evening: Two units gin and water with root vegetable crisps, olives, or nuts.
Starter: Cabbage, broccoli or asparagus with butter.
Dinner: Meat, liver with red pepper and onion once a week, or fish (2-3 times a week – fried in butter or baked in milk and parsley}, mashed or roast potatoes, parsnip, carrots.
Dessert: Stewed or fresh fruit – apples, rhubarb, plums, with yoghurt or cream.
Multi-vitamin and fish oil capsules.
Tea with 70% cocoa chocolate
From Arthur and all his carers,
Thank you Martin.”
“As a model and actress, it’s important to be in good shape. I wanted to boost my training results to achieve a fit and toned yet still feminine physique. I sought Martins help for nutritional and training advice. The in-depth knowledge combined with the supportive attitude from my nutritionist has been very valuable in helping me towards achieving my goals.”Dila Gulomova (Model & Physique Client)
“As a GB Skeleton Bobsleigh athlete, my bodyweight is an extremely important aspect of my sport as it will ultimately determine the weight of the sled which I have to push. Having been only recently selected into the squad, I am still at a very foundation level. I was fortunate enough to be taken under the wing by an exceptional coach, who instructs me both in the track and gym aspects of my training, however I approached Martin because I did not want my progression and adaptation to be inhibited by my diet.
I sought Mac-Nutrition for two main reasons, firstly because I respect the founder Martin, he has exceptional knowledge of all aspects of nutrition, not only this but also that he has clearly put this into practice with his background in natural bodybuilding, and so is a product of his knowledge. The second reason is that I implicitly trust him and trust that his methods will be tailored to suit both me and my sport. I will continue to consult Martin for as long as my skeleton career lasts, from my current stage, to my ultimate aim of going to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Martin is extremely approachable, both in a formal and more casual setting for consultations and any queries (no matter how obvious); which he does so in a no nonesense, easy to understand way that has allowed me to immediately implement the relevant changes into my diet. He has been a priceless tool, in an area of which I have very little knowledge, as well as are area that is stooped in folk law and saturated in myth.”
I started working with Martin, back in 2009.
I was looking for a nutritionist who understood not only diet but sport. Someone who knew what they were talking about and could back it up, not get caught up with all the fads!
I wanted a nutrition programme built around my individual needs and to compliment my running training, and obviously to improve my athletic performance.
As a 400m athlete the intensity of my training is high, and the hit on the body is even higher. To be able to train hard on consecutive days is very important, therefore my nutrition plays a vital role in helping my body recover and fuel up for the next session.
Martin is extremely knowledgeable, his communication is excellent but more importantly Martin has become an integral part of my team, and we work closely together in order to better my performance.”
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Martin MacDonald! I have put on numerous events and attended even more and Martin is hands down my favourite presenter and I can’t wait to have him out again. He has a unique skill of taking complex subjects and delivering them in a way that is extremely fun and keeps the audience extremely engaged. Don’t just take my word for it, we poll our audience after each event and he received by far the highest rating we’ve ever had. If you’re thinking of having Martin speak, I could not recommend him enough!
As a General Practitioner who is very interested in nutrition, I have been incredibly inspired by Martin MacDonald. His knowledge on the evidence base of nutritional science is extensive and his teaching has been invaluable to my practice as a doctor. I have heard Martin speak at several conferences and have always been impressed by his knowledge of the evidence and his ability to teach complicated nutrition topics in a clear, enjoyable and informative way. Martin got fantastic feedback at a conference that I organised for medical professionals on busting myths in nutrition with many requesting he had a longer session in future events!
Martin strikes the perfect balance of providing educational information and delivering in an engaging and charismatic manner. Not only can he make complex ideas understandable to the audience, he gets the audience to enjoy the whole experience.Danny Lennon (Sigma Nutrition)
Martin has provided the Imperial College Active Lifestyles Team with many nutritional seminars to the college’s staff and student population. His talks are always informative, engaging and unique in his approach to nutrition, which has been echoed by the Active Lifestyles Team philosophy. Martin has been involved in both student performance pre-season nutrition support and our wellbeing area. I would highly recommend Martin, and Mac-Nutrition to any organisation
Martin's detailed knowledge of sports nutrition makes him the ideal man to deliver to our readers with cutting edge advice!Danny Coyle (Men's Running Editor)
In an industry wracked with dishonesty, quackery and ‘bro science’, Martin is a breath of fresh air!The wealth of knowledge and expert advice Martin brings to Muscle Food is invaluable, not only to our customers but to us as a business, driving us to be a leading authority in the health food industry.When it comes to social media content, Martin is a dream in front of the camera! He is engaging, honest and brings humour into all that he does which resonates which our audience on multiple levels. This is true across all of his work, whether he is providing product advice, answering customer questions on diet and nutrition or jumping on an Instagram take-over – nothing is ever too much for this man.Integrity is severely lacking within the nutrition industry but Martin brings that with him in abundance. And always with a smile. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and a valuable advisor to the Muscle Food team.
I feel much more confident now. I never thought I'd get my body back!Jennifer Ellison (Actress & Glamour Model)
Without Martin, I would never have reached my goal!Vicky Pattison (Reality TV Personality)
I had the pleasure of seeing Martin present at the 2015 Epic Fitness Summit, and was impressed with his ability to take data and synthesize it in a practical manner. I could tell right away how committed he was to not only helping individuals, but doing it in a way that had a solid basis in science.
I am a 40-year old mum, but I think I now have the body of a 20-year old!Clare Nasir (Ex GMTV & ITV Weather Girl)
This is the first December in 5 years that I haven't had to take a day off work through running out of steam at the end of the year. I feel noticeably better and have seen a change in body shape as a result.Ben Collins (Managing Director, BMW)
Martin has a pragmatic, practical approach to interpreting nutrition research. There are no black & white dogmas with Martin. Instead, he recognises the complexity of the grey areas & finds a way to express recommendations with enviable clarity.Dr Lee Hamilton (Lecturer in Health and Exercise Sciences)
Martin teaches in a way that makes complex concepts easy to understand and fun to learn. If you're learning from Martin, rest assured you're getting the most up to date and advanced nutrition data available.Dr Spencer Nadolsky (Specialist Weight Loss Physician)
Martin has been able to help me reduce my weight without affecting my performance!Zoe Smith (Commonwealth Medalist & Olympian)
I love all the new options you've given me, they fit perfectly with my day-to-day life! Thank you!Lady Isabella Hervey (Model, TV Personality & PT)
Martin is prepared to challenge traditional methods and perceptions of nutrition, using cutting edge techniques, and is willing to go against the grain as long as it works in theory and in practice.Mark Neimz (British Triathlon S&c Coach)