All posts by Jeff Kotterman

As the Director of the National Association of Sports Nutrition, I want your experience with our NASN Professionals to be a great one!

Keto is not a fad!

Many many personal trainers and nutritionists are missing the boat! Fitness experts in the media are calling the ketogenic diet a fad. They are wrong and if they don’t get educated quickly, it may cost them their business. Nay-Sayers are quickly being proven wrong. Save time and money by educating yourself and becoming a licensed practitioner through the NASN. This nationwide course starts May 15th, 2019

This Vegan YouTube video published by a channel that has a goal of “Building a community where we can talk about Keto Failures, and learn our way past short sighted Keto Diet advice. They support a Whole Foods Plant-based diet and are interested in research related to evidence-based nutrition, ” admits that Ketogenic nutrition is not a fad. See:

The problem is that they also promote Heal Clinics who fail to understand the value of exercise in a ketogenic lifestyle. NASN Personal Trainers know different, They are certified in the proper Ketogenic workout protocols to enhance a fat adaptive diet.

Start your certification or update your old certification today…

A Completely New Immersion in Nutrition and Exercise Research and Practical Application

For the first time the National Association of Sports Nutrition has partnered with the leading conference holders in the world featuring international experts in clinical nutrition and exercise research. Low Carb USA is a tremendous resource for researchers and practitioners in contemporary programming.

What does this all mean? We have rewritten the NASN Personal Trainer and Primary Sports Nutritionist Certifications and restructured the educational format to a completely new comprehensive educational experience!

Now you can be one of the first to experience it! Be a trend setter. Take advantage of our Blackfriday offer. Early birds get the best pricing…

LMSN Dave Depew Summarizes His Supplement Recommendations

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Our newest Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist  is chiming in on his recommendations for supplements based on his clients diet.  He brings up an interesting point and that is that is that nutrient needs are not just based on physical attributes like height, weight, sex, or age.  Lifestyle also plays a role in nutrient needs.  As sports nutritionists we know that exercise influences nutrient needs but, what about food intake?  Obviously, if you eat a poor diet, supplements can help.  What about consistent dietary lifestyle or macro nutrient dominance?  Does the vitamin and mineral needs change when a person goes from a high carbohydrate diet to a low carb diet?  What are the vitamin C needs of a vegan compared to a ketogenic diet?  The National Association of Sports Nutrition is attempting to answer these questions with our new, updated sports nutrition courses.

Here is Dave’s summary on things:

In general anyone who is following a restricted meal plan and exercising regularly will want to supplement with additional protein, aminos, essential fats, vitamins, and digestive enzymes. Those with limited to no animal proteins in their diet will require additional supplementation to fill the gaps.

Supplement Recommendations for those with no dietary restrictions.

  • Whey Protein
  • Branch Chain Amino Acids
  • Omega-3 Fish Oil
  • Vitamin/Mineral Supplement
  • Digestive Enzymes

Supplement Recommendations for vegetarians:

  • Whey, Pea, or Hemp Protein
  • Branch Chain Amino Acids
  • Omega-3 from Flax, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, or Hemp Seeds
  • Iodine – Seaweed or iodized salt
  • Vitamin/Mineral Supplement
  • Vitamin D with Magnesium
  • Vitamin B Complex, (mostly B12)
  • Digestive Enzymes

Supplement Recommendations for vegans:

  • Pea, or Hemp Protein
  • Branch Chain Amino Acids
  • Omega-3 from Flax, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, or Hemp Seeds
  • Iodine – Seaweed or iodized salt
  • Vitamin/Mineral Supplement
  • Vitamin D with Magnesium
  • B Complex, (mostly B12)
  • Zinc – zinc gluconate or zinc citrate
  • Digestive Enzymes

Vegans will often be low in iron. However Iron supplementation is not often recommended. Instead Vegans are recommended to get their iron by increasing their consumption of natural

iron-rich foods, such as cruciferous vegetables, beans, peas, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.

Zinc levels will also improve for vegans who consume sprouted grains and fermented foods such as tempeh and miso.


In general the following supplements are beneficial for some, but are not required to meet your dietary needs.

  • Complete Spectrum of Amino Acids
  • L-Glutamine
  • Creatine
  • Electrolytes


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That’s a good start, Dave.  Watch for updates as the NASN moves forward with these exiting findings to improve body composition, performance and recovery from exercise.

Why should the NASN be concerned with a ketogenic diet?

Isn’t nutritional ketosis and extreme nutritional therapy to treat diabetes or epilepsy?  It is actually much much more benefiting both endurance athletes and long term strength athletes who have carb loaded for years.  It is also ergogenic.  Check out this video:

This is why our new Licensed Primary Sports Nutrition Program also includes lowcarb/high fat strategies for both performance and body composition besides the traditional high carb sports nutrition protocol and how to determine which is best for the individual client.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and WE WERE WRONG!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is always good to count your blessings.   Even if there are things in our life that are hard to deal with, there are things to look forward to, things that excite us and if we look for happiness, we will find it.  The key is to keep looking for it.  The movie "Pursuit of Happiness." comes to mind.  If you have faith, family and friends today,  you are one of the lucky ones.  If you are searching for what to be thankful for because the basic things are not so basic anymore, DON'T WORRY!

Just when you think you've got this nutrition and exercise thing down, research changes things,  The real challenge is to remain open minded enough and not get set in our ways.  Major shifts in nutritional science are happening in the NASN and that's something to get excited about.  Great!  We have something new to learn!  It is thought provoking to think that even in the medical and scientific communities,  there are agendas and politics.  That's why we have listened to those that are progressive and trend setters.  We've looked at the data and we are making a major change. 

That is something to be thankful for…

Something new to learn and for a Black Friday special…

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The NASN has One Mission and That is…

To present unbiased credible research for the purpose of optimizing body composition, enhancing performance and improving recovery from exercise.  For this reason, we gladly promote information that has the same goal, even if it is from a competing organization.  Check out this good read from Precision Nutrition.  Then, if you want to learn the scientific truths about nutrition, exercise and performance, take an NASN course and become a member.  See the link below.  Taking our courses and theirs will only help educate people in the truth and not what we feel or wnat to be true.