How to sleep soundly through the night1. Sleep Killer: Too Much Coffee
Caffeine blocks the sleep-inducing action of the brain chemical adenosine. It can also reduce the amount you make of the sleep hormone melatonin. Not only will it lead to trouble dropping off, but also you'll sleep restlessly. In an Israeli study, subjects given caffeinated coffee had about half as much melatonin in their systems as those who were given decaf. They also took twice as long to fall asleep and slumbered an average of 79 minutes less.
Solution: Drink early, but not often. Limit caffeine consumption to 250 milligrams a day (about 16 ounces of coffee), the amount most of us can handle without its causing bedtime troubles. It takes about six to eight hours for your body to clear enough caffeine to avoid its interfering with your sleep, so put your cup down by 2 P.M.
2. Sleep Killer: Too Much Light
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"It's a motivator," Kay, 50, told the Today Show. "You don't want to lose your own money, and you don't want to lose somebody else's." Even science says a little healthy gambling may pay off: A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that dieters who had financial incentives-the prospect of gaining or losing money-to shed weight were more successful than those who did not.
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Flavored, Sweetened Milk Alternatives
Non-dairy milks are growing in popularity and oftentimes are seen as a healthier alternative to good 'ol moo juice-but upon closer examination, it is hard to decipher what makes them healthier for the average person. If you have a whey or casein allergy, then milk alternatives are a must-have, and if you are lactose-intolerant then they can be useful. Outside of those situations (which are rarer than most people think), cow's milk is better for you than any flavored almond, soy, coconut, or other dairy-free milk.
With the exception of soy milk, this class of beverages is seriously lacking in the protein department, a
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Somewhere between swigging bottles of Blueprint, sweating your brains out daily, and, oh yeah, attempting to catch up on last year's lingering to-dos, resolution season can leave us all feeling a little more frazzled than fresh and new.
So, we called up some life experts for some quick-hitting tips to rein in an out-of-control day, and come out feeling calm and centered (yes, even you, stress addicts). Warning: Your excuses for being harried all the time are about to fall away-and that's actually a good thing.
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It's been about two weeks since you committed yourself to that all-too-common resolution. Lose weight. Are you already slacking on your diet resolution? Has the New Year's new leaf proven no more effective than Sensa crystals, the grapefruit diet, and gallons of a detox solution with a grocery-list of ingredients, like ginger, mint, lemon, cucumber, dandelion tea, cranberry juice, apples, cinnamon, and whatever else you can throw in distilled water? Well, we asked real women for their success stories and were surprised-but-not when they turned out to be simple and practical, without a magic weight-loss pill in sight. Here's a small reminder of what a stick-to-it plan of diet and exercise can do for you before ringing in 2014. - By Ali SwankRead More »from You Can Do It: Real Women Share Their Weight-Loss Resolution Successes
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I'm not a very big fan of specific resolutions on New Year's because I have crashed and burned with so many of them. But being happy? I can manage that one just fine, thank you. I am really happy here at the beginning of 2013, and really my only goal is to end the year just as happy, if not happier. But how does one do that (being happy in today's society is so hard!)? Here are 10 little ways to be happier this year and for the rest of your life. - By Casey Mullins
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Goodbye diet soda, hello cup o' joe! A study released today finds that people who regularly drink sweetened beverages--especially artificially sweetened beverages--have a higher than average risk of depression. But those who regularly drink coffee, however, have a slightly lower than average risk.
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That's right: If you're looking for yet another reason to ditch sugary or diet drinks in 2013 (what, we didn't give you enough reason last year?), this may be a good one to consider. In a study being presented next month at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, researchers from the National Institutes of Health found that people who drank more than four servings of soda or fruit punch a day were 30 and 38 percent more likely, respectively, to develop depression over the 10-year study period than people who drank neither of the beverages. And the people who drank diet versions of soda, fruit punch,Read More »from Diet Soda May Increase Risk of Depression
- Jessica Ferri | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 1:44 PM EST
This fork flashes red lights to stop you before you overeat.There's now a fork on the market that will start flashing red lights at you to let you know you're eating too much too quickly. It also yells, "Stop!" "Think what you're doing, you dummy!" "You have to wear a bathing suit in May," and asks "How are you going to fit into your wedding dress, Little Miss Piggy?!"Read More »from No Self-control? This Fork Will Tell You to Stop Eating
Ok, so we're kidding about the fork talking, but that might be a good idea, too.
Top 10 make or break diet moments
According to medical professionals, when you eat slowly, you eat less. It can take a terrifying twenty minutes for your stomach's signal to reach your brain. In that twenty minutes, we all know what kind of damage we can do to a diet—another helping of pasta, another glass of wine, an entire chocolate bar. All three. It was a rough day at the office, okay?
The HAPIfork is here to help. You can personalize the fork using its corresponding app so it has all your information about how much you weigh and how much you should be eating. "Since it knows how many times
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