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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Prevent a Hangover

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Chung JamieChung JamieDon't mix your liquors, drink whiskey before beer, have a glass of water between drinks-you know the drill. But knowing more than the conventional wisdom when it comes to potent potations can mean the difference between looking like your bar's resident heavyweight and going home early to fight a hellacious hangover.

    Here, five surprising science-backed ways to help you hold your liquor better.

    Ditch the Diet Mixers
    Mix your booze with diet versus regular soda and your blood alcohol content will shoot up an extra 18 percent, according to a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. What gives? Without sugar and calories in your glass (and stomach), alcohol beelines its way into your bloodstream. We aren't condoning any fructose-filled beverages here, but a few calories can go a long way towards keeping you off of the karaoke stage.

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  • 3 Tips for How to Exercise Without Eating More

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    Q by EquinoxQ by EquinoxMaintaining that delicate balance of eating enough to fuel your workouts and not overdoing it afterwards is a source of confusion for even the most educated exerciser. Sometimes, those post-workout hunger pangs hit, begging you to replace what you just burned off. Other times, your brain is telling you it's time to reward your hard work (with extra cheese).

    Recent research from Australia has reopened the debate on this quandary: Is it possible to exercise and not eat more? While findings have been mixed, a review of studies published in the journal Appetite showed that exercise does not, in fact, lead to a significant increase in calorie consumption.

    And calories might not matter much anyway, according to Equinox tier 4 coach Paul Spector, M.D. "The goal of someone who says they want to lose weight is really to lose fat and gain muscle," Spector says. "Therefore the real question with regard to exercise and nutrition is how to maximize the use

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  • Move Over Paleo: This New Diet Has You Eating like GOD

    What would Jesus eat?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    wikimedia commonswikimedia commonsWe've all heard the phrase "your body is a temple," but Rick Warren, leader of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is taking the mantra to a new level.

    Topping the New York Times bestseller list with his diet book The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (which he wrote with psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. and physician Mark Hyman, M.D.), Warren has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to make their diet about more than losing weight, but about getting spirituality healthy.

    Warren's diet gets its inspiration from the Bible's book of (you guessed it!) Daniel. In that chapter, the Jewish noble Daniel and his compadres are captured by the Babylonians, who offer them decadent foods like meat and wine. But Daniel and his men refuse to "defile" themselves with the food and instead eat only vegetables, which ultimately makes them stronger and healthier than their oppressors.

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  • Do You Really Need to Go #2 Once a Day?

    Like most things below the belt, regular is all relative.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Aimee BarychkoAimee Barychko

    Most people go #2 anywhere between three times a day and three times a week, says Benjamin Lebwohl, M.D., a gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center. Put that on a bell curve and it means most of us stink up a bathroom once a day.

    "However, it's not intrinsically less healthy to go less often than once a day," says Lebwhol. "Every person's bowels have their own tempo."

    So it's cool if your intestines are on a MWF schedule-as long as you don't feel stuffed up or bloated, he says. The digestive tract can hold anywhere from a meal to a week's worth of meals, and then some. And while it's pretty gnarly to think about, the sheer mass of backed-up bowels can cause everything from an aching back to a literal food belly, he says. Plus, the longer poop sits sill in your intestines, the more opportunity it has to produce smelly, room-clearing gas.

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  • 8 Things You Can Learn from the Way Olympic Athletes Train Their Brains for Competition

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS


    For those competing on the ultimate athletic stage, mental fortitude is as critical as physical. Going head to head with elite athletes is one thing; doing so while the world is watching is quite another.

    Enter the United States Olympic Committee's team of mental health professionals, who know a thing or two about performing under pressure and what it takes to come out on top. We tapped a few of these sports psychologists for ways to master your mind on game day.

    1. Learn to relax
    "Most of us have no idea what the feeling of relaxation is even though we're told to relax all the time," says Dr. John McCauley, Ph.D., a clinical and sports psychologist who's worked with Olympic athletes. Relax with self-statements (for example, thinking "my eyelids feel heavy" can actually make them heavy.) Relaxing your body helps you pick up on places where you might hold tension-and once you can calm your body, you can move on to calm your mind.


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  • Which "Healthy" Eating Disorder Do You Have?

    As the rest of the country suffers from obesity, a growing number of men and women are overdoing it on the other end of the spectrum, hurting themselves with misguided diet and exercise.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    Moderation doesn't cut it anymore: Labels like "health nut" and "exercise-obsessed" have become badges of honor, and if you aren't actively cutting out some food group, hardliners may suggest that something is wrong with your eating strategy. But taking healthy living to the extreme isn't healthy at all-it's another eating disorder.

    It's bad enough that 20 million American women and 10 million American men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, but the new problem is that more and more of them are confusing "healthy eating" with "eating disorder." And so we enter a new era of "healthy" eating disorders.

    Classified as eating disorders not otherwise specified, or EDNOS, these far outnumber anorexia and bulimia cases, making up roughly 70

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  • Do You Really Need to Take a Multivitamin? We Break it Down for You Here

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Amy BarychkoAmy BarychkoFollow the money and you'll find it going into the cushy pockets of the supplement industry, now estimated to be a $30 billion behemoth-and that's just for the U.S., where more than half of adults use dietary supplements and about 40 percent pop a multivitamin every day.

    Enter "Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," a recent Annals of Internal Medicine editorial that's threatening the industry's bottom line. The authors (who hail from Johns Hopkins, the University of Warwick, and the American College of Physicians) examined the benefits of existing studies on multivitamins and found that, really, there are none.

    "We believe that the case is closed," wrote the researchers. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough."

    Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., research associate at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, takes it one step

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  • 8 Brilliant Alternatives to the Cliché Valentine's Day Gift

    By: Ian Landau

    Tom SchierlitzTom SchierlitzPeople get passionate on Valentine's Day-long before the evening winds down and, if all goes well, the clothes come off. Some love the day, reveling in and dispensing as much heart-shaped, gooey sentiment as they can fit into 24 hours. Others view it as an unnecessarily pressure-ridden faux-holiday and would rather hide under the covers until the clock strikes midnight and it's officially February 15th. If you're like us, you buy into the idea that it might be nice to do something special with your significant other, but you'd rather not go through the motions and trot out the same tired tricks. So this year, try one of our alternative ideas that'll make you look inspired-and also happen to be very easy to pull off.

    The Cliché: Dinner at a romantic restaurant
    The Alternative: Cook for your mate, you lazy bastard
    The Details: You don't have to be a genius in the kitchen to knock the socks (and other items of clothing) off your lover. In fact, it's best to

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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About #1

    By: Kristen Dold

    The pleasure, pain, and persistent myths and misconceptions about peeing-debunked and expounded on, below.

    A 90-degree angle of stream to urinal leads to the greatest splashback, according to new research from Brigham Young University. Stay dry by standing closer: Beyond six or seven inches, your urine stream breaks into droplets, which are more likely to bounce back onto your pants.

    Paruresis: The fear of peeing in the presence of others. (About 7 percent of people have this problem.)

    Urotherapy: The use of human urine (either applied topically or swallowed) for its perceived detoxification, health benefits, or disease-fighting properties. Rumored proponents include the late J.D. Salinger, Madonna, and ex-Yankee Jorge Posada.

    Urolagnia: The sexual arousal associated with the sight or thought of urine (think: an affinity for golden showers, something Ricky Martin has admitted he's a fan of).

    Retromingence: The

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  • Why Now's the Time to Try Hypnosis

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    Thanks to on-stage brainwashing sessions and movies featuring disgruntled workers taking a baseball bat to the printer (Office Space, anyone?), hypnosis has a rep for being little more than pure entertainment.

    Not true. Hypnosis was birthed from the brains of psychologists and researchers, and while its story was sullied by decades of disrepute, it's now making its way back into the mainstream.

    The British Psychological Society has now officially declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium to curb stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. "Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation-or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence," says psychologist and certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift.

    And while it's strongly linked to the psycho-sciences,

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