Metabolism myths, debunked"But I heard it at the gym!" Stop falling for these common metabolism myths.
1. "Eating after 7 P.M. slows your metabolism."
Calories consumed after dark are no more sinister than any others. But at nighttime, we're often exhausted, starving, or bored, so it's much easier to overdo it.
2. "The more slowly you lose weight, the easier it is to drop a lot."
Actually, in an 18-month study, obese women who dropped pounds faster were five times more likely to lose 10% of their body weight than the "slow-and-steady" losers.
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3. "To tone muscle, do more reps with lighter weights."
Nope. The best way to build muscle is to work it to fatigue; 20 lifts with a too-light weight won't be as effective. Use a weight light enough to lift at least eight times, but heavy enough that lifting it more than 12 times is difficult.
4. "I just earned a brownie!"
Depends on your workout. A 40-minute spin class will earn you a
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Metabolism myths, debunked"But I heard it at the gym!" Stop falling for these common metabolism myths.Read More »from 5 Metabolism Myths that Are Destroying Your Diet
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Fri, Sep 13, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
Accordion PotatoesFor seriously satisfying spuds, try these vitamin-rich reds. Creamier than russets and lower in starch, all they need is a drizzle of olive oil before roasting; sprinkle with parsley and thyme and serve.Read More »from A Tastier – and Prettier! – Alternative to Baked Potatoes
Yields: 8 side-dish servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 37 min
Oven Temp: 450
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- 8 large (8 ounces each) red potatoes
- 2 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh thyme leaves
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1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Carefully slice each potato thinly without cutting all the way through.
2. Place potatoes on microwave-safe dish and cover with waxed paper. Cook in microwave on High 12 to 15 minutes or until easily pierced with tip of knife.
3. Transfer potatoes to metal baking pan. Carefully drizzle oil between
Beauty bets for fall
There's no better way to ease your end-of-summer woes than by doing a little back-to-beauty shopping. These 8 picks - classics plus a few newbies hitting shelves this fall - will have you looking gorgeous all season long.1. Freeman Beauty Blue Agave Hydrating Facial Paper Mask, $2
Paper masks are big-time players among prestige brands, and now this bargain option is trending, too. Wear the mask - which contains agave to soften and hyaluronic acid to hydrate - for 10 to 20 minutes; then pat the excess serum into skin for a quick hydration boost. The Freeman line also has masks for brightening and purifying, so you can choose whichever fits your skin needs. At this price, you may want to try them all.
Atone for your summer strand sins - sun, chlorine, salt water - with this deep conditioner that helps combat (among other things) weakness, roughness, andRead More »from Best Drugstore Beauty Products for Fall
What not to eat before bedtime
Experts offer tips to ensure that your diet's not leading to sleepless nights.
1. Spicy food
Think twice before having chicken vindaloo for dinner. Eating a big, highly seasoned meal close to bedtime can interfere with your shut-eye. "It's not that the spice interrupts your sleep," says Mark Mahowald, professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "The spice causes heartburn, and that interrupts your sleep." Fiery foods can lead to indigestion and reflux, and, as a result, to "sleep fragmentation," says Lisa Medalie, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the University of Chicago. She recommends eating heavy or spicy foods at least three hours before bedtime.
2. Chocolate or other caffeine-filled foodRead More »from 6 Things You Shouldn't Eat (or Drink) Before Bed
Your body can take up to 5 hours to get caffeine out of your system. And if you're susceptible to feeling jittery, skipping the afternoon latte might not cut it. "Several studies have shown that 30
Favorite Fall food swaps
'Tis the season for dropping temperatures and (fat-filled) comfort foods. Before you start packing on the cold-weather pounds, learn how to indulge the healthy way with lighter versions of your favorite fall fare.
1. Autumn beverages
Don't let the "produce" in seasonal drinks deceive you. Seemingly innocuous beverages such as pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider can squeeze fat and sugar into a liquid form. Whipped cream, alcohol, and added sweeteners can bump the calorie total of one drink to more than 500 calories, says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, author of the Nutrition and You series.
Swap: Sip a glass of red wine with your meal to avoid extra calories from fat- and sugar-laden additions to beverages like hot toddies and boozy ciders, says Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet. To satisfy a hot chocolate fix at home, heat up chocolate milk, which contains numerous vitamins and minerals - and fewerRead More »from Lighter Versions of Your Favorite Fall Foods
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
Chocolate and Peanut Butter BrowniesIrresistible to anyone -- at any age -- with a sweet tooth.Read More »from Chocolate + Peanut Butter = the Most Irresistible Brownies Ever
Yields: 24 brownies
Total Time: 50 min
Cook Time: 25 min
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- 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1 3/4 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) margarine or butter, slightly softened
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- 3 (1 ounce each) squares semisweet chocolate, melted
- 1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 1 package(s) (6 ounces) semisweet-chocolate pieces
Related: Solutions to the Most Common Baking Disasters
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat brown sugar, peanut butter, and margarine or butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Beat in eggs and vanilla;
Meals made in the toaster
Toasters are a kitchen staple that you probably think can't do much more than, well, toast. I hate to tell you that you're wrong but you are - sort of. For safety reasons nothing but toaster-safe items such as bread, bagels, English muffins, and frozen waffles should be placed in your toaster (which kind of makes this nifty appliance seem a bit boring, doesn't it?). So let's change things up and start a toasting revolution with these quick, easy, and delicious post-toasting recipes. They're perfect for breakfast before school and as a fast dinner idea at the end of the day. Simply choose the carb of your choice below, toast to your liking, and have a heyday preparing these treats!
For Bread Lovers
1. Avocado Toast: Slather your toast with guacamole (store bought or homemade) then top with thinly sliced jalapenos - keeping the seeds and rind intact will add a touch of spiciness - and your favorite tomatoes! Easy as 1, 2, 3.Read More »from 12 Surprising Meals to Make with Your Toaster
Overnight oatmealDespite all the preaching, some of us still manage to skip the most important meal of the day. And when we do squeeze breakfast into our busy schedules, we often load up on coffee shop fare, like donuts or bagels, that are loaded with fast-acting carbs and devoid of nutrients. You may have noticed these breakfast staples won't hold you halfway to lunch. To the rescue: Eight simple breakfasts that come together fast (some can be made the night before) and will keep you feeling fueled until lunch rolls around.Read More »from 8 Low-Calorie Breakfasts
1. Overnight Oatmeal
If you know how good oatmeal is for you but hate its gummy texture, try soaking oatmeal overnight. When the starch in the oats isn't heated, it won't become gelatinous. Not to mention, it eliminates the need for a burner and keeps mess to a minimum. The night before, combine ½ a cup of Old-Fashioned rolled oats, ½ a cup of nonfat milk, and ¼ cup of nonfat yogurt in a small, reusable, microwavable container. Stir in ¼ cup of frozen, unsweetened blueberries and
Different ways to use zucchini About this time of year-among gardeners and others who love seasonal vegetables-jokes abound about the invasion of the zucchini, as if it were some creature from a sci-fi movie, endlessly propagating. Even fans of this summer squash can get a little bored during its abundant growing season. But there are plenty of fun, out-of-the-ordinary ways to enjoy your zucchini bonanza. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Quick picklesRead More »from 6 Unusual Ways to Use Zucchini
My coworker Sherry wrote about pickling carrots and other sturdy veggies, and you can do the same with zucchini as well. I used her pickling liquid proportions (1 c. white vinegar, 1/3 c. sugar, 3 Tbsp. salt) and added a few sprigs of fresh dill and a quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced, for one medium zucchini. If you're using a mason jar, make sure to pack in the veggies as tightly as possible (you might be able to fit more than one zucchini)-they float once the liquid is added. After 6 hours they were crunchy with a bit of zip; after 3 days, they were
Fiesta Nacho CasseroleIn these no-guilt Tex-Mex nachos, white-meat chicken replaces beef so you can snag all the collagen-building benefits of protein without the artery-clogging fat. Also beautifying in this dish: a cup of carrots, brimming with beta carotene, which give your complexion a glow.Read More »from How to Make Nachos a No-Guilt Meal
Related: Slimmed-Down Suppers That Don't Skimp on Flavor
Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Oven Temp: 400
Related: Break Out That Casserole Dish! 11 Easy One-Dish Meals
- 3 cup(s) rotisserie chicken breast meat, shredded
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup(s) carrots, shredded
- 1 cup(s) corn kernels
- 1/2 cup(s) salsa verde
- 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
- 1 teaspoon(s) chili powder
- 3 ounce(s) (about 28 ) baked whole-grain tortilla chips
- 1/2 cup(s) crumbled feta cheese
- Cilantro leaves
- Hot pepper sauce
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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large