Want to avoid getting (or giving!) a reindeer sweater as a gift this year? Check out our nutrition-related holiday gifts, great for friends—or yourself.
Manuel Villacorta offers advice (and free access to his website) for minimizing the diet damage of Turkey Day.
Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be unhealthy. In fact, some traditional foods can be so good for us, we should eat them all year.
RJ friend Manuel Villacorta has made his new nutrition website free for the holidays. From Thanksgiving to Super Bowl Sunday, get his help in the battle of the bulge.
Homeopathy may offer real health benefits. But where is the boundary between hype and truth? And how can you use it sensibly? Answers here.
Manuel Villacorta has some unexpected nutrition advice: Get more sleep. Take his sleep challenge, and catch up on those Zs.
Omega-3s are increasingly shown to be key to good health. But getting enough of them is tricky. Here is info on what they are, and where they're hiding.
Beef and processed meats are both potentially bad for you—but how much is too much? We've got sound advice for steak lovers.
Many foods that we believe will improve our diet are actually useless—or worse. Time to purge the pantry.
Premier nutritionist and RJ friend Manuel Villacorta has a new website that asks us to rethink our relationship to food. Learn more.
When you want a healthy meal out, you think sushi, right? Well, that depends—some of those rolls pack a caloric punch. Learn which.
Not sure what to eat? Here are 10 foods that should be on every health-conscious guy's regular menu.
Americans eat way too much salt—more than most of us know. Find out where it's hiding, and how to cut back while eating well.
Our nutrition expert Manuel Villacorta has nutrition tips for all our guys who travel for work. At the airport, the conference, or the hotel, here's how to eat well on the road.
Summer's here at last, so fire up the grill! But first, learn about the health risks of grilled food, and how you can avoid them.
Beer fans, rejoice! While wine gets a lot of press for its health benefits, it turns out beer may actually be even better.
To live well, eat well. Here are key factors in the food/health nexus, and how you can use them to live longer and better.
SF nutritionist Manuel Villacorta names the healthiest menu options in each of five popular restaurant types. Italian, anyone?
Restaurants are nutrition minefields, but work and travel can make them a frequent necessity. Here are tips for staying safe when eating out.
SF nutritionist Manuel Villacorta helps us get our nine daily servings of vegetables with a set of easy, fast and delicious recipes.
SF nutritionist Manuel Villacorta offers up five grains with a long history of serving the human body's protein needs.
There are many reasons to avoid processed foods—and we've got them here. But there are also alternatives—and we've got those, too.
Eating healthy and eating meat usually means lots of chicken. But SF nutritionist Manuel Villacorta has other, original suggestions.
Our favorite nutritionist, Manuel Villacorta, gives us five super-foods that offer major health benefits while tasting delicious.
Nutritionist Manuel Villacorta talks us through going grocery shopping without getting into trouble.
Our favorite nutritionist, Manuel Villacorta, tells us his top five things to keep in the pantry for quick, healthy meals.
In a new series, nutritionist Manuel Villacorta gives quick tips for improving nutrition. This week: stock your fridge.
Clean eating is a hot food trend. What is it, and is it worth the effort? Here's why you might give it a try.
Two books in the last year have shown the dangers of processed food to a new degree. The stuff is everywhere—including at the gym.
Picking the right proteins is the difference between a healthy and a harmful diet. Here's what to choose, and how much of it to eat.
Most Americans gain weight over the holidays. How can you avoid that fate, while still enjoying the season? We've got strategies.
Just in time for the holidays, we've got a few ways to eat and drink yourself back to health after a rough night. Cheers!
You've heard the health claims for things like acai—but do these foods really offer an extra antioxidant edge? You be the judge.
Not all fats are bad. But it helps to know which ones are good, and where the bad ones are hiding. Here's a primer on food fats.
The "healthy" salad you just ordered might have more calories than a box of doughnuts. Here are 5 tips for healthy and tasty salads.
Can't cook? Don't worry—raw foods are healthy and popular. Here's why you might want to go raw, with a recipe to get you started.
Put down that supplement bottle! Nutritionist Manuel Villacorta has a colorful strategy for getting all your antioxidants from your diet.
Most Americans take on 400 calories per day in beverages alone. Find out where the calories are hiding, and which drinks are safe choices.
Your eyes grow heavy, and it's only 2pm. How can you keep awake without sugar or caffeine? Manuel Villacorta talks us through it.
Your sweet tooth getting in the way of a balanced breakfast? Here's how to make a fast, healthy and sweet morning meal.
For many of us, morning coffee is a must-have. But caffeine and calories vary by the cup. Learn to break down the coffee shop options.
Bacon is yummy—and doesn't have to be bad for you. We've got healthy bacon recipes, and reasons to eat them (like you need any).
The claims on food labels are often extreme—and misleading. We've got the true meaning of some familiar phrases.
We are pleased to announce the top two finishers in the WLC. See who won, and read their thoughts on the experience.
Fit guys need protein. But from farm to plate, that protein uses energy. What can you eat and still be earth friendly? Here are the options.
Is your dieting method a winner, or just a fad? Here are five things to look for in a weight-loss method.
Want to slim down but don't want to starve? Piece of cake (so to speak). Here are five easy strategies to keep you on track.
Anyone trying to watch his weight has to wrestle with temptation. Here's how you can put temptation in a head-lock.
Got the winter blahs? Chosen carefully, natural supplements may help. Here's a guide to the good and bad of nature's uppers.
Want to lose 20+ pounds with the help of Nu4You nutritionists and Diakadi trainers? Join our 2nd Weight Loss Challenge.
Parties, dinners, booze—the holidays are brutal for your belly. We've got tips to help you stay in control, and in your pant size.
The language on food labels seems simple—but do you really know what you're getting? Take a crash course here.
Want every bite to be a great bite? Add more efficient nutrition to your usual repertoire with these eight upgrades to your eating.
The final list is in: Meet all 33 official contestants in the RealJock Nu4You Weight-Loss Challenge. Let's root for all of them!
Does muscle weigh more than fat? Do carbs cause fat gain? Nutrition expert Manuel Villacorta busts the nine biggest weight-loss myths.
Are you looking to lose 20+ pounds? Then enter our weight-loss challenge for the chance to work with Nu4You's nutrition experts to meet your goals.
If we said you could save $2,500 this year with a few changes to your grocery habits, would you do it? Of course you would. Learn how.
Skip the fat burners: Learn how to boost your metabolism and burn calories by timing your eating, reducing the hunger hormone, and more.
Stress does tons of terrible things to your body. Did you know you can fight it by changing what you eat? Follow this 5-step plan.
Men need testosterone to build muscle, stay lean, and enjoy good sex. Learn 7 ways to increase your T levels by changing how you eat.
Not all fat is created equal. Visceral fat—which accumulates around the organs—is particularly dangerous. Learn 7 ways to fight it.
Weighing yourself on a scale is meaningless. Use these five tests to get specific feedback and track your workout and diet progress.
Learn from the masters: RealJock super-trainer Mike Clausen shares how he lost 15 pounds of fat and packed on more muscle by seeing a nutritionist.
Some foods get a bad rap that they just don't deserve. Learn all about five crave-worthy foods you can move back to your "yes" list.
Want to make every bite of fruit or vegetable as healthy as possible? Use these prep, cooking, and storage tips to keep your food aromatic, tasty, and good for you.
Vending machines, junk food, and deadlines, oh my—lunch can ruin even the best laid eating plans. Learn how to make your lunch work for you with these seven easy recipes.
Sick of that tummy fat that just won't go away? Learn how sleep deprivation, stress levels, hormones, and other factors can keep you from shedding those persistent pounds.
Want to eat better but don't have a lot of time to cook? Get a start on the road to healthier eating with this grocery list of easy-to-prepare foods for meals and snacks.
This overview of the fats food group and serving sizes is part of the RealJock.com 1800- and 2100-calorie Healthy Weight-Loss Programs.
This overview of the lean and very lean meats food group and serving sizes is part of the RealJock.com 1800- and 2100-calorie Healthy Weight-Loss Programs.
Beans, beans, good for your heart... All bloating aside, beans are a great food choice for meat-eaters and veggies alike. Get the nutritional stats on a variety of beans.
This overview of the Non-Starchy Vegetables (NSV) food group and serving sizes is part of the 1800- and 2100-calorie RealJock.com Healthy Weight-Loss Programs.
This overview of the Milk or Soy Milk (NFM) food group and fruit serving sizes is part of the 1800- and 2100-calorie RealJock.com Healthy Weight-Loss Programs.
This overview of the fruit food group and fruit serving sizes is part of the RealJock.com 1800- and 2100-calorie Healthy Weight-Loss Programs.
This overview of the grains and starches food group and serving sizes is part of the RealJock.com 1800- and 2100-calorie Healthy Weight-Loss Programs.
What do cheese and gay people have in common? We're both maligned in the media for our supposedly evil effects on society (boo!). Learn how cheese can be part of a healthy diet.
Breakfast gets your metabolism revved up for the day and gives your body a much-needed boost after hours of slumber. Start your day right with these 7 quick, 600-calorie meals.
This January RealJock will launch a series of detailed weight loss and weight gain programs. Help us make it the best it can be by taking this short nutrition and eating survey.
Losing weight is tough, but it doesn't have to be a Herculean effort. Get started with these seven simple steps towards losing weight through healthier, smarter eating.
They're maligned for their fat content, but nuts are one of nature's rock stars. Learn why you should be nuts about nuts, and get info on the unique properties of different varieties.
If the word "fiber" makes you think of endless bowls of boring bran flakes, think again. A fiber-rich diet will do a lot more than clean out your pipes; get the facts.
What should you eat before you work out? What should you eat after? Tough questions—get the answers so you can give your body the high-quality fuel it needs.
The farmers' market: Tastes great, less carbon footprint. Learn the benefits of buying locally produced food, and get tips on how to find the pick of the crop and save money doing it.
Let's face it: Our modern appetite includes a major sweet tooth. So just how "bad" are natural sugars? And are artificial sweeteners safe? Read the primer from H.K. Jones.
These lesser-known fruits are becoming global super stars due to their big health benefits. Put down your banana and read on.
Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, outdrunk only by water. So what's so great about the so-called "true" teas? A lot!
Detox diets make a lot of promises, from flushing out poisons to melting away fat. Do they work (no)? Are there healthy alternatives (yes)?
With its many proven health benefits, whole grain is the new "it" girl in the supermarket. But how do you separate the health from the marketing hype? Follow our primer on whole grains.
Cutting back on caffeine: Good. Getting fired for falling asleep at desk: Not so good. Learn how to reduce your reliance on caffeine and still have an alert brain.
Contrary to popular belief, your body needs fat. But not all fats are good fats. In part two of our series on this oft-maligned food substance, we look at the so-called "bad" fats.
Good fat? Bad fat? If trying to figure out which fats to eat has you confused, check out part one of our two-part primer on this most misunderstood substance.
Food is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs, but taking a supplement can fill in the gaps. Learn what to look for in your "multi."
It's the most important meal of the day. So what should you be eating for breakfast? Learn some surprising news on maximizing the value of your morning eats.
Are vegetarianism and good health at odds with each other? In part four of our protein series, nutritionist H.K. Jones looks at plant-based protein sources.
Proteinwithout it you're nothing (literally). In Part 3 of our protein series, nutritionist H.K. Jones takes us underwater to the protein-rich world of fish.
In this second of a four-part series on protein sources, nutritionist H.K. Jones gives an overview of red meat. Learn the good, the bad, and the tasty.
How much protein should you eat? What kinds? Nutritionist H.K. Jones offers insight into choosing the best protein sources.
What kinds of foods should you be eating before and after your workouts? Try these 10 edible ideas from nutritionist H.K. Jones.
What are nutraceuticals? Can they really benefit you? Get an introduction to this fast-growing food phenomenon.
The weather outside may be frightful, but your workout regimen and eating habits don't have to follow suit.
Hmmm. Smash bad habits? Never fail? Improved you? "The Fat Smash Diet" certainly sounds promising. The question is: Is it a real smash or a real crash?
For athletic men, gulping down one of these drinks might seem like an easy way to increase endurance, improve performance and gain energy. So should you break out one of these fancy drinks and start guzzling? Not exactly.
Salad is healthy, right? Pile on croutons, cheese, bacon, eggs, whatever, and top it all off with a fatty dressing, and your "healthy" bowl of greens can end up being higher in fat and calories than a burger with fries. Gulp.
Your body needs water, but what's the difference between tap water and Evian? Are you risking your health or wasting your money?
You've seen those energy drinks lined up in the cooler at the corner market. Red Bull, Rock Star, Monster, Nos. Both Arizona Green Tea and Sobe Tea have versions of them as well. They all have one key ingredient in common: Taurine.
Longtime observers in Olympic sports have said that if a performance is to good to be true, it probably is.
Bars are HOT. Since the launch of the original PowerBar in 1987, many savvy marketers have entered the bar race producing a plethora of pocket-size products for bar-hungry consumers.
Foods that carry the "USDA Organic" seal have been cultivated and processed without the use of most conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, genetically modified organisms and irradiation.
Balding, thinning hair, unfortunately, never seems to be "in". Whenever hair loss strikes a man, regardless of the generation, his reaction seems to be the same: overt melancholy as opposed to the embracing of a new style.
While the warm, sunny months of summer may mean long, lazy days for you, Mother Nature’s busy working overtime. This time of year, markets burst forth with seasonal fruit just begging to be enjoyed. The time is ripe for blueberry pancakes, strawberry shor
There’s something to be said about aging gracefully: It doesn’t have to mean looking old. And while increasing numbers of men are turning to plastic surgery to keep young and beautiful, there are lots of less drastic steps you can take to keep your skin
Looking for a perfect anytime, anywhere, good-for-you snack? Delicious, nutritious and conventionally packaged in its own protective cover, nothing beats a banana.
Can you imagine movie theater popcorn without a soda? What’s more refreshing on a hot day than an ice-cold pop? It’s so delicious, so yummy, but what are soft drinks doing to your body?
When you eat is almost as important as what you eat. Find out how to time your food intake to maximize your performance.
It's not the sexiest of veggies, but beets deserve the spotlight for their unabashed goodness.
Antioxidant and vitamin C rich, pomegranates offer a sweet, nutritution-packed treat. Discover how to pick and prepare the perfect pomegranate.
When training for an endurance event, you need to pay close attention to what you eat every day, and in particular in the week leading up to your race. Find out how to fuel your body for a race, including smart carb-loading strategies.
They're one of the best sources of "good" fat on the planet, and they're chock-full of other nutrients that will keep you healthy and fit. Learn all about the amazing avocado, and get a recipe for mango-avocado salsa that'll make you drool.
Studies show that caffeine may improve athletic performance, particularly for endurance sports. But it's not all good. Learn the benefits and the risks of caffeine.
Looking to reveal your inner he-man by shedding some extra pounds? Find out how to use calorie counting to your advantage without letting it consume you.
You know you need a certain percentage of proteins, carbs, and fats to reach your fitness goals, but first you need to determine how many calories you need to consume in a day. Well, break out your calculator, because we've got the formulas to help you ca
Never fear, late-night snack sinners: With the help of nutritionist Debra Grossano, we've come up with 15 late-night snacks that will not only help you keep the weight off, but are actually good for you.
It's one of the most popular diets among gay men, and it's not nearly as extreme as Atkin's. But before you go buy the book, get the facts about the potential dangers of the South Beach diet.
Before you swear off pasta and potatoes forever, you need to learn the truth about carbs and the health dangers of knelling before the low-carb altar. Get the facts about carbohydrates—not the fiction.
"I'll have 15 tablespoons of butter for my main course, and a pound of refined sugar for dessert." Here, from the experts, a guide to eating out without ruining your hard-earned body.
Vitamins are the micronutrients that make macronutrients—protein, carbohydrates, and fat—work. Learn which ones you should be worried about as an active and athletic man.
With all of the supplement marketing mania out there, how do you decide which supplements are effective, which are safe, and which are just plain bad for you? We've got the info you need.
Eating a vegetarian diet can be healthful, but without the proper guidance you run the risk of ruining your health. R.D. Manuel Villacorta gave us five essential eating tips for vegetarians.
What's the proper ratio of carbs to fat to protein? It depends. Are you building muscle or running a marathon? Find out the proper balance for your specific needs.
We call them "superfoods" because they have the power to make us stronger, faster, and healthier. Get the skinny on the best foods for building muscle, sustaining energy, and warding off disease and injury.
Gaining lean muscle mass fast is not impossible. It just requires a periodized weight-training program and an eating regimen high in macronutrients. Learn the details to get you started on a path to a bigger, stronger body.
Trying to build thick muscle fast and think a steady diet of protein shakes will do the trick? Think again. Find out how much protein you should really be ingesting each day.
In their quest for the semblance of eternal youth, many gay men are turning to human growth hormone supplements like MetabolanGH, hawked by former porn star Colton Ford. Is HGH really a miracle potion, or just another supplement scam?
Can the muscle-building supplement creatine really help you pack on muscle? Learn the facts about this popular powder.
A good hydration strategy can make the difference between winning the race and falling on your face. Get the facts!