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A Surprising Reason You May Be Craving Sugar

No, it's not those #DessertPorn pics.<p>Shutterstock<p>Of course you know that if you hear the sound of an ice cream truck or you smell brownies baking in the oven, you're <i>probably</i> going to want to indulge—you're only human, after all. But a new study from the journal <i>Appetite</i> found that there's another …

Holistic Medicine

The Amount of Sleep You Need to Keep Your Appetite Under Control

Because by now you probably know that skimping on Zzz's is a fast way to increase your hunger levels.<p>Shutterstock<p>Getting a good night's sleep helps you think better, look better, feel better, act better…basically, it helps you do <i>everything</i> better. And now, there's even more evidence supporting that …

Sleep

The Truth About What Sitting All Day Is Doing to You

We all know that exercise has a variety of valuable benefits. It helps you control your weight, strengthens your heart, and helps lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure, not to mention making you happier and sharper. If you meet national recommendations to exercise most days of the week for 30 …

Sitting

Powerhouse Fruits And Vegetables Ranked In Order Of Nutrition

Scientists say that certain "powerhouse" fruits and vegetables can help stave off chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. But what exactly is a powerhouse food, and are some fruits and vegetables better than others when it comes to nutrients?<p>Dietary researcher Jennifer Di …

6 Makeup Tips to Enhance Your Best Assets in a Natural Way

<b>Blemishes and Bruises</b><br>A concealer pencil or stick in your natural tone can easily camouflage bruises, scars, stretch marks, body acne, even leg veins. "Just draw or trace over the spot or line and lightly blend the concealer in with your fingertips. If it doesn't match perfectly, take a dab of your …

One-Dumbbell Workout For Total-Body Toning

And for more head-to-toe toning workouts, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Jen's book, <i>Shape-Up Shortcuts</i>.<p><i>*Video shot, produced, and edited by Jen Weaver,</i> Women's Health <i>associate video editor.</i>

Shocking Sugar Facts

If you get a chance to see the documentary <i>Fed Up,</i> you should. Although I didn't find it fun or easy to watch this exposé about the sugar in packaged food and what it does to us, the movie was eye-opening. Fed Up is not a perfect film -- far from it. Still, ever since I saw it a couple of weeks ago, …

Nutrition

Fit Links: 10 Reasons You Hate Running, Workout Songs For Fitness Buddies And More

<i>There are hundreds of wonderful sites on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. Here at Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.</i><p>Running's certainly not for everyone, however a few simple tweaks to your routine might make you hate it a little less. POPSUGAR …

Night Owls May Be Less Active, Less Motivated To Exercise Than Morning People

There may be some truth to the stereotype of a morning person jumping out of bed, ready to hit the road running. Night owls seem to have a harder time sticking to an exercise routine, according to a small new study.<p>Later bedtimes were linked to more self-reported time spent sitting in the research, …

Are butter, cheese and meat that bad?

"To eat, or not to eat?" For many people these days, that really is the question.<p>For the past four decades, we've been told to stay away from red meat, dairy and cheese -- foods high in saturated fats -- because saturated fat is bad for the heart.<p>But investigative reporter Nina Teicholz says that …

5 Deliciously Healthy Ways to Use Overripe Bananas

Coconut milk, cocoa, and overripe bananas make tasty (and wholesome) frozen treats for hot summer days. Ready the Dixie cups and Popsicle sticks!<p><i>Get the recipe at Je Suis Alimentageuse.</i><p><b>Banana Bread and Almond-Butter Cocoa Sandwich Cookies</b><p>Bananas, almond butter, and cocoa? Seriously, your taste buds …

Breakfast

Read This Before Grocery Shopping

“I sat in the parking lot, ripped open the bag of M&M’s and gobbled them as fast as I could,” one of my clients recently told me. She had gone to the …

Holistic Medicine

16 Veggies and Fruits You Should Grill

Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs scream summer, but did you know that you can fire up your backyard barbecue for much more than just meat? Grilling …

Food

6 Ways You're Doing Squats Wrong

<b>Not Lowering to 90 Degrees</b><p>If you don't complete the exercise through its full range of motion—all the way down until your thighbone is parallel with the floor—you won't fully engage your glutes and the upper part of your hamstrings, says Montenegro. Basically, you won't get a better butt. To train …

5 Ways You're Hydrating Wrong

<b>Mistake #2: Insisting on Eight Glasses a Day</b> <br>It's time to kick this adage to the curb: The Institute of Medicine actually recommends 11.4 cups per day, although hydration needs vary from person to person. The exact amount of H2O you need is dependent on your size and weight. And since you can also …

52 Healthier Versions of Classic Late Night Snacks

<b>Savory Fare: Instead of a Fast-Food Burger, Make….</b><p><b>1. A Bean-Kale Burger with Sweet Potato Wedges</b><br>For the vegetarians among us, here's a healthy recipe that provides balanced nutrition from superfood kale, sweet potato, and pinto beans. The recipe calls for pepper jack cheese, but this can be omitted …

20 Low-Carb Substitutes That Don't Suck

<b>1. Instead Of Tacos, Try Cilantro-Lime Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps</b><br>While you can turn almost any sandwich into a lettuce wrap, we love that this recipe replaces taco shells with crunchy iceberg lettuce filled with juicy turkey, a delicious homemade salsa, and all your favorite taco fixings. To make it …

Ask A Scientist: I Got Extra Sleep Last Night. Why Am I So Tired?

<i>By YouBeauty.com</i><p><b>The Scientist:</b> Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine<p><b>The Answer:</b> If you got more sleep than you're used to last night, then you're probably tired because you got more sleep than you're used to last night.<p>Your body loves …

'Why Am I So Tired?' 14 Reasons You're Tired All the Time

Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy (though recent data shows over a third of U.S. adults sleep less than seven hours a night). …

Wellness

Facts You Need to Know About Protein (And How It Can Improve Your Health)

Popular diet advice likes to talk about what foods you should avoid. Don't eat a lot of carbs. Get rid of gluten. Cut out all fats... And the list goes on.<p>Sometimes knowing what not to eat can be helpful, but what you should really pay attention to is what your diet should include -- the essential …

Nutrition

“Sleep Procrastination” Is Real, and You Probably Do It

Procrastination is certainly a problem for many at work and school. But now, a study shows it’s a problem at bedtime, too.<p>Worried you aren’t getting …

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Hidden Costs of Relocating: What to Know Before You Move

When Carrie Steele Madren and her husband bought their first home two years ago in the Washington, D.C., area, the writer was surprised by how the …

10 Little Household Habits That May Be Costing You a Fortune

Fewer Americans Apply for Mortgages, Despite Lower Rates

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