The Top 40 Muscle for Life Articles of 2014


Another year has blinked by and as this is the season to reflect on what has passed and will come, a “best of 2014” post seemed in order.

I reviewed the traffic and social activity of the 200+ articles posted here on Muscle for Life this year and chose the top 40, broken down by category.

There’s a bit of something for everyone here: fat loss tips, muscle-building advice, metabolic adaptation, a critique of the low-carb hysteria, proper training frequency, delicious diet-friendly foods, and more.

So, are you ready to do some reading? Alright then, let’s get to the list!

Top 10 Diet & Nutrition Articles of 2014

How to Speed Up Your Metabolism for Easier Weight Loss


If you’re struggling with weight loss (or would like to lose weight easier) and want to know how to speed up your metabolism, you want to read this article.

The Definitive Guide to Effective Meal Planning


Meal planning doesn’t have to feel like a ball and chain. You can lose weight and build muscle eating foods you like, and this article shows you how.

How to Lose Body Fat and Not Muscle (Without Following a Ridiculous Diet or Grueling Exercise Routine)

Mike Matthews shirtless.

When you want to get lean, the goal isn’t simply to lose weight–it’s to lose body fat and not muscle. Here’s how to do it.

Why Rapid Weight Loss Is Superior to “Slow Cutting” (And How to Do It Right)


Many people believe that rapid weight loss is unhealthy, but if done correctly, it’s far superior to “slow cutting”…

7 “Healthy Habits” That Are Overrated or Even Unhealthy


If you want to improve your long-term health, avoid these 7 “healthy habits” and you’ll be better for it.

The Definitive Guide to Why Low-Carb Dieting Sucks


The low-carb diet is the latest fad to take America by storm. And like most fad diets, it has a pretty sales pitch but can’t deliver the goods. Here’s why.

The Definitive Guide to the “Fat Burner” Supplement: What Works and What Doesn’t and Why


The “fat burner” is one of the most popular–and profitable–supplements on the market today, with an almost endless supply of options. How can we know which are good and which aren’t?

7 Diet Mistakes That Make It Damn Hard to Lose Weight, Build Muscle, and Feel Good


If you stop making these diet mistakes, you’ll be able to lose fat and build muscle with ease, and actually enjoy the process.

You’ll Stop Worrying About Sugar After Reading This Article


Sugar is one of the most feared and demonized substances you can eat…but it’s not nearly as bad as many people say. No, it’s really not.

The Refeed Day: When Dieting Should Include Overeating and Why


If you’re having trouble going from “lean” to “shredded,” then the refeed day might be just what you need.

Top 10 Exercise & Workout Articles of 2014

The Simple Science of Losing Belly Fat…For Good


If you’re struggling to understand how to lose belly fat, and want a tight, toned stomach, then you want to read this article.

The Ultimate Arms Workout: The Best Arm Exercises for Big Guns


If you’re looking for the best arm exercises for big, strong biceps and triceps, then you want to read this article and do this arms workout.

The Ultimate Chest Workout: Chest Exercises for Awesome Pecs


The best types of chest workouts and chest exercises aren’t what most people believe. In this article, you’re going to learn what it really takes to build full, strong pecs.

The 3-Step Skinny Fat Solution


The glut of crappy weight loss advice out there has created a skinny fat epidemic, and it needs to stop. This article can help.

6 “Everyday” Weightlifting Mistakes That Keep People Small, Weak, and Frustrated


Want to make little-to-no gains in the gym? Make these weightlifting mistakes.

Why and How I Use Fasted Cardio to Lose Fat as Quickly as Possible


Some people swear by fasted cardio whereas others say it’s not only ineffective but harmful as well. Well, both are right–it’s effective if you do it right and harmful if you do it wrong.

How Training Frequency Can Help or Hurt Your Muscle Growth


How frequently do you have to train your muscles to make gains in the gym? Read on to find out.

11 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Your Bench Press


If you follow these 11 scientifically proven tips, you can quickly increase your Bench Press strength and prevent injury.

The Best Forearm Workouts to Increase Grip Strength


Grip strength is more important than you might think. Here’s why, as well as the best forearm workouts for increasing grip strength.

8 Proven Ways to Break Through Weightlifting Plateaus


When it comes to working out, nothing is more frustrating than hitting a seemingly unbreakable weightlifting plateau.

Top 10 Food Articles of 2014

7 Healthy Protein Bar Recipes So Good It Feels Wrong


If you like to make delicious on-the-go snacks, you’ll love these healthy protein bar recipes.

7 Gluten-Free Recipes That Taste Amazing


Whether you have issues with gluten or not, you’ll love these 7 gluten-free recipes. They’re a great way to cut down on calories without sacrificing taste.

5 Healthy PB2 Recipes That Will Change Your Life (Without Ruining Your Diet!)


If you’re not working healthy PB2 recipes into your diet, you’re missing out on some seriously delicious eats…

7 Healthy Muffin Recipes That Make Awesome Snacks


If you’re into baking, then you’re going to love these delicious, high-protein, healthy muffin recipes.

5 Post-Workout Meals That Blow Protein Shakes Away


Your post-workout meals are a perfect chance to eat a lot of tasty food without ruining your diet. Here are 5 delicious recipes that are perfect for the job.

7 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That’ll Make You Love Your Crock Pot


Great slow cooker recipes are some of my favorites–they’re extremely easy to prep, they taste great, and there’s minimal clean-up.

7 Killer Barbecue Recipes for the Ultimate Backyard BBQ


These delicious barbecue recipes make for a killer cookout that doesn’t add a couple inches to your waistline.

7 Healthy Salad Recipes That Even Meat Eaters Like Me Can Love


No matter the season, it’s always a good time to work some healthy salad recipes into your diet. These will hit the spot even if you’re not a “greenie.”

7 Healthy Pizza Recipes That You Can Eat Guilt-Free

health pizza recipe

The words “healthy” and “pizza” don’t usually go together, but these deliciously unique recipes break the mold!

5 Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Recipes That Are Better Than the Traditional Dishes


Low-fat Greek yogurt recipes are perfect for enjoying creamy, delicious meals with more protein and less calories than you’d think.

Top 10 Motivation & Happiness Articles of 2014

Shut Up and Train (Or I Really Want to Get Fit But…)


You’ve got excuses and I want you to shut up and train. Let’s see who wins…

The Problem With “Finding Your Passion”


Finding your passion and living a life of fulfillment and success sounds great…but there’s a problem…

Opportunity Doesn’t Knock–It Whispers


Success in any endeavor, in any aspect of your life, requires opportunities. Everyone knows this, but here’s something everyone doesn’t know: opportunities are whispers, not foghorns.

The Struggle is the Way


If you want to gain an “unfair” advantage in life, then you want to learn how to embrace the Struggle…

The Simple Science of Effective (and Ineffective) Goal Setting


Whether you realize it or not, your goal setting is either helping or hindering your ability to make things happen. Here’s what works best for me.

3 Motivating Reasons to Start Working Out Today

Motivating reasons to work out.

Looking for motivating reasons to start working out? Here are 3 powerful ones, and they’re far greater than merely looking good.

16 Destructive Things You Have to Stop Doing to Be Happy


There are many ways of sabotaging your happiness, but some are far more effective than others and the worst of all are also the most common.

Why Not You?


We spend more time asking Why me? Rather than asking the far more powerful and pertinent question: Why NOT me?

Get Workout Motivation: 7 Ways to Get Fired Up


Looking for some workout motivation? Well, by the end of this article, I bet you’ll be itching to hit the gym…

8 Ancient Laws for Creating a Simpler, Happier Life

Laws to a simple and happy life.

Life can be simple and you can be happy, and these 8 time-proven laws point the way.

2014 Was Great But Let’s Make 2015 Even Better

As good as 2014 was, let’s not dwell on our successes. What’s done is done and what we’re doing is what matters most, so here’s a sampling of the new, cool stuff I have in the pipeline to help you reach your health and fitness goals in 2015…

  • Expanded and revised (second) editions of all my books, starting with Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger (launching in January)
  • A one-pot cooking cookbook
  • A whole slew of new articles here on my blog
  • A workout app that I’m really excited about
  • A big expansion of Muscle for Life including a beefed up members section and a store
  • Several new LEGION products

Plus a few other “secret” projects I have in the works. (Yeah, it’s going to be a busy year!)

Well, that’s it for now. As always, I’m humbled by all the support you’ve given me and will continue to work hard to earn my place at your table.

What are your big plans for 2015? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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I'm Mike and I'm the creator of Muscle for Life and Legion Athletics, and I believe that EVERYONE can achieve the body of their dreams.

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