• Getty ImagesGetty ImagesBy Denise Schipani

    Splurging on a gym membership isn't the only way to weight loss. What you eat is obviously important, but how you eat can also help you reach your goal weight. Click through for nutrition tips that could help boost your metabolism. Try these pointers for yourself and you could drop 10 pounds-no sweat! Photo by Getty Images.

    Rev Up Your Metabolism with...

    Healthy Fats

    Research has found that eating fat for breakfast turns on your fat-burning switch and helps your body use more calories all day long.

    Try these foods in the A.M.:

    2 eggs cooked in 1 Tbsp olive or canola oil

    2 Tbsp peanut butter on whole-wheat toast

    Sliced avocado on English muffin with 1 slice of cheese

    Cold Water

    One study showed that drinking two 8-oz glasses of water increased metabolism by 30%-and cold water boosted the burn a bit more.

    Sip a glass of water (or unsweetened iced tea, which will also give you a shot of caffeine) with each meal. For added

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  • By Julie Gerstein, StyleCaster

    How to kick your caffeine habitIf you can't get through the morning with at least a couple of cups of coffee, well, we need to talk. You might be a caffeine addict. Yes, coffee is delicious, but getting into an unhealthy cycle of caffeine consumption in order to get through your day isn't such a good idea. It's bad to dependent on anything, after all. And too much caffeine can make you feel irritable and generally out of sorts.

    MORE: 5 Healthy Dinner Recipes to Make at Home

    If you're feeling a bit too controlled by your caffeine habit, or just don't like the way that caffeine makes you feel, we've got some easy tips to help you detox off the stuff without sacrificing the jolt of energy you need. Depending on how bad your caffeine habit is, it could take anywhere from a week to ten days to completely kick the stuff. You may want to taper off drinking caffeinated drinks as you approach your no-caffeine zero-hour. Or you may want to go cold turkey. Either way, we think these tips

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  • Forty-one years ago today, Roe v. Wade expanded abortion rights in the U.S. with one sweeping, landmark Supreme Court decision. It was a monumental change — abortion was illegal in the majority of states in 1973 — and its announcement on the evening news was delivered with the tone of importance now lavished on everything from bridge scandals to snow updates.

    "In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court today legalized abortions," Walter Cronkite reported at the start of the CBS Evening News, the sound of typewriters clacking in the background. "A majority, in cases from Texas to Georgia, said that the decision to end a pregnancy during the first three months belongs to a woman and her doctor, not the government. Thus, the anti-abortion laws of 46 states were rendered unconstitutional."

    And though the decision still stands today, a whole lot has changed since that historic day, with abortion opponents successfully chipping away at access, resulting in fewer abortion providers and clinics

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  • 7 Everyday Activities That Burn More Calories Than Sitting7 Everyday Activities That Burn More Calories Than SittingOkay, so you're busy. And you don't have time to go to the gym. Or you're embarrassed: you don't know how things work at the gym, what all the machines are for, if you have to make a reservation to run on the treadmill or something. Or maybe you just don't want other people to see you exercise. In fact, maybe you are exercise-averse. It's hard, and you don't want to do it.

    Well, what if I told you that you are doing it? Every day you are exercising, whether you realize it or not. You may not think you are an active person, but there are things you do every day that burn more calories than just sitting, things that could be the gateway you need to leading the more active lifestyle you secretly dream of, but can't quite commit to just yet.

    Related: You'll save money on therapy...and 7 more unexpected benefits of exercise

    I used the calorie burn calculator at healthstatus.com to determine how many more calories a 140-pound woman would burn doing a common activity for 30 minutes

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  • Weight loss by Feng Shui.

    Feng Shui has a powerful impact on the subconscious. That's why it's such a good way to promote weight loss. Instead of counting calories and fighting cravings, you can promote wellness through a careful selection of shapes, colors and materials.

    Skeptical? Get your personalized Feng Shui report now, and try a few of these suggestions. They're inexpensive and easy to execute. As far as Feng Shui dieting is concerned, you've got everything to lose and nothing to gain.

    Eat a square meal

    Square dishes are better than round dishes when you're trying to lose or maintain weight. That's because squares radiate contentment, while circles invite curiosity.

    Mellow out

    Mellow, earthy tones promote fulfillment, whereas bright colors stimulate the appetite. If you're really serious about sticking to your diet, paint your kitchen or dining room an earthy color like brown, goldenrod or pumpkin. Your meals will be more satisfying and you won't be tempted to overeat.

    Even steven

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  • Who knew working out could be so much fun?New workouts pop up every day, and wouldn't it be nice to try before you buy? In our "Last Night's Workout" series we sweat, stretch and shimmy our way through the latest exercise crazes and report back to you so you can find the best one for your skill level and fitness goals.

    The workout:
    Hula hooping isn't just a playground pastime anymore. This kind involves a much heavier hoop than the one you swung around your hips as a kid-which is what makes it a great high-energy, cardio workout. Hoopnotica Master Trainer Jacqui Becker describes it as a full-body, holistic workout program, since it hits everything from your arms to your core, while burning fat all over. Plus, it's actually fun and so low impact that anyone at any age can do it. "It appeals to people who don't like to work out," she adds, since it can actually feel more like play than work.

    MORE: The Best Butt-Lifting Workout

    But the biggest benefit of hula hooping lies in its accessibility. "A lot of people just want

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  • Dan Saelinger/FITNESS MagazineDan Saelinger/FITNESS MagazineBy Alexa Joy Sherman

    Hell hath no fury like a woman on a diet. Research has found that cutting calories can wreak havoc on your mood. Here's how to get lean without turning mean.

    Related: Make Over Your Metabolism

    How Your Diet Affects Your Mood
    I recently had one of those rock-bottom, bummed-with-my-body moments. Oh sure, I'd had a few of them through the years, but this time was different. I was 30 pounds overweight and in the worst shape of my life. So I committed to a complete diet-and-lifestyle overhaul, beginning with a one-week fat-blasting jump start involving calorie-torching cardio, plenty of protein, and a scarcity of starch. It wasn't the worst week of my life, but it sure felt like it -- to me and my family. If I saw my husband enjoying a slice of pizza, or my 5-year-old son innocently offered me a gummy bear, I snapped at them. I swore at them (OK, just at my husband). I cried into my crudités.

    I'm not the only one who gets "hangry" (so hungry that you're

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  • New research proves that cinnamon can improve your heart health.New research proves that cinnamon can improve your heart health.

    Cinnamon may have benefits beyond jazzing up your favorite hot cereal, says a new scientific review published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine by scientists from Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, the Western Diabetes Institute, and the University of Connecticut schools of medicine and pharmacy.

    Related: An Amazing New Benefit to the Mediterranean Diet

    The researchers found that regular users of the aromatic spice experienced declines in total and LDL cholesterol -- the bad kind of cholesterol, which can put you at risk for a heart attack -- and triglycerides, which are fats stored throughout the body that come from excess calories, sugar, and alcohol. Among cinnamon lovers, the research also found a slight boost in HDL levels (that's the good kind of cholesterol). Read: Cinnamon could help your heart.

    Related: 4 New Ways to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk

    The daily "dose" you need? As little as a small sprinkling (less than 1/8 teaspoon) could

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  • The new superfoods your diet needs in 2014The new superfoods your diet needs in 2014By Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, LD, Prevention

    Chia seeds? In our rearview mirror. Kale? So 2013! Make way for these new superfoods of the new year.

    Discover how to lose weight while still eating whatever you want--and as much as you want--with The 8-Hour Diet.

    Sesame seeds
    These overlooked little seeds should be making a comeback in your pantry this year due to their high levels of calcium and zinc (almost 20% of your daily dose of each). One small study found that sesame seed consumption helped with improving lipid and glucose profiles in pre-diabetic patients, and a 2010 study reported similar findings in an animal model.

    Beluga lentils
    Expect to see plenty of lentil dishes on the menu this year. What's so great about them? How about everything? Several studies have pointed out the benefits of legume consumption on prevention and management of chronic disease, but it's beluga lentils rich black color that give it an edge on other lentils. Any time we have a very rich

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  • Foods to Beat DiabetesFoods to Beat Diabetes

    Have the disease, or simply want to lose weight? The following foods can help:

    Whole Grains: Not all carbs are bad. Foods made with whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice, are sources of filling fiber (aiding weight loss, which can reduce your diabetes risk) and nutrients such as potassium, which helps the pancreas release insulin, the hormone that helps your cells use glucose for energy.

    Fish, Eggs, Poultry: Carnivores, rejoice: These foods (poultry without the skin) are fair game in a diabetes-friendly diet. Why? Because they're high in protein (result: full stomach) but typically low in fat (result: better weight management). Fatty fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which cut down on cardiovascular problems that can accompany diabetes.

    Related: 12 Key Tips to Keep Your Diet on Track »

    Fruits: These sweet treats aren't forbidden. Although they do contain sugar, the rate at which it enters the bloodstream is slowed by fiber. Fruits with a red, blue

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