• Lucas Zarebinski/FITNESS MagazineLucas Zarebinski/FITNESS MagazineBy Yelena Moroz Alpert

    We know that milk does a body good: It builds bone, aids weight loss, and helps you recover from a tough workout. Turns out, nondairy alternatives are worth sipping, too. These drinks, which aren't just for people who are lactose intolerant or vegan, are a great way to up your consumption of good-for-you plant foods, says Andrea Giancoli, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here, get the skinny on five popular plant-based milks. Whichever you try, make sure it's unsweetened and fortified with calcium (look for one with at least 20 percent of your daily recommended intake, or 200 milligrams per one-cup serving) and vitamin D.

    Related: Why You Should Juice for Your Health (Not to Lose Weight!)

    Gulp It Down
    45 calories, 5g fat (4g saturated), 1g fiber, 1g sugar, 0g protein

    Unsweetened coconut milk has more saturated fat than other plant-based milks, but it consists largely of lauric acid, a type of saturated fat

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  • A day-to-night guide to staying fit and healthy.

    By Emma Haak

    Photo: Dan SaelingerJust as it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, it's better to have squeezed in a quick evening workout than-well, you get the idea. But what if we told you that it's best to work out first thing in the morning and that other healthy activities are likewise most beneficial at specific times? Here's our daily plan for staying in tip-top shape.

    7 a.m.

    Rise and Run on Empty

    Yet another reason to get your exercise out of the way early: A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that working out before breakfast burns nearly 20 percent more fat than waiting until after your first meal. The study was small and conducted on men, but as lead researcher Javier Gonzalez points out, "Women burn more fat during exercise, so it's possible they could see an even greater fat-burning benefit by working out before breakfast." When you exercise on an empty stomach, your body burns more

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  • What's not worth the bellyache, and how much really IS too much.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Yes, you can actually O.D. on common foods.Yes, you can actually O.D. on common foods.

    Overeating is one thing, but when it comes to these six foods, you can actually overdose.

    1. Raw Tuna

    Your sushi habit might not as be as healthy as you thought. A recent New York Times exposé tested tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants and found that, at most of them, eating just six pieces of raw tuna a week would result in dangerously high mercury levels. The effects could range from kidney and lung disorders to sensory impairment and a lack of coordination-typically symptoms of neurological problems. So why are tuna fish so full of mercury? Since they swim high on the food chain, their muscles accumulate methyl mercury from all of the smaller fishes they've eaten over the course of their lives.

    2. Soda
    The witches' brew is notorious for growing midsections and addictions alike. But according to a 2013 review, it can also cause heart failure-and even death.

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