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  • 5 Signs Your Diet Needs a Makeover

    by Amie Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital StudioIn a world where fast food and quick-fix diet plans are everywhere, it's easy to take a detour from the path of healthy eating. A lot of times it can be hard to change our weight and our lifestyle because we're not even sure what the real problems are. Whether you struggle with cravings or just can't seem to get on board with quinoa, there are many food issues that millions of women struggle with. Luckily, for every diet issue, there is a totally doable solution that can help wiggle you out of your food rut. Check out the list below for some of the most common signs your diet needs a few touch-ups, along with a handful of solutions to help you get back on track!

    1. You are constantly hungry after you eat. If you feel hungry after your meals, it's time to check what you're putting in your body. Are you eating enough healthy fats and whole grains to hold you over and sustain you throughout your day? If not, toss a handful of raw nuts or seeds such as almonds, cashews, Read More »from 5 Signs Your Diet Needs a Makeover
  • This Surprising Flavor May Make You Eat Less (and 4 Ways to Find It)

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital ArchiveCN Digital Archive
    Our, sweet, salty, bitter...these are the four basic "tastes," right? But there's also umami--which translates to something like "savory" in Japanese (the "meaty" flavor in some cheeses, for example)--and it just might help keep you from overeating, according to a new study.


    The study--published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition--suggests that umami, which is also known as monosodium glutamate (or MSG), may make foods more appetizing--and, as a result, also make us feel fuller, faster.

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    Researchers asked 27 study subjects to eat the same breakfast...but gave some of them a high-protein soup with an MSG-enzyme combo, and others a bowl of soup without the MSG. Both groups later ate the exact same lunch. The people who ate the soup with MSG ate less of their lunch--but said they felt full.


    The researchers think these results might suggest that umami may play a role in regulating how much we eat.

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  • 25 Percent of Americans Say They Get Absolutely NO Exercise. Here Are the 10 Most Inactive States in the U.S

    by Lexi Petronis

    Robert MitraRobert Mitra
    Well...there's certainly something to be said for honesty! As it turns out, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one fourth of Americans say they get no exercise at all during their free time. Yep: The fact is, according to this report, more than 25 percent of people across the U.S. carve out zero hours in their daily lives to exercise.

    Also, a little more than half of the people surveyed said they actually meet the CDC's suggested guidelines for getting two and a half hours per week of aerobic activity.

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    The report broke down inactivity by state too--is yours on the list?

    1. Mississippi: 36%
    2. Tennessee: 35.1%
    3. West Virginia: 35.1%
    4. Louisiana: 33.8%
    5. Alabama: 32.6%
    6. Oklahoma: 31.2%
    7. Arkansas: 30.9%
    8. Kentucky: 29.3%
    9. Indiana: 29.2%
    10. Missouri: 28.4%

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  • 3 Things You Must Do After Your Next Intense Workout

    by Lexi Petronis

    Jorg BaduraJorg BaduraPre-workout, I've noticed there are certain things that work for me: a banana with peanut butter, plenty of water the night before (if I do it just before a class, I am way too...you know, sloshy), gentle stretching.

    But your post-workout ritual is just as important as your pre. Cycle House instructor Brandon Mills has these three very important post-intense workout must-dos that can help prevent soreness, fatigue, and dehydration.

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    Stretch!
    You just spent 30 to 60 minutes working out--and now you have five minutes to focus on those well-worn muscles. "Focus on both static and dynamic stretches from head to toe, making sure to spend time on your hamstrings, quads, and glutes, seeing as they do most of the muscular work. But don't forget about the core!" he says.

    Refuel!

    In other words: Eat something. "Fuel is what keeps you going and what gives you the ability to give it your all," Mills says. "It keeps

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  • Are You Making These 4 Serious Post-Workout Mistakes?

    by Lexi Petronis

    Fairchild ArchiveFairchild ArchiveSure, you probably have your pre-workout routine all in order: you drink plenty of water, you wear your favorite exercise gear. But did you know your post-workout routine is just as important?

    According to Balanced Fitness and Health's Lauren Brown--that's absolutely true, "not only to ensure proper muscle recovery but also for muscle growth," she says.

    Brown says that there are certain warning signs that you might need to adjust your after-workout routine. "If you feel pain in a joint or muscle, that's a major sign that you're doing something incorrectly. You may not be cooling down long enough, or possibly overstretching a muscle, creating strain or-even worse-a tear," she says. "If you feel overly fatigued for the day, that means your post-workout meal isn't giving you the energy that your body needs. You may not be eating enough, or not eating the right types of foods to give you that energy boost. In the same sense, if you feel really sore days after a

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  • So is Red Wine NOT Good for Your Heart After All? (Sigh)

    by Lexi Petronis

    photo: Romulo A Yanesphoto: Romulo A YanesNot to put a total damper on your Friday-night plans or anything, but a huge new study has found that red wine may not have the good-for-your-heart benefits that we've all thought it did.

    According to new research in BMJ, there are no cardiovascular benefits to drinking alcohol moderately--not even with red wine, which has long been thought to contain heart-boosting antioxidants.


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    The study reviewed the results from more than 50 studies--involving 260,000 subjects--focusing on how drinking alcohol might impact cardiovascular health. The researchers looked at these subjects' DNA, focusing specifically on people who carried a gene called "alcohol dehydrogenase 1B"--essentially, a gene that makes people metabolize alcohol more quickly, thus feeling nauseated or throw-uppy more quickly than others without the gene.

    The researchers found that these subjects--who ultimately drank less--seemed to have better

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  • Potentially Huge News: This New Condom May Be Able to Kill HIV, Herpes, and Other STDs

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioImagine a condom that not only helps protect you against an unwanted pregnancy, but also helps kill off infections and STDs--including HIV.


    Within a couple of months, this may not just be a figment of our imagination. The new VivaGel-coated condom from Starpharma is setting out to make this idea a reality.

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    The soon-to-be-released condom contains .5 percent astodrimer sodium, which is a non-antibiotic, antimicrobial drug which has been shown to help protect against HIV transmission, while also reducing the risk of contracting other STDs (lab studies found it to decimate about 99.9 percent of HIV, Herpes and HPV viruses). Big deal, right?

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    According to Dr. Jackie Fairley, Starpharma's chief executive, "Condoms are not 100 percent effective in preventing either pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections and so anything that you can do to reduce the number of Read More »from Potentially Huge News: This New Condom May Be Able to Kill HIV, Herpes, and Other STDs
  • 3 Ways Not Getting Enough Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio
    As someone who gets way less sleep than she'd like, I still need the occasional reminder as to why that's not a good thing.

    And, hey--here's one! Skipping out on sleep may make you gain weight (or at least hinder your weight-loss goals). The reasons are fascinating (and may change the way you sleep from now on!).

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    * Getting fewer than six hours sleep per night may be correlated with an increase in the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin. The upshot? Those who snooze for six hours or less may be almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who sleep seven to nine hours.


    * Sleepy brains--those who logged fewer than four hours at night--may actually seek out junk food the next day, more than 300 calories per day, on average, according to one study.

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    * On average, Americans are getting two hours less sleep than in years

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  • 5 Ways to Add Veggies to Your Breakfast

    by Amie Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital StudioOne of the best ways to add more veggies to your diet is to start including them in your breakfast. Not only are there unlimited yummy ways to add veggies to your morning meal, but it's also a great way to start your day with fiber and antioxidants! From smoothies to scrambled eggs, check out these five veggie-licious ways to boost your breakfast.

    1. Add a handful of steamed kale or Swiss chard on top of a poached egg.
    Serve it on top of gluten-free whole-grain toast for an open-faced breakfast treat. Season to taste with chili powder, sea salt, and pepper.

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    2. Toss fresh spinach or collard greens into your smoothie.
    Add a pinch of ground cinnamon and a drizzle of raw honey to sweeten it up!


    3. Add pureed sweet potato and mashed white beans with Parmesan to your boring oatmeal. Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt and black pepper, along with a pinch of cayenne pepper, for a flavorful kick first thing in the morning.

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  • Can Watching a Lot of TV Take Years Off Your Life? a New Study Says

    by Lexi Petronis


    Cathy CrawfordCathy Crawford Sigh, these kind of preliminary research findings are exactly what TV addicts don't want to hear.

    A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association has found that three or more hours of tube time per day might increase your risk of premature death.


    And it may be TV specifically! The researchers studied 13,284 healthy Spanish university grads and assessed their risk of dying early from three sedentary activities: TV time, logging on to the computer, and driving. Surprisingly, there seemed to be no associations with premature death and computer use or driving--but the risk was two times higher for the subjects who watched TV for three more hours in a row.

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    Why? Well, research has found that sitting for hours on end isn't good for your physical (or mental) health--and we all know how captivating TV can be (Netflix binge-watching, anyone?). But research is still in the early stages.

    Still, due to

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