The Truth About Cheat Days

There are benefits to “behaving badly on occasion.” That was the finding—and part of the title—of a study published in January in the Journal of Consumer Psychology that issued a license to cheat (sometimes) to anyone on a diet.The researchers, from universities in Portugal and the Netherlands, came to that conclusion after 26 people followed a 1,500-calorie diet for two weeks. Those with built-in cheat days were able to exercise more self-control than those who didn’t have them. The scientists said that cheat days—when you allow yourself the foods you…

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Fight the Flu: 6 Foods For a Stronger Immune System

Excitement is in the air for pumpkin spice lattes, knee-high boots and autumn leaves. Fall is here. But so is cold and flu season.We’ve all heard recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC): Wash your hands, don’t share food or drink, and don’t touch your face. But did you know that what you put on your plate matters, too? That’s right: When it comes to cold and flu season, food really can be your secret weapon. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends the following nutrients for immune boosting…

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5 Moments You Can Steal for a Quick Workout During the Holidays

The busiest time of the year is also the hardest time of the year to fit in your workouts. We get it! Between the shopping, the parties and the family gatherings—it can be super hard to catch a break in the day to work up a sweat. Our number one goal is to help you make healthy happen and the best way to do it is by finding the moments you can spare to get your heart rate pumping! Here are a few of our favorite times to sneak in…

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How To Order At The Coffee Shop

Whether you’re meeting up with a friend, need a quiet spot to do some work or you are just taking a break from your busy day, you may occasionally (or maybe even frequently) stop in your local coffee shop. Of course, while you’re there you’ll likely enjoy a beverage and maybe even a snack. Although there are a lot of reasonable choices at most coffee shops, there are also some snacks and drinks that you should steer clear of. With just a little bit of forethought and preparation, you can…

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Top Gifts For Weight Loss: Stocking Stuffer Edition

Have loved ones started prying about your present picks this season? Even though the holidays are about so much more than big shiny boxes and stockings bursting at the seams, many families dole out additional “warm and fuzzies” by way of some good old fashioned gift giving. If your family and friends are among the “presents preferred” crowd, they’re probably wondering what’s on your wish list this season. And, since you’re in the business of better health this year, why not take make it easy on them by doling out…

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4 Mouthwatering Mug Cake Recipes for National Cake Day

Ooey, gooey cake in a cup? Somebody, pinch us! These Mug Cake recipes are a deliciously fun way to appease those sweet treat cravings while you’re trying to slim down. With their delightful and easy mug presentation, these single serving treats don’t just serve up an exciting way to enjoy your favorite cake recipes, they also provide a smart strategy for controlling portion size. They are also extremely easy to make. With most recipes, you will simply whip up a few ingredients in a mug, pop it in the microwave…

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Gobbled Too Much? What to Do Next

Thanksgiving is officially over so let’s talk turkey: Did you overcome the urge to splurge or did you cave to the cornucopia of diet destruction? According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and a shocking 229 grams of fat during a typical Thanksgiving dinner. And though it is widely understood that it takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound—meaning Thanksgiving excess doesn’t typically translate to huge amounts of weight gain, the problem is this: Many people never lose the one or…

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Turkey Recipes To Try This Season

Before we get to some amazing turkey recipes, let’s take a little quiz: Which of these statements is NOT true about turkey, which is about to become the most celebrated food of the month?  Turkey is lower in fat and has fewer calories than chicken.  Turkey is a good source of high-quality protein.  Turkey is an excellent source of selenium, a trace element that acts as an antioxidant and may help prevent cancer, heart disease, cognitive decline as well as protecting the thyroid gland. Okay, this was a trick quiz.…

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3 Recipes to Repurpose Your Leftovers

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a fridge full of leftovers that could last you till next Thanksgiving. Keep things interesting (and healthy) with these three simple recipes that combine a few holiday staples to create all new dishes you’ll love. 1. Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole This Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole is a delicious and healthy hodge-podge of all your favorite leftovers. 2. Thanksgiving Breakfast Cups Use your leftover mashed potatoes and a few simple ingredients to create these delicious Thanksgiving Breakfast Cups. 3. Turkey Cranberry Salad This Turkey Cranberry Salad…

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23 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Ready or not, here they come… In case you’ve missed the glaring lights and blaring commercials, it’s official… the holidays are upon us. And Thanksgiving, with all of its food-based traditions, promises to put your weight loss willpower to the test. According to research from the Calorie Control Council, a typical traditional Thanksgiving dinner can clock in at 3,000 calories. Add to that apps and drinks, and you’ve got yourself a 4,500 calorie meal—that’s more than two times the average daily intake. This same source reports that the average Thanksgiving…

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