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Kari Ianuale lost 145 pounds in three years
• She began exercising at home and cutting portions
• As her diet and exercise intensified, she shed more pounds
(CNN)One day, Kari Ianuale had had enough. The Nazareth, Pennsylvania, resident was embarrassed to discover that her size 24 pants no …Weight Loss
Decoding the restaurant menu: Words to avoid for healthful eating
(CNN) -- For many of us, eating out happens more often than we would like to admit. It's only natural that with our busy, can't-catch-a-break lifestyles we farm out cooking to our favorite local restaurants.
That's OK -- it's not so …Food
Man loses 270 pounds, wins 'Teacher of the Year'
(CNN) -- "Gosh, I wanna be that guy again," Jeff Baxter would think when he remembered how it felt to be in shape.
The 66-year-old teacher wasn't exactly accustomed to the extra pounds he was carrying around. He had been a marathoner before what he …Weight Loss
Slouching over your smartphone can cause a stiff neck, headaches and back problems
• Stretching and realigning your body can improve posture, experts say
• These six yoga poses open the chest and strengthen core and back muscles
As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to …Yoga
(Life by DailyBurn) -- The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people. For some, it's grabbing a granola bar to nibble on during the morning commute; for others, it includes a big omelet with a cup of coffee at home.
Then there are the millions who forego grub in …Nutrition
(CNN) — Two years ago, Dino Mazzetti hit the lowest point of his life.
The Lake Zurich, Illinois, middle school music teacher was hovering dangerously close to 300 pounds and was feeling horrible.
Pain radiated in every joint in his body because of his weight. "I could barely bend over to tie my own …Diets
Orthorexia nervosa is characterized by a desire for "clean" or "healthy" foods
• Health experts say extreme "healthy eating" can threaten health and relationships
• Signs include heavy spending on "pure" food and eating unbalanced meals
(<a …Healthy Eating
16 photos: Photos: 15 superfoods for fall
15 best superfoods for fall – The weather is getting cooler, but your produce choices are heating up. These amazing superfoods, picked by our friends at Health.com, are either hitting their peak in the garden or can easily be found in your local farmers …Seasonal Food
Flexible leg, hip and back muscles are needed for toe touching
• Stretching these muscles also can help prevent chronic back and hip pain, expert says
• Try these five yoga poses to improve your flexibility
Dana Santas is the creator of Radius Yoga Conditioning, a yoga style designed to …Yoga
13 photos: Weight loss winners
Weight loss winners – Each year TOPS, a nonprofit weight loss support organization, recognizes members who followed the club's slogan of "Taking Pounds Off Sensibly." Victoria Brazzle from Pahrump, Nevada, lost 101 pounds. Click through the gallery to see more success …Weight Loss
Power walker loses 150 pounds
(CNN) -- In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been.
At 5 feet 6 inches, Corn weighed more than 300 pounds. Her mother and aunt had just offered to pay for her to have weight-loss surgery. But Corn knew the price tag was hefty: around $15,000.
"I …Weight Loss
(CNN) — Soda makers want to cut the number of calories you're drinking each year. At the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, the big three -- Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper -- pledged to reduce the number of beverage calories Americans are consuming by 20% over the next decade.
The announcement doesn't …Diets
(CNN) — Running is boring. It's hard. It hurts. It's lonely. And it doesn't give you immediate results. Right?
While we don't think any of these are necessarily good excuses (or altogether true!), we do understand it's not always love at first run for anyone who ever decides to lace up and hit the …Running
(Life by DailyBurn) -- Anyone who makes fitness a priority has experienced that moment when a slight tummy rumble comes along just as you head out to the gym.
But do you grab a snack to get more out of your workout? Or skip the food to avoid stomach cramps and potentially "undo" everything you're …Workouts
From 'sumo wrestler' to distance runner
(CNN) -- Yusuke Kirimoto was always overweight.
When he visited his relatives in Japan, they would jokingly say, "the sumo wrestler is back." Their comments were meant to be funny, but Kirimoto still felt the sting.
Kirimoto and his wife Megumi had their …Fitness
One dance class changed her life
(CNN) -- Angela Baldwin can pinpoint the day she changed the course of her life.
Her friend invited her to a dance fitness class in March 2013. Baldwin tried to think of an excuse to skip it, but couldn't come up with one so she reluctantly tagged along.
At this point, …Weight Loss
(CNN) — It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants -- craves, even -- healthier foods.
How? By following a healthy diet.
We know, that wasn't the quick fix to afternoon ice cream binges you were hoping for. But this research could lead to a more sci-fi solution to the obesity …The Brain
(CNN) — Picture it: A four-day competition, with two to four workouts a day that consist of running, swimming, muscle-ups, 345-pound squat cleans, handstand push-ups, rope climbs, double unders, handstand walks, 245-pound overhead squats and more, against 43 of the most in-shape competitors you …CrossFit
(CNN) — At 27 years old, I weighed 486 pounds and decided to have gastric bypass surgery. I know what you might be thinking: "Oh, you took the easy way out."
Let me tell you, having weight loss surgery is far from easy. It involves a total commitment to a lifestyle change.
Before my surgery nearly …Weight Loss
(CNN) -- You've been trying forever to get that elusive six-pack: the holy grail of fitness goals. None of the gizmos and doodads advertised online or on TV have worked, so you figure it's time to sign up for that 30-minute abs class at the gym.
Heck, what could be better for getting washboard abs …Workouts
No longer lonely: He lost 225 pounds
(CNN) -- Throughout high school, Tevante Clark felt ashamed about being overweight.
It wasn't just his hefty size that depressed him, but the distance he felt growing between him and some of his closest friends. Over four years, he watched as his friends steadily …Weight Loss
If you want to build muscle, you need to take in more fuel
• Neglecting certain movements and muscle groups can cause imbalances
• Working out longer than 45 to 55 minutes can put the body into a negative hormonal state
If you've been working out for eight plus weeks and haven't started to …Workouts
6 ways to stop sciatica pain with yoga
(CNN) -- Sciatica is a real pain in the butt -- and, sometimes, in the leg and foot.
That's because the sciatic nerves, the longest nerves in your body, run bilaterally from the base of the spine through the deep muscles of the buttocks and all the way down the …Yoga
Determined not to fail, retired teacher loses 200 pounds
(CNN) -- There are workout horror stories and then there's Kathleen Riser, who was mocked by the most unlikely of sources: a fitness trainer at the gym.
"There's another one who will break our equipment," she overheard one trainer say 2½ years …Weight Loss
10 signs you should break up with your personal trainer
(LIfe by DailyBurn) -- Choosing a personal trainer isn't as easy as walking into a gym and picking the first person you're introduced to who trains there.
A personal trainer needs to be exactly that -- personal. This is a person you'll trust to …Exercise
No pain, no gain? 5 myths about post-workout muscle soreness
(Life by DailyBurn ) -- You just crushed a really hard workout. You upped the load of your training, or you stepped out of your routine and tried a new activity. You feel great -- until you wake up the next morning, barely able to …Exercise
Keep a food log at least twice a year for a nutrition "reality check"
• Eat 2 to 3 fruits and 4 to 6 vegetables per day
• Don't be fooled by weight loss ads or supplements
Six CNN viewers have been selected to be part of the 2015 Fit Nation triathlon team. They'll race alongside Dr. Sanjay …Nutrition
Annette Miller had a lot of excess skin after losing 200-plus pounds
• The "apron" she carried was hard to exercise with and could get infected
• Doctors removed excess flesh from her arms and waist in January
I am a CNN Fit Nation alumna. I completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 2013 …Weight Loss
No more 'Big Ben': City leader loses 145 pounds
(CNN) -- The table was set with an unhealthy serving of his favorite foods: fried chicken, baked beans and an extra-large helping of macaroni and cheese. For some people, alcohol and cigarettes are unhealthy vices. For Ben Boukari Jr., food was his …Big Ben