The Top 10 Evidence Magazine Articles of 2013 (With a Free Prize)


It’s been a good year.

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This site is here for the obsessive types — like me, who want to pursue their fitness and health goals while having a social life, great relationships, and enjoying their other hobbies.

In order to celebrate, I’ve put together a list of the best articles from Evidence Magazine over the past year.

Here’s how I graded our “contestants.”

  • Number of new people who looked at each article per day (called “unique page views” in web speak).
  • Number of social shares on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus
  • Number of comments.
  • General response from readers via comments, email, and conversations on social media.
  • How much fun I had writing the article, how much I liked the final result, and how much I learned researching the article and getting feedback from readers like you.

In total, these articles took over 70 hours worth of research, drafting, editing, and publishing.

Don’t forget your free prize at the end.

1. Why “Clean Eating” is a Myth

This is easily the most popular article on the site. In the first 24 hours, this article got 15,000 likes on Facebook, over 100 comments, and 225,000 page views. It currently has over 400 comments and 35,000 likes on Facebook (due to the URL change, the number of social shares is currently showing far less than that. I’m working to fix it).

The article takes you through the three ways a food could potentially damage your health, and then examines the evidence behind those claims.

You’ll either love this article or hate it (and both opinions are fine with me).

2. What World War Z Can Teach You About Critical Thinking

This article teaches you how to apply a critical thinking exercise that saved one of the last outposts of humanity from a zombie apocalypse, to health and fitness.

Unfortunately, this concept didn’t exactly work in the movie, so make sure you read this article to know that you’re doing it right.

3. Why Calories Count

This article condenses almost 100 year’s worth of research on whether or not eating fewer calories than you expend will help you lose fat.

It also addresses several of the main reasons people give for why calories don’t count.

4. The 4 Most Important Things You Need to Know About Flexible Dieting

If you search for “flexible dieting” online, you’ll find all sorts of different answers.

Some people think it’s all about counting calories or macronutrients; others think it’s about only eating when you’re hungry, etc. While the concept of flexible dieting might seem confusing, it can be reduced to these four principles.

You can use these guidelines to adapt or create a diet that will help you stay lean and healthy for the long-term.

5. 9 Reasons Fat Loss is Always Slower Than You’d Like

Dieting takes too long. You always feel like you should lose fat faster than you do.

In this article, you’ll learn the top nine reasons fat loss takes longer than you’d expect, and exactly what you can do to keep getting leaner.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of this article is that it also teaches you what you can and can’t control, so you can stop fretting about the process and enjoy your diet more.

6. What a Russian Gun Designer Can Teach You about Successful Weight Loss

This article teaches you how to use one of the most important principles of weapons engineering to make dieting fun.

7. 5 Research-Proven Steps to Eating a Healthy Diet

What exactly is a “healthy” diet? The answer to that question depends on your goals, preferences, and tolerances, but there are some general principles everyone should follow. They aren’t hard or complicated, and you can start using them today. Read the article to learn how.

8. Why You Probably Don’t Need to Eat a Gluten Free Diet

I treated gluten like radioactive waste for about three years — I avoided it at all costs. It wasn’t a horrible experience, but it was inconvenient and socially isolating.

If you’re like I was — worried that gluten is going to make you sick or shorten your life, you should read this article. It takes you through all of the latest research on whether or not gluten is unhealthy, and for whom.

9. Will Intermittent Fasting Help You Lose Weight?

Intermittent fasting grew from a fringe eating concept to a household term in just a few years.

This graph shows how many people are looking for information about intermittent fasting online:

Intermittent Fasting

In this article, you’ll learn exactly why people think intermittent fasting is such a great way to lose fat, and whether or not the evidence supports those claims.

10. 36 Timeless Lessons for Obsessive Health and Fitness Nuts

I’ve made more mistakes than I care to admit, and most of them were easily avoidable. This article helps you avoid those same blunders, so you don’t waste your time, energy, and money like I did.

Each tip is only 1-2 sentences, so you can power through it in a matter of minutes.

If you’re passionate about health and fitness, and you want to balance that obsession with the rest of your life, you need to read this article.

Here’s something else you need…

A free holiday present for you.

Books are the gifts that keep on giving, so I’ve made a free one for you.

I’ve put these articles into a beautiful PDF that you can download and read on your phone or computer. It’s also 100% free. You don’t need to give me your email address, like this article on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (though that’s always appreciated).

This book is for your own learning and enjoyment. You’re free to send this book to your friends and family, as long as you don’t change the content.

Click here to download your free eBook.

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