Caryn Zinn

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 (0) 9219999, ext 7842


Teaching Areas

Nutrition in relation to public health, metabolic health and sports performance.

Research Summary

Dr Caryn Zinn is a senior lecturer at AUT's School of Sport & Recreation. She is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and focuses her research on whole-food, low carbohydrate, healthy fat (LCHF)- based nutrition in relation to metabolic health and sports performance. 

Current Research Projects

  • Low Carb Kids: a weight loss feasibility study looking at whole food, LCHF eating for overweight   children and their families (Health Research Council).
  • Neighbourhoods for active kids (Health Research Council).
  • The built environment and children’s body size:  An investigation into the mediating effects of physical activity and nutritional behaviour.
  • Effects of high intensity intermittent exercise training on insulin sensitivity and metabolic control of pre-diabetic youth.
  • Exploring eating and physical activity profiles and patterns of New Zealanders.
  • The effect of low carbohydrate, high fat diets (LCHF) on immunity markers and performance amongst endurance athletes.
  • Cost-effectiveness of consuming LCHF vs mainstream nutrition style.