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  • 5 Smart Food Swaps That'll Help You Beat Those Cravings

    Nachos may sound good, but how good are they for your diet?

    It'd be nice if we always really wanted carrots and broccoli, but face it, that's not going to happen. At least there's a way to outsmart your appetite by going for foods with similar taste and texture.

    1. "I could really go for some nachos."
    A plateful of nachos with the works can have 1,520 calories and 100 grams of fat. Kill the craving for just 190 calories and 8 grams of fat by filling a crispy taco shell with refried beans, reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and salsa. You win by saving 1,330 calories and 92 grams of fat.

    Related: These 15 Foods Will Help You Lose Weight

    2. "I need to devour a pizza, stat."
    A single slice of four-cheese pizza can cost you 330 calories and 11 grams of fat. But if you take half of a whole wheat pita and top it with chopped tomatoes, some shredded light mozzarella cheese, and some basil and oregano, you can satisfy that pizza craving for 196 calories and 8 grams of fat. You win by saving 134 calories and 3 grams of

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  • 7 Things You Can Do to Prevent Resistance to Antibiotics

    Help your antibiotics do the job they were meant to do.Help your antibiotics do the job they were meant to do.

    In the last 10 years, more and more people have developed serious infections that are resistant to antibiotic drugs. These steps may help prevent infection and keep things from getting worse.

    1. Keep vaccinations up to date.
    It's especially important that kids get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine against pneumonia. When they're protected, it's less likely the disease will be transmitted to adults.

    2. Wash your hands often.
    You'll use fewer antibiotics if you don't get sick in the first place. Don't forget lunchtime: For some reason, people are less vigilant in the middle of the day, says Tufts researcher Stuart Levy, M.D.

    Related: 5 Times You Can Tough It Out and Skip Antibiotics

    3. Cook eggs, meat, and poultry well.
    Also, handle raw meat carefully to avoid cross-contamination. By preventing food-borne infections, you'll cut the chances that you and your family will need antibiotics.

    4. Take antibiotics correctly.
    Don't share, skip doses, or stop early

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  • 8 Ways to Get Prettier in Your Sleep

    Start your morning looking gorgeous.Start your morning looking gorgeous.

    You might think you're off the clock when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep, but your slumber hours play an important role in how you look. "Beauty sleep is essential for repairing the skin," says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. If you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier during the day, it's time to adopt these nighttime habits.

    1. Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.
    These fibers will keep you from waking up with a bird's nest on top of your head, and their texture softens wrinkles and fine lines because it causes less friction between your skin and the pillowcase. "Silk is easier on hair -- it helps avoid tangles and breakage," says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. "It's also better for the skin because the material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles."

    Related: 10 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

    2. Sleep on your back.
    Speaking of wrinkles,

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  • 6 Must-Haves for Your Spring Beauty Stash

    Spring clean your beauty stash and make room for these products.Spring clean your beauty stash and make room for these products.

    1. Rich, Luscious Lipsticks at a Bargain
    With chic tubes and velvety consistencies, our drugstore finds are department store-worthy. But at these prices, you can afford two or three.
    - NYC Expert Last Lip Color comes in a whopping 20 shades ($2 each). Take your pick of a satin or a pearlescent finish.
    - L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire lip lacquer (16 shades, $10 each at drugstores) delivers a pop of long-lasting color with a wand applicator.

    Related: These 2-Minute Beauty Tricks Help You Look Pretty, Fast!

    2. Your Complexion's New BFF: An Overnight Mask
    Like an intensive night cream, it provides extra hydration to make skin silkier. Try Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask ($34, Sephora.com), with camellia and rice bran oils, or Fresh Peony Brightening Night Mask ($65, Sephora.com), with licorice root extract.

    3. A Two-in-One Tool That Fights Wrinkles and Acne
    Skin's trouble spots are no match for this nifty concealer pen (seven shades, $17

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  • Does it Really Matter What Time You Eat Dinner?

    How often do you eat dinner late at night?How often do you eat dinner late at night?

    There's a common perception out there that the earlier you eat dinner, the more weight you'll lose. Here's the truth: While most dieters believe meal timing counts, scientific evidence doesn't provide a clear yes or no. A 2013 study hinted that a group of Spanish people who ate a big midday meal lost more weight than those whose largest meal was a few hours later in the afternoon. But those results don't translate well in the United States, where we're used to eating our biggest meal in the evening.

    Related: 9 Rules Every Good Diet Follows

    One thing is clear, though: People who eat more at night tend to snack their way through prime-time television, and they also tend to be breakfast skippers -- two patterns that can make it hard to lose weight. On our 7 Years Younger Meal Plan, dinners are slightly bigger than lunches, a style of eating that matches how most of us dine. And although there's an evening snack, the calorie control and focus on the quality of the food you're

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  • Fake 8 Hours of Sleep with This 2-Minute Beauty Trick

    Say goodbye to undereye circles.Say goodbye to undereye circles.

    With these products and expert advice, you can brighten your eyes in just two minutes.

    1. Reflect light.
    Mix two drops of an illuminator into a creamy cover-up to conceal blue veins and redness, says makeup artist Ricky Wilson. Try Revlon Photo-Ready Skinlights ($13, drugstores; in 4 shades).

    Related: 10 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

    2. Give lids a lift.
    A soft, iridescent gold, like Make Up For Ever Eye Shadow in 101 ($20, Make Up For Ever boutiques), brushed on upper lids, draws attention up -- and away from undereye shadows.

    Related: Beauty Sleep Is a Real Thing -- Here's How to Get It

    3. Line 'em.
    It's a myth that eyeliner makes dark circles look worse: The contrast of a deep liner on the inner rims of lower lids makes skin look lighter. Try BareMinerals Lasting Line ($16, Sephora).

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  • Why Ty Burrell is an A+ Husband

    Burrell is a great husband on- and off-screen.

    The Modern Family star shares how he and his wife, Holly, keep their marriage strong.

    1. I grew up in a home where we all sat down together for dinner, so catching up at the table is our daily thing.

    Related: 8 Hollywood Men Who Age Really Well

    2. I'm an obsessive sports fan, which my wife is incredibly patient about.

    3. I'm not very romantic. My idea of romance is more practical -- like washing the car.

    Related: The 12 Best Love Quotes of ALL Time

    4. Before we had our two daughters, Holly and I took spending time together for granted. Now it requires focus to get away for a date, which I think is kind of cool.

    5. My wife has taught me about unconditional love. When there's a conflict, there's never a thought that we won't work it out.

    Related: Luke Bryan Gives Great Foot Massages (Plus, His Other Marriage Secrets)

    6. My favorite part of the day is the moment when one of our daughters climbs into our bed in the morning and physically opens my eyelids --

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  • 7 Reasons Why You Have Bad Breath

    No one wants dragon's breath -- and there are easy ways to avoid it.No one wants dragon's breath -- and there are easy ways to avoid it.

    We all get bad breath sometimes, but if yours is becoming a chronic issue, you need to get to the root of the problem. For the most part, halitosis -- the fancy medical term for stinky breath -- just means you need better dental hygiene, but sometimes it signals a more serious medical condition. Here are some potential causes to watch out for.

    1. You're not taking care of your teeth.
    Bad dental hygiene causes about 85% of halitosis, according to a 2012 study in the International Journal of Oral Science. "Food that is not properly cleared from the mouth serves as a platform for bacteria to latch onto," says Marc Gibber, M.D. an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) at Montefiore Medical Center. Since germs like wet, warm environments, if you don't clean your mouth properly, it can become a cesspool and start to smell -- bacteria produce the sulfur compounds that give off that infamous rotten-egg stench. Brush and floss twice daily, and don't forget to scrape your

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  • 10 Signs You're a Total Neat Freak

    How many are you guilty of?How many are you guilty of?

    We wrote the book on cleaning and organizing (literally!), so don't worry -- we totally understand.

    1. Your friends think it's cute you've arranged your books by color, but only you know that they're also alphabetized.

    2. You actually do know exactly what's in your fridge before you open it (energy-saving for the win!).

    Related: Finally! A Cute Way to Tame Your Paper Clutter

    3. If you don't open your dresser to see perfectly sorted and folded underwear and socks, the rest of your day just feels off.

    4. You're never disappointed on your birthday: Everyone knows to get you a gift certificate to the Container Store.

    5. ... and there's nothing that satisfies you quite like storage containers (see #4).

    Related: The Weirdest Things You Can Put in Your Dishwasher

    6. Your taxes are already done for the year (go you!). And by done, we mean you've also filed all your receipts in color-coded folders - and in chronological order, of course. You know, just in case the IRS

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  • From Chorus Girl to Leading Lady: Meet the Opera Singer Who Lost 150 Pounds

    The opera called for my character, "The Old Lady," to leap into the arms of six men, who would then stagger around to audience laughter. It was my last year at Westminster Choir College, I weighed nearly 300 pounds, and I was terrified that they'd drop me or I'd hurt them. It went fine, but I was so embarrassed.

    Years of struggle
    My unhappiness about my weight wasn't new -- my first time at Weight Watchers, I was 8 (they don't allow such young children anymore). Although I was the youngest one there, it felt more comfortable than school, where kids tormented me to no end. My mom tried to help: She'd say, "Just eat what I eat." But she could have small helpings at dinner and a bite of dessert. I couldn't.

    Related: "How I Finally Lost 176 Pounds -- and Proved My Husband Wrong"

    I got heavier and heavier and continued to be teased through middle school and high school. Early in college, I reined in my portions and dropped 60 pounds, but when I fell in love with singing,

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