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Irish army fitness specialist slams social media nutritionists for bogey health advice

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 14/06/2018 Arthur Velker
a man standing in front of a wire fence: Peter O'Halloran is a trained nutritionist and army instructor © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Peter O'Halloran is a trained nutritionist and army instructor

An award winning army fitness nutritionist says a lot of social media health advice is nonsense.

Peter O'Halloran, a sniper instructor based in Kilkenny, has won the title of best nutritionist at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards last Sunday.

He says a lot of social media advice on food is focused around encouraging people to eat less.

And this only results in mental and eating disorders in most people, claims the Galway native.

a person holding a sign: Peter after winning best nutritionist at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Peter after winning best nutritionist at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards

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He told the Irish Sun: “Fitness is a massive thing in Ireland at the minute and it’s hard to decipher through the good and bad.

“So I started calling people out on Facebook and Instagram for giving wrong information. There’s a lot of b*****ks in the industry.

He says he has upwards of 500 clients, some of whom have reported taking bogey advice from other nutrition 'experts'.

“I witnessed one female PT with the skinniest arms telling her followers that she carries all of her fat in their arms.

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“I tried to call it out because you have young girls and kids looking at their own arms and thinking, ‘I must be fat too’.

“These people are giving misinformation, practically starving themselves and creating issues like body dysmorphia.”

Peter says what sets him apart is his army experience, which gives him an ability to understand both the physical and mental aspects of fitness.

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He said: “When you become a corporal in the army, you’re taught to teach people of different learning abilities and not in a military way.”

“I’m very passionate about mental health. I’d like to go on and study more because I think it goes hand in hand with fitness. It’s about brains as well as the body.”

Peter is a full-time member of the Irish Defence Forces, where he advises others on nutrition.

He also operates his own business, PPT Fitness & Nutrition, coaching and advising people on training routines.

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