Even if you have only a passing interest in fitness, you have likely come across some of these nuggets on your Instagram and Facebook feeds (and that snappychatter thing all the kids use). Infographics are those neatly arranged condensed bites of information intended to give a concise look at any given concept.
They seem to have found their stride in recent years and some of the bigger names in fitness and nutrition are in on the action. While infographics cannot possibly adequately explain more complex processes of human physiology and nutritional science, they do wonders in simplifying more complicated concepts and make it more universally digestible for the general population who are just trying to get fit.
So whether they are myth-busting, explaining basics of nutrition or being a bit of a smart-ass, the following infographics are must-see’s and share-worthy (in my humble opinion).
- This gem from Mike Vacanti is a brilliant go-to guide for which foods fall into which categories of macronutrients.
2. Jordan Syatt has been KILLING it in the infographics game. Here he dispels a widely held misconception of protein absorption.
3. Number 2 in the Syatt triumvirate is a tongue-in-cheek myth-buster about women who lift.
4. The final installment of Syatt is arguably the best – a what to do/not to do for fat burning.
5. A sobering look at why measuring is important – especially with peanut butter – Ben Carpenter
6. Carpenter provides the truth with a side order of lol’s on the Low Carb dieting spectrum.
7. And Carpenter plays fun police again here when he exposes how many calories our “healthy lunch” contains.
8. Myolean Fitness has fast become one of my favorite evidence-based sites. This graph is a look at how dietary dogma has swung in recent decades.
9. This second installment from Myolean is what legends are made of. Not surprisingly controversial, this is the straight goods on why your favorite diet works.
10. The glute guy himself, Bret Contreras gives us a reality check when it comes to muscle vs. fat.
11. Dr. Spencer Nadolsky has taken the infographic world by storm recently and has rustled the jimmies of many an Instagram follower in the process. Here’s one on protein myths.
12. This handy guide for 5 minute dinners is a great little go-to for when you need quick and healthy. Via Woman’s Health.
13. I love a great “counterpoint” infographic that dispels a misleading one. The Wellness Punks “punk” the clean-eaters of the world who think that craving chocolate means you need chard instead.
14. And no nutritional education would be complete without the Yoda of nutrition, Mr. Alan Aragon. Here he breaks down the calories in, calories components in body composition.
15. Dr. Spencer with another sweet guide on how to lose fat without counting calories.
16. James Krieger is stud in the world of training and nutrition. Here he delivers the sad truth that muffins are basically cake without frosting.
17. Ahh the very confusing world of dietary supplements. This very detailed infographic from YLM Sports Science breaks down the strength of evidence of various supplements for health and fitness.
18. Joseph Agu of Elite Nutrition Coaching is a must-follow for the evidence-based awesomeness. Here is takes a bite out of the bio-signature model of nutritional prescription.
19. Eric Helms delivers a hierarchy of importance when it comes to nutrition and strength.
20. JC Deen of JCD Fitness has been a VERY solid top dude in fitness and fat loss for the past decade. Here’s a simple breakdown of macronutrients and their sources.
So there you have it – 20 great little infographics to help cut through the clutter and bring a much needed dose of reality in an industry steeped in hype.