About Alex Neilan
I was always someone who struggled with their weight. With body image issues quickly developing at the age of sixteen, I decided enough was enough. I started to make small changes to change my life. With 24kg weight loss in just 12 months my love for exercise and nutrition soon blossomed into a career path.
My first degree consisted of learning the science behind Sport and Exercise and the fundamentals of sport performance. This sparked a voracious curiosity and passion for nutrition. After graduating with an MSc in Public Health and Nutrition and a Pg/DIP in Dietetics I gained a broad range of experience working as a registered Dietitian for the NHS. I formulated and delivered client centred programs to enable patients to achieve their goals of either losing or gaining weight while overcoming common challenges such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, coeliac disease as well as multiple food intolerances.
Longing for bigger and broader challenges I decided to move to Canada where I worked as a Sports Nutritionist educating young sports stars the fundamentals of sports nutrition. This was truly rewarding and gave me the opportunity to work with a broad range of people and cultures and of course, with different cultures comes different dietary habits. With Sports Nutrition now being my dream career path, I enrolled in the much sought after and highly recognised Pg/DIP in Sports Nutrition developed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which is built on existing programs offered by leading Universities worldwide, but embraces an international faculty to offer a program that is said to be beyond the resources of any single institution.
Tired of pining over my favourite city, I returned to Edinburgh to work as a freelance Sports Dietitian and Personal Trainer while continuing my MSc online. I have since worked with many professional sports teams including the Scottish International wheelchair basketball team and the top premiership football club Sligo Rovers.
I offer a variety of online packages as well as one to one consultations in Puregym Exchange Cresent, https://www.puregym.com/gyms/edinburgh-exchange-crescent
Achieve your goals with small sustainable changes but most importantly, NEVER be hungry and always ENJOY your food.
- International Olympic Committee MSc in Sports Nutrition – January 2016 – present
- MSc Public Health and Nutrition – 2010
- Pg/DIP in Dietetics – 2012
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science – 2009
- DIP in Sports Nutrition - 2015
- BC’s Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Course - 2016
- Dietitians of Canada Sports Supplements certificate - 2015
- Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist Certificate – 2015
- Behaviour Change Training – 2014
- NVQ2 Gym Instructor award – 2009
I believe that food should be a comfort we look forward to and enjoy. Healthy nutrition should never be associated with hunger or bland food options but with tasty and nutritious foods. Whether your goals are to tackle a Marathon or a flight of stairs or perhaps to simply feel more confident in your body, there will be an individualised, flexible and most importantly sustainable training and dietary program to suit you. My programs facilitate improved body composition as well as optimal sports performance at both amateur and elite level with health and longevity of life being at the forefront of my focus.
My training and dietary programs provide a detailed evidence-based structure to achieve your fitness goals. This involves using my dietetic skills to calculate your energy and macronutrient requirements and prescribe a daily flexible nutritional program based on your food preferences and individual goals to meet these requirements. My comprehensive training programs are tailored to your previous training experience, time and facilities available, while accommodating for current and previous injuries or muscle imbalances.