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  • Steep Perks: Why Drinking Tea is Good for Your Health

    Johnny Fog/FITNESS MagazineJohnny Fog/FITNESS MagazineBy Melissa Walker

    Tea can help your heart, boost your brainpower, keep your metabolism humming, and more. Our guide to the supersip covers it all, including how to brew a cup that's fit for a queen.

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    The New Sports Drink
    After plain old H2O, tea is the most popular drink on the planet. And some researchers say it's even healthier. "Tea packs more of a punch than water," says Carrie Ruxton, PhD, a dietitian and tea expert in the United Kingdom. "In addition to providing hydration, it's rich in health-promoting substances." The science is staggering: Studies suggest that one cup of tea may contain up to five times more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable. These disease-fighting compounds may help prevent certain cancers, keep your heart healthy, burn fat and ward off weight gain, sharpen your mind, and help your body beat the effects of aging and stress. The facts are in: It's teatime!

    Gimme a Tea!
    Tea does a body good.

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  • Cooking Right: 9 Foolproof Healthy Cooking Tips

    Peter Ardito/FITNESS MagazinePeter Ardito/FITNESS MagazineBy Melissa Walker

    Every now and then I walk up to the fish counter at the supermarket with a renewed, if naive, confidence. I admire the salmon's pink color, thinking about all the healthy omega-3s my husband and I will enjoy... if only I can get it right this time. I've tried the skillet (pieces stuck to the pan) and the oven (devoid of moisture), but I can't seem to master a dish that others consider a no-brainer. Now there's hope for culinary klutzes like me: FITNESS compiled a list of common healthy-cooking woes and asked chefs for foolproof advice. Let's start with that fish fiasco!

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    "I have no clue how to cook fish."
    Ellie Krieger, RD, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger, recommends fatty fish, such as salmon, for newbie chefs, because it's less likely to dry out. So how did I mess up? I cooked it too long. Krieger says to drizzle the fillet with olive oil on both sides, sprinkle with salt and black

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  • The Truth About Saturated Fats

    Claire Benoist/FITNESS MagazineClaire Benoist/FITNESS Magazine

    By Sally Kuzemchak, RD

    For years you've been told that the saturated fat you eat is public enemy No. 1 in the battle against obesity and heart disease. Turns out, it may actually be -- gasp! -- good for you.

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    Good Fats Versus Bad Fats
    I was a card-carrying skinny-latte-drinking low-fat girl. I ordered frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, grilled chicken instead of steak, and I snacked on low-fat cheese and reduced-fat crackers. With a family history of high cholesterol (my own number hovered slightly beyond the healthy range), I figured that limiting saturated fat was smart.

    But in the past couple of years I've made some changes. Inspired by the movement to eat locally, I started shopping at my farmers' market: I bought a quarter of a grass-fed cow and stocked my basement freezer with the beef, which I ate once a week. I also splurged on local bacon sometimes. When my store was out of skim milk, I discovered I

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  • Lost in the Rush: How to Enjoy Every Workout

    Alexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineAlexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineBy Juno DeMelo

    I wanted to run my first half-marathon in less than two hours. My time: 1:59:06.

    You would think that I crossed the finish line jumping for joy, or at least doing an approximation of that on wobbly legs. But even before I got to the box of bananas at the end of the finishers' chute, I didn't feel elated or even proud, just productive. I had completed a task, and there were plenty more to tackle: finding my friends, finding my bag, finding a place to grab brunch.

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    I had trained hard for the race throughout the summer, during the mad rush of planning my wedding and between the cross-country flights home that preceded my father's death from pancreatic cancer later that season. Running gave me a reprieve from worrying, but for me, it was the opposite of meditation. Instead of focusing on my breath, I looked at my GPS watch constantly, willing the mileage to fly by. I thought about how good it would feel to be done so I

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  • Home, Slim, Home: 10 Ways to Make Weight Loss Easier at Home

    Dan Saelinger/FITNESS MagazineDan Saelinger/FITNESS Magazine

    By Jessica Girdwain

    You don't have to hit the gym -- or even change out of your pj's -- to burn more calories. Make these super easy home improvements to start tipping the scales in your favor.

    Related: 5 Ways to Lose the Last 5 Pounds

    Cut the Lights
    Installing a dimmer switch in your kitchen and turning on some Adele is a bright idea: Diners who ate a meal under soft lights with relaxing music in the background consumed 133 fewer calories compared with those who ate in bright, noisy environments, a recent Cornell University study revealed. Calm vibes encourage you to eat more slowly, so your brain has time to register that you're satisfied before you're stuffed. Not handy? No problem. Mike Scott, the resident lighting expert for Lowe's, says even a novice can install a dimmer switch in 15 minutes or less (click on the Ideas & How-Tos tab at lowes.com for a step-by-step video tutorial).

    Take a Stand
    The average woman packs on about a pound a year once she hits 25.

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  • 10 Foods that Boost Your Libido (and 3 that Kill It)

    Laura Doss/FITNESS MagazineLaura Doss/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna Birch

    If you find you're more eager to sleep than have sex on an everyday basis, your sex drive may need a booster shot. But that doesn't mean you have to go out and buy out the nearest Victoria's Secret. All it takes is adding a few key foods into your diet to boost libido and get back in the mood. Here, 10 foods to rev up your sex life, plus three that will stop it in its tracks.

    Related: The FITNESS Get It On Guide

    Black Raspberries
    Both the berries and the seeds will transform your mind-set for getting in the mood, so pop in a handful a day to keep bedroom boredom at bay. "This phytochemical-rich food enhances both libido and sexual endurance," say Drs. Anna Maria and Brian Clement, authors of 7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality and directors of Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Consume 10 black raspberries or a tablespoon of seeds a few hours before getting busy.

    Broccoli
    Raw, sautéed, or cooked, toss this vegetable in with your

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  • 10 Flirty Fitness Dates

    Alexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineAlexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineBy K. Aleisha Fetters

    Break a sweat for a better date. It turns out that exercise can lead to sweaty pleasures on and off your chosen field of play. The love connection: Exercise-induced endorphins help clear your mind of clutter, up your happiness factor, and rev up your sex drive, says Paul Hokemeyer, PhD, licensed marriage and family therapist.

    As if that weren't enough reason to veer off the beaten path, consider this -- research shows that simply doing new things together as a couple ignites the same circuit as does falling in love. By flooding the brain's reward system with dopamine and norepinephrine, mixing up date night can help those butterflies hang around a bit longer.

    Read on for 10 fitness dates that will boost your mood and your bond.

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    Rock Climbing
    Your hearts are going to race, and not just in the I'm-about-to-pee-in-my-spandex way. When your body is physiologically aroused (think skyrocketing blood pressure, slippery

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  • 10 Most Memorable Winter Olympic Moments

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    By K. Aleisha Fetters

    Every four years brings a batch of OMG moments. Here are 10 from Winter Games past that rocked the world's biggest sporting stage -- and still have us talking.

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    #10: The Bobsledding Boxer
    Early in Olympic history, the U.S.'s light-heavyweight boxer made a cameo at the Winter Games, and earned gold doing it. Eddie Eagan, who had previously won gold at the Summer Games, took a historic bobsled ride in the four-man at the 1932 Lake Placid Games. He had taken up bobsledding just three weeks earlier. As if that weren't quirky enough, the race didn't end up happening until two days after the Games had closed, thanks to a sloshy course.

    #9: The First Olympic Double Axel
    Sure, ice skating is beautiful. But let's face it, most TV spectators watch it for the double axels. The courage -- or perhaps recklessness -- of one 18-year-old skater named Dick Button made that possible back in 1948. Only two days after

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  • 6 Realistic Rules for Better Sleep

    Laura Doss/FITNESS MagazineLaura Doss/FITNESS Magazine

    By Nancy Gottesman

    You have to live in dreamland if you want a good night's sleep, according to the usual expert advice: Make your bedroom into a spa like sanctuary. Don't drink a drop of caffeine after 2 p.m. No laptops in the bedroom. So we were shocked when sleep doctor Michael Breus, PhD, admitted that he drifts off with the TV on and his Chihuahua, Sparky, and cat, Monte, in the bed -- two major no-nos. His refreshing philosophy: "Steer clear of all the hard-and-fast rules and do what makes sense for your lifestyle." That we can handle. Read on for more surprising sleep tips that mere mortals like us can actually follow.


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    Sleep in on weekends.
    Forget all the blah-blah about maintaining a consistent wakeup time every day. Snoozing late on the weekend can have real benefits. Adults who were sleep deprived for five days (sound like your workweek?) made up for it somewhat -- bouncing back closer to their baseline brain

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  • Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

    Laura Doss/FITNESS MagazineLaura Doss/FITNESS MagazineBy Hallie Levine Sklar

    I was digging into spaghetti Bolognese with my book group the other night when it hit me: My friendships have always revolved around food. As teens, my pals and I scooped chocolate frosting right from the can and ate raw cookie dough by the spoonful at sleepovers. In college, I bonded with my roomies over pizza and beer. As adults, my sporty girlfriends and I lived for our Saturday post-run brunches and our pre-race pasta dinners. Yikes -- were we food-obsessed?

    "Eating is a social experience," says Evelyn Attia, MD, director of the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "For some of us, it's an activity we do with our friends." Unfortunately, group munching can cause the pounds to add up. When you dine with another person, you consume 35 percent more than you would alone, research shows.

    Got a pal (or two) who pushes your all-you-can-eat button? Here's how to ID a chowhound and give your friendship --

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