The Physical Performance Show: Dr Peter Brukner OAM – Prof Sports Medicine, Author, Founder SugarByHalf

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Dr Peter Brukner

In episode 126 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Dr Peter Brukner OAM – Prof Sports Medicine, Author, Founder SugarByHalf.

By way of introduction, Dr Brukner is an OAM Order of Australia Medallist and he’s a world renowned Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician and Researcher. Up until recently Dr. Brukner was the team Doctor for the Australian Cricket Team, a position that he held for 5 years.  Dr. Brukner held similar positions at the Liverpool Football Club and Melbourne and Collingwood AFL Clubs and the Australian Soccer Team and also Sports Doctor across multiple National Olympic Commonwealth Games Athletics Teams.

Dr. Brukner is a Professor of Sports Medicine at Latrobe University, he is also the author of numerous books including Clinical Sports Medicine and Food for Sport. Dr. Peter Brukner is also the author of the recently released A fat lot of Good – how the experts got food and diet so wrong and how you can take back control of your health.  The information inside this book will really have an impact on your physical performance and your health.  ‘A Fat Lot of Good’ is an exploration into our current food guidelines and how Dr Brukner believes we got it so wrong.  He shares how he changed to a low carbohydrate, High Fat consumption and he shares why he made this change and how it can improve your health.

Dr Brukner is spending and devoting the remainder of his career on his campaign called Sugar by Half that is aiming to reduce added sugars by 50% to better our health. During this conversation we discuss the low carb, high fat lifestyle eating, the benefits of it, the state of the nation, how we got it so wrong, the demonising of fats and how that happened.  Why we don’t need to drink as much as we think we do, the five golden tips, eating and diet for athletes as well as debunking a few myths.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Why Peter wrote the book ‘A fat lot of Good’
  • Peter’s health now
  • Shane Watson – Australian Cricketer
  • The 5 Rules of this way of life.
  • High Obesity Rates
  • Dietary Guidelines from the 1980s
  • Eating fat to lose fat.
  • Brain Fog
  • Salt
  • Sugar by half campaign
  • Athlete nutrition
  • Best Advice – Just eat real food
  • Physical Challenge: 20 push up challenge
  • Purchase a copy of the book

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You have to eat fat to lose fat.
You’re much better off preventing the disease in the first place.
I’ve become a passionate advocate of this way of eating.
We got things wrong and we needed to change things.
It’s really not that hard!

5 Golden Rules

  1. Avoid Sugar
  2. Avoid processed foods
  3. Focus on real foods
  4. Reduce Seed Oils
  5. Don’t be obsessed about water intake

Three practical things that could be changed

  1. Proper labelling of Sugar
  2. Reduce advertising of Junk Food
  3. Implement a sugar tax

To follow Dr Peter Brukner

Twitter: @PeterBrukner
Website: Peter Brukner


Website: SugarByHalf
Twitter: @SugarByHalf
Facebook: @SugarByHalf
YouTube: @SugarByHalf

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0:00 Start
1:30 Introduction to Dr Peter Bruckner
5:50 Why Peter wrote the book ‘A fat lot of Good’
13:00 Peter’s health now
17:15 Shane Watson – Australian Cricketer
20:20 The 5 Rules of this way of life.
33:00 High Obesity Rates
38:00 Dietary Guidelines from the 1980s
46:00 Eating fat to lose fat.
48:20 Brain Fog
53:00 Salt
56:00 Sugar by half campaign
1:02:00 Athlete nutrition
1:06:00 Best Advice – Just eat real food
1:07:00 Physical Challenge: 20 push up challenge
1:08:20 Purchase a copy of the book
1:15:42 Finish

Dr Peter Brukner

People Mentioned

Prof. Tim Noakes – South African Scientist and Author
Shane Watson – Australian Cricketer
Nelson Mandela – South African Political Leader and Philantropist
Barack Obama – Ex US President

For questions and comments about this Episode

Send to the show host @Brad_Beer (Twitter)

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  • Maria

    Fantastic listen I will listening over and over and sharing thank you the book is on its way

    • Brad Beer

      Hi Maria,

      Thank you for your support of the Show.

      I am so pleased you enjoyed Dr Peter Brukner.

      Enjoy the book also-it is terrific.

      Regards Brad Beer

  • Adam Martin

    Listening to this interview was really helpful! I was searching for medical progress in sports and I came across this! His views were really good and helpful! Looking forward to more such interviews by you! Keep up the good work!

    • Brad Beer

      Thanks for your support Adam.

      Pleased you enjoyed the episode.

      Regards Brad Beer

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