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The 15 Grossest Things You Might Be Eating

<b>Flame Retardant-Laced Soda<br>What it is:</b> The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil (BVO) was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.<p><b>Where it is:</b> For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks. BVO's purpose? To keep the …

The 6 Veggies with the Most Protein

<b>Baked Potato</b><br>Another stealth source of protein? Potatoes! A medium-sized one contains three grams. Need some fun topping ideas? Make these spinach- and goat cheese-stuffed baked potatoes.<p><b>Broccoli</b><br>Broccoli's not just filled with fiber (2.6 grams per half cup)—it's also a great source of protein, with …

7 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

<b>Chocolate</b><br>No joke! In one study published in the journal <i>Nutrition</i>, higher chocolate consumption was associated with low abdominal fat. Study authors didn't speculate on the mechanism behind this, but previous research suggests that the antioxidants in dark chocolate may help increase your …

Trainer Confessions: Exercises That Don't Do What You Think

<b>Modified Pushups</b><br>The modified pushup is the on-your-knees version of the original. You’d think this would work the exact same muscles as a regular pushup, right? Not exactly. While you’re still working your chest, triceps and shoulders, you’re not targeting your core like you would in a regular …

8 Foods That Decrease Inflammation and Help You Lose Weight

Because eating these foods is so much easier than counting calories<p>Chronic inflammation can throw off your hunger mechanism and metabolism-regulating hormones, spur insulin resistance, and even cause you to hang onto water weight, says nutritionist Alex Caspero, R.D. What's more, research published …

4 Carb Myths That Lead to Weight Gain

<b>Carbs Send Your Blood Sugar on a Wild Ride</b><br>“Whole carbs contain fiber and resistant starch, both of which help you feel full, improve insulin sensitivity, and control blood sugar,” says Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of <i>The One One One Diet</i>. And the steadier your blood sugar, the less insulin you …

The 7-Move 7-Minute Circuit That Blasts Fat Fast

Exercise 1 Jump Rope<p>Grab the handles of a jump rope with each hand and jump rope for 30 seconds; rest for 30 seconds then continue to the next exercise.<p>Exercise 2 Close-Stance Bodyweight Squats<p>Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread shoulder-width apart. Lower your body as far as you can by …

How You Can Eat More of These 5 Winter Fruits and Veggies

I frequent my local farmers’ markets year round, and while I adore summer selections like berries, cherries, and melon, I also get excited for …

4 Mistakes You're Making When Doing Squats

Growing your booty is not as easy as doing 50 air squats a day. Here's what you should be doing, and what you need to stay away from.<p>You're probably one of those people — like many of us — who believes the more often you work out and the harder you push yourself, the more in shape you will be. Of …

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7 Ingredients Nutritionists Always Avoid

If you see these ingredients on a food's label, stay far, far away from it.<p>The Federal government announced plans to redesign nutrition labels back in February—but the proposed changes (which would highlight the amount of added sugars and bring serving sizes more in line with the amounts that …

The Ultimate Leg Workout Routine

Exercise 1 Lateral Band Walk<p>Place a mini resistance band just below your knees and stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent <b>(a)</b>. Maintaining a tight core, step your left foot out to the side <b>(b)</b>, followed by your right. Continue for 30 to 40 small steps, keeping tension on the band, …