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  • 5 Shocking Ways Your Cell Phone is Hurting Your Health

    Courtesy of iStockphotoCourtesy of iStockphotoBy Chrisanne Grise

    Sure, your iPhone is a lifesaver when it comes to multitasking, but did you know that it could also be causing significant physical and emotional health problems for you? Check out this list and see if you identify with any of these problems -- and then find out how to remedy the situation.

    Related: The 7 Worst Health Habits-Ever

    Nomophobia
    The problem:
    Becoming addicted to your phone has become such a real condition that experts have given it a name: "Nomophobia" (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It's not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their "crackberries" though; it's more widespread than we realized. A recent survey found that 84 percent of the world's population said they could not go one day without their phones, and current research shows that nearly two-thirds of teens and young adults check their phones every 15 minutes or less. The anxiety and stress over missing out on a text or Facebook update can take such a toll on peoples' health that

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  • The 10 Commandments of Dieting, Debunked

    Denise Crew/Fitness MagazineDenise Crew/Fitness MagazineBy Alexa Joy Sherman

    Bless me, reader, for I have sinned. It's been many years since my first diet, and with each attempt I've either lost weight and gained it back or slipped up and given up. It's gotten me thinking: I follow conventional weight-loss wisdom, but should I? Maybe I don't need to devoutly keep a food journal or eat every three hours. To find out, I put 10 of the top diet commandments to the test and enlisted the divine intervention of three dieting gurus. The experience was, well, enlightening.

    Related: 8 Diet Rules Meant to Be Broken

    Thou shalt eat only when hungry.
    During the day this is easy; I'm so busy, I remember to eat only when my stomach growls. But temptations pop up in the evening, and I start to confuse what I want with what I need. Case(s) in point: After my 5-year-old was done with his Happy Meal, I couldn't resist finishing his fries and burger, not because I was famished but because -- hello! -- they were fries and a burger. Another night I wasn't

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  • The Slimming Superfoods Diet Plan

    Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazinePeter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Rachel Meltzer Warren, RD

    Lose weight while still eating delicious and filling foods. These ingredients and recipes are easy to prepare and have the nutrients you need to stay energized for your workout.

    Related: The Top 10 Superfoods for Women

    Eggs
    : People who ate eggs and toast for breakfast shed more pounds than those who had bagels and cream cheese, according to a Louisiana State University study. Besides delivering six grams of protein for just 72 calories, eggs have also been shown to lower levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

    Almonds: A daily serving of nuts can actually help prevent weight gain, research at Harvard showed. Almonds have fewer calories -- just 129 per one-ounce handful -- than any other kind.

    Pears: Pears are one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which reduces belly fat. And a study in the journal Nutrition found that women who ate three a day lost 39 percent more weight than those who consumed an equal number of calories' worth of oatmeal cookies.

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  • Alison Sweeney's Goal-Getting Tips

    Brian Bowen Smith/Fitness MagazineBrian Bowen Smith/Fitness MagazineBy Kelly Mickle

    Alison Sweeney loves a challenge. Take last fall's Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which involved a half-mile swim in the Pacific. "I'm afraid of sharks, but my fear flew out the window as soon as I jumped into the ocean," Alison says. "The current kept pushing me to shore, but I didn't let myself panic, I just kept swimming until I made it to the final buoy" -- without spotting a single shark.

    Whether it's racing in open water or dropping from a size 12 to a 4, the 36-year-old host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives isn't one to wimp out. "Pushing yourself to do the hard stuff makes you feel accomplished and inspires you to want more," Alison says.

    Luckily, she has plenty to keep her busy. Besides filming Loser, competing in her first triathlon, and training for the upcoming Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Alison has just finished writing a novel and is already working on a second -- and she's about to start directing episodes of Days. Not to

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  • The 8 Best Greek Yogurts to Buy Right Now

    Kate Sears/Fitness MagazineBy Samantha Shelton

    If the healthy foods in your fridge formed a team, yogurt would be the MVP. It's packed with protein, calcium, and probiotics­ -- "good" bacteria that can help with digestion and boost immunity -- and it tastes like a treat. But not all yogurts are created equal. Some contain as much sugar as a candy bar, while others have more than a third of the saturated fat you're supposed to have in a day. The good news: We worked with our team of nutritionists and taste testers to come up with eight great options you can dig into without a lick of guilt. All have less than 20 grams of sugar (keep in mind that a 6-ounce serving of plain yogurt has about 13 grams of naturally occurring sugar from milk), no more than 150 calories, and less than 5 grams of fat. Go on -- give 'em a swirl.

    What makes a winner

    Companies submitted 85 new yogurts to FITNESS. Our experts -- Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD, the author of The Small Change

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  • 7 Ways to Burn Off Holiday Treats

    Alexa Miller/Fitness MagazineAlexa Miller/Fitness MagazineBy Dorothy Foltz-Gray

    Pecan pie. Eggnog. Aunt Norma's famous sweet potatoes. Candy canes. Holiday "sugar plums" can undo us. Still, what's merriment without a bit of sweet indulgence? Splurge a little-then follow our easy tips for burning off those extra calories.*

    * Note: The calories burned are estimates based on a 150-pound woman. What you burn depends on your height, weight, and how vigorously you work out.

    Related: 10 Strategies to Lose Fat and Keep It Off

    1. A Slice of Pecan Pie (500 calories)

    "Oh the pie! Pecan, pumpkin, apple, pecan, chocolate, pecan. Did I say that already?" asks Krista Maurer, a writer, photographer, and designer in Bountiful, Utah. "I could eat an entire pecan pie by myself."

    Burn It Off This Way: Shoveling Snow
    Pie-loving Maurer, who has recently lost 35 pounds, undoes her pecan pie calories by shoveling her driveway for at least an hour. "It's a hefty workout, especially when we get a wet snow," she says.

    "Eighty minutes of show shoveling will burn

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  • 5 Ways to Party-Proof Your Diet

    Sara Forrest/Fitness MagazineSara Forrest/Fitness MagazineBy Jan Sheehan

    The holidays are a scary time for dieters, but you can stick to your diet though Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here's how to regain control after common seasonal slip-ups -- so you might even lose weight this year.

    Related: 100 Days of Guilt-Free Holidays


    You drank too much eggnog at the office party.
    Undo the damage.
    You can blame your wicked hangover and pounding headache on dehydration and the toxins your body had to release to metabolize all that booze. "Alcohol also increases the secretion of acid in the stomach and irritates the stomach lining," says Robert Swift, MD, PhD, associate director of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in Providence. Relieve your misery by eating a piece of toast with honey. Greasy foods, like fried eggs and sausages, will only overtax your irritated digestive system and make it pump out more acid, Dr. Swift says. Honey is an excellent source of fructose, a sugar that research shows may help your body get rid

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  • The Latest 6 Fat-Fighting Superfoods

    Darren Keith/Fitness MagazineDarren Keith/Fitness MagazineBy Amy Paturel

    The best news we've heard all year: Chocolate boosts your metabolism. When we combed through the research, the sweet treat wasn't the only surprise standout. While calories are the key to diet success (or failure), certain ingredients can help speed up your slim-down.

    Related: The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

    Dark Chocolate
    A particularly sweet study found that daily consumption of roughly one and a half ounces of dark chocolate -- about the amount in a Hershey's bar -- reduced the stress hormone cortisol. (Stress has been linked to a sluggish metabolism.) Researchers suspect that certain compounds in chocolate, like caffeine and theobromine, may be responsible. Another reason to indulge: A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that adults who ate moderate amounts of chocolate regularly were actually thinner than those who didn't, even though they consumed more calories and exercised the same amount.

    Look for chocolate that contains at least

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  • The 10-Minute Arm Workout

    Karen Pearson/Fitness MagazineKaren Pearson/Fitness MagazineWorkout by Kathy Smith, creator of the Kathy Smith: Total Body Lift DVD

    Do these five fast arm exercises and celebrate by going sleeveless! All you need is a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells and a stability ball.

    Related: Our Top 10 Arm Exercises

    Triceps Tap
    Targets: Abs and butt
    • Sit on ball with knees bent 90 degrees, holding a dumbbell in each hand.
    • Walk feet forward until upper back and head rest on ball. Lift hips, forming a straight line.
    • Extend arms toward ceiling, then bend elbows to lower dumbbells behind you. Straighten arms.
    • Do 15 reps; roll back up.

    Karen Pearson/Fitness MagazineKaren Pearson/Fitness MagazineDouble-Bell Row
    Targets: Shoulders, upper back, and biceps
    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding two dumbbells in right hand.
    • Step back with right leg, bending knees slightly, and hinge forward from hips. Place left hand on left thigh.
    • Extend right arm below shoulder. Bend elbow to bring weights to ribs; extend.
    • Do 12 rows. Switch sides; repeat.

    Related: The Little Black Dress Workout: Get Slim, Strong

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  • The Hottest Celebrity Bodies of 2012

    Jemal Countess/Getty ImagesJemal Countess/Getty ImagesBy Colleen Moody

    Trying to hit the gym more frequently? We've got just the inspiration. Take a look at which A-listers made our fit list for having the best arms, legs, abs, and more in 2012.

    Related: The Best Celebrity Makeovers


    Best Revenge Body: Katie Holmes
    This Broadway star and overall badass mama keeps her shape in check with frequent Soul Cycle classes -- a FITNESS editor favorite! She was even spotted at a class on her 32nd birthday. Now that's dedication.
    Runner-up: Katy Perry


    Best Legs: Blake Lively

    Good genes, yes. But those long and lean stems are the result of hard work, too! The bombshell perfects squat jumps and lunges to keep her gams looking great. Now if only we could forgive her for taking Ryan Reynolds off the market....
    Runner-up: Heidi Klum

    Best Arms: Michelle Obama

    In what many considered to be a risky move, the First Lady donned a sleeveless dress at the Democratic National Convention this year, sparking quite a buzz. But really, with biceps like those

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