Intermittent Fasting Basics for Beginners

Even though it’s really nothing new, Intermittent Fasting has gotten very BIG in the past couple of years. Hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people are using it to lose weight, maintain low bodyfat levels, build lean muscle mass, boost energy,  feel better, and improve their overall health. There’s a very popular new book out called FastDiet that includes a “lite” version of the method and is getting good reviews on Amazon. LeanGains is a well-known IF-based program that is at least partially responsible for the recent surge in popularity online.

I’ve used intermittent fasting on and off for years — beginning back in college in the 90’s before I’d even heard the term! — and I believe it’s a very powerful eating strategy. It’s especially effective for maintaining steady energy levels throughout the day and allowing the brain to think/function optimally. It’s one of the few practical dieting methods for losing fat while gaining a significant amount of lean muscle tissue at the same time. Also, IF is wonderful for people (like myself) who have a hard time giving up starchy carbs and sweets (although it can also be paired with a low-carb Paleo-style diet with great results!).

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Simple Fast Fat Loss in a Nutshell

photo of a walnut in its shellOne of the most common fitness-related questions in the world is: “What’s the best way to lose body fat fast?” People want fast, simple, easy-to-follow, and (hopefully) safe methods to get rid of unwanted belly fat and blubber. There may be no single “best” fat loss method but one thing’s for sure: burning body fat in a rapid, efficient manner doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or dangerous.

Losing pounds of fat can be accomplished within just a few months by focusing on proven metabolism-boosting, lean muscle-building diet and exercise methods. Here they are in a nutshell:

Eat a simple diet based around 100% natural whole foods: mainly meats, vegetables, raw fruits, nuts, large seeds, no processed/refined sugar, and only a small amount of starch. Avoid grains or at least keep them to a minimum. Eat just enough to support energy  levels and muscle repair.

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We’re Back!

Hi… and welcome back!

After a very long “break” we’ve decided to resurrect and the Really Useful Fitness Blog. This site was originally launched way back in 2003 and featured one of the web’s first true fitness weblogs. The site/blog became very popular and was getting 1000’s of unique visitors per day at one point.

Eventually other projects and time commitments — along with several hacker attacks, tons of comment spam, and some major server problems — caused us to basically “abandon” the site for a few years. We stopped updating it and moderating comments and, predictably, the traffic and interest slowed to a trickle.

But now we’re back and we have some big plans to create an all-new website chock-full of fresh, useful, and interesting fitness-related content. You’ll find practical tips, expert articles, in-depth product reviews, helpful videos, curated news, great links, and much more — all related to exercise, diet, weight loss, muscle building, supplements, workout machines, etc.

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