Nutrition plays a big role in getting fitter and stronger, but it can get complicated. Our nutriton team went above and beyond in sorting through this year's important topics. The top articles cover everything from carb cycling, to supplements, to energy bars.


Here are the top ten nutrition articles from 2014, counting down from number ten to number one:



10. Why Fitness Professionals Shouldn't Eat (or Sell) Energy Bars

By Eric C. Stevens


Trainers often eat bars to energize workouts or as meal replacements. Eric C. Stevens questions that practice.


9. Death by Food Pyramid: When Science Is Not What It Seems

By Craig Marker


When it comes to nutrition, there are no simple solutions. Craig Marker examines nutrition research and some of the predominant trends.


8. Soak It Up: 3 Superfoods You Should Be Eating (and Soaking!)

By Katie Chasey


Soaking foods is an easy way to access key nutrients. Katie Chasey gives three recipes to try.


7. 4 Supplements That Are Good for Your Life, as Well as Your Lifting

By Spencer Nadolsky


Coach Spencer Nadolsky recommends four supplements to help you feel and lift better. Are you taking them?


6. The Story of the Endomorph: How to Work With What You Have

By Bret Hamilton


You are in control of what you put in your mouth and the amount of exercise you do. Coach Bret Hamilton gives his advice for owning your nutrition, regardless of body type.



5. Your Food and Your Mood: Carbs, Depression, and Cognitive Decline

By Kevin Cann


The use of antidepressants is up 400% and Alzheimer’s disease costs the US $100 billion annually. Nutrition expert Kevin Cann explains how that relates to food.


4. Alcohol Impairs Hypertrophy and Messes With Your Hormones

By Doug Dupont


Does alcohol affect strength training? And if so, how? Doug Dupont reports on a 2014 study that addressed those questions.


3. Ultimate Guide for Lean Gains, Part 1: Carb Cycling

By Eric Bach


By maximizing the anabolic power of insulin with carb cycling, it’s possible to shed fat and build muscle simultaneously. Coach Eric Bach explains how to do it.



2. What Is Healthy Eating? Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down

By Kevin Cann


The official USDA food pyramid is actually the opposite of the food pyramid proposed by the USDA nutritionists. Kevin gives some history and his own advice.


1. Carbohydrates 101: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

By Tom Kelso


Tons of controversy exists regarding the poor carbohydrate. Coach Tom Kelso takes a look at the facts to make sense of it all.


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