By Jessica Girdwain, REDBOOK
You try to play by the doc's rules, but you're no saint. Skipping these good health habits? Odds are you'll be fine.
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1. Drinking only when you're thirsty, instead of eight glasses of H2O a day
Why it's good enough: Experts aren't sure who came up with the silly eight-glasses rule, since the amount of water you need depends on factors such as your size, your activity level, and your diet. For example, many fruits and veggies are full of water, and if you get your fill, you can count them toward your hydration quota. Sure, it's important to drink water regularly, but 64 ounces a day? Bunk.
2. Using moisturizer with built-in SPF 15 instead of SPF 30 or higher
SPF 30 is still the best way to protect yourself from the sun, but a daily moisturizer with built-in SPF 15 still blocks about 93 percent of cancer-causing UVB rays, says Chicago-based dermatologist Amy Forman Taub, M.D. So on a workday when you spend most of your time indoors, you should be okay. Jump to 30, and you'll get about 97 percent coverage.
3. Sipping a skim latte on the way to work instead of eating breakfast
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Sure, breakfast does matter. Research has shown again and again that eating in the a.m. can help you maintain a healthy weight, says registered dietitian Melissa Joy Dobbins. But if you're already there and pigs will fly before you have time for a sit-down morning meal, a latte is actually a decent option: The low-fat or skim milk provides protein and carbs. Just try to have an early lunch, Dobbins says. If you do need to drop some pounds, boil a half dozen eggs and stick them in your fridge at night, then grab one on your way to the office. A protein-packed breakfast can have a ripple effect, causing you to eat 400 fewer calories throughout the day, according to one study.
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