Un­tan­gling nutrition

Oxygen - - Editor's Note - Lara McGlashan Editor-in-Chief @LaraOxyEdi­tor @LaraFit­nessEdi­tor

s the say­ing goes, abs are made in the kitchen. Un­for­tu­nately, this is where most peo­ple fal­ter. Even the most ded­i­cated ath­lete who trains con­sis­tently and who reg­u­larly kills it in the gym, box or stu­dio can quickly undo all that sweat eq­uity when she sits down to dine.

As sim­ple as it should be, nutrition is prob­a­bly the most con­found­ing part of get­ting fit. Not help­ing mat­ters any is the glut of trendy diet pro­grams that emerge each year like clock­work. True, some are le­git and use­ful, but just as many are short-term plans de­signed for lit­tle else than gen­er­at­ing rev­enue. In ad­di­tion, nu­tri­tional re­search is con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing, and things that were once taboo (e.g., egg yolks were evil in­car­nate when I was a kid) are now emerg­ing as be­ing healthy and even vi­tal to our diet. And if you’re not up to par with the lat­est lab­o­ra­tory hap­pen­ings, it’s dif­fi­cult to know ex­actly where foods rank in the peck­ing or­der of well­ness.

Since March is Na­tional Nutrition Month, we thought it only ap­pro­pri­ate that the theme of this is­sue be nutrition. We cu­rated ar­ti­cles based on real, cur­rent re­search — in­for­ma­tion that will hope­fully help un­tan­gle the web of con­fu­sion sur­round­ing

(puns in­tended!). We also in­cluded two killer meal plans — a four­week get-lean pro­gram to help you shed that win­ter bal­last and a sec­ond one ded­i­cated to veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan ath­letes, or those just want­ing to green up their meals a bit. Once you’re fu­eled and ready to rock, our kick-ass train­ing fea­tures will put those nu­tri­ents to work building mus­cle and burn­ing body fat. Check out the Meta­bolic Mon­ster met­con de­signed by cover girl Han­nah Eden and the 12-week 5K run­ning pro­gram for any­one at any level, and dust off your leg­warm­ers for a res­ur­rec­tion of the Ree­bok Step.

Grab your shoes — and your fork — and dig into this is­sue. We guar­an­tee you’ll be sat­is­fied.

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