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  • Lose Weight Faster! How to Rev Your Metabolism All Day

    Source: Lose Weight Faster! How to Rev Your Metabolism All Day

    Have a sluggish metabolism? Fight back by doing these things throughout your day to boost your metabolism from morning till night.

    • Choose these every time you eat: Sounds crazy but the chewiness of fruits, veggies, and whole grains makes your mouth work harder, and the high-fiber content also takes more energy to digest, which combined adds up to a 10 percent increase in calorie burn. Choose these foods in their whole, natural state to reap more of the metabolism-boosting benefits.
    • Lean protein, too: Protein also requires more energy to digest while keeping you feeling full and satisfied, so be sure to include this essential nutrient in every meal and snack.
    • Drop and give me 20: Right before every meal and snack, get on the floor and do 20 to 50 push-ups (choose the amount for your strength level). Short bursts of exercise can lead to an afterburn of 200 calories throughout the day, and lean muscle also burns
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  • Take That, Snow! 4 Ways to Get Past Winter Running Fears

    Source: Take That, Snow! 4 Ways to Get Past Winter Running Fears

    Although nothing beats running on a sunny day, the cold weather may be keeping you from the outdoor runs you love so much. Don't let these fears keep you from burning it up in the cold.

    "I'm Going to Slip and Break My Neck!" I
    ce and snow definitely make for a slippery surface, but just as you wouldn't wear your sandals in Winter, you shouldn't wear your Summer running shoes either. Invest in a pair of waterproof sneakers that have metal studs or spikes on the soles like the Salomon Spikecross CS ($170) or Icebug DTS-L Bugrip Outdry ($180). They offer unbeatable grip and make you feel 100 percent confident running on whatever old man Winter throws your way, from slushy snow to slick, wet, melting ice. And since the outer layer is waterproof, your feet will stay dry and warm.

    "My Lungs Will Burn"
    If the temps drop below 20 where you live, huffing and puffing that frigid air can certainly burn your throat and

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  • 5 Pre-Workout Snack Ideas to Fuel Any Workout

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: 5 Pre-Workout Snack Ideas to Fuel Any Workout

    You've got to have energy to have an effective workout, so let your pre-workout snack help you push yourself to do your best. What works for you the best will depend on when you eat your snack as well as any stomach sensitivity issues you have, but a good rule of thumb is make your snack a mix of mostly carbs and a little bit of protein for exercise success. Here are a few pre-workout snack ideas that do just that!

    • Apple Slices and Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip: Mix nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt with peanut butter and cinnamon to make an extra creamy dip that goes well with apple slices (use one medium apple) and offers the right amount of energy for your workout.
    • Mango Energy Balls: You can make a batch of these mango quinoa coconut energy balls well before your next workout, then freeze any extra for months. The blend of vegan ingredients offers you just the right amount of proteins and carbs to fuel you through any workout.
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  • Drop Pounds Without Feeling Deprived

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    If you've ever tried to lose weight and failed, one reason could have been because you felt like you were missing out on your favorite foods. If pizza, ice cream, french fries, chocolate, and cupcakes are completely off-limits, you're bound to go crazy from cravings that you'll overindulge, and your healthy path will crumble and vanish as quickly as that chocolate chip cookie in your mouth. Here's how to have success without the deprivation.

    • Find good-for-you alternatives: While a bowl of homemade mac and cheese isn't the healthiest thing you can eat, that doesn't mean you have to live without your favorite comfort food. Try this low-carb version made with spaghetti squash, for example, when cravings hit. Taking on the fun challenge of finding healthier recipes of the foods you desire will not only keep your mind off the foods you shouldn't have, but it'll also keep them from expanding your waist.
    • Don't eliminate entire food
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  • Before and After: How Karla Lost 80 Pounds While Still Indulging

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    Our next Before and After success story, Karla, took two years to lose weight through healthy habits - including ensuring she could still indulge in her favorite foods. Read on to find out just how Karla dropped the weight and what made her decide to start her journey.

    Karla: Before

    POPSUGAR Fitness: What made you decide to start?
    Karla Lopez:
    The Winter of 2012 I was out of breath walking from my parked car to Central Park in NYC during my vacation. I realized I was feeling tired more often, my body ached for no reason, I had no energy, and I felt unhappy with myself. I decided that more sleep, medications, and overindulging myself in foods I love were not going to make me happier. I had to do something for me.

    PS: What's your favorite way to work out?
    KL:
    My favorite workout is kickboxing and running. I like to use the treadmill and do intervals on it for a very productive, calorie-blasting workout!

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  • This Week's Get Fit Challenge: Give Up Meat for a Week

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    Now that we've seen (and felt) what it's like to cut back on sugar and give up dairy for a week, it's time for another healthy eating challenge. Forget Meatless Monday - our newest challenge is all about nixing meat for a week. Read on for why and how you should cut out meat for the next seven days.

    Why You Should Do It
    Lean meats like fish, poultry, and certain cuts of beef are a great way to get protein, B vitamins, and other vital nutrients, but it's easy to go overboard when it comes to portion sizes. In fact, the average American eats around 270 pounds of meat every year, well over the pound a week that some researchers recommend. If you're a constant meat eater and you're always choosing meat as your main, you may be missing out on other vital nutrients found in fruits and veggies. Add to that the fact that some meats are high in saturated fats and cholesterol - not to mention the fact that studies have shown

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  • Find Your Flow with Steady-State Cardio

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    Interval training can be daunting, since upping your speed means pushing past your comfort zone. While mixing sprints into your runs may torch tons of calories, it can be hard on your joints, requiring a bit more recovery after your sweat session. This is where steady-state cardio comes into play. It's great for recovery; moving at a manageable pace for a sustained period actually helps repair your workout-weary muscles.

    Today's workout in our 31 Days of Fitness is 30 minutes of cardio keeping your heart rate in a moderate zone. The good news is that some people even find steady-state cardio meditative. You just find your pace or level of effort, and go!

    To determine what moderate intensity means for you, try the talk test. If you're new to cardio and can recite the Declaration of Independence while exercising, then you're working at a moderate pace. If you're fit, moderate intensity will mean you need to struggle a bit at the end

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  • Eat Carbs, Lose Weight: It's All About Timing

    POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Eat Carbs, Lose Weight: It's All About Timing

    Despite what popular diets say, carbs are not the enemy. But if you're on a weight-loss mission, a diet that's heavy in calorie-dense carbs is not going to support these goals. Luckily, many experts agree: you can have your carbs - and eat them too! - just make sure it's for breakfast.

    Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper tells his clients on the ranch to "front load their carbohydrates." Many people ask Bob if they should be cutting carbs entirely, but he completely disagrees, since "your body needs carbs for fuel." When you eat carbs earlier in the day, however, "you'll know you'll have time to burn them off" with exercise.

    Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson also recommends that his clients skip carbs later in the day - especially if they're getting ready for an important event! Foods like rice, grains, pastas, oatmeal, and potatoes make your body retain water, "which blurs, to a certain degree, definition and muscle

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  • No Juicer, No Problem! the Best Store-Bought Juices

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    If you don't own a juicer, you can still reap the benefits. Understanding that convenience is key (especially around the holidays), here are the best sips that the grocery store has to offer. Forgoing the cart full of veggies and that tedious cleanup; these six juices are packed with detoxifying benefits to get you back on track after a splurge. Choose a juice, search by zip code, and consider it done.

    • Evolution Fresh: If you're a Starbucks regular looking for a quick boost, then pick up a bottle Evolution Fresh instead of a pastry when you go to order your next cup of coffee. While there are serval juices to choose from, the Essential Vegetable Juice has a hint of ginger to fire up your body's natural detoxification process.
      Where to buy: Major chains like Starbucks and Whole Foods. Search by zip code here.
    • Suja Juice: When you're looking for a snack or a three-day cleanse, Suja Juice can help. The Apple Cucumber
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  • Do These 7 Things on Sunday to Lose Weight All Week Long

    Source: Do These 7 Things on Sunday to Lose Weight All Week Long

    You know you should be eating right and exercising all week to reach your weight-loss goals, but when you're so rushed between work and family responsibilities, it's tough to have the time to make it happen. A little planning ahead goes a long way, so here are some things you can do on Sunday to ensure you stay on the healthy path all week long.

    Plan Your Workouts Don't just think to yourself that you'll squeeze in a run here and a trip to the gym there - plan it out. Sit down with your weekly calendar and jot down every workout just as you would doctor's appointments and meetings. Use this time to call your fitness buddy or trainer to make dates, check out studio schedules to find classes you want to take, and check the week's weather to figure out which days will be best for that run or snowshoe outside.

    Hit the Hamper Nothing puts a damper on a workout more than not being able to find a clean sports bra, so do a

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