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  • 5 Fun Fitness Trends to Watch for in 2012

    Workout programs for kids.Workout programs for kids.We already covered the top 10 weight-loss and fitness trends of 2011, but now we're looking full-steam ahead to 2012. Although we're only a couple of weeks into the new year, we thought we'd ask some of our favorite industry experts to try their hand at predicting what fun fitness and health trends will pop up in the coming months. Here are some of their predictions:

    1. Weight-loss programs for kids: Obesity has more than tripled during the last 30 years (in both adults and children), says Dianne Sykes Scope, head exercise physiologist and owner of Achieve Fitness in E. Rockaway, New York. "Parents are recognizing the need to get their children involved in supervised, structured physical activity, and this trend couldn't be more valid: physical education programs around the country are being cut left and right, leaving kids far less active and more prone to weight gain-Facebook, television, video games, and a plethora of high-calorie, sugar-loaded junk foods equals obesity and early

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  • 10 Tricks to Help You Get Motivated and Hit the Gym

    Bring a buddy to the gym with you.Bring a buddy to the gym with you.Feeling lazy or down? We've all been there! For the days when dragging yourself out of bed and into the gym seems impossible, we've got simple tricks and tips from some of our favorite fitness gurus that will help to make it a little bit less painful:

    1. Bring a buddy: Get accountability partners. Your journey to fitness is a lot more fun and fulfilling when you have others to take the journey with. I have awesome people urging me on.


    -Gilbert Gatchalian, Beachbody coach


    2. Consider the aftermath: Don't think about whether or not you feeling like going to the gym right now. Just think about how darn good you're going to feel afterwards, and get moving to the gym now. Don't cheat yourself out of feeling incredible or looking good. Feelings are temporary. Once you get going, you'll feel so much better.

    -Michelle L. Butler, holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor


    RELATED: Experts Reveal: 15 Small Diet Changes for Big Weight Loss

    3. Keep it real: Begin with

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  • Experts Reveal: 15 Small Diet Changes for Big Weight Loss

    Make 2012 the year you ditch the diets and start living in a healthy way. Try any one of these small, expert-approved tips for big (and healthy) changes.

    Drink water with lemon to rev up your metabolism.Drink water with lemon to rev up your metabolism.1. Jackie Warner: Drink water with lemon: You already know drinking water is good for your overall health, but fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and star of "Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start" Jackie Warner has a tip to take it up a notch in the weight-loss department. She recommends drinking 3 liters of water with lemon each and every day.

    "Adding the lemon helps to detoxify the liver and metabolizes fat, so this can speed up metabolism by about 33 percent," Warner says. "That burns about 100 extra calories per day!"





    Listen to your hunger.Listen to your hunger.2. Kathy Smith: Listen to your hunger: Even if you can't fully change your diet for the better, one simple way to lose weight is to eat just a little less. And the easiest way to do that is by listening to your hunger. Kathy Smith, creator of the "Ageless with Kathy Smith" DVD line, says to eat slowly,

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  • The Smartest Things Ever Said About Fitness

    Mahatma GandhiMahatma GandhiThese fitness nuggets of wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jordan, and more inspirational figures will cheer you up on the days you need a little bit of extra encouragement!

    1. Mahatma Gandhi: "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

    2. Michael Jordan: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

    3. Ellen DeGeneres: "You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."

    RELATED: 12 Fitness Trends to Watch in 2012


    4. Oprah Winfrey: "There is no easy way [to exercise]. Believe me, if there were, I would have bought it. And it would be one of my favorite things!"

    5. President John F. Kennedy: "Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy

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  • 5 Small Expert-Approved Diet Changes that Lead to Big Results

    Make it a goal to drink 3 liters of water with lemon per day Make it a goal to drink 3 liters of water with lemon per day Our favorite health and fitness experts weighed in with their favorite small diet changes that can lead to big weight loss. Get started today with these easy tips and make 2012 the year you ditch the strict diets.

    1. Jackie Warner: Drink 3 liters of water with lemon per day.
    You already know drinking water is good for your overall health, but fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and star of "Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start," Jackie Warner has a tip to take it up a notch in the weight-loss department. She recommends drinking 3 liters of water with lemon each and every day.

    "Adding the lemon helps to detoxify the liver and metabolizes fat, so this can speed up metabolism by about 33 percent," Warner says. "That burns about 100 extra calories per day!"



    Start juicing! Drinking vegetable juice, that is.Start juicing! Drinking vegetable juice, that is.2. Tara Stiles: Start juicing.
    And by juicing, we mean drinking fresh vegetable juice! Tara Stiles, the founder and owner of Strala yoga studio, personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra, and author of the best-selling

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  • Protein, Fats, and Carbs: What Should Really Be on Your Plate

    Strike the right balance among protein, fats, and carbs with these tips.Strike the right balance among protein, fats, and carbs with these tips.Quick, what's the best way to lose weight and stay healthy? Drastically cut carbs, go very lowfat, become a vegan, or simply count calories? With all the conflicting advice these days about what you should be eating, it's hard not to have diet whiplash. A recent avalanche of news, however, is finally all pointing in the same direction-toward a moderate, eminently doable regimen that divides your daily intake evenly among three food groups: carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

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    One recent study from the Norwegian University and Technology found that when people who had been eating a higher-carb, lower-protein diet were put on a balanced-ratio plan, they showed positive changes in their DNA that may translate into less inflammation in the body-which can reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases.

    At the same time, a growing body of research suggests that eating this way might also be a simple shortcut to losing

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  • What to Know About the HCG Diet

    Should you try the hCG diet?Should you try the hCG diet?True story: A few years ago, a fabulously fit friend of mine was paid a substantial amount of money by a popular diet pill company to use his image in their advertising. The catch? His current competition-ready state was the "after" picture and then he had to quickly gain some weight, lose his tan, and pose pouty for the "before" shot. This kind of duplicity, along with photoshop, misleading labeling, and other trickery is rampant in the diet supplement industry and has been since the turn of the century. And I mean the one 112 years ago. That's why it was so surprising when the FDA came down hard on the hCG diet, declaring it "fraudulent", "dangerous," and "illegal." What's so bad about this particular diet supplement that makes it so much worse than all the other fakes on the market?

    RELATED: Bloggers Reveal: "The #1 Weight-Loss Tip I've Ever Received"

    HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced during pregnancy to help the baby grow, and while it has been used for

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  • Can Chewing Gum Help You Lose Weight?

    Can chewing gum help you lose weight?Can chewing gum help you lose weight?By Jessica Smith

    Nicotine gum can be helpful for smokers trying to quit, so what if there was a way to formulate a gum that could help you quit overeating and lose weight faster? According to recent research reported by Science Daily, the idea of using a weight-loss 'gum' may not be that far-fetched.

    Syracuse University scientist Robert Doyle and his research team were able to show that a hormone called 'PPY' (that helps you feel full after you eat) can be successfully released into your bloodstream orally. PPY is a natural appetite-suppressing hormone made by your body that is usually released after you eat or exercise. It appears to have a direct affect on your weight: research has proven that overweight individuals have lower concentrations of PPY in their system (both after fasting and eating). Science has also found that it aids in weight loss: PPY delivered intravenously successfully increased levels of PPY and reduced calorie intake in both obese and non-obese test subjects.

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  • Use Fashion to Fake a Perfect Figure

    hide batwings with this trick.hide batwings with this trick.When you look in the mirror, if you see something that you don't quite love or a body part you wish were larger, smaller, or simply different, you're just like every other woman out there. We all have something we'd like to change, whether it's flabby arms that appear to get more prominent with every birthday, ankles that look like an extension of your calves, or simply a "muffin top" of extra skin hanging over your jeans that was a gift from carrying your second child.

    There's no need to panic. Most of these so-called "figure flaws" can be cleverly fixed through fashion. Here's how:

    1. Batwings (above): Many women get so-called "batwings" (aka saggy arm skin) as they age. Wearing a flowy, printed top like this one on actress Camryn Manheim is a great way to disguise them. The billowy sleeves skim over the upper arms and hit mid-forearm, showcasing your wrists, the slimmest part. You can also try a cape on for size, a huge trend this season.

    Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson2. Cankles: Jennifer Hudson: Ah, the

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  • Why Our Brains Love Making (and Breaking) Resolutions

    Why do our brains love making (and breaking) resolutions?Why do our brains love making (and breaking) resolutions?It's estimated that more than half of us make New Year's resolutions. While setting a positive resolution can be a catalyst for great change, most of us know that our best intentions rarely last past February. But yet, each year the majority of us continue to set them. Turns out that our need to set New Year's resolutions is hardwired into our brains.

    It all comes down to the human brain not liking to be in a state of emotional conflict or imbalance, says Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Conflict or imbalance can be physical, such as in the case of feeling pain or being sick, or it can be more emotional, such as when we feel anxiety because our thoughts don't match our reality. One common example this time of year is "I want to be a thin person but I look fat," or "I want to be a healthy person but I don't exercise, and eat junk food."

    RELATED: Real Women Share: "How I Stick to My

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