• Source: Before and After: How Karla Lost 80 Pounds While Still Indulging

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

    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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  • POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Find Your Flow With Steady-State Cardio

    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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  • I'm a Dietitian, and My Toddler Is Obese I'm a Dietitian, and My Toddler Is Obese I walked out of the pediatrician's office with the proof in my hand. I already knew it was true, but what I was hoping would be denied at my 2-year-old son's yearly checkup was merely confirmed. My son is obese.


    It's hard to believe my little 36-weeker, who barely made it on the growth chart for most of his first year, was actually above the 95th percentile in weight. He's officially an overweight toddler. Now growth charts aren't everything, but there's no denying my toddler is chubby, and his constant requests to "eeaaaaat" confirms it.

    I already knew it was a problem, but of course I turned to Dr. Google before we'd even left the office building. The solutions to "overweight toddlers" made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. They were all easy solutions. The kind of solutions no one would actually be looking for, because they're just a hair above common sense. Don't give your child too much sugar. Don't feed him too much. Make sure he runs around. Give him healthy

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  • These winter chores double as quick calorie-burners.These winter chores double as quick calorie-burners.

    These around-the-house tasks burn the same amount of calories as your workout routine. You'll be shedding pounds and checking items off your to-do list.

    1. Shoveling Snow: 373 Calories/Hour
    According to CalorieLab, a 164-pound woman (the average weight for an American woman) burns 373 calories per hour shoveling snow -- the same amount you'd work off in an hour of vigorous weight-lifting. So consider getting in on this cold-weather chore when the next snowstorm hits rather than leaving it to your husband, kids, or anybody else.

    Related: Here's Why You're Not Getting Results From the Gym

    2. Cleaning Snow off the Roof: 224 Calories/Hour
    This chore doesn't just protect your home from leaks and other damage: It burns 224 calories per hour, the same as an hour-long water aerobics class. (Bonus: You don't have to put on a bathing suit.) For your safety, make sure you do it with a buddy, only on a gently sloped roof, and when it's stopped snowing.

    3. Scraping Ice off

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  • Justin Bieber, drunk drag racerJustin Bieber, drunk drag racer

    These various Justin Bieber scandals are starting to pile on top of one another, though this morning's is perhaps the most serious yet. The 19-year-old pop star was arrested early Thursday morning in Miami after he was discovered drag racing on a Miami Beach street and failed a sobriety test, according to the AP. The arrest, which was confirmed in a tweet from the police department's official account, came when officers spotted two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday morning (two other vehicles were blocking off the street). Bieber was driving a yellow Lamborghini; the driver of the other car, a red Ferrari, was also arrested. Bieber was then taken to a police station, and will be transported to the Miami-Dade County jail, according to a police spokesman.

    See more: The Golden Globes' Best Dressed of 2014

    While America's tweenage population is no doubt calling in sick from school this morning to grapple with this news at home, Bieber's fate remains unclear: the AP report notes Read More »from Justin Bieber Arrested on Drag Racing and D.U.I. Charges
  • Getting enough greens in your diet can be, at times, difficult. Try out this green smoothie for a delicious way to get glowing skin.

    Ingredients
    1 cup coconut water
    3 cups of kale
    1/2 avocado
    1/2 apple
    1 cup of ice

    Directions
    Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth.

    Print

    Try the Berry Healthy Hair Smoothie and the Anti-aging Antioxidant Smoothie as well.

    Find more smoothie recipes on Bethenny's Pinterest page!


    More from Bethenny:
    Berry Healthy Hair Smoothie
    Anti-Aging Antioxidant Smoothie
    Make Your Own Smoothie Packs to Save Time and Money!

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  • The country's top skin docs reveal the secrets of laser treatments, new vs. old technologies and achieving the best results


    How to Choose the Right LaserHow to Choose the Right LaserWith the power to absolve you of wrinkles, acne scars, unwanted hair, fat, college tattoos and sun damage from all those fun-while-they-lasted Nantucket summers, lasers are one of dermatology's most valued tools. But with growing interest comes growing confusion: Between ablative and non-ablative, fractional and pulsed dye, Q-switch and IPL, how are you supposed to know which laser is right for you? We asked the country's top dermatologists to shed light on what you need to know now about lasers.

    How do I know which laser is best for me?
    The quick answer: You don't. But a board-certified doctor with years of experience does. Resist the urge to ask for a specific laser by name-don't be swayed by marketing-and instead choose a doctor who has plenty of experience (ask for photos of patients they've worked on) and at least three to five different machines. The

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  • Go from takeout queen to happy, healthy cook.I've always thought that cooking was like windsurfing: intimidating, laborious, and more fun to watch than actually do. Thankfully, living in New York City for years meant I didn't have to lift a saucepan-at the push of a button, I had access to every type of delicious takeout you could dream up. My husband and I enjoyed the U.N. of Eating most nights: Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Thai-you name it.

    MORE: Is This the Healthier Version of Butter?

    When our twins were born, though, I couldn't bring myself to buy prepackaged food and wanted to know exactly what my munchkins were eating. So I surprised myself by cooking their baby food from scratch as soon as they were able to eat purées and solids (thanks to the fantastic, easy recipes on Weelicious). Since my twins couldn't talk yet, they couldn't complain about my cooking, making them the perfect audience as I honed my skills.

    In November 2013, we moved cross-country from the heart of Manhattan to the suburbs of Northern

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  • By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    .If you're home enjoying a snow day, you're probably quite thankful for the strange weather we've been having. But, if you had to trek through snow and ice and bone-chilling winds to get to work today, you're probably quite annoyed with this deep-freeze business. In the spirit of finding a silver lining, however, Time offers up a new scientific discovery: Complain all you want about the polar vortex, but this cold-weather phenomenon is apparently going to make us all skinnier. A new report in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism claims that exposure to colder temperatures can be beneficial for weight loss. And, really, who cares if you're freezing so long as you're thin? Think of all the layers you'll be able to fit under your now-too-huge winter jacket.

    The author, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt of the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, conducted a study using 51 young men (though it's not clear exactly what age qualified as

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