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Dr Linia Patel

Dietitian and sports nutritionist

As a self-confessed “total foodie”, being an award-winning dietitian and sports nutritionist comes naturally to our resident dietitian and long-time Fitpro magazine contributor, Dr Linia Patel. She likes to take a block of science and slice it up into easy-to-digest and practical advice. With a PhD in Public Health and over 100 published articles on diet and health, she is a British Dietetic Association Spokesperson and is regularly seen appearing on national TV and being quoted in the press. She’s the science expert for Tess Daly’s best-selling book 4 Steps to a Happier & Healthier You, is a qualified fitness instructor and has worked extensively in high performance sport. She is particularly passionate about women’s health, helping women to be the best version of themselves.

Key expertise:

  • Translating science into easy-to-digest, practical advice
  • Dietitian and sports nutritionist
  • Media spokesperson
  • Women’s health (athletes, non-athletes and everything in between)

Qualifications & Awards

PhD Public Health & Epidemiology (Distinction)
Msc Sports Nutrition
Msc Nutrition & Dietetics
BSc Biochemistry & Physiology

CPD Courses by Dr Linia Patel

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Nutrition for Menopause
The Nutrition in Menopause course is the cumulation of the latest research and over 15 years of clinical experience working in woman’s health. This introductory course is designed for trainers who work with peri-menopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal women or for women who are in their own health journey who are interested in using science-based strategies to help them continue to perform and live their best lives
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Gut Health - the power of the microbiome
This course provides you with an introduction to the gut microbiome and takes you on a journey of understanding its role in health and wellbeing. You will learn what factors affect the microbiome and how it is linked to a host of different disease states. You will gain in-depth information about what dietary practices and interventions positively affect the microbiome and which cause dysbiosis. You will understand the differences between pro and prebiotics and their roles.
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Low Carb: the evidence & the application
Join Dr Linia Patel in this introductory course to gain a concrete understanding of the different types of carbohydrates, their classification, and their effect on blood sugar control. Know what a low carbohydrate diet is and understand the impacts a low carb diet will have on weight loss, type II diabetes and other metabolic health parameters. You’ll be able to discuss the pros and cons of following a low carb diet and the implications in the short-term as well as the long term. Gain a general understanding of personalised nutrition and its application. Be familiar with what a balanced diet for optimal health looks like.
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Sports Nutrition Basics
Dr Linia Patel has created this online course to assist you with grasping the basics of nutrition for sport and performance. It is a fascinating and engaging course that will give you greater confidence in all the key areas, such as the effects of low energy availability and how to identify it, the role and recommendations of each of the macronutrients, and fluid intake. You will be learning the most up-to-date info that is all evidence based, which is key to any fit pro. You’ll be able to discuss how pre-, intra- and post-exercise nutrition varies, while understanding carbohydrate loading and its application. You’ll also gain an overview of sports nutrition supplements and their efficacy.
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Plant-Based Eating: The Essentials
Understand the different types of plant based eating. Know the benefits of eating more plants and understand the challenges. Learn how to balance out a vegetarian and vegan diet practically ensuring that all your essential nutrient needs are met.
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Food as Medicine? Food and inflammation
Is there an anti-inflammatory diet? Can foods be used to reduce inflammation levels in the body? If a client has an inflammatory condition is there a special diet to reduce symptoms? This course aims to provide trainers with answers to common food and nutrition related questions about inflammation. This online course focuses on the current evidence surrounding the impact of nutrition and supplements on the development and treatment of chronic low grade inflammation. Practical strategies are given to help trainers navigate this space.
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Longevity through Nutrition
Want to discover the secrets to reverse ageing and enhance longevity? Whether you’re looking for advice for yourself or would like to upskill your knowledge in this area to pass onto clients, this course provides you with a detailed overview of how nutrition and fasting affect longevity and diseases and the key molecular mechanisms involved. It then examines in depth the dietary interventions, including fasting, which have been scientifically shown to induce benefits when it comes to ageing well. You will also learn which supplements play an effective role. You will gain a solid understanding of the key mechanisms to ageing and how to optimise longevity through what you eat and when you eat, and learn which supplements should be incorporated into the diet.

Blogs by Dr Linia Patel

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Longevity through nutrition
Dr Linia Patel asks, is it possible to eat your way to a longer life?...
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Understanding emulsifiers and how they impact gut health
What do you understand about emulsifiers and how they impact gut health? Dr Linia Patel...
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Fighting fatigue
Feeling tired all the time? You are not alone! Fatigue is a common complaint that...
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Men vs women: Nutrition
Dr Linia Patel explains the differences between men and women when it comes to nutritional...
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Ultra-processed food: A practical guide
It’s not easy to navigate the supermarket aisles around all the ultra-processed food now available....