Partner-Up for This Hard-Core Ab Exercise

Partners are good for more than just spotting. Here’s how to put yours to good use! This exercise is similar to a medicine ball Russian twist. Sit on the floor with you knees bent and off the floor so you’re balancing on your butt. Have your partner stand about 6 feet in front of you. With your chest up and back straight, hold the medicine ball at chest level. Rotate the medicine ball from one side to the other, tapping […]

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This Exercise Hardens Abs, Shoulders and Chest

Combing two different exercises into one is a great way liven up your routine and increase the intensity level of your workout. The key to a successful hybrid exercise is selecting two compatible moves, like the balance ball push-up and pike. In this move, place your feet on a balance ball and perform a push-up. From the up position, complete a pike. That’s one rep. Aim to complete 3 sets of 12 reps of this challenging combo! In this video, […]

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Why You Should Eat Prunes Today

Why You Should Eat Prunes Today

Poor pitted prunes. Why do we make such a mockery of this sweet little fruit? Prunes, or dried plums, are naturally sweet, fat free and loaded with fiber, vitamins A, B, C and E, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Prunes can also help regulate blood glucose metabolism, correct and prevent iron deficiency, improve cardiovascular health, help fight osteoporosis, and regulate digestion. Plus, prunes ward off constipation. That’s because they contain sorbitol, a stool-loosening, non-fermentable sugar that helps desirable intestinal microorganisms develop. […]

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Your 24-Hour Healthy Eating Challenge

Your 24-Hour Healthy Eating Challenge

Do you get discouraged just thinking about adopting a healthy lifestyle? The thought of giving up for sweet, salty and fatty foods seems like too much of a sacrifice for many people. But you can do it in a way that isn’t overwhelming–and won’t leave you feeling deprived. Start by making a one-day commitment to eat clean. Everyone can stick to something for 24 hours! Here’s an example. Over the weekend, plan a simple, nutritious one-day meal plan for Monday. […]

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28 Diet Pills to Watch Out For

28 Diet Pills to Watch Out For

I don’t use diet pills, stimulants or fat burners for a simple reason: they don’t work. If they did work, there would be no overweight people. There is no big secret to managing your health and your weight; it’s about eating the right amount of healthy foods and exercising. It’s that simple. And it doesn’t involve gimmicky exercise machines, pre-packaged processed food diets, or magic pills. But the simple approach takes consistent commitment, which is why weight loss gimmicks sell: […]

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The POM Blogger Q&A: Supplements, Recipes and… POMx Iced Coffee?

After last week’s post on pomegranates (Why You Should Eat a Pomegranate Today) I received a lot of emails about pomegranates! I decided to go straight to the source and direct some of those questions to The POM Blogger. Pomegranate contains high levels of disease-fighting antioxidants and studies have shown it is beneficial in promoting heart health, prostate health, and proper erectile function. But how is pomegranate useful for weight loss? By substituting pomegranate juice for sodas, lattes, or imitation […]

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Mediterranean Diet Gets New Bragging Rights

Mediterranean Diet Gets New Bragging Rights

You’ve probably heard of Mediterranean-style diets. They call for a high consumption of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and olive oil, and have been associated with health benefits such as lower risks for cardiovascular disease and cancer. And according to a new study, women who follow a Mediterranean-style diet eat twice as many fruits and veggies. Although people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet consume a relatively high percentage of calories from fat, more than half the fat calories come […]

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Bentos Make Healthy Eating Fun for Kids

Bentos Make Healthy Eating Fun for Kids

What’s a bento? It’s Japan’s version of brown-bagging, or a home-packed lunch in a box. If you want to encourage your kids to eat healthy, a bento box may be a good approach since they’re fun to create, have an appealing presentation, and can be delicious and nutritious. Traditionally, bento boxes are made of lacquered wood, but there are also colorful plastic boxes with dividers that are more suitable for children. In Japan, parents devote a lot of time and […]

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Weights vs. Cardio: The Best Exercise for Suppressing Appetite

Weights vs. Cardio: The Best Exercise for Suppressing Appetite

We know that physical activity helps suppress appetite, but is all exercise created equal when it comes to curbing hunger? Apparently not. There are two major hormones that help regulate appetite. One is ghrelin, the only hormone known to stimulate hunger, and the other is peptide YY, which suppresses appetite. A new study published in The American Physiological Society found that a vigorous 60-minute workout on a treadmill caused ghrelin levels to drop and peptide YY levels to increase, indicating […]

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How Carbs and Sugars Damage Appetite-Control Cells

How Carbs and Sugars Damage Appetite-Control Cells

There are many factors that cause us to gain weight as we age: A slowing metabolism, exercising less, and eating more calories. But eating more as we age is not necessarily all about gluttony. Dr. Zane Andrews, a neuroendocrinologist with Monash University’s Department of Physiology, discovered that appetite control cells in the human brain degenerate over time, which causes increased hunger (Obesity Link to Killer Carb). But what makes appetite-suppressing cells degenerate? According to Andrews, appetite-suppressing cells are attacked by […]

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