Blog Posts by The Editors of Fitbie

  • 9 Spring Cleaning Activities that Burn Major Calories

    ..Slash calories--and your spring-cleaning checklist--with these slimming household activities
    By: Jessica Chia, Fitbie.com

    Skip the gym and bust out the broom: These household activities torch up to 200 calories in just 30 minutes--nearly double the amount you'd burn pumping iron in the gym. Keep the routine up on a weekly basis and you're bound to banish both extra clutter and inches. Read on to find out which projects will put a dent in your to-do list and prep your body for spring's skin-baring clothing.

    PLUS: 25 Zero-Effort Ways to Lose Weight

    Task: Tame the Yard
    Clear out winter's leftover leaves and make way for spring greenery by rooting out weeds and trimming trees. While you're killing calories, add some new life by planting flowers, herbs, fruit, or vegetables.

    Raking
    Burns 146 calories*
    Weeding Burns 153 calories
    Manually pruning bushes/shrubs/trees Burns 153 calories
    Mowing Burns 204 calories
    Digging and planting Burns 170 calories

    Task Total: 836

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  • 10 Health Lessons from Around the World

    Lose weight and feel amazing with these global health traditions that work wherever you call home
    By: K. Aleisha Fetters, Fitbie.com

    From antioxidant-stuffed spices to midday Zs, every country has its own unique brand of staying healthy, happy, and fit. And it looks like we could learn a thing or two. The life expectancy of the average American lags behind every industrialized nation on Earth except Qatar. North America is home to only 6 percent of the world's population, but accounts for 34 percent of the world's weight due to obesity, contributing to mounting stateside rates of diabetes and heart disease, according to research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. So how does the rest of the world keep their health in check? With simple, totally doable lifestyle habits. Here are 10 imports that will boost your health big time.

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    Want more manageable ways to get healthy? Check out these 6 Mini Weight-Loss Moves That Lead to Major Results.

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  • 6 Mini Weight-Loss Moves that Lead to Major Results

    Getting 'bikini ready' doesn't have to involve starvation. These totally-doable moves will have you proudly sporting your bathing suit come summer.

    By Julia Merz, Fitbie.com

    It's officially spring -- Woohoo! -- and as the weather warms up and those bulky layers come off, the thought of baring it all in your swimsuit can be a little unnerving. But it is possible to shed your hibernation flab by summer, and you don't have to consume nothing but green juice to get there.

    Exercise scientist Ellington Darden, PhD, author of The Body Fat Breakthrough, is sharing some of his favorite easy ways to lose weight and keep it off. "Often it's the little things you do that make a big difference in your effort to get back in shape and stick with the lifestyle changes you've adopted," says Darden.

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    Want more proof that the little things add up? Check out these 10 Ways to Change Your Body in 2 Seconds

    Adopt these mini moves over the next three months, and you might actually

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  • 20 Healthy Zero-Calorie Foods

    These eats may be ridiculously low in calories, but they're loaded with nutrients that can help speed up weight loss and boost your immunity

    By Hollis Templeton and Emily G. W. Chau, Fitbie.com

    So-called "zero-calorie" foods, like celery and cucumbers, contain fewer calories than the body uses to break them down. And although nutritionists account for the energy it takes to chew and digest them when they calculate how many calories we need, these eats deserve prime spots on our plates. You can eat them in large quantities without busting your gut, and low-calorie doesn't mean low nutrients. "And, obviously, if eating very low calorie foods keeps you from eating higher calorie foods, that's a win," says Monica Reinagel, licensed nutritionist and creator of the Nutrition Diva podcast. So fill up your fridge with the following 20 foods that are loaded with vitamins and minerals--not calories.

    More from Fitbie: 10 Simple Ways To Stop Emotional Eating

    Cucumbers
    If you're tired

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  • 7 Diet Foods that Hurt Weight Loss

    Eating Eating Eating "light" foods all day, every day, could make you pack on pounds

    By Greg Presto, Fitbie.com

    They promise to help you control portions, lower your fat intake, slim your waist, and still allow you to eat three square meals a day. But in reality, the only thing "square" about many diet foods is the box.

    The companies that market these foods are trying to make money, not make you healthier, happier, or thinner. And what they use to make foods low-cal or low-fat can endanger your heart, spike your blood sugar, and make you even hungrier.

    We asked three experts to examine a day's worth of these options and provide swaps or add-ons to take them from "healthy" to, you know, actually healthy.

    More from Fitbie: Forget restriction! Focus on what you CAN eat on your healthy diet, like these 10 All-You-Can-Eat Foods

    Slim-Down Saboteur #1: Light Yogurt

    The evidence: Dannon "Light & Fit" Yogurt
    The Problem: At 80 calories, this cup of yogurt isn't enough for a meal, yet

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  • Overcome the 3 Biggest Diet Temptations

    ..Think your friends are looking out for your best interest? Think again.
    By: Allie Burdick, Fitbie.com

    We've all been there. It's late, you're tired from a long day, and you're hungry with no plan for dinner. Do you stop at your local grocer to select whole foods and veggies so you can go home and prepare a nutritious, healthy meal? No. You probably call the local pizza place or whip into a fast food drive-thru. Lack of preparation for a late night craving, as well as drinking and time spent with friends are both culprits found in a recent study on why diets fail.

    More from Fitbie: These 10 simple ways to stop emotional eating will make you look at food less like a crutch and more as a treat.

    By having 80 people -- mostly female -- log their temptations into phone apps for one week, researchers in England found what derails diets. It boils down to temptation and lack of will power:

    "The findings help piece together the complex jigsaw surrounding the daily predictions of

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  • 8 Surprising Side Effects of Weight Loss

    A new body is just the beginning. Here's how losing weight can also make you richer, smarter, and happierA new body is just the beginning. Here's how losing weight can also make you richer, smarter, and happierA new body is just the beginning. Here's how losing weight can also make you richer, smarter, and happier

    By Cathy Garrard, Fitbie.com

    A smaller dress size and a healthier body are only two of the life-enhancing byproducts of regular exercise and a balanced diet. Here, eight more unexpected ways your life gets bigger when you grow smaller.

    1. You'll recognize faces better.
    No more awkward moments at dinner parties and business meetings: The ability to remember faces improves in overweight women after they shed pounds, finds researchers at Umea University in Sweden. After six months of dieting, the areas of the brain that help identify faces showed increased activity. Researchers speculate that weight loss makes the brain better equipped to store new memories and access stored information."

    RELATED: These color cues that boost weight loss could change your diet and fitness routine for good.

    2. You'll save money.
    Not all junk food is cheap, especially when you scarf

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  • The 8 Biggest Belly Bloaters

    Feeling puffy, gassy, and just plain gross? Stay away from these stomach-swelling triggers.

    K. Aleisha Fetters, Fitbie.com

    It doesn't matter how many pounds you lose, if you're sporting a bloated stomach your skinny jeans will never fit right.

    About one in five people regularly suffer from bloating, says John E. Pandolfino, M.D., chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and not only is a swollen stomach unsightly and uncomfortable, but it can also be a symptom of bigger body issues. Your belly is a barometer of your overall health, and everything from your diet to your moods can affect your digestion, gas production, and, ultimately, whether or not you feel like you're about to bust a gut.

    Luckily, once you ID the cause of your ballooning middle, deflating it is easy. Here are eight common culprits, plus simple strategies to beat the bloat.

    1. Belly Bloater: Wheat
    Don't have celiac disease or gluten insensitivity? Wheat

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  • 7 Color Hues that Boost Weight Loss

    Decode the hidden impact color has on your diet and fitness goals--and then use it to your advantageDecode the hidden impact color has on your diet and fitness goals--and then use it to your advantageDecode the hidden impact color has on your diet and fitness goals--and then use it to your advantage
    By Jessica Chia, Fitbie.com

    Ever wondered why the insides of restaurants are often painted red, yellow, or orange? It's not a coincidence: Decades of research in the field of color psychology show how hues can subconsciously affect a person's emotions and decision-making processes. In fact, warm-toned hues, like those seen in popular fast-food joints, are known appetite enhancers, says Jill Morton, founder and head consultant of Colorcom, a color consulting agency.

    But don't worry, not all color cues are bad, and the ones that are need not work against you. Here, experts explain seven ways you can harness the power of color to effortlessly achieve your weight-loss goals.

    1. Boost Your Motivation
    If you're feeling sluggish and unmotivated, bright colors have your back. "Generally speaking, any bright color will be very energizing," says Morton. Items in highly saturated colors

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  • 10 Comfort Foods that Won't Pack on the Pounds

    Perhaps the mother of all comfort foods, mac and cheese can pack up to 900 calories a serving.Perhaps the mother of all comfort foods, mac and cheese can pack up to 900 calories a serving.Cozy up to these lighter versions of your favorite cold-weather dishes
    By Mary Squillace, Fitbie.com

    For most people, low temperatures and winter weather means it's time to integrate a sixth food group into their diets: comfort foods. Bowls of belly-warming macaroni and cheese, creamy mashed potatoes, and piping-hot chicken pot pie help satisfy your body's instinctual drive to stay toasty and conserve energy for the winter ahead. Obviously, if you're not careful, these annual indulgences can quickly add pounds of extra insulation that are hard to remove come spring.Fortunately, fat and calories aren't prerequisites for a soothing, satisfying dish. Some smart ingredient swaps can transform hearty favorites into lighter, healthier fare that's still satisfying. These tips from Michelle Dudash, RD, Phoenix-based chef and recipe developer, and Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author of Comfort Classics, will allow you to enjoy savory, cold-weather foods without adding inches to your waistline.

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