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Whether you're trying to lose fat or build muscle, proper nutrition is absolutely key.   Unfortunately, making “proper” decisions when you're hungry is not always an easy thing to do. All too often, the only snack foods that are readily available when you're really famished aren't exactly... desirable. Really, what you need to hold you over between meals is something that's high in protein and low in simple carbohydrates.   This macro profile will help you feel full longer and prevent any dra...

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People take protein powder for lots of different reasons. Generally, though, the main idea is to develop a lean physique with plenty of powerful muscle and as little fat as possible.   But, sometimes concerns arise when people look at the nutrition information on the tub of their favorite protein powder. After all, there is a pretty significant amount of calories packed into even the highest-quality protein supplements.   So, is it possible for protein powder to work against your weight loss ...

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As much as that extra hour of sunlight during daylight savings time can be a welcome treat, it also means that you're going to lose an hour of sleep. Which is worse than it sounds. In fact, most people don't even pay attention to the shift.   Until they start feeling the physical and mental fatigue a few days later. As it turns out, though, your exercise routine might be exactly what you need to get through the time change relatively unscathed.   Why? How can exercise during the day help you ...

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Whether you’re heading out on an all-day hike or a short two-mile loop, it’s essential to pack some good hiking snacks.   Choose snacks that won’t melt or go bad in your backpack, and make sure they have plenty of protein and carbohydrates to keep you energized during your hike.  Even if you’re only taking a short trail, hiking is a pretty strenuous activity and you will need the extra calories. Plus, you’ll need something to munch on when you stop for a break to enjoy the views!  Here’s a ...

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It’s no secret that the health and fitness world is filled with confusing myths and misconceptions. Myths like the idea that lifting even small, light weights will make you bulk up too much (it won’t), or that crunches are the ultimate key to washboard abs (there are much more effective exercises out there).   Likewise, it's interesting how people tend to assume that certain types of health and wellness supplements are only intended for (and useful for) achieving specific fitness goals.   Mor...

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