By Elizabeth Somer, RD
Diet? Nah. Use this simple plan to eat for energy and fight disease.
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1. Switch to Healthier Fats
Eating more foods that contain healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 fats such as olive oil, avocados, fish, and nuts, along with more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, can lower your risk for heart disease by 80 percent and diabetes by 90 percent, according to a recent Harvard study. But just including these foods on top of all the saturated and trans fats already in your diet will add up to excess calories. Instead, trade the bad for the good. Here's how:
Do better than butter.
"Dip bread in extra-virgin olive oil infused with herbs, such as basil and oregano flakes," recommends Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Or, says Jackie Newgent, RD, a culinary nutritionist in New York City, add a drizzle of white truffle oil and roasted garlic to mashed potatoes before serving, instead of
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Bob Harper, trainer on The Biggest LoserBy Karla Walsh
More than three years ago, The Biggest Loser fan favorite and poster child for healthy living had a shock at his physical. "The doctor said I had high cholesterol -- and it had to be genetic because I eat well and exercise," Harper says. So he studied up on plant-based diets and tested out vegan living (no meat, eggs, or dairy) in an attempt to lower his cholesterol. To the shock of Harper and his doctors, his total cholesterol count dropped 100 points after making the switch. Since then, Harper has connected his diet with his love for animals. He's now the spokesperson for the Walk for Animals, a fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary, which aims to end animal cruelty.
Harper took a break from filming The Biggest Loser to chat with FITNESS about his vegan lifestyle, his healthy eating tips, and his crusade against factory farms.
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Read before you crunch!Don't get sucked in by sneaky labels that manufacturers slap on products to make you buy them. Learn which foods deserve the healthy glows they wear -- and which are downright devilish.
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Sales of gluten-free products, which are designed for people with celiac disease, or an inability to digest gluten (the protein in wheat, barley, and rye), have doubled since 2005. The boom is thanks in part to celeb devotees like Gwyneth Paltrow, but the market-research firm Packaged Facts reports that people are going G-free in an attempt to ease ailments like irritable bowel syndrome and attention deficit disorder. Shoppers also think these foods will help them lose weight.
Reality check: These pricey products aren't necessary unless you have celiac disease (only about one in 133 people does, according to a study) or gluten sensitivity, which means you test negative for celiac but still suffer symptoms like diarrhea and migraines whenRead More »from Health Halos: What Food Labels Really Mean
By Steve Calechman
Life is full of mysteries, but between holding down a job and keeping track of who Kim Kardashian may (or may not) be dating this week, you don't have a lot of free time to devote to mastering important, albeit elusive, life skills. That's why we've nailed down some common "How do I do that?" situations and asked the pros for advice -- so you can be an automatic expert.
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1. How to Tie a Neck Tie
The Four-Step Knot
Maybe he's nervous and has temporarily lost his fine motor skills. Maybe you like putting on the finishing touches. Regardless, the best knot is the simple four-in-hand -- especially with button-down collars.
- Facing him, place the tie's wide end around the right side of his neck, letting it hang about 12 inches lower than the narrow end in front.
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end and throw the long piece (still the wide end) underneath, around, and over.
- Pull the wide end up through
By Stephanie DolgoffRead More »from The 2011 Hottest Bodies of Hollywood
Which stars are in the best shape ever? Whose body would you most like to have? FITNESS teamed up with omg! from Yahoo! for an exclusive survey of 2,000 women and men who dished on who's red-hot and who's not. Read on for some surprising revelations.
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Most Wanted Celebrity Body
Here's one thing women and men agree on: Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith have the sexiest bodies in Hollywood, beating out some pretty fit competition (see below). In our poll 34 percent of women say they want Jen's body, and 31 percent of men wish their wives or girlfriends had her shape. Will's physique is the one that 37 percent of guys want most, and an identical percentage of women wish their husband or boyfriend had Will's build.
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The body women want most
The body men want most
By Julia Tolliver Maranan
It can be a challenge to fit in five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day, but these sneaky tricks will make it seem as simple as scarfing down a bag of chips:
Make Them Interesting
Broccoli's a lot more appetizing when it's perfectly steamed with a little garlic and fresh ginger -- which is probably why people who took a class on how to prepare fruits and vegetables started eating a lot more of them, according to a 2005 study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Have Them Delivered
Many farms will bring freshly picked tomatoes, corn, peaches, and other fruits and veggies practically to your kitchen table. To find a home-delivery service near you, check out localharvest.org/csa/ or do an Internet search for "produce delivery."Read More »from Easy Tricks to Sneak More Produce Into Your Diet
By the editors of FITNESS Magazine
We peeled away fat and calories from this classic side dish.
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Healthy Mashed Potatoes
Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
IngredientsRelated: 12 Simple Soups to Warm You Up
8 to 10 garlic cloves
2 pounds potatoes, quartered
1/3 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano, rosemary, or thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. To roast garlic, wrap unpeeled cloves in foil. Bake in a 400-degree oven 25 to 35 minutes or until cloves feel soft when pressed. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from peels into a small bowl.
2. Meanwhile, put potatoes in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes; return to saucepan.
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By Hallie Levine SklarRead More »from The Busy Girl's Guide to a Great Body
You want to work out today. You really do. But what with groceries to pick up, personal calls to make that you didn't get to at work, a dog that needs to go to the vet, and a billion other responsibilities, your motivation is fizzling. We get it -- in fact, we've been there many times. Here, some smart advice on how to work out no matter what, from top fitness experts and real women who find time for fitness on an (almost) daily basis.
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1. Do it in the Morning
Nothing major has likely cropped up yet -- hey, it's only 7 a.m. Now is the time to get in that run or yoga DVD. In fact, research suggests that women who work out in the morning stick with their programs more successfully than those who don't. Not a morning person? Become one. (We know: It's painful at first, but it's worth it.) "The longer you wait in the day to work out, the more excuses you can find to put it off," says Carol Espel, national director of group
By Hallie Levine
We're with you: Dieting is no picnic. But here's a little secret -- it's not nearly as hard as most of us think. "A lot of women believe they need to change everything, but in reality small tweaks to your diet can make a huge difference," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. We've got ten absolutely painless little fixes, culled from the latest research and the country's leading weight-loss experts, to make dropping those pounds as easy as 1, 2, 3, and beyond.
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1. Say So Long to Soda
Every diet soft drink consumed each day could increase your risk of being overweight by 65 percent, according to a study presented at the American Dietetic Association. Other research suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually stimulate appetite, causing you to overeat. Instead, sip plain or sparkling water with lemon added for flavor. Related: The 8 Healthiest Drinks
By Jacqui Detwiler
We asked experts if it was humanly possible to better your bank account -- and your body -- during a recession. It's possible.
A new study shows that working out regularly can add 14 years to your life -- and save you big bucks. Oh, you must also stop smoking, according to the study's experts at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. Here's how it breaks down.
Exercise regularly. Being obese translates into five extra sick days a year and can cost you a promotion or bonus.
In 10 years you'll save...$35,269 in salary
Make this simple change:
Stop smoking cigarettes and your medical expenses will cost 40 percent less each year.
In 10 years you'll save...$13,000 on healthcare
Make this simple change:
Cook healthy meals at home. You'll keep off the pounds and pad your bank account.
In 10 years you'll save...$10,780 on restaurant bills
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