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  • Why 'Everything in Moderation' is a Lie

    Calories in=calories out, right? Not so much.You can chow down on those Cheetos as long as you log an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill, right? Um, no. Sorry to burst your caloric-counting bubble, but it's not so simple.

    "Calories in versus calories out" has become a sort of one-size-fits-all mantra for those wanting to fit into that one-size-too-small dress. This widespread theory has bred a generation of calorie-counting devotees that can rationalize eating anything as long as they keep below their daily calorie limit-or put in extra time at the gym.

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    Out of the calorie-obsessed culture sprouted the uplifting idea of "everything in moderation," which may have started as a way to help people feel less obsessed with food, but has spiraled into a free pass to "treat yourself" to a supersized ice cream sundae every week.

    What's the Deal?
    "Caloric theory is woefully inadequate and dramatically incomplete," says Marc David, an expert in nutritional psychology and

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  • Are You Exposed to Dangerous Chemicals? This Can Help You Find Out

    Finally, a way to put all those Livestrong bands to use.Wristbands-from fitness trackers and sleep gadgets to colorful rubber bracelets linked with a specific cause-are everywhere. High-tech versions like Jawbone's Up give you a glimpse of specific habits, such as how many hours of shut-eye you've logged, so you can make healthier choices, while the rubber versions help promote awareness of health conditions ranging from breast cancer to heart disease.

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    But what if your wristband could do much more than that by detecting exposure to harmful chemicals in your everyday environment? Scientists at Oregon State University have done just that, taking wristbands to the next level to provide greater insight into your overall health.

    In a February 2014 study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers had 22 study participants wear silicone wristbands, which are naturally porous, for 30 days, and then extracted and tested the compounds from the wristbands. The bands

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  • Why Do We Cry Happy Tears?

    Crying isn't just a sign of sadness.We Asked: Jonathan Rottenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, director of the Mood and Emotion Laboratory at the University of South Florida and author of "The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic"

    The Answer: Crying isn't just reserved for sad moments. From weddings and graduations to sappy rom-com endings-many, though not all, people experience tears of joy as well as tears of sadness, anger or frustration.

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    Despite it being a widespread phenomenon, scientists are very much in the dark about why we can have the same reaction to very different scenarios. Indeed, crying at happy moments is actually something of a scientific mystery. Research has yet to map out what happens in our bodies or brains to trigger various types of tears, although all of them seem to be related to a feeling of attachment to someone or something. When something stirs up those attachments, cue the waterworks. It could mean sobbing

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  • Get Your FOMO Under Control

    It's probably not that much fun anyway...Every eight minutes, someone on Twitter gets FOMO. It may seem like little more than the superficial distress call of an overly connected (and oversensitive) populace, but FOMO, or the fear of missing out, says as much about the evolution of humans as it does about who we are today-and what we're really missing.

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    Brooklyn-based psychiatrist Johnny Lops believes that when the acronym was added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in 2013, it heralded a transformative confluence of technology and social awareness. "We have so many different ways to communicate through our phones and through Twitter and Facebook. I have access to hear everything you're doing on a daily basis," he says, "and it can heighten my insecuritiesand jealous emotions because I feel like I'm not out doing as many cool things as you are."

    This modern emotion is rooted in an ancient survival instinct, and there's good reason the saying starts with "fear," according to

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  • The Dangers of Being 'Skinny Fat'

    Being thin may not be as healthy as we thought.Everyone knows someone who eats cookies for breakfast, chips for lunch, and has never actually seen the inside of a gym. Yet she still doesn't seem to gain a pound. Maybe it's a good friend. Maybe it's you.

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    While your gut reaction might be envy (or guarded pride) recent research has exposed a dangerous reality underneath lithe frames.

    It's called being skinny fat. Technically called "normal weight obesity," skinny fatness occurs in anyone who has a normal range BMI (body mass index), but high body fat. "They are skinny by weight, but actually have a high percentage of body fat," explains Beth Ricanati, M.D., YouBeauty Wellness Advisor.

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    In a 2014 report, those with normal weight obesity were found to have a significantly higher risk of developing metabolic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, than those without. When you're eating a diet high in

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  • 10 Reasons You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Because we all deserve to get our beauty rest, right?We hear it all the time: Make sure you get enough sleep every night in order to improve your physical and mental health. Although we know what we need to do, it is admittedly very hard for many people to reach this goal each and every night. Even worse, on the nights when we decide to make sleep a priority, the precious hours of shut-eye can be more difficult to obtain than we would like, leading to even more frustration and sleepless nights.

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    There are a number of sleep stealers-secret and not-so-secret-that are important to pay attention to in order to get great sleep each and every night. Here's a list of the most common sleep stealers that I see with my patients on a daily basis. Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can help prepare your body for sleep and greatly enhance the chance that you'll get a great night of quality zzz's.

    1. Your room is too warm. Many people like to create a cocoon-like environment to sleep. Although it might feel

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  • 7 Things Every Woman Needs to Do Before Hitting 30

    And if you're past 30? It's never too late to check these off your to-do list.If your teen years were for rebelling and your early to mid 20s were all about exploration, then your 30s should be about learning from old lessons, putting bad habits to bed and setting new wisdom to work for you and your future. No matter what your age, the sooner you start these seven significant steps, the better:

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    1. Ditch dieting for sustainable lifestyle changes. Fad diets don't work. By the time you reach rour 30s you've heard this a million times-and probably learned it for ourselves the hard way. What you may not realize is that, really, diets in general don't work. The only way to reliably lose weight and keep it off for the long haul is to eat mindfully (that means paying attention, savoring and stopping when you're full), and to eat healthfully, focusing on fresh or freshly frozen vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and non-saturated fats, and avoid the five food felons-added sugars and syrups, any grain that isn't 100

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  • Is Being 'Big Boned' Really a Thing?

    Do the size of our bones really differ?We Asked: Claudette Lajam, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

    The Answer: In a word, yes, there really is such a thing as being big boned-but it's not a medical term, and it's not always used correctly.

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    First, the facts. Within the range of normal, some people's bones have a bigger circumference than others' relative to their respective heights. These people are, indeed, bigger boned. There's a quick test to determine if you have a small, medium or large frame. All you have to do is measure your wrist. For women between 5' 2" and 5' 5", a circumference of 6.25" to 6.5" is considered medium. Anything below that is small; above that is large. For shorter women, the medium range is 5.5" to 5.57", and for taller women, it's 6.25" to 6.5". (A quick cheat: If you wrap the thumb and middle

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  • 5 'Healthy' Habits that Actually Aren't

    You might be doing more harm than good.You diligently slather on the hand sanitizer, stock your fridge with low-fat foods and nab a couple extra hours of sleep on the weekends. But are these so-called healthy habits really good for you? Not always. We spotted an interesting conversation at Reddit about this and decided to set the record straight on exactly which "healthy" habits you may want to ditch. Hint: If you hate sit-ups as much as we do, you're gonna love this.

    Hand sanitizer
    We all know that washing our hands is a must before we eat and after a trip to the restroom, but skip the hand sanitizer and lather up with good old-fashioned soap instead. Not only does that antibacterial gel dry out your skin, it's also not as effective as soap and water at protecting against a nasty norovirus (an ugly stomach bug). And diarrhea and vomiting can really put a cramp on those weekend plans.

    Contrary to popular boot-camp belief, sit-ups are not the cure-all for muffin tops. In fact, research shows that these

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  • 5 Simple Ways to Get Your Stress Levels Under Control

    Ready to be your own shrink?Let's just agree right up front that stress is no fun. That pit in your stomach that warns you of impending doom is an unpleasant experience. So, what can you do to help yourself deal with that stress?

    If you want to change anything in your life, it is really helpful to understand how it works first. You would never try to fix your computer by popping off the cover and randomly reaching in and grabbing components. Your brain is no different.

    Stress happens when there is something in your world that you are trying to avoid. That means that there is some possible negative outcome or responsibility out there and that you are concerned about failing. While your goal to avoid the negative is active, you feel stress. If you successfully avoid the negative outcome, then you feel relief.

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    Here are five ways you can help manage your stress.

    1. Set some positive goals.
    If you are constantly feeling stress, it means that you are spending

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