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.