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  • Can Losing Weight Hurt Your Relationship?

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kate PowersKate PowersWhen you're trying to find the motivation to eat well and exercise regularly, "my significant other will looooove the results" can occasionally have a spot on the "reasons to exercise" list. Oh yes--I'll cop to it!


    But according to a new study, that possible "do" might actually turn out to be a "don't" when it comes to your relationship.

    Researchers at North Carolina State University studied 21 U.S. couples--all of whom who had a partner who had lost an average of 30 to 60 pounds within a two-year time span. All were given questionnaires inquiring as to how the weight loss had made a difference with their relationship.

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    In some cases, communication improved after the weight was lost--those who had shed pounds were usually more likely to talk about how to live healthily, and even try to inspire their partners to exercise or eat better. When the other partners were into the idea, the relationships were

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  • The Health Dos and Don'ts of Halloween Costumes

    by Lexi Petronis

    Yandy.comYandy.com While putting your Halloween costume together this year--whether or not it's something like this sexy pineapple (to round out a sexy fruit salad group costume, of course)--keep these dos and don'ts in mind. Because, yes, even Halloween costumes can be health-ified!

    DO:
    * Take that mask home from the store and scrub it with rubbing alcohol. After all, other shoppers have already tried that sucker on plenty of times--and researchers have found that they end up teeming with bacteria as a result (ew).

    * Have some sort of reflective material on your costume if you're going to be wandering outside in the dark--taking kids out trick-or-treating or bar-hopping with friends.

    * Use luminescent zinc sulfide if you're going to use glow-in-the-dark makeup. This is the only kind of glow-in-the-dark cosmetic approved by the FDA (for limited use).

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    * Make sure your costume doesn't drag on the ground--if it's

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  • 4 Healthier (But Still Yummy!) Alternatives to Halloween Candy

    by Lexi Petronis


    Kyle EricksenKyle EricksenOne of the big problems--I think--with Halloween candy is that it's simply everywhere. I was at the doctor's office the other day and they had a bowl of complimentary treats! So even if you want just three or four samplings over the course of the season, it's easy to end up with...33 or 44.

    So I liked this list of sweet swaps from TOPS Club, Inc.--they're on the healthier side and save a few calories and even deliver some nutrients. Take a look--would you try any of these ideas?

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    Frozen Chocolate Bananas
    Place peeled, medium-ripe bananas on sticks--or chop them into slices--and freeze them. Once they're frozen, drizzle them with a little melted dark chocolate and serve. (According to studies, dark chocolate contains flavanols that just might provide antioxidant qualities and boost your vascular health.)

    Crispy Rice Treats
    Squares of melted marshmallow and rice cereal? Delish! But for a healthier version,

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  • Whoa, Doing This Simple Thing Every Day Burns as Many Calories as 10 Marathons

    by Lexi Petronis


    If you want to burn calories equivalent to running 10 marathons a year, then the results of a new study show that you should do this. Well, actually--the opposite of this (sorry, Liz Lemon!):

    Courtesy of NBCCourtesy of NBC The small study--via the BBC and the University of Chester--found that standing instead of sitting for an extra three hours a day can add up to burning serious calories over the course of a year: 30,000! That's about 50 extra calories per hour (or what amounts to 8 pounds of fat).

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    In the experiment, volunteers stood for at least three hours during weekdays and wore, throughout their days, accelerometers, heart rate monitors, and glucose monitors. Then researchers took measurements on standing days and compared them with the days when volunteers sat instead. Not only did the volunteers heart rates stay higher on the days they stood--about 10 extra beats per minute, which translates into a bigger calorie burn--but

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  • Kim Kardashian Will Reportedly Publish Her Post-Baby Weight-Loss Diary

    by Lexi Petronis


    Getty ImagesGetty Images As you know, there's often lots of talk about how to lose weight after having a baby. Now Kim Kardashian is apparently ready to log her own journey in getting back to her pre-baby body.

    A "source from Kim's camp" reportedly said: "[Kim and Kanye] are always thinking about the brand and how to make it bigger and better, so Kim is loving the idea of a post-baby body visual diary, showing her weight loss.... She knows there are plenty of pap photos of her out there, but only she has the really personal ones that no one can get close enough to take of her."

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    Apparently, Kim has been taking daily photos of herself as she works to shed post-baby pounds, keeping them on her phone and printing them out, says the "source": "The visual spur of her photos arranged on her wall have been a huge inspiration," and "Kim looks at photos of herself from a few weeks ago and is beyond excited that she's sliming

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  • 10 Food Bloggers to Follow (Plus, a Tasty Recipe for Kale Pesto with Quinoa Pasta!)

    by Anna Moeslein


    Courtesy of the Cooking ChannelCourtesy of the Cooking Channel As someone who, you know, works on the Internet, trust me when I say there are a lot of brilliant food bloggers, personalities, and others out there--and now they're getting a whole new spotlight with the new Cooking Channel show, Log On & Eat With Eden Grinshpan. In each episode, the host Eden Grinshpan visits three different cities with the funny food bloggers, YouTubers, or tweeters, who show her their favorite dining spots. In time for the premiere (today, Tuesday, October 15, at 9:30 P.M./1:30 A.M.), I asked Eden to share her favorite foodie social media stars, as well as an exclusive recipe. Read on!

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    Eden's Top 10 Social Media Stars & Bloggers
    1) Haylie Duff (girl-next-door superstar!), Real Girls Kitchen, @RealGrls Kitchen
    2) The Foodie Girls (funny as hell!), @the_foodiegirls
    3) Bitch Beer (blog about girls who love beer), @BitchBeerBlog
    4) Davey Wavey (health food, fitness, and

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  • What to Do with that Watery Stuff at the Top of Your Yogurt

    by Lexi Petronis


    Mike LorrigMike Lorrig Our own lovely Kim Fusaro took the teensiest break from all things wedding to ask a health-related question that gave me pause: what the heck are you supposed to do with that watery stuff that pools at the top of your yogurt? Do you stir it in? Dump it? And what is it, anyway?

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    Well, according to Erin Palinski, R.D., C.D.E., L.D.N., C.P.T., author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, the liquid is whey-the watery part of milk that remains after curds solidify. And it's filled with good-for-you-stuff, so here's what to do with it: "Mix it in," she says. "Otherwise you run the risk of pouring off nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, or even probiotics."

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    If you prefer your yogurt on the thicker side, pouring off the whey will do just that--but maybe consider saving the liquid to add into your smoothie or whip into a bowl of oatmeal for some extra

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  • This Woman Refused to Set a Date for Her Wedding Until She Lost Weight (So She was Engaged for 7 Years)

    by Lexi Petronis


    Romulo A YanesRomulo A Yanes A bride-to-be wanting to get fit for her wedding isn't all that unusual (how many "bridal boot camp" classes have you seen?). But one who won't get married until she loses weight--and takes seven years to do so? Well, that's a little different.

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    The Daily Mail reports the story of Kirsty Thomson, from Scotland, who got engaged in 2006. At the time, she weighed 17 stone (about 238 pounds, but I kind of wish we used stones in the U.S. too--it just sounds neater)--a weight, Kirsty says, that just wouldn't do: "I refused to set a date because I didn't want to be a fat bride. I tried every diet, but I would always start craving something, and that would be the end of it."

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    Meanwhile, her groom, Lindsay McEwan, would propose again and again--every year, on the same date--to which, he says, Kirsty would say "not this year." Meanwhile, Kirsty had infused her days with

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  • Support Breast Cancer Awareness with These 16 Gifts that Also Give Back

    by Anna Moeslein




    This month, it's time to think pink. Whether you're looking for a gift for friends, family, or yourself, check out these finds--they all donate a portion of their proceeds to breast-cancer-related causes.



    For more on breast cancer awareness, click here.



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  • 5 New Ways to Drink Water Because It's Still Important in the Fall!

    by Lexi Petronis


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio You need plenty of water during hot summer months, when you're outside and way more sweaty, but that doesn't mean you should chuck the water bottle as temps start to fall.

    You lose fluid all day long, during every season, thanks to things like breathing and evaporation from the skin. And there are lots of benefits to drinking enough water--it helps balance your body fluids, keeps your skin looking fresher, flushes out your kidneys, and can even help control how many calories you eat--but sometimes we just plain forget to do it. Luckily, you get some water through the foods you eat too, but if you want to inject your day with a bit more of the wet stuff, Jenna A. Bell, Ph.D., R.D., has these tips for doing so:

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    1. Bring back the water-cooler conversation. "Refill your water glass throughout the day and take the opportunity to say hello to coworkers and do a little chit-chat. Don't get yourself behind

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