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  • How Bad Is That Beauty Habit?

    How bad is that beauty habit? Health.com

    by Petra Guglielmetti

    When it comes to our beauty routines, we all do it-cut corners, skip steps, and multitask (but in a bad way). Say you stop shampooing for a few days, or finger-paint on lip gloss-is it any big deal?

    You're going to want to rethink a few of these habits, but as it turns out, sometimes doing "wrong" gives you a surprise beauty benefit.

     

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    You Clean Your Makeup Brushes Once a Year (If That)

    The verdict: Uh-oh!

    "If you haven't cleaned your brushes in some time and are experiencing breakouts, this could be the culprit," says New York dermatologist Craig Austin, MD. "Makeup brushes are like sponges; they hold on to bacteria." They can even harbor mold.

    Wash sponges and "wet" brushes (for concealer or foundation) every three to four days, because they're more hospitable to bacteria. Dry powder brushes should be cleaned weekly.

    "If the bristles are dirty and sticky," notes New York-based celebrity makeup artist

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  • 10 Exercise Mistakes That Blow Your Calorie Burn

    Exercise cheats that cost you. Health.com

    By Linda Melone, Health.com

    You put in the time and effort, show up at the gym, and pride yourself in not taking shortcuts. So why is the scale not budging? Chances are, poor exercise form or bad workout habits are costing you precious calories. Fitness experts reveal the most common ways people cheat at their workouts without even realizing it, and offer ways to kick those saboteurs to the curb.

    You Hold on to the Handles

    Grasping the sidebars when walking on the treadmill or hanging on tight to the handles of the elliptical trainer cheats you out of the largest possible calorie burn, says Irv Rubenstein, PhD, exercise physiologist and founder of STEPS Fitness, a science-based fitness facility in Nashville, Tenn. "In addition, if you're using your arms to make it easier on your legs, you'll tire faster, because your arms can't work as hard as your legs," he says. Instead, use the rails only as a guide, keeping your fingertips lightly on them. If you find it impossible to maintain

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  • 5 Steps to Avoid Getting 'Hangry'

    Angry and hungry: A bad combo. Health.com
    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD - Health.com

    Your energy is zapped, your stomach is rumbling, and your personality has transformed from level-headed and sweet to short-tempered and snippy. Your hunger has led to anger: You're officially hangry. We've all been there, and it's not pretty, but fortunately-for the sake of your relationships and social life-it can be avoided. Here are five rules for thwarting hunger-induced crankiness, and the binge that often follows.


    Eat more often

    Many of my clients tell me they get so caught up with work, family responsibilities, or errands that they lose track of time, wait way too long to eat, and wind up (regrettably) biting someone's head off. When you're distracted, you may lose touch with your body's signals and tune out hunger…and end up going more than 4 to 5 hours without eating. Or, if you eat at erratic times your hunger signals may get thrown off kilter. In either case, your body still needs a steady supply of fuel to perform both mentally and

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  • 12 'Unhealthy' Foods Nutritionists Eat

    Unhealthy foods nutritionists eat. Health.com
    By Jessica Girdwain


    Registered dietitians are experts in healthy eating, and you'll usually spot them chowing down on a big green salad, whipping up a fruit and yogurt smoothie, or snacking on crudités. But many foods they eat will probably surprise you. Some are everyday foods you didn't think were healthy (but actually are), while others are definite splurges-just done smartly and without guilt. Just follow their lead on these 12.


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    Coffee
    "Coffee has a reputation as being unhealthy, but in moderation and with the right add-ins, it's actually a superdrink," says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor. Your morning brew is packed with antioxidants, which may be why regular coffee consumption is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. To drink it and reap the rewards (without jittery side effects), Sass suggests drinking one cup in the morning and then switching to water or green tea. Skip the sugary flavored

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  • 7 Ways to Eat Out and Still Lose Weight

    Restaurant meals don't have to be diet-wreckers. Health.com
    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD


    For many of my clients, going out to eat feels like a mini vacation where anything goes and healthy eating goals fall by the wayside. Trouble is, many are dining out more often and the effects of those splurge meals snowball, leading to weight gain or preventing weight loss. According to one recent study, a single meal at a sit-down restaurant can pack nearly a day's worth of calories, and meals consumed away from home are higher in unhealthy fats and sodium and lower in filling fiber. But restaurant meals don't have to be dietary disasters. These 7 savvy tricks can help you enjoy dining away from home without going overboard.


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    Review the menu before you go
    Most restaurants post menus online. Do a little recon and scope out healthy options in advance (and when you're not already hungry). Mentally pre-ordering can prevent you from feeling stressed or rushed when you're there. It may also lessen the

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  • 4 Weird Ways to Improve Your Relationship

    Weird ways to help your relationship. Health.com
    By Sally Wadyka, Health.com

    You've read the self-help books, bought some sexy lingerie, maybe even tried couples' therapy-but somehow your relationship still can't seem to regain its spark. Well, it may be that you're trying all the wrong strategies. Recent relationship research has turned up some unusual ways to reignite passion, bolster communication, and strengthen the bond between you and your partner. Here, four to try.

    Go on a double date

    A recent study from Wayne State University found that interacting with another couple can make you and your partner feel more romantic toward each other. "Couples should avoid the trend many couples have of withdrawing further from their social networks as a relationship endures," says lead author Keith Welker. "Spending time together with friends and meeting new people is a source of support, personal growth, and new experiences to share with each other-and that can help relationships flourish."


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  • 11 Fitness Foods to Help You Get in Shape Faster

    Tart cherries boost muscle recovery. Health.com
    by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    As a sports nutritionist, I'm always on the lookout for research about how various foods can enhance athletic performance, speed recovery, and build muscle mass. When I pass this info on to my clients, they often feel the effects quickly, and I relish remarks they share like, "Wow, what a difference!" or "I feel 10 years younger." Here are 11 foods currently on my "eats for athletes" list, the research behind why they deserve a place on your training table, and simple, healthy ways to take advantage of their benefits.

    Beet juice for stamina
    Recent research shows that this ruby red root veggie may be more effective at boosting energy than caffeine, or nearly anything you'll find in the supplement aisle. When UK researchers asked male athletes to down either 16 ounces of organic beetroot juice or a placebo, those who gulped the real thing cycled for up to 16% longer, an effect scientists say isn't achievable by any other known means, including training.

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  • The 11 WORST People for Your Diet

    How to stop friends and family from wrecking your diet. | Health.com
    Trying to lose weight and get healthy is no easy task. Telling others about your good intentions could make it even more difficult. Though you're sure to find friends and family members who are supportive of your goals, you may also encounter pushback, questioning, or comments that set you off course. Here, experts describe the most common ways those around you may sabotage your efforts, and ways to stay on track.


    The insecure spouse
    Sometimes an insecure person seeks out an overweight partner to alleviate his or her own insecurity, says Peter LaPort, MD, medical director of MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif. "It's usually very subtle, but a normal-weight husband may, for example, order something he knows his overweight wife wants but shouldn't eat," Dr. LaPort says. Your spouse may fear you'll leave him behind or you are no longer the person he married.Stay on track: It's best to confront your spouse, says Dr.

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  • 21 Natural Ways to Prevent and Treat Headaches

    Natural headache remedies that work

     

    by Amanda MacMillan

    Anyone who's ever had a headache (and that's 90% of the entire population, according to some estimates) knows that they can range from nagging to debilitating. The most common type is a tension headache, a mild, constricting feeling around your head that's often caused by holding your neck in a tight position. Migraines, on the other hand, tend to be both intense and recurring. Medication is one way to treat your discomfort, but there are also plenty of natural ways-like the 21 tricks listed here-that can help you head off the ache.

     

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    Rest

    Headaches are often a sign that your body needs a break, says Elizabeth Loder, MD, chief of the headache and pain division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and President of the American Headache Society. "Many people are very busy and are reluctant to take the time, but if you consider the tradeoff of spending 10 minutes to close the blinds, lie

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  • Shocking News About 'Good' and 'Bad' Fats

    Salmon

    By Amanda Gardner

    The world of dietary heart health is thought to be divided into two groups: saturated and trans fats are bad for your heart, while most polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good for your heart. Right?


    Not so fast.


    New data suggest that the "bad" fats may not be so terrible after all-and that "good" fats may not actually be all that, well, good. In a large meta-analysis published today in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers failed to find the dramatic differences in health outcomes you may expect between the two fat groups.


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    The review of 76 trials involved more than 600,000 participants in 18 countries. It found essentially no association between saturated fat-long considered a major culprit in raising LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels-and heart disease. As for trans fats, the study found only a slight trend indicating they had a negative affect on heart health. And only a small

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