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  • FITNESS Healthy Food Awards: The Best Soups from the Store

    Kenji Toma/Fitness MagazineKenji Toma/Fitness MagazineBy Juno DeMelo

    Soup seems virtuous enough; after all, an entire diet was built around the cabbage kind. But some contain more bloat-inducing sodium than you should consume in a day, while others (we're talking to you, "cream of" anything!) pack more saturated fat than a doughnut. To help you get your comfort-food fix minus the snug waistband, we worked with our team of nutritionists to choose seven soups that taste great but have no more than 5 grams of fat, 150 calories, and 690 milligrams of sodium per serving. Get ready to be bowled over.


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    What Makes a Winner
    Companies submitted 59 new soups to FITNESS. Our experts -- Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change Diet; and Marissa Lippert, RD, the author of The Cheater's Diet -- analyzed the ingredients and nutrition facts to help us determine which deserved to move to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by

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  • 4 Ways to Lose the Weight and Stay Stress-Free

    Amy Postle/Fitness MagazineAmy Postle/Fitness MagazineBy Nicci Micco

    You snap at coworkers for no reason. Feel bitter every time your thin friends order dessert. Beat yourself up after losing an hour-long standoff with a chocolate-chip cookie. Dropping extra pounds is supposed to make you healthier and happier -- but it doesn't always feel that way. In fact, according to a study at UCLA, dieting may actually cause chronic stress. Here, four signs that you're at risk for diet-induced anxiety, plus simple fixes to help you lose weight without losing your mind.

    Related: Weighty Matters: Women's Top Weight Secrets

    1. Guilt Trips from Cravings Cave-Ins

    The Sign: You give yourself a mental flogging every time you cave in to a craving.

    The Cause: Having unrealistic goals.

    Set your expectations too high -- trying to lose 20 pounds in a month or vowing never to eat chocolate again -- and you're likely to slip up often, making you feel defeated and hopeless.

    The Fix: Make it as easy as possible to achieve small successes on a regular basis,

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  • 7 Secrets of Super-Sexy Couples

    Courtesy of iStockPhotoCourtesy of iStockPhotoBy Dana Hudepohl

    A hot sex life is like a hot body: You gotta work for it. "In the first six months to two years of a relationship, the newness creates all the passion for you," says Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, a professor of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. After that, you need to keep the sizzle from fizzling. "A lot of couples think, If we have to work at it, there's something wrong with us. Smart couples, though, know that long-term relationships require effort to keep the energy alive," Kingsberg says. We talked to top experts and tracked down the latest research to find out what the happiest and most sexually satisfied couples do. Read on to make their habits your own -- and to sexify your life.

    Related: 10 Foods That Boost Your Libido (and 3 That Kill It)

    Secret 1: They never stop dating.

    Couples who play together, stay together. In a recent relationship survey of nearly 100,000 people, 88 percent of "extremely happy" couples

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  • We Love Lucy: How Lucy Liu Discovered the Right Workout for Her

    Brian Bowen Smith/Fitness MagazineBrian Bowen Smith/Fitness MagazineBy Patty Adams Martinez

    After years of doing tough-girl routines like kickboxing and martial arts, Lucy Liu finally discovered the secret to shedding the last five pounds. All it took was the right workout and a little help from her friends.

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    Lucy Liu's Stay Motivated Secrets
    Lucy Liu is known for kicking butt in such flicks as Charlie's Angels and Kill Bill. But offscreen she's more likely to be getting her butt kicked -- by her Pilates instructor.

    "Pilates introduced me to muscles I never even knew I had," says Lucy, who stars as Dr. Watson on the hit CBS show Elementary. "Soon I started to feel longer and leaner. Ten years of Pilates has really changed my body for the better."

    In fact, at 44 the actress says she is fitter and healthier than ever. "I'm smarter, stronger, and more confident than I was in my twenties," Lucy says over lentil soup at ABC Kitchen in New York City. "I know who I am now, and I'm more accepting of myself." Read

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  • 10 Ways to Sneak in a Workout

    Sara Forrest/Fitness MagazineSara Forrest/Fitness MagazineBy Marianne Magno

    In a perfect world, we'd all have at least an hour a day to devote to our fitness. But in the real world, 24 hours a day doesn't seem like nearly enough time to fit in work, school, and family. Stop stressing! Here, 10 ways to sneak a workout into your super busy schedule.

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    Turn Your Commute into a Workout
    On days that Monica Vazquez, 27, a master trainer for New York Sports Clubs in New York City, can't do her usual run, she stuffs her essentials -- keys, cash, credit card, phone, and ID -- into a fanny pack and jogs home from work instead. "Running is a great workout, but it's also great transportation," she says. "Sometimes I get home even earlier than I normally do taking the subway."

    Not a runner? Bike to work, get off your bus or train a few stops earlier, or park the car farther away to extend your walking time.

    Set Your Alarm Early
    Becoming an A.M. exerciser means you get to cross your workout off your to-do

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  • Hormones and Your Body: 6 Surprising Effects

    Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineLaura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Stacey Colino

    Despite all those tired that-time-of-the-month punch lines, hormones are no joke. Scientists now say that fluctuating hormones can boost your emotional well-being -- and they can exacerbate chronic health conditions and increase your risk of injury while exercising. "They affect your entire body, not just your reproductive system" says Hadine Joffe, MD, director of endocrine studies at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


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    Surprise #1
    : Your hormonal shifts may make you susceptible to an exercise injury.
    Research suggests that women are four to six times more likely than men to experience a painful knee injury, such as tearing the knee's anterior curciate ligament (ACL), while playing sports such as soccer, basketball, or volleyball. One reason: "Hormones appear to affect a woman's neuromuscular control -- the order and timing in which your muscles contract," says Gregory Dedrick, ScD, an assistant professor in the

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  • The Best Natural Remedies to Treat PMS

    Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Bethany Gumper

    TTYL! BRB! LOL! In a sea of cutesy acronyms, PMS does not fit in. In fact, these three letters can be downright scary. Studies show that at least 85 percent of women experience premenstrual syndrome symptoms, which can include mood swings, breast tenderness, cravings, fatigue and irritability before their period. The good news: "It's absolutely possible to manage PMS symptoms with lifestyle changes," says ob-gyn Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. We've got four easy strategies to help you feel good all month long. Period.

    Related: More Tips to Beat Your Period Woes

    PMS plan of attack: Maximize your magnesium intake.

    Researchers at the University of Reading in England found that supplementing with magnesium reduced water retention and bloating. "I recommend 400 to 800 milligrams of magnesium per day," says Dr. Northrup. You can also add Epsom salt (aka magnesium sulfate, available at most drugstores) to a hot bath, and you'll absorb

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  • 8 Easy Steps to Eat Better

    Jonathan Kantor/Fitness MagazineJonathan Kantor/Fitness MagazineBy Melissa Daly

    If you're anything like me, I'm betting this will sound familiar: You try to eat right. And you exercise regularly. But still those last five pounds don't want to budge. So what's up with that? Turns out, much of the conventional weight-loss wisdom is just plain wrong, many experts say. It's not about deprivation or getting more veggies or eliminating certain food groups from your diet. Instead it's about a smarter and more enjoyable way of eating every day that will give you energy, boost your mood, and help you reach your happy weight and stay there. Here top nutritionists spill the new diet dos they swear by.

    Related: Get Sweetener Savvy: The Need-to-Know Facts


    Find your balance.
    Calories in, calories out. We've been told that dropping pounds or maintaining our weight rests solely on this simple equation. Wrong! "In reality, not all calories are created equal," says dietitian Ashley Koff, RD, a coauthor of Mom Energy and a FITNESS advisory board member. "Quality

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  • 7 Everyday Therapies for Cabin Fever

    Courtesy of Getty ImagesCourtesy of Getty ImagesBy Elisa Kronish

    Feeling a little blue? Getting out of a winter-induced funk can be a challenge, which is why we put together this list of unusual "therapies" to rejuvenate your spirit and soul.

    Related: 5 More Ways to Beat Your Blahs


    1. Tap into your creativity.
    Creative arts therapies, like painting and drawing, have been shown to boost immunity in HIV/AIDS patients, and they've proven a positive outlet for patients in psychiatric rehab and adults dealing with bereavement. If it's good enough for professional therapy, it might just help you too. "A new hobby gives you something you can focus your energy on," says Raymond Crowel, PsyD, vice president of the National Mental Health Association. "It can also help inspire you and lift your sadness," he says. So, you're thinking, you're no Picasso. No problem! Put paintbrush to canvas and just go for it. No one has to see your handiwork; it's just for you, babe.

    2. Embrace your green thumb.
    Gardening is a great way to combine a sense

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  • The Best Workout Ever: Have Your Own Coregasm

    Courtesy of Getty ImagesCourtesy of Getty ImagesBy Leslie Goldman

    A very fortunate 10 percent of women experience orgasms while working out. Meet one of them.

    Related: The Get It On Guide

    From Big Ow to Big O

    If you think about it, exercise has a lot in common with sex: You get nice and sweaty, a killer playlist makes you want to work harder, a towel always comes in handy, and a tall glass of cold water afterwards feels mighty refreshing. But lately, my workout routine has been mirroring my hanky panky in one very special way: I can't seem to crank out a set of abdominal moves without having an orgasm.

    (Pause for applause.)

    Yes, while most women leave a hardcore workout feeling the Big Ow, lately, my Plank Swipes and Single Leg Stretches have been delivering the Big O. It all started when a friend loaned me her Tracy Anderson Post-Pregnancy Workout DVD; once my OB/GYN cleared me to resume abdominal work following my C-section, I popped that sucker in, laid a towel down on our living room floor, and got to work. The video

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