Thanksgiving Day Hangover? Start Salvaging Your Diet Now

Thanksgiving Day Hangover? Start Salvaging Your Diet Now

Thanksgiving Day may be over, but now the leftovers have moved into your fridge. Adding turkey breast to your salad for lunch or creating a yummy white turkey bean chili for dinner are good ways to make the best of those leftovers. But don’t turn one indulgent meal into an indulgent weekend by polishing off what’s left of that pumpkin pie, apple crumble and carrot cake. I know, it sucks, but you’ll feel better about yourself come Monday when everyone […]

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Diet and Exercise: Small Changes, Big Results!

Diet and Exercise

Are you ready to adopt a healthy lifestyle but feel overwhelmed by what seems like insurmountable weight loss or fitness goals? Biting off more than you can chew can compromise your motivation, which is why slow and steady is sometimes best when it comes to setting lifelong goals. In the January issue of Shape magazine, Debra Messing addresses the challenges she faced trying to get back her post-baby body while working as an actress in Hollywood, where being super thin […]

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Supplements to Chew On

Supplements to Chew On

While it’s always best to rely on whole foods for your nutritional needs, I do supplement my diet with multivitamins, essential fatty acids, protein powders, and occasionally, branch chain amino acids. But some, particularly BCAAs, which come in messy liquids or gargantuan tablets, aren’t the most convenient to take–and the biggest advantage of protein supplements is convenience. In August, we touched on the importance of branch chain amino acids (BCAA) in our diets. Basically, our muscles can’t grow without protein, […]

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Why Coconut Oil Won’t Make You Fat

Why Coconut Oil Won't Make You Fat

By now, you’ve heard about the benefits of coconut and coconut oil, which has deservedly elbowed its way on to super food lists. Even so, coconut oil hasn’t been embraced by those who still harbor misconceptions about fat consumption. But the fat you eat isn’t instantly converted into body fat. Eating more calories than your body uses without exercising is what makes you fat. Of the 3 macronutrients, fat is the most calorie-dense: it has 9 calories per gram while […]

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Home Exercise Equipment and Why We Don’t Use It

Home Exercise Equipment and Why We Don’t Use It

Did you buy the Perfect Pushup so you could “get more from your workouts without having to leave the house?” You probably had every intention of doing push-ups every day and getting ripped, but now the rotating handles are collecting dust under your couch. What went wrong? According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, it’s that our expectations of our behavior often don’t generally match reality. In a series of studies, researchers Robin J. Tanner […]

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How Often Can I Cheat on My Diet?

How Often Can I Cheat on My Diet?

Do you workout consistently but aren’t happy with what you see in the mirror? It’s hard to accept, especially if you’re physically active all week: weight training, yoga, bodyweight circuit drills, spinning, walking. But are you as consistent with your diet? Your physical appearance has a lot more to do with diet than training. In fact, a lean and athletic physique is built on roughly 80 percent nutrition, 10 percent training and 10 percent genetics. So while your exercise regimen […]

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Try Pool Plyometrics for Strength Gains without Pain

Try Pool Plyometrics for Strength Gains without Pain

Trainers and coaches often use plyometric training to increase speed, strength, and build power in athletes. But plyometric exercises, which involve jumps, hops, and bounding movements, aren’t just for athletes. Adding plyometric drills to your regular strength training regimen will increase your endurance, burn calories and help you shed body fat. But plyometric drills can be stressful to joints and aren’t generally recommended for those who have a history of knee and back problems. So how can you get the […]

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How Belly Fat Differs from Fat on Your Thighs

How Belly Fat Differs from Fat on Your Thighs

It’s a well-known fact that carrying excess fat around your midsection puts you at a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes. What makes belly fat so evil and why is it worst than say, fat on your hips? There are two types of body fat: visceral fat, which is the belly fat packed in between internal organs, and subcutaneous fat, the type found underneath the skin and interspersed in skeletal muscle (intramuscular). But recent studies have found that belly […]

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iPosture Promises to Purge Poor Posture

iPosture Promises to Purge Poor Posture

Are you a sloucher? Although we weren’t created to sit for extended periods of time, today’s lifestyle means just that, whether it’s working behind a desk or playing video games. Past studies have found a 135-degree body-thigh sitting posture is the best biomechanical sitting position, but keeping your posture in check isn’t easy. A new gadget, however, promises to help. The iPosture Monitor is an electronic device designed to improve posture by letting you know when your body stance is […]

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Weight Training in Runners? Why Workout Shoes Should Match Your Activity

Why Workout Shoes Should Match Your Activity

Working out in Converse All Stars may seem odd considering the amount of specialized athletic shoes out there. But Chuck Taylors do have a place in the weight room. As a rule, your workout shoes should meet the demands of whatever physical activity you’re doing. If you’re a runner, for example, Chuck Taylors are a poor choice. You need a shoe that will absorb shock, control motion, be flexible, and protect your foot from the stresses of running. Since walking […]

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