Each Sunday I post the five best health and fitness articles I’ve found in the last week. I scan the net and dig deeper than the first page of Google. Here are some real gems that deserve more attention than they’re currently getting.

 

 

The 6 Rules of Gaining Muscle Mass – Nate Green, Scrawny to Brawny

 

There’s nothing revolutionary about this article, but it’s always good to go back to basics. If you’re trying to build muscle, follow all 6 rules in this article. You can also read my blog post “How to Build Muscle: 16 Most Effective Tips” for more help.

 

 

How I Finally Conquered Sugar: Stop Trying to Go Cold Turkey – Amanda Brooks, Run to the Finish

 

Quitting sugar is tough. It’s almost as tough as quitting smoking. This is coming from personal experience: I’ve quit both.

 

I really liked Amanda’s article for its honesty and practical advice. Check it out if you’re having trouble removing sugar from your diet.

 

 

Lifting weights can help fight depression – Gretchen Reynolds, Independent Online

 

I always feel great after lifting weights. Whether I’m lifting for strength, muscle building, or fat loss, I feel happy and positive at the end of the session.

 

This article tells me I’m not alone. Men and women experience reduced symptoms of depression after taking up weight training, even if they haven’t been diagnosed with depression.

 

 

Quality Sleep Equals Less Weight, Science Says – Fitness and Power

 

Yet more evidence that sleep is an absolutely essential part of getting lean. If you’re not sleeping, your diet and training efforts are almost pointless.

 

Get those 7 hours.

 

 

3 Meal Prep Tips for Beginners – The Maya Kitchen

 

Prepping meals for the week ahead can be an effective way of creating and maintaining a healthy eating habit. Every Sunday I spend half an hour prepping my lunches for the week ahead.

 

This article is a great starting point for those new to the process.