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9 Quick Ways to Lose Your Thigh Fat

Those skinny jeans are calling your name.<p><i>This article was written by Jenny Sugar and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Full disclosure: There's no one exercise or food that specifically helps you lose weight in your legs—spot reducing fat doesn't work—but keep reading to find out …

Fitness

6 Power Foods You Should Be Eating

Make a place for these on your plate, and you'll gain a new respect for the health benefits they bestow—from lowering blood pressure to fighting belly fat<p>Some foods just aren't taken seriously.<p>Consider celery, for example—forever the garnish, never the main meal. You might even downgrade it to bar …

Nutrition

The Truth About Protein

If you are what you eat, what does that make a vegan? A string-bean, milquetoast kind of a guy? Of course not—and renowned strength coach Robert dos Remedios, a vegan, is strong evidence to the contrary. Really strong.<p>But most men eat animal products. And we really do become what we eat. Our skin, …

Nutrition

40 Foods with Superpowers

Popping a daily multivitamin might be worthwhile as "health insurance," but let's face it: Eating real food is a lot more fun than gobbling supplements. Besides, you can get most, if not all, of the nutrients essential to good health by selecting the right combination of foods. You just have to …

Nutrition

Do You Have an Anxiety Disorder—Or Are You Just a Worrywart?

How to tell the difference between the two<p>You worry about a lot of things—for example, you may be on-edge about that project due next week at the office or you may fear your partner will leave you for whatever reason. But does all that worry mean you have an anxiety disorder? It could, depending on …

Mental Health

The Best Time to Consume Most of Your Calories If You're Trying to Lose Weight

Should you frontload your calorie intake? Or make dinner the heartiest meal of the day?<p>In completely obvious news, eating nutritionally empty foods in unhealthy amounts can make you gain weight. But can the <i>time of day</i> you eat affect your waistline, too? Turns out, getting the majority of your …

Nutrition

3 Food Combos That Lead to Bloating (And What to Eat Instead!)

It's not just what you eat—it's what you eat together.<p>You know that certain foods can lead to bloating, like super salty stuff and carbonated drinks (we're looking at you, Diet Coke). But it turns out that certain food <i>combinations</i> have a similar effect. Nadya Andreeva, a certified wellness coach …

Nutrition

16 Foods Nutritionists Eat When They Want to Lose a Few Pounds

Consider this your weight-loss cheat sheet.<p>Lots of people call on nutritionists to help them overhaul their diets when they want to slim down. But what do R.D.s make sure to eat themselves if they notice their jeans have gotten a little snug? We surveyed 10 to find out which foods they swear by …

Nutrition

How to Pick a Realistic Goal Weight

Find the right target—for you.<p>Lisa Marie Presley is flaunting a new, slimmer figure—and says she's finally back at her "happy" weight, which is the same amount she weighed as a teenager, according to a recent interview the star did with <i>People</i>. We're all about breaking out the high-school jeans, but …

Fitness

4 Ways to Torch More Fat with Cardio

The secret to getting speedy results<p>"Cardio is all about moving your muscles—your metabolic engines—and the more you do, the more calories you burn," says Powell. Mix these workouts into your routine two to five times a week, whether you're running, biking, swimming, or rowing.<p><b>Interval</b>Alternating …

Exercise

"How Can I Tell if My Weights Are Heavy Enough?"

<b>The answer:</b> There's a very simple trick. Basically, pick up a bunch of free weights with one hand until you find the heaviest one that you can still, well, pick up and do a move with. (So, one bicep curl, if that's what you're going for. Or one chest press. Whatever move you're hoping to practice …

Lose Weight and Still Gain Muscle

Boost lean body mass even when cutting calories<p><b>Question:</b> How can I gain muscle while I am on a low-calorie diet to lose weight?<p><i>(from reader Lee Larry)</i><b><br>Answer:</b> Sorry bud, there’s no magic trick for this—just reality. “Chances are you won’t gain muscle while on a very-low-calorie diet,” says Mike …

Nutrition

3 Simple Ways to Maximize Muscle

One of the leading nutritionists in the world offers up the best ways to increase your brawn<p>For years men have chased workouts with protein shakes, hoping to take advantage of the "anabolic window"—the time when your body is primed to build muscle. Now a major new meta-analysis shatters that …

Nutrition

The Best Strength Training for Women

You may be missing out on the best body shaper exercises out there<p>Tired of sweating all over every piece of cardio equipment at the gym and still getting zero love from the scale? You need more iron. Not in your diet—in your hands. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a mere 21 …

Exercise

How To Do A Perfect Plank

Your guide to mastering the abs exercise.<p>Things that feel like forever: Waiting for the hottie you met last weekend to message you back; boiling pasta; holding a plank.<p>But even though it may not be super exciting, this simple bodyweight move is really effective—not to mention, one of the best ways …

Workouts

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

Skinny Jeans

full body workouts

Who needs 5 golden rings when you can do 5 kettlebell swings?<p>Try this total-body circuit workout on days you just want to *explode*.<p>We compared the decline pushup and the foot-elevated pushup to see which would come out on top.<p>Tone your entire body and feel awesome—fast.<p>Our trainer makes them look …

Cameron Diaz's Trainer Shares 7 Tips for an Insanely Fit Body

Get motivated, get fit, and kick your routine up a notch with his smart advice.<p>Getting a strong, sexy body—and keeping it up—is no easy feat. So we spoke with celebrity trainer Teddy Bass, who helped Cameron Diaz sculpt her crazy-amazing bod, about how to score a fit physique and a hefty dose of …

Exercise

Work Every Muscle With This Printable Bodyweight Workout

3 Ways to Train Harder on a Treadmill

Upgrade your indoor workout with these expert tips<p>It might be best known as a warm-up, a cool down, or a last resort when all of the ellipticals are taken, but the treadmill is making a comeback: In fact, the machines account for nearly 60 percent of annual home fitness equipment sales, according …

Exercise

8 Foods With Awesome Mood-Boosting Benefits

Prepare to rethink everything you thought about “comfort food.”<p>Who hasn’t craved something sweet or fried while seriously stressed out? The problem is, these comfort foods are not your salvation…actually, quite the opposite. These foods can make you fatigued and raise your blood sugar so you …

Nutrition

7 Smoothie Mistakes That Make You Gain Weight

Cut them out to make your smoothie habit healthier.<p><i>By Jenny Sugar for POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>After dusting off the ol' blender a few months ago, you've been proudly making smoothies instead of downing enormous bowls of cereal or bagels for breakfast. You expected the pounds to just fall off, but they're …

Nutrition

The Secret to Dropping More than 30 Pounds Fast

Tap into the power of negative training.<p>Almost everyone who's lost weight has eventually put the weight back on. Why this cruel reality? It's simple, really: During the first months of any diet, your body loses both fat and muscle. Then, when you gain back the weight, you add back only fat because …

Fitness

37 Ways to Turn Your Lower Body into a Machine

Build unparalleled strength with these unilateral leg exercises<p>Pistol squats are extremely tough. In fact, most guys are wobbly disasters when attempting one. But the exercise is the ultimate test of single-leg strength. That's why it's so impressive that BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of <i>Men's …

Workouts

8 Foods With Surprising Health Benefits

You won't believe the crazy things this grub can do.

Health

The Best Breakfast for Weight Loss

Chowing down heartily in the AM might be the key to losing weight<p>There’s a new reason to eat breakfast—and to make it a big one. Eating half your daily calories in the morning might help you lose weight more efficiently, according to new Israeli research published in the journal <i>Obesity</i>.<p>For the …

Weight Loss

10 Things Every Guy Has Thought During Sex

You know, besides this is awesome!<p>You might think the inside of a man's brain sounds like the buzz of a broken fluorescent lightbulb. Not true. In my humble view, the brain cells of men work like pistons, constantly firing—just like yours. Some of the internal dialogue they produce is quite …

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