One of the most important things to do when losing fat is to pick an approach and stick to it. That means picking your favourite place to get your nutritional information and sticking to it. Hopefully you’re happy with the content provided here at LeanMassGains.com, but if you’re looking to shop around here are 5 of the best web resources for fat loss information.
These are the guys I turn to when I want in-depth, detail oriented and actionable information about nutrition requirements, and I want to ensure they get the credit they deserve. A lot of the information these guys put out is rooted firmly in science, so if you’re not so interested in the finer points of metabolic regulation then I wouldn’t necessarily go there. But for those of you looking to back up the decision to take up Intermittent Fasting as a lifestyle choice, or looking to better understand the biochemistry of your diet, these sites could be just what you’re looking for.
If you want to go to their sites, just click on the images and you’ll head straight on over.
Martin Berkhan is the inspiration behind my own choice of 16 hour fasting, 8 hour feeding. I’ve tried other fasting formats before I came across his methodology, but in my opinion none of them work quite as well. On this site he lays out a huge range of information about the processes going on in your body when you fast. He reviews the latest literature on fasting and training, and he makes the occasional recommendation too. His Leangains protocol is basically where I derive my own fasting recommendations from.
The only downside is his site isn’t very easy to navigate. One of the reasons I created this website was to present this kind of approach to nutrition in a more accessible format. That said, if you’re interested in the details behind the approach or just want more in-depth information, Martin is the go-to guy in the industry.
Lyle McDonald is one of the most forthright, thoughtful and capable authors in the fitness nutrition space. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense guide to human metabolism, you’ll find it on the pages of this site. Not only has he got a huge range of free online material to browse through, his books are also excellent.
Like Martin, Lyle tends to go right to the scientific end of any spectrum – he delves into the actual working processes of each and every tissue type in the body, and explains what happens hormonally and chemically when you either over or under feed. He has a range of different articles based around his own passion for endurance training, as well as some solid content applicable to those who train for strength or power. The only thing I dislike about the recommendations he makes is the suggestion that machine-based weight workouts are as useful as free weights. That aside, his level of knowledge about metabolism set him head and shoulders above the competition.
Alan Aragon writes a hell of a lot on the more mainstream fitness websites, as well as dropping by places like T-nation to give the trolls a slapdown. His approach to fitness nutrition is also based in fact, and his research reviews offer some of the most comprehensive analysis of the latest trends in sports science available. If you get the time you should also check out the xtranormal videos he has on his site – a fan created “Alan talks to a bro” conversations which are hilarious to watch if you’re used to listening to mainstream fitness nutrition recommendations. His articles are always so well thought out, they’re a real breath of fresh air.
Brad Pilon’s site sells his book “Eat Stop Eat”. Unfortunately Brad doesn’t write much free content (most of the free stuff is a little stale these days) but you can source a copy of his e-book Eat Stop Eat from this site, which is an excellent primer on the topic of Intermittent Fasting. I still regularly read my copy and am always interested in the updates he puts out. The latest version is expanded with even more information to consume.
Kiefer writes this interesting blog about human performance and nutrition. He also uses it as a springboard to push a book on carbohydrate timing (CarbNite). His articles are based on scientific journals which he reads tirelessly, and the concept of carb backloading is one that I fully advocate (consuming your carbs late in the day, post workout). His work is also practical in nature – bothering to put this stuff into practice and look at the real world results rather than endless theoretical discussions.
Remember to be consistent
There’s one theme running through all these sites – they use scientific studies to back up their recommendations. Whilst each author has his own personal preferences for what works and what doesn’t (and ultimately, so do we) they all have a common theme of rejecting the accepted conventional wisdom when science proves otherwise. All of these sites come highly recommended.