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...

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...

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...
When you look at your naked body in the mirror, what do you see? Unless you are some sort of genetic muscle mutant, your body will fall into one of the three typical body shapes. The idea that human body types are genetically pre-set into one of three camps...
For decades eating fat, specifically saturated fat found in meat and dairy, was blamed as the leading cause of many conditions and diseases ranging from obesity to cancer to heart disease. With the research behind those findings now widely discredited, attention has turned to finding the real culprit...

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...
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...
If you’ve spotted the alarming headlines that claim almost 90% of men and 75% of women in the developed world are “overfat” you’re probably wondering what overfat means and how it’s different to being overweight or obese. The simplest definition of being overfat is carrying too much body fat....
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...