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  • Sip Your Way to Clearer Skin

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    Breakouts are the worst, and if it seems like a constant battle between you and your face, it's time to feed your skin from the inside out. This creamy smoothie recipe is made from Vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado and sweetened with grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. You'll love the taste of the strawberries that also help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow. Almond butter offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin, and a sprinkle of flaxmeal contains omega-3s that help reduce inflammation.


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    From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

    Sip Your Way to Clearer Skin

    Ingredients

    2 cups raw spinach
    1/4 avocado
    1/2 cup red grapes (fresh or frozen)
    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    1 tablespoon almond butter
    1 teaspoon flaxmeal
    1 cup water


    Directions

    1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix well.
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  • Sip on This: Peppermint Tea Supports Weight Loss

    Source: Sip on This: Peppermint Tea Supports Weight Loss

    If you're trying to keep close tabs on added sugars and calories, it's time to rethink a daily Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. This seasonal drink should only serve as an occasional indulgence - not an everyday occurrence. Just one tall peppermint mocha (made with two-percent milk and no whipped cream) weighs in at 250 calories with 40 grams of sugar. Backing off your Starbucks habit will help your waistline (and your wallet), but you can still enjoy the holiday scent and flavor regularly, just with a new tradition. Swapping out your peppermint mocha for a cup of hot peppermint tea keeps your drink in the spirit of the season while supporting your healthy goals.

    It suppresses appetite: Mint's strong scent has been shown to help control your appetite and suppress cravings. If you're always reaching for a sweet treat after dinner, consider sipping on a cup of hot peppermint tea to help curb your dessert desires.


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  • 5 Fat-Burning Foods for the Holidays

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: 5 Fat-Burning Foods For the Holidays

    With the holidays here, it can seem like diet sabotage is around every corner. But it's not just about sugary office treats and endless holiday party spreads; some of the most common Fall and Winter foods actually help, not hurt, your waistline. Want to know which ones? Read on for five fat-burning foods you should be eating this holiday season!

    • Dark Chocolate: Your favorite indulgence actually includes two ingredients that are known to boost metabolism: caffeine and the antioxidant catechin. Just make sure you stick to a small square a day so the sugar and calories don't outweigh dark chocolate's fat-burning potential.
    • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes may just be your cold-weather fat-burning secret. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full while burning calories by putting your digestive system to work. And they also contain a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Stick with simply
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  • Maintain — Don't Gain — This Holiday Season

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    Feel like the holiday season is out to sabotage your waistline? You're not alone. A recent survey by Fitness magazine and Jenny Craig found that 47 percent of women gain four to five pounds over the holiday season - thanks in large part to delicious food offerings, increased stress, and busy schedules. Sound familiar? Read on for tips on how to survive the season.


    Too Much to Do Too much to do, too little time. With so many social obligations this month, the first thing that gets knocked off your to-do list is often your workout. But even if you don't think you have time to fit in a workout, these strategies will help you stick to your goals:
    • Stick with it: A few simple changes to your workout routine can help you stick to it all Winter. Switch to morning workouts to get it out of the way before evening obligations, or invest in sweat-wicking performance gear so you're always comfortable during cold-evening outdoor workouts.
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  • 5 Switches for a More Effective Workout

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: 5 Switches For a More Effective Workout

    The good news: you're getting stronger and faster with each workout. The bad news: you're not seeing the results you're used to. Is your workout getting stale? If you're fearing that you've hit that dreaded workout plateau, read on for five ways to make your workout even more effective.

    • Your Intervals: You've memorized your treadmill workout, and those minutes spent sprinting are not as exhausting as usual. If you're not challenging your body during those high-intensity spurts, you may not see as much change in your body as you're used to. Try elongating intense intervals, increasing your speed, or cutting your recovery period to challenge your body and shock it back into getting results. Shake up your routine with one of these high-intensity interval training workouts.
    • Your Weights: Similar to your cardio workout, if you're not challenging your muscles when it comes to the amount of weight you're lifting, you may be wasting
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  • Why Running Isn't Helping You Lose Weight

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    You started running months ago, yet every time you hop on the scale, you're let down by the results. What gives? While running does burn mega calories, here are some reasons you may not be seeing the weight-loss results you're after.

    Postrun Pig-Outs Burning tons of calories can cause a famished feeling afterward, but it's important to fuel wisely. Choose junk food as your recovery food and not only are you overdoing it on the calorie front, you'll be hungry again in the next hour. Although a postrun snack is essential, make sure it's packed with protein and filling carbs and does not exceed 150 calories. If you exercised before a meal, enjoy a sensibly portioned plate, and don't go overboard as a way to reward your efforts. If you still find you're utterly famished after a workout, it probably means you need to fuel up before you exercise, so enjoy one of these pre-workout snacks before heading out for a run.

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  • Start 2014 Right — Beat Holiday Weight Gain

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Start 2014 Right - Beat Holiday Weight Gain

    Gaining a pound or two during the month of December may not sound like a lot, but a dedicated habit of pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving to New Year's can mean piled-on pounds as the years go by. Luckily, you don't have to swear off holiday treats or spend hours at the gym in order to participate in this month's celebrations - you just have to make a few smart choices when it counts. For a crash course on enjoying the holidays without an expanding waistline, we spoke to Extra TV host and Ocean Spray spokesperson Maria Menounos, who shed 40 pounds over a decade ago and has kept it off. Maria's newest book, The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness ($14, available for preorder) will be published in April, but she shared with us a few of her go-to tips just in time for the holidays. Read on for her practical advice for preventing weight gain this season.

    • Plan ahead for a feast: Whether it's a Christmas Eve feast with the family or a
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  • 'Tis the Season! Skip These Holiday Dieting Mistakes

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: 'Tis the Season! Skip These Holiday Dieting Mistakes

    December is a month rife with temptations. Holding steady through the holidays and maintaining your weight is certainly admirable - especially when factoring in that you have less time to exercise and more events to attend. Play it smart, and avoid these common mistakes fit folks tend to make around Christmas and New Year's.

    • Skipping Breakfast: When rushed for time and trying to cut calories, dieters often skip breakfast. Bad idea. Dieters who eat breakfast are more successful at taking weight off and keeping it off. Eating healthy foods and staying satisfied throughout the day will make holiday treats a little easier to pass up.
    • Overestimating Calories Burned: Exercise is a great complement to dieting. However, it is easy to overestimate the calories you have burned. Running for 30 minutes might burn 300 calories, but there are over 300 calories in one cup of eggnog. Do continue exercising, since it will help you
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  • Weight-Loss Tools Hiding in Your Closet

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    One motivating factor in reaching a weight-loss goal is to think about the skinny jeans, strapless dresses, and bathing suits you'll be able to wear once you hit your ideal body weight. Until that happens, use your current wardrobe to stay on track. Check out these closet weight-loss tools.

    • Fitted Not Frumpy: Baggy pants and big shirts are comfy, but they cover up your body and allow you to forget what you look like, and also encourage lounging around on the couch for hours. Instead, opt for clothes that have a more fitted silhouette. Formfitting shirts, pants, and dresses will keep you aware of your body, so you're less likely to reach for that cookie.
    • Show a Little Skin: Even though it's getting too cold for short skirts and tiny tanks, wearing fewer layers and showing off a little skin can increase your body awareness. So wear as little as you can get away with. Seeing your toned arms and legs in tights will inspire you to
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  • What a Bargain! 10 Fitness Gifts Under $10

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: What a Bargain! 10 Fitness Gifts Under $10

    Fortunately, the gift of fitness doesn't need to cost you a fortune. From the yogi or the runner to the gym rat in your life, here are 10 gifts under $10 any fitness fanatic will adore. And with the price so low, you'll want to pick up some of these items for yourself, too!

    • Running Charms: For the runner in your life, celebrate a race milestone with a 5K, 13.1, or 26.2 sterling silver charm ($9). It's a simple and sweet reminder of how awesome they are.
    • Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle: For the gym rat who doesn't like to carry a lot to her workouts, the Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle ($9) makes a perfect gift. She can stash it in her purse and fill it up at the gym. It holds 34 ounces of water, is super lightweight, compact, and the screw top prevents spills. Choose from a variety of colors including red, purple, blue, and green.
    • Mr. Tea: Since drinking caffeinated tea before exercise is a great way to increase
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