There are so many sites out there promising the best nutrition and training advice, but very few who actually deliver on that promise. Wadding through all that information can become daunting, especially when everybody seems to disagree. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of 7 reliable resources that I regularly use myself. Here they are.
NutritionData is the best online resource for finding the complete nutritional profile of virtually any food you can think of. Not only will they give you all the standard macro and micronutrient breakdowns, they also give you other unique data such as the Completeness Score, Fullness Factor, Amino Acid Score, Glycemic Load and Inflammation Factor. It also breaks down the macronutrients, that’s your carbs, protein and fats, into staggering detail.
NutritionData - just peachy
This site comes highly recommended and has many other tools to complement the nutritional stats and even includes a handy firefox plugin. How cool is that?
This rather curious name stands for ‘Exercise Prescription on the Net’ and contains a ton of no-nonsense information for the exercise professional or fitness enthusiast.
Probably the most useful resource is the Exercise and Muscle directory, which details the function of all the bodies muscles and lists a large database of exercises, explaining how to perform them and also providing a handy animation. So next time I rattle off an exercise you’ve never heard of, this is the place to learn how to do it.
FitDay is a free online diet and weight loss journal. If you’re a bit of a number cruncher and like to keep on top of your progress in great detail then I highly recommend you sign up for a free account. You can keep tabs on your food intake, workouts, weight loss and fitness goals.
T-nation has without doubt the most highly sought after, top rated contributors on the net. Their articles really are top notch and the writers come from varied backgrounds such as sports coaches, bodybuilders, biokinetists, physiologists, physical therapists and sports nutritionalists.
Don’t be put off by the fact that the site is geared more towards bodybuilders, because a lot of the information is applicable to the average trainer. A lot of the articles can get quite in-depth and scientific, so if you’re looking to get the synapses firing then this is the place to go to get some bleeding edge information.
Although the articles are great, I’d avoid the forums. They’re quite a hostile place, but don’t let that detract from a highly informative site.
Muscle With Attitude
Muscle with attitude is the sister site of T-nation and is designed for the ladies. As with T-nation, it’s geared more towards bodybuilders and fitness competitors, but again, the information is top notch.
This is my favourite pod cast on the net. A new episode is broadcast every Monday and the hosts usually have the show packed with nutrition and fitness related content. They usually have very high calibre guests on each week and answer listener questions too. Definitely worth listening too.
So there you have it, six nutrition and exercise sites that I frequent on a regular basis. Now what are you still doing here, get reading!