With all the different nutrition advice out there, it can be hard to find reliable information. When you throw in questions like, "What should I eat before I work out?" or "What supplements should I take for optimal performance?" it gets even more complicated. Here are our top 10 nutrition posts from 2012, written by experts in the field - starting with number ten:

 

The Top 10 Nutrition Articles of 2012

 

10. Your Nutrition Is As Unique As You Are (Denis Faye)

Dr. Roger Williams says our guts are as different as our personalities, so each of us must find a unique path that works for us - and that includes diet.

 

9. Chia Seed: The Muhammad Ali of Nutrition (Tara Goodyear)

Have you read about the magic chia seeds the Tarahumara Indians eat before running hundreds of miles? Find out what chia seeds are and how you can incorporate them into your nutrition.

 

8. Breakfast Eaters Are Slimmer, More Active, Less Depressed (Jeff Barnett)

In a study of over 1800 students, those who ate breakfast were least likely to be obese. They were also more physically active and less depressed. Is breakfast eating a predictor of good health?

 

7. What's the Best Diet? Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, or Paleo? (Heidi George)

Over the years, I have been experimenting with food in many different ways. I have challenged my body with all the major diets - here is a break down of what these diets are and benefits they offer.

 

6. How to Build Muscle Mass on a Plant-Based Diet (Derek Tresize)

Derek Tresize is a competitive bodybuilder and a vegan. So how do you build muscle if you don't eat animal protein? Derek explains how and shares a sample meal plan to get you started.

 

5. Real World Advice For Post Workout Nutrition (Stephanie Greunke)

Stephanie Greunke, nutrition expert, gives us the simple why and how behind good post workout nutrition. It's not that complicated and you really ought to be doing it.

 

4. Calorie and Carb Cycling: Breaking Through Your Diet Plateau (Nate Miyaki)

Cutting calories only works for so long, especially if you're trying to lose fat but keep muscle. Let's take a detailed look at carb and calorie cycling plans and how they work.

 

3. The Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter (Danette "Dizzle" Rivera)

After a particularly grueling CrossFit workout, one of my gym mates motioned me over to the rowers. This was not the first

time I’d been pulled into the shadows to whisper about – gasp! – vegetables.

 

2. The Real Reasons Your Guts Need Fermented Foods (Heidi George)

Kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi - what do these have in common? They are fermented foods and provide health benefits for your body. Read on to find out why fermented foods are good for you.

 

1. Train Like a Man, But Eat Like a Woman! (Lauren Brooks)

Intermittent fasting might be all the rage, but it's just bad news for women. I talked to a number of female fitness experts and they all agreed - IF is not for women.

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