My role as a registered nutritionist is to educate, challenge and support the client in achieving their health or performance goals. This approach considers the challenges that life throws at us such as, work / life balance, family and social pressures.
In addition to my private practice in Sheffield I also work as a Project Lead for the ‘Your Health Your Way’ Integrated Wellbeing Service in Nottinghamshire.
If you're interested in finding out more, send me an email or call the mobile number listed for more information. See below for client testimonials.
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I provide an open non-judgemental approach in supporting clients with their weight management goals. The services I provide aim to educate and empower the individual so they can engage with food in a healthy way. This includes identifying triggers and challenging habitual behaviours. I talk about food rather than diets as this helps us to engage with our food choices and build self-esteem.
In addition to weight management services I also support athletes and teams in optimising or altering their current nutrition practices to enhance sporting performance and/or reduce the risk of injury. I currently support GB cross country and 5km runners, GB age group male and female triathletes, novice or club runners, road and MTB cyclists and semi professional golfers.
Body fat loss - Weight management - Amateur road cyclist
"About me – I am a 45 year old Type 2 diabetic, ex smoker who has struggled with weight management whilst building my career. I once read an article, if you have uncontrolled Type 2 you can take 10 years of your life, coupled with the fact I was still smoking at the time, it was time to sort my life out.
The results – 16% body fat from 30%, 85kg from 100kg and nearly qualifying for the UCI World Championship! Seeing Alex becomes part of your weekly routine, not only to have your measurements taken but also from a physiological perspective as he understands the issues of being consistent. Yes you will “wobble”, you will learn that you can have a couple beers and it won’t be the end of the world! I had days when I could have eaten the house!! But understanding being consistent is key, the results will follow."
Body fat loss - Weight management
"After 3 weeks with the new plan I had lost about 1 stone, most of which was body fat. The biggest change was in my health profile and cholesterol, which which have now returned to the healthy levels.
I was glad that despite the weight loss, my strength had stayed the same, maintaining my 230kg deadlift and actually increasing my bench to 130kg.
I will be using Alex’s advice and expertise going forward, to help me get the best out of my training and recovery. Based on the great results I have had in a short amount of time; I can’t wait to see what his programing can do for me long term."
Amateur Road Cyclist
"On the morning of the depart of the London to Cannes 6 day #CYCLETOMIPIM10 I am faced with with longest challenge on a bike to date. 1,452km over 6 days with 3 days over 300km back to back.
I approached Alex Carlow in advance of the ride to work out a strategy for getting me in the best shape possible and as I'm about to leave, he has certainly achieved that! A structured nutrition plan that involved dropping 5-6kg to start with, whilst maintaining skeletal muscle mass was achieved and then with 6 weeks to go, the energy and carbohydrate was built back into the training plan and the results have been fantastic. Solo rides over 220km achieved easily and nutrition on the bike spot on from the start to keep the engine fuelled.
The challenge will now be 6 days back to back and keeping the body well fed, but of course Alex had considered that in advance and a programme of daily recovery nutrition is factored in.
The last 2 days of a taper diet have been fun too - a lot of the high GI cheat foods that I crave usually!!
A big thank you to Alex"
Training, qualifications & experience
Alex’s varied background includes working as a personal trainer in London and Vancouver. This work provided the opportunity to work with individuals who presented with a wide variety of conditions.
Since then Alex has gone on to pursue his love all of all things nutrition in both a health and sporting context.
Alex completed his MSc in Human Nutrition in 2011 and since then has worked as the consultant nutritionist for The Papworth Trust Vocational and Medical Rehabilitation Centre. Most recently, Alex has taken up a new part time role working as the Nutritionist for Nottinghamshire's overweight and obesity lifestyle service, run by Everyone Health.
Alex also works with athletes of all shapes and sizes including, GB age group triathletes, national level middle distance runners, elite ironmen and keen amateur road cyclists. Alex is currently working towards achieving his full registration status on the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) as well as completing his International Sports Nutrition Diploma with the ISSN.
- Registered Public Health Nutritionist RNutr
- SENr Graduate registrant
- MSc Human Nutrition (Public Health/Sports)
- BSc Sports Science (Hons)
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Health / Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer
- YMCA Exercise Referral
- BACR Phase IV Exercise Instructor
- REPS Level 4 Exercise prescription for long term neurological conditions
- REPS Level 4 Personal Trainer.
Association for Nutrition
The Association for Nutrition is the professional body for the regulation and registration of nutritionists, including public health nutritionists, exercise nutritionists, and animal nutritionists.
The Association aims to protect the public and promote wellbeing by admitting to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) only those who demonstrate high ethical and quality standards, founded on evidence-based science.
It sets proficiency and competence criteria, promotes continuing professional development and safe conduct, and accredits university undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Information about health conditions (*)
Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Consultation - nutrition and health assessment £35.00
Prior to deciding on what support one needs, all prospective clients are encouraged to have a Nutrition and Health Assessment. This helps me build a picture of your needs, goals and previous experiences.
I perform a body composition assessment (measure of weight, fat, water and muscle) as well as other health measurements including a comprehensive nutrition questionnaire which allows you to expand on your goals and medical history. All measurements are non invasive.
I then work with the client/patient to agree the most appropriate pathway of support.
There is no obligation to continue after the consultation.
The consultation provides the perfect opportunity to discuss your goals and concerns as well as ask me any questions.
10 session nutrition and body composition programme (weight management)
I offer a bespoke 10 session weight management programme which offers continued support over a period of three to four months. The programme is based around working with the individual and developing a bespoke plan to address your weight and body fat concerns. You can decide if this is appropriate after the consultation. Long term support plans are available.
A diary analysis is a useful way to find out what your diet provides you with and identify any areas for improvement or modification. You will keep a 3 day weighed food diary, which I will analyse using a dietary analysis programme called dietplan.
Dietary analysis will give you detailed advice on how best to adjust your diet to meet your personal goals and meet recommended daily intakes.
Sports / activity analysis
Clients who engage in significant amounts of physical activity and/or sport and those who have weight loss goals, will require an assessment of energy expenditure. This includes use of an Actiheart monitor which is state of the art technology that can tell you accurately how much energy you use over a 3 - 21 day period. This allows your nutritionist to accurately balance the meal plan to the energy demands of the client.
In addition athletes, sportsmen and performers require practical nutrition strategies before during and after training and competition. This can include impartial ergogenic aid recommendations where real performance benefit exists and is supported by current research findings.
Support sessions (one to ones)
Once you are up and running with your nutrition and/or activity programme It's important you have the support where necessary to keep you on track. I recognise that self esteem, motivation and guidance are important factors to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
The 30-minute support sessions will include accurate tracking of real changes to your body composition and provide you with an opportunity to feel supported in making the necessary adaptations.
- Online nutrition support available
- SKYPE sessions available