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  • 5 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar Without Giving Up Dessert

    To really make a difference, start looking in these unlikely places.When the World Health Organization recommended that people reduce their daily sugar intake to under 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams, they ramped up pressure to do something that a lot of you were probably trying to do already. We recommend that you eliminate any added sugars and syrups-and certainly keep your intake to at most 4 grams of added sugar per hour.

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    If you're capping your cookie quotient, or replacing sugary sodas with unsweetened teas and water with lemon, great work, we applaud you! Moves like these are important, but we know it can be hard to break a sweets habit, or resist the temptation to indulge in your favorite dessert. Fortunately, there are other ways to cut down on sugar that won't feel like a punishment. And if you already think you're doing all you can, these tips will bolster your fight against these sweet beauty-busters.

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    1. Go easy on the sauce. Bottled sauces and condiments may seem

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  • A 2-Second Trick That'll Help You Lose Weight

    You might get some judging glares, but it'll be worth it.

    As if you didn't already have enough weird habits. Researchers at the University de Bourgogne in Dijon, France (whose name alone gives us hunger pangs), have proven that when we spritz a pear scent, or grab and huff the closest piece of fruit before choosing what to eat, we're more likely to make a healthy food choice.

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    One-hundred fifteen participants were either secretly exposed to a pear odor (no word on if the researchers actually just brought them to The Body Shop) or none at all. They were then asked to choose a starter, a main course and a dessert for lunch. The pear-scent sniffers chose to consume the healthy dessert of fruit compote more frequently than the non-sniffers, who went for the high-calorie brownie instead.

    We love this study because it's something easy and actionable we can try ourselves. Try stowing an apple, pear or your favorite fruity scent at your desk for a quick sniff before your 4 p.m. munchie-fest.

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  • Can Drinking Tequila Really Help You Lose Weight?

    Drink tequila, lose weight?! Not so fast.The rumor circulating the internet that throwing back a few shots of tequila could be the next best way to drop a few pounds is, sadly, just a rumor. We know, we just ruined the best news you've heard all week. But someone had to drop the truth bomb eventually.

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    On March 16, 2014, researchers speaking at the American Chemical Society meeting announced their findings that a sweetener made from the agave plant, which is also where tequila comes from, could effectively lower blood glucose levels, and therefore, help Americans suffering from type 2 diabetes and obesity lose weight while still enjoying slightly sweetened foods.

    A natural form of sugar found in the agave plant, agavins, are non-digestable, have a low-glycemic index, and can actually act as a dietary fiber. Because of their molecular organization, they are not metabolized and therefore do not affect blood glucose levels: Agavins are made up of fuctoses linked together in long,

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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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