The Low-Carb Diet On Trial

The Theory Your metabolic system is adaptive. If your diet’s mainly starchy carbs, then it gets used to using those as your main energy source. And although your body is capable of generating glucose from other sources, it doesn’t have to, so it stops. Ditch the carbs for long enough...
The burpee is a phenomenal exercise. In fact, it’s perhaps the very best bodyweight exercise there is, working a multitude of muscles as well as getting the heart pumping. If you could only ever do one bodyweight exercise for the rest of your life, the burpee might well...
Eating smarter will help you hit your health and fitness goals faster – but which diet is the ideal one for you? Coach’s sister title Men’s Fitness assesses the evidence and asks the experts so you can make the right nutritional decisions The Theory For most people, “sugar-free” means the...
It may have achieved unprecedented popularity in the past few years but whatever you’ve heard, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn’t new. In 1912, Finnish athlete Hannes Kolehmainen used interval-style training in his preparation for the Olympics, and came away with three golds in the 5,000m, 10,000m and cross-country...
Even if you do all the right things during your waking hours – eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly – you cannot claim to live a rounded healthy lifestyle if you stay up all hours. Ensuring you sleep the recommended minimum of seven hours a night is an...

How To Increase Muscle Tone

While many men still head to the gym with the simple aim of either losing weight or building bigger muscles, a combination of both of these things is now perhaps the most popular fitness goal. Whether you call it toning up or getting lean, a significant number of...
Making a big change to your body – the kind of transformation that makes people do a double-take when you remove your shirt – requires a big effort. But it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, especially if you follow a progressive and challenging workout programme...
The mistake many people make when they try to get back into training is to go too hard too soon, obliterating their motivation and leaving their body broken after a couple of intense sessions. “When easing back into a fitness regime your enthusiasm needs to be balanced with remaining...
Barbell complexes – workouts where you do multiple moves back to back without putting the bar down – seem simple enough. After all, the weight isn’t heavy – it’s perfectly acceptable to do one with an unweighted Olympic bar. And the rep count isn’t too high. In the...

How To Measure Body Fat

Apart from looking in the mirror, stepping on the scales remains the most common method people use for checking on the progress of their exercise regime. However, while weight is undoubtedly a useful measure of fitness for many people, it can also be misleading to judge the effects...