by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
We know that sugary beverages pack a lot of calories into their sweet little containers (they've taken a lot of heat in the obesity debate). But now the results of a new study are showing that they may also trick our brains into thinking that we're hungry!
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Actually, it's the fructose in sugar-sweetened drinks that researchers say affect the brain region that regulates appetite. The researchers--who point out that the study does not show that fructose causes obesity--say that participants who drank a cherry-flavored drink with fructose in it experienced a spike in their hypothalamus. The participants who drank the same beverage made with glucose didn't have the spike.
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The conclusion: high-fructose corn syrup and other forms of fructose might actually help lead us to overeat more than glucose does. (Plain table sugar contains both glucose and fructose.) Which means, say the experts,
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 9:54 AM EST
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The holidays are over, the kids are back in school, and you're ready to jump back on the health wagon. Thanks to these little helpers, getting in shape is easier than ever. By Anthony Cave, REDBOOK.Read More »from The 10 Best Fitness Apps for the New Year
A woman can only bake so many brownies for school bake sales, so run away - for an equally good cause. Charity Miles donates 10 cents per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for runners to the charity of your choice. Once you choose an organization, the app automatically tracks the distance you cover, and does all the work. Charity Miles, free, iPhone/iPad/Android.
Don't know where to start? Let your coach help you - virtually. Fitness Trainer automatically creates workout routines based on your body weight and offers exercises that can be done both at and outside of the gym as. Three mediums of instruction - audio, video and graphics - make the moves easy to follow. Fitness Trainer, $2.99, iPhone/iPad.
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FitSugarSource: 5 Ways to Get Energized During a Lunch Break
Lunchtime can be crucial for resetting your focus to avoid that midafternoon slump. What you do around the noon hour can change the rest of your day for good - even if you skipped breakfast or showed up late to work. Try to make the most of your time with one (or all) of these helpful tips and see if it makes a difference in your work.
- Get moving: You don't need to run the stairs in your office attire to increase your heart rate. If you can't squeeze in a lunchtime workout, doing something a little less exerting like walking to your lunch spot instead of going to the deli downstairs can give you that extra kick you need. If you bring your lunch to work - well, kudos to you! Use the extra time to walk somewhere for a beverage or find a place to eat your homemade meal instead of having it at your desk, which can lead to mindless eating.
- Eat energizing foods: Instead of fats and heavy carbs that can weigh you down, look
- FitSugar | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 4:51 PM EST
FitSugarSource: 4 of the Best Thigh Workouts to Try in the New Year
Step right up (or lie down) for these simple yet challenging thigh-toning exercises. You don't need an at-home gym to sculpt your inner thighs, just a few tricks up your sleeve that will target them. Most of these exercises also work around to reach your backside, too, so they're double threats right in time to start fresh this new year! Click through to start feeling the burn.
- Circle Round: To tone your thighs from the ground up, try this inner-thigh circle exercise. Just because it's done on the floor doesn't mean it won't enhance your leggings. Lying on your back makes your thighs work that much harder to balance in order to keep your back glued and your hips square.
- Single-Leg Squat: Forget the old sumo squat, this thigh-sculpting single-leg squat looks much more graceful while targeting your inner thighs instead of just the booty. Keep the pie off your thighs with these simple lifts.
- Plié Squat:
FitSugarSource: Natural Detoxing Tips to Kick Off the New Year
Sometimes the best way to start a new season is to give the body an overhaul. Maybe the holidays were just a bit too indulgent or you want to start now to get ready for bikini season - whatever the reason, there's a healthy way to go about recharging yourself. Keep reading to learn our favorite methods for naturally detoxing the body to feel lighter and more energized.
- What to Eat: While cutting out obvious bad-for-you foods will help give your body a healthy makeover, knowing which foods you should be eating can also play a role. Fruits and veggies are already an important aspect of any nutrient-rich diet, but certain farmers market favorites have the added benefit of natural detoxing properties by aiding in digestion, promoting healthy liver function, and stimulating the body's natural detoxification process.
- What to Drink: First off: water, lots of water. Staying properly hydrated is key in helping your body
Source: Your First Step to Weight Loss: Eat BreakfastRead More »from Your First Step to Weight Loss: Eat Breakfast
Vowing to lose weight this year? Here's a simple tip to help rev up your metabolism and keep you on track: don't skip breakfast. Your first meal of the day helps you burn more calories and stay full, so you don't succumb to a sugary midmorning snack.
If you want to lose weight, however, there's a right way and a wrong way to eat breakfast. Go for high-protein, high-fiber, and low-sugar meals that will keep you satisfied throughout the morning, and try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up (or within two hours of working out). And don't forget to choose wisely when it comes to your morning meal: here are 41 healthy breakfast recipes to make.
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If you're going to make new year resolutions, choose one of these!New Year's resolutions are the height of negative self-talk. Lose weight! Work harder! Quit smoking! (Well, that's a pretty good one, actually.) You spend the last week of the year reflecting on what you want to fix about yourself, then the first week of January feeling bad about it all over again. That's no way to live, so we came up with some positive resolutions to set for 2013.Read More »from 10 New Year's Resolutions that Don't Suck
By Emma Barker
1. Eat More Fruits and Veggies
You'll probably fail if you command yourself to go on a strict diet, but if the goal is to grab a banana at breakfast or a salad for lunch, no problem.
2. Choose to Be Happy
We've all fallen into a grumpy rut. Sometimes it's easier to be a real B, but this year make the choice to be happy daily.
3. Volunteer Once a Month
This one's in every "Chicken Soup for the [fill in the blank] Soul" book for a reason.
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4. Express More Gratitude
Saying "Thanks" goes a long way with strangers and an even longer way
Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine
Need a little something to brighten up those dreary winter days? Try adding blueberries to your next meal! Not only does the fruit's vibrant color add a pretty pop to any dish, but also, according to the United States Highbush Blueberry Council, 78% of women who eat blueberries say they add a boost to their day. That's probably because in addition to bursting with sweet, juicy flavor, blueberries are also loaded with health benefits.
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Just one serving (1/2 cup fresh) of blueberries provides 25% of the immune system-boosting vitamin C you need each day. Plus, the 'lil berries are packed with filling fiber and are an excellent source of manganese, a free element that helps convert nutrients found in food into energy your body can use. Add to that the anthocyanin compounds that ward of disease and you basically have the perfect snack. Sure, you can throw them in your yogurt or eat them on their own, but try some ofRead More »from Superfood of the Week: Blueberries
Julia Savacol, SELF magazineRead More »from Post-Holiday Insta-Pick-Me-Ups!
Not feeling particularly energetic today? Maybe, you know, a bit sluggish post holiday? We totally feel you. Fake it with these handy tricks.
Drink Hot Chocolate: Savoring a sweet mug of cocoa and inhaling the aroma may activate an area of the brain linked with arousal, helping us wake up, says Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
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Try Relaxing: Studies show that relaxation techniques such as deep breathing can decrease levels of energy-zappng stress hormones like cortisol. Count down slowly from 10 to 0, following each number with a deep inhale. Exhale like a sigh, allowing your belly to slowly deflate, says Alice Domar, Ph.D., executive director of the Domar Center for Mindy/Body Health in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Wear Red: Because we associate the fiery hue with fear and danger, it can help rev us up during sports by signaling the brain to be on
- Healthy SELF, SELF Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 2:35 PM EST
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Happy New Year, SELF readers! Here's hoping you're all starting 2013 out on a healthy and happy note. Of course, that's not the case for everyone: Cold and flu season usually peaks in January or February, and this year it's already off to a doozy. And my Twitter inbox has been flooded with questions about hand sanitizers and sprays--and if they really work in warding off winter illness.
To get the real scoop on all of these OTC sprays, sanitizers and antiseptics, I talked to Nathan Litman, M.D., a cold and flu expert at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Here's his take on a few of the products on shelves today--and his best advice for your healthiest year ever.
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One of the best ways you can prevent cold and flu is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, says Litman. Regular soap and water work just fine--but if you're not near a sink, an alcohol-based
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