Best Health & Fitness Articles Of 2012: The Top 10

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Best Health & Fitness Articles Of 2012

2012 was another stellar year for us. Not only did we win the 2012 Best of Manhattan Award for personal training– but we also had in excess of a quarter million visitors reading our blogs! Most importantly, Naturally Intense has become a place where people come for well researched and definitive articles on diet, weight loss and exercise subjects that are not often covered in magazines and on the net. I have been often asked why it is that I spend so much time putting together such extensive articles when so many of my readers are in other states or other countries. The reason is the same one that made me take up a career in personal training in the first place- to be able to help others. No man is an island, and I have been truly honored and blessed to have had so many truly prolific individuals in the fitness industry share their knowledge with me when I was starting out. Knowledge that helped shape me into who I am today. That being said, my writing is a way of giving back, in the hopes that it helps others achieve their goals as well in a world where so much of what we hear about diet, exercise and weight loss is more marketing and entertainment rather than science based facts. Thank you for reading and for the continued support of those of you who religiously share my articles and I look forward to another year of being able to be of some help.

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Best Health & Fitness Articles Of 2012: The Top 10


10. Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load- Understanding The Limitations

In this article we take a look at the confusion and misconceptions about the glycemic index- namely that just because a food has a low GI doesn’t mean it is necessarily good for you. Important reading for anyone with blood sugar issues.


9. Eating More To Lose Weight- An Evolutionary Precedent Against Low Calorie Diets

While most weight loss diets call for calorie restriction, a look at the often high calorie intakes of our ancestors gives us an understanding as to why we are not designed to follow low calorie diets. This article also explores the importance of increasing muscle mass and activity levels while eating more to lose weight. (Highly Recommended Reading)


8. Fish Is Not Necessarily The Best Source Of Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The last of a 3 part series on omega-3 fatty acids- this article presents the evidence against fish and fish oil intake being the best source of omega-3 fatty acids from both a nutritional and an environmental standpoint. (A must read for anyone taking fish oil supplements)


7. Aerobic Exercise & Strength Training- Does It Help Or Hurt?

The often asked question is finally answered in this extensively researched and referenced article that highlights the fact that even small amounts of steady state aerobic exercise leads to decreases in muscle power and strength. A must read for anyone who does cardio and weight training in their routines.


6. Exercise Induced Headaches & Migraines- Causes & Observations

A look at exercise induced migraines- possible causes and our experiences over the years with clients who have suffered from them.


5. The Problem With Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is a growing trend fro not only weight loss but for increasing longevity as well. This article takes a look at the research behind the validity of those claims and finds that it isn’t necessarily the best bet for losing weight. (Highly Recommended)


4. What Happens When You Stop Training- Endurance & Weight Gain

The first of a two part article on what happens when you stop training and why a layoff of a few weeks or so may actually be beneficial. The article also discusses what you can do to minimize losses in strength and endurance if you are forced to take some time off from your regular training routine. (Editor’s Choice- Highly Recommended)


3. Alcohol & Exercise- A Bad Combination

Many people who exercise indulge in drink after their workouts, however research has shown that such combinations can severely decrease hormone levels and negate any positive gains from your training. It’s a well referenced piece that everyone who drinks and workouts out needs to read! (Editor’s Choice Highly Recommended)


2. Five Ways Eating Nuts Can Help You Lose Weight

Studies show that even though nuts are high in fat and calories, those who eat them regularly lose weight more than those who do not. This article looks at the reasons why such a high calorie food doesn’t automatically make us gain weight. A must read of anyone trying to lose weight!


1. How Much Protein Do You Need To Build Muscle & Lose Fat?

Our most popular article of 2012. How much protein do you really need to build muscle and lose fat? This highly referenced article looks at the science behind how much protein we really need and looks at the low protein intakes of several successful natural bodybuilders to destroy the myth that monolithic amounts of protein is needed to create a well developed physique. (Editor’s Choice Highly Recommended)



Recommenced Reading:

Exercise Addition: When Is It Too Much Of A Good Thing?


Top Weight Loss Articles:


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How Losing Weight Can Make You Gain Weight- Understanding The Paradox


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Kevin Richardson is an award winning fitness writer, a natural bodybuilding champion, one of the most sought after personal trainers in New York City and the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training. His personal training service is the 2012 winner of the Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training and if you need help losing weight or getting into cover model shape, give Kevin and his team a call at 1-800-798-8420.

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