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  • Health Myth: Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Really Worse for You Than Sugar?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    GettyGettyEven if you kicked your soda can habit years ago, chances are you're still getting more than your fair share of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). After all, it can be found in everything from fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt to many whole wheat breads. Last year alone the average American consumed 27 pounds of the sweet stuff, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That's down from the 37.5 pounds we averaged back in 1999, but unfortunately as we've "scaled back," we've made up for those lost calories by eating more good ol' fashioned sugar.

    So, in the end, does it really matter how we get our sugar fix?

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    What's Really Inside Sugar?

    Table sugar (a.k.a. sucrose), which comes from refined sugar beets and sugarcane, contains 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose, both of which pack 16 calories per teaspoon. However, since fructose is sweeter than glucose, upping the fructose-to-glucose ratio

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  • 3 Meals a Day Vs. All-Day Snacking: Which One Helps You Lose Weight?

    Conde Nast studioConde Nast studioBy: K. Aleisha Fetters

    In the beginning, eating was simple-consume three square meals a day and you're done (thanks, Mom!). But then diets got more complicated. Instead of having proper meals, we now fit food in whenever we have time-and usually end up so famished by 3 P.M. that we're stalking the office vending machine like zombies. You don't need us to tell you that this is no way to stay healthy, but when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, what is the proper eating regimen?

    Snackers, rejoice! The pure act of eating and digesting increases your resting metabolic rate-the number of calories your body burns just to support basic functions like thinking, breathing, and talking, says Joan Salge Blake R.D., L.D.N., clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University and the author of Nutrition and You: Core Concepts for Good Health. (Check out our other tips to increase your metabolism.) No wonder one classic study published in the New England

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  • 4 Surprising Ways You May Be Aging Your Skin

    By: The Motley for Details
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    You already know that if you eat, sleep, and exercise like crap, you're probably going to look and feel like it, too. But how you treat your body today can affect more than just the way you look right now; it can also impact how you'll look in, say, 10 years. Want to avoid drastic measures like needles and knives to look younger in the future? Start correcting the following four common bad habits.

    1. Excessive Exercise
    Exercise in general is great for keeping your body looking young, but too much intense cardio, in particular, can actually accelerate signs of aging. Stress from exercise breaks down your skin's collagen, leading to premature wrinkles. Strength training is key to keeping skin firm as you get older, so if you're a runner or a cyclist, be sure to add some weightlifting to your routine. And (duh) if you exercise outdoors, don't forget your sunscreen. We like a sweat-resistant one like Beyond Coastal Active SPF 34 Sunscreen.

    2. Too Much

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  • 10 Vices and Indulgences that Do a Body Good

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Miles Aldridge/Trunk ArchiveMiles Aldridge/Trunk ArchiveWhen it comes to matters of health, it seems that everything you do-or at least want to do-is bad for you. But recent research is calling into question exactly how bad our biggest vices truly are.

    It turns out these so-called health offenders can actually strengthen your muscles, up your gym performance, boost your immune system, fight flab, and even prevent chronic diseases. Not bad for "unhealthy" habits, eh?

    Here, 10 vices you can finally embrace guilt-free.

    Sleeping In
    Go ahead-hit the snooze. Or just break the damn thing altogether. According to a recent study from the University of Munich, people who wake up to an alarm rather than according to their body's internal clock are three times more likely to be overweight. Waking up before your body is ready messes up your circadian rhythms, leading you to feel perpetually jet lagged and eat when your body isn't primed to absorb nutrients, slowing your metabolism considerably.


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  • 11 Halloween Costumes that Will Make Your Guy Look Handsome

    By: Kristen Dold

    Women are smart: They've found a million ways to dress sexy on Halloween, which is why you see so many chambermaids, superheroes, and cheerleaders. Men, on the other hand, tend to get ugly or conceptual. This year, we're advocating party costumes with more style than slapstick-because the guy in the penis costume always goes home alone.

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  • Can Alcohol Help You Build Muscle and Lose Weight?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    Look around any bar and chances are you'll spot some epic beer bellies. But you'll probably also see trim, toned guys knocking back drinks sans weight-gain regrets.

    What gives? Well, it's a quandary that has left researchers volleying studies back and forth since before anyone ever heard of a healthy happy-hour habit. The good news (at least for those wanting to shed a few) is that we have control over alcohol's role in our weight. It's all about how often-and how hard-we hit the bar.

    According to a 2011 study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, moderate drinkers tend to be thinner than teetotalers. Why? Ethanol-whether it's in wine, on the rocks, or in a pilsner glass-improves your body's response to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. Keep your blood sugar in check and you can prevent your body from shuttling glucose straight into your fat cells. One Harvard School of Public Health study even found that having one to two

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  • Why You Should Be Using a Face Oil—Even on Oily Skin

    By: The Motley for Details

    Images courtesy of respective brandsImages courtesy of respective brandsIt may seem counterintuitive to apply more oil to already shine-plagued skin, but it turns out that not all oil is evil. Oil-based facial products can actually work wonders on all skin types, even the most sebaceous. Here are four surprising things you may not know about face oils, plus our product picks.

    How face oils work: Oil products contain essential fatty acids your skin needs to stay properly hydrated, but your body can't produce them on its own. Oils also act as the skin's lipid barrier, protecting against extreme temperatures, dry climates, and over-cleansing.

    Switch from a cream to an oil (especially in winter): Cream moisturizers are usually water based, or a mix of oil and water. They're great for keeping problem-free skin balanced and moisturized. Face oils, however, contain a more powerful, purer, and often more expensive form of nutrients that are the perfect solution for skin in distress. And that lipid barrier we mentioned helps

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  • Always Exhausted—Except During a Workout? You May Have an Adrenal Imbalance

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    Photo courtesy of Matthew Brookes/Trunkarchive.comPhoto courtesy of Matthew Brookes/Trunkarchive.comEver feel like you can get through a workout, but nothing else in your busy schedule? Going to work, running errands, even socializing totally saps your energy-but when you're breaking a sweat at the gym you feel better, stronger, and more alert. If this sounds familiar, you may have an adrenal imbalance.

    What's an adrenal imbalance?
    The adrenals are tiny endocrine glands located right above the kidneys, that secrete hormones, such as cortisol, adrenaline, and DHEA, to help you heal from daily stressors like fear, anger, inflammation, low blood sugar, and even caffeine. But when these stresses become too demanding on a regular basis, your adrenals can get thrown out of whack.

    "The first phase is when the adrenals are in overdrive-they're outputting too much to deal with an acute stress," says Gabrielle Francis, DC, ND, a holistic physician based in NYC. "If you have a surplus for long enough you can go into adrenal fatigue. Over time this can

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  • The Truth About Vitamin-Supplement Kits

    By: Diane Stopyra

    From corner delis to gyms to health-food superstores, vitamin packs line the aisles, promising to help you burn fat faster, focus better, and supercharge your bedroom performance. Are these magic-pill claims grounded in science, fairy tales, or somewhere in between? Here's our guide to the new pop culture. See also our complete guide to vitamins.

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    What You Get: Multivitamin, omega-3s, and probiotics, from Lipman, board-certified physician to the stars.
    The Claim: Ups immunity and supports heart health and metabolism.
    What to Like: Probiotics for gastrointestinal help (and perhaps anxiety reduction).
    What Not to Like: 8,334 percent of your daily B12 dose-most of which you'll piss out. "Americans have the world's priciest urine," says Felicia Stoler, R.D., author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes.
    Bottom Line: "Spend the extra cash on good groceries," Stoler says.


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  • The Rise of the Celebrity-Owned Gym

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    DetailsDetailsCelebrities aren't just hitting the gyms anymore. They're owning them.

    Sure, fitness has always been the bedrock of the red carpet's hot bodies, but more and more stars are opening fitness studios by themselves, with their friends, or with the trainers who helped them score their A-list bodies in the first place. Some are even instructing classes.

    Check out the celeb-owned gyms where a paparazzi-worthy body can be yours for the price of membership. Who knows, you might even rub (toned) shoulders with the stars while you're there.

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Tracy Anderson Method Flagship Studio

    In April, People's 2013 Most Beautiful Woman partnered with her trainer Tracy Anderson to open the members-only Tracy Anderson Method Flagship Studio in Brentwood, California. The 8,500-square-foot Windsor Smith-designed space boasts training rooms that are calibrated for optimal fat-burning temps and furnished with weights, hoops, poles, and Anderson's trademark

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