by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.com
Can your late-night snacking habit pack on the pounds?Last week, I co-hosted a twitter chat for Shape.com. There were so many great questions, but one particularly stood out because more than one participant asked it: "How bad is it to eat after 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m.) for weight loss?"
I love this question. Truthfully, my patients ask it all the time. And my answer is almost always the same: "Eating late at night doesn't cause you to gain weight, but eating too much late at night will."
Let's review: If your body needs 1,800 calories to maintain a healthy body weight and you ate only 900 calories by the time it was 9 p.m., you could in reality eat another 900 before bedtime. The problem is the longer it gets until dinnertime, the hungrier you get, and for most people the chances they will overeat increases. So what ends up happening is excess calories are consumed. I sometime explain this as the "domino effect." You've waited so long to eat that by the time you do, you can't stop.
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by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Do You Smell? 10 Sneaky Sources of Body Odor
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1. Your super stressful job: It's a familiar feeling: Your mind seizes on that dicey conversation you had with your boss about looming layoffs and all of a sudden your heart is pounding, your breathing increases, and you're wiping damp hands on your dress pants. Anxiety triggers a release of cortisol, the "stress hormone" that helps prepare you to deal with a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, cortisol also makes you sweat. While sweat alone isn't stinky, when you add it to the bacteria that lives on your skin, you start to smell as bad as you feel.
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by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, Ph.D, for SHAPE.comRead More »from Should You Eat Before a Morning Workout?
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We went to SHAPE diet doctor and nutrition expert Mike Roussell, ph.D, author of 6 Pillars of Nutrition to get his opinion on eating before a morning workout. Here's what he had to say.
Not only will you not eat that much more, you should always fuel yourself before you exercise in the a.m. The key with working out first thing in the morning is that you want to energize your training session so you can perform at your best. Feeling sluggish and dragging through your fitness routine is no way to work out.
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by Nicole Williams for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Tricks to Dating at Work
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First, find out how your organization views at-work relationships, and start your decision-making process from there. If you think you want to give it a try and ask him out, use the following strategy to help you sort through both the emotions and the day-to-day realities of dating at work.
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by Candice Kumai for SHAPE.comRead More »from 5 Slimming Summer Smoothies
Whip up one of these bikini-friendly blends when you're in need of a post-workout snack, belly-flattening breakfast, or grab-and-go lunch.
Clean green smoothie1. Clean Green: After a weekend (or a couple weeks) of indulging, break out the blender to clean up your cravings and reboot your digestive system. Watch out, because this baby gets you moving-fast.
1 frozen banana
2 cups kale
1 tablespoon spirulina
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition score per serving: 177 calories, 7g fat (0g saturated), 26g carbs, 8g protein, 7g fiber, 327mg calcium, 205mg sodium, 7g sugars
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1. "I don't eat that much!"
This is probably one of the most common 'lies' personal trainers hear from their clients, and it's the one most likely to prevent any major changes from happening in your body.
"Many clients don't realize that total caloric intake has an impact on results," says Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Forgetting that you had just a 'small slice' of birthday cake at the office, or mindlessly munching that sleeve of cookies in front of the TV last night easily cancels out any calories burned at the gym (and then some).
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With so many obstacles in our way, can we ever achieve that all-encompassing 'screaming O' we see in the movies? Experts say it is possible. There are different kinds of orgasms (some go deeper than others) and even if you're regularly having an orgasm during sex, you could be having a better one. Here's how:
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by Jessica Girdwain for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet
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"Real foods in the right portions help you feel more satisfied because they help keep blood sugar levels even and your hunger hormones balanced," says Diane Sanfilippo, a holistic nutritionist and author of Practical Paleo.
The basic guidelines-skip grains (both refined and whole), legumes, packaged snacks, dairy, and sugar in favor of vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fats, and oils-seem easy, but to successfully go cavewoman takes some savvy. Follow these 11 rules to get started.
1. Clean Out Your Kitchen
Gather all the "no" foods-grains, cereal, vegetable oils, beans, yogurt, cheese, milk, packaged foods, you get it-and toss them in the trash. Doing