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Nutritionists' Picks for Summer's Healthiest Licks

As the temperature rises, it's tempting to cool off with an ice cream cone, fro-yo or a nostalgic frozen novelty. Beating the heat with frosty treats is about as American as baseball and BBQs. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest stats from 2012, Americans ate nearly 1.6 billion …

14 Foods Nutritionists Never Eat

<b>Processed and/or Canned Meat or Cheese</b><br>"I particularly avoid those that are made with additional thickeners, preservatives, sugar, or a high content of preservatives. Animal products (and food products in general) that have to sit on a shelf inherently require a decent amount of processing to …

What Type of Yoga is Right for You?

Stay open to all possibilities! The goal is to find the style that inspires you and makes you want to show up on the mat. Still can't find your yoga soul mate? Check out my book <i>The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga</i> for even more poses, sequences, and practice-perfecting tips!<p><b>For the Athletic</b> …

5 Minute Fat-Blaster: Crush Calories with This Quick Workout

Get head-to-toe toning with these five simple (yet super effective) moves<p>Saying you <i>don't</i> have time to work out is no longer an excuse. We've got an amazing five-minute workout that we're going to do <i>right now</i> and to help you get in phenomenal shape in no time. Follow along with <i>Women's Health</i> senior …

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8 Perfect Fitness Foods<p>Chow down on these 8 power foods before and after your workouts, and you'll see results in no time<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p><b>It's true:</b> Spinach is muscle fuel. But not because it instantly turns you lean and sexy. Researchers from Rutgers University found that a compound in the …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

<b>Rows</b> <br>So much of what we do and how we move involves the muscles on the front of the body—the chest, abs, biceps, etc. But pulling exercises like rows strengthen your back to improve posture and balance out the body. Plus, you'll look that much sexier in halter dresses. The bent-over row uses …

Epic Ab Exercises for a Firm, Flat Stomach

Crunches, side bends, leg lifts... If you're tired of doing the same ab exercises over and over again (and perhaps without seeing desired results), well then you've come to the right place!<p>If your goal is to sculpt a firm, flat stomach, first understand one thing: It involves more than just …

How Long Should It Take to See Muscle Definition?

<b>The answer:</b> Depending on how often you exercise and the intensity of your workouts, give it between four to eight weeks for your muscles to get ripped, says Kawamoto. While that seems like a long time, there are other signs that show your exercise routine is working—like climbing a flight of stairs …

12 Foods To Keep You Fuller, Longer

<i>By Carey Rossi</i><p>When you're trying to lose weight, cutting back on the amount you eat is a given -- but feeling hungry all the time is one of the major reasons why most diets fail within a week. Still, you can silence your grumbling stomach without consuming extra calories. In fact, eating certain …

Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

You’re Building Muscle<p>Muscle weighs more than fat, we explained in an article in November. So the number on the scale might not move, but your new toned look should be proof enough that you’re making progress!<p>You’re Not as Strict as You Think You Are<p>You could be eating more and/or exercising less …

7 Things No One Ever Told You About Caffeine

For starters, you're probably consuming it a lot more often than you think.<p>Ready for a jolt? According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 80 percent of adults in the United States consume caffeine on a daily basis, and they take in an average of 200 milligrams (the equivalent of two …

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Detoxing Guidelines: 16 Cleansing Foods

16 Detoxing Cleanse Foods<p>Get a jump-start on losing extra pounds with these essential cleanse foods<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>As a nutritionist, I always suggest that my clients get a jump-start on weight loss and a new way of eating with a short "cleanse," to help eliminate cravings, wake up the …

How to Pick a Realistic Goal Weight

Although a 10 percent weight reduction is the point at which overweight people often start to make major health gains, the researchers say that kind of weight loss is often "disappointing" to dieters—we do, after all, live in a <i>Biggest Loser</i> culture, where major weight loss, ASAP, seems totally …