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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
We all know guys who sweat it out in the gym every day but still can’t get a six-pack. You can work out all you want but if your diet’s not on point, you won’t see results. As they say, abs are made in the kitchen. The problem...
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...
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...