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    Who knew? According to new research from the University of Iowa, green tomatoes contain a compound that may help build muscle (and protect against future muscle atrophy).


    Green tomatoes are rich in tomatidine (a compound that's obviously perfectly named), which the researchers discovered stimulates growth in human muscle cells--and also helped mice build more muscle and be able to exercise longer.

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    The authors say they're not yet sure how many green tomatoes people might need to eat in order to reap the muscle-building benefits. Even so, we know that green tomatoes have lots of other good-for-your-health benefits: One large tomato is about 42 calories, rich in antioxidants, provides half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for women, as well as 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving.

    So in the interest of having some variety in your tomato routine, here are some yummy--and healthy--ways to

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  • Do you feel as if every wandering calorie immediately goes straight to your thighs? And at the same time are you eyeing your shorts as summer approaches?
    Strength-training exercises to slim thighs, combined with plyometrics, high-intensity cardio and a healthy diet, is the fastest approach to sexy, toned legs. Strength-training exercises will target the thighs and add lean leg muscles. The more lean muscle mass you obtain the more calories you will burn while exercising and even post-workout. Plyometric drills allow muscles to exert maximum force in a short period of time with the goal of increasing power with explosive movements. High-intensity cardio-based exercises burn more calories and fat in a quicker amount of time, so you don't have to run a marathon to get a runner's legs.
    Check out these 10 heart-pumping exercises that will help sculpt your butt, hamstrings, quads, calves and thighs. Complete the recommended exercises three times a week and you will build muscle and torch Read More »from 10 Exercises to Slim Thighs Just in Time for Shorts Season

  • daily news coverdaily news coverBy Jane Bianchi


    With less than a half-mile left of the Boston Marathon, Carol Downing, 58, was giddy with excitement. For a woman who hadn't taken up running until the age of 40, she was proud to be in the "Super Bowl" of all road races. "I was picking up speed, the adrenaline was pumping and the crowd was getting thicker," says Carol, a retired massage therapist. "I couldn't wait to see my family at the finish line." Photo by New York Daily News/Getty.


    All of a sudden, "everything just stopped. I hit a wall of runners. Then I heard sirens," says Carol. She didn't hear the bombs go off, but one of them had exploded less than 15 feet from her daughters, Erika Brannock, 30, and Nicole Gross, 32, and Nicole's husband, Michael, 33.


    "I remember big flashes of orange and yellow, then I blacked out," says Erika. "When I came to, I smelled burnt metal. I thought, I need to get up, then realized that I couldn't. I closed my eyes and had a conversation with God. I told Him, 'I'm

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  • Running ShoesRight now, I'm editing my next book, Before and After, an examination of the most interesting subject in the world: how we make and break habits. (My editor is reading the draft for the first time right now, in fact, so wish me luck.)

    In the book, I identify multiple strategies that we can use to make it easier to foster good habits. One of the most familiar, and most effective, is the simple, straightforward, powerful Strategy of Convenience. And its counterpart, the Strategy of Inconvenience.

    We're far more likely to do something if it's convenient, and far less likely to do something if it's inconvenient, to an astounding degree. For instance, in one cafeteria, when an ice-cream cooler's lid was left open, thirty percent of diners bought ice cream, but when diners had to open the lid, only fourteen percent bought ice cream, even though the ice cream was visible in both situations. People take less food when using tongs, instead of spoons, as serving utensils.

    We can use

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  • Music can make us laugh or make us cry. And sometimes it can … make us want to schedule a doctor's appointment?

    British rapper Nadia Kamil's song "Pap Rap" is exactly what it sounds like — a catchy rap tune about the importance of women's health. The song's lyrics encourage women to get their annual health exams, including a pap smear (which screens for cervical cancer), when they go to the doctor.

    "Please excuse the misogynist language of hip-hop," she raps at the beginning of the video. She then name-drops writer Mary Wollstonecraft ("she gave birth to modern feminism… and Mary Shelley") as she tries to persuade women to get screened for cervical cancer. To up its extra-catchy factor, the song has the same beat as up-and-coming rap star Azealea Banks' hit single "212."

    Kamil, who shot her music video while on a trip to New York City, also gets political as she talks about health care options in the U.S. versus her native U.K. "Half of the women in the United States are leaving their

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  • Ali Sweeney's Stay-Skinny Secret

    You get to eat exactly what you feel like, and if you load on the extras like Alison Sweeney does, you'll still enjoy a filler-upper meal. By Alison Sweeney, REDBOOK.

    It's harder to stay on track with your diet if you're always eating out. But living a full life means I sometimes trade my kitchen counter for a restaurant table. My number-one trick to building a perfect plate? Split your entrée, then add smart sides.

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    ½ a steak
    For dinners with my husband, I love a good filet mignon, medium rare, halfsied, of course. I'll usually start with a salad, and to fill out our plates, we'll get a couple of sides like grilled asparagus and sautéed Brussels sprouts--not the creamed spinach, which is a calorie bomb. And I definitely order a glass of wine, but I take forever with the list--with the way restaurants pour, I know I'm only having one.

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    ½ an omelet

    People think the yolks are the issue, but

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  • When it comes to America's favorite cardio pastime, new research shows that some of our long-ingrained, previously encouraged habits do more harm than good. Prepare to rethink how you hit the pavement.

    By: Janet Lee

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    1. SKIP THE LONG, SLOW RUNS TO SHED POUNDS
    Experts once argued that during low-intensity cardio, the body uses fat instead of carbs for fuel. No more. Interval training burns serious calories and targets fat better than steady-state exercise. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that subjects who did just three 20-minute high-intensity-interval sessions a week lost more weight and fat-specifically abdominal fat-than those who completed three 40-minute moderate-intensity runs weekly. To get more out of your interval sessions, put some effort into those "rest" breaks, says running coach David Siik, who teaches Tread & Shred treadmill classes at Equinox Fitness in Los Angeles (and is also our model runner pictured). "Slowing down your

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  • A colony of bees(Newser) - Where would it hurt more to get stung by a bee: on a testicle or on a nostril? It was this burning question that led Michael Smith, a graduate student at Cornell University studying honeybees, to his latest research.

    After being stung on the testicle and realizing it didn't hurt as much as one might think it would, Smith decided to use himself as the subject of an experiment with the goal of charting the worst places to get stung by a bee.

    The most painful, according to National Geographic, in descending order: the nostril, upper lip, and penis. The least painful: the skull, the upper arm, and the tip of the middle toe. Smith's methods sound pretty awful: He gave himself five stings a day for 38 days, ultimately stinging 25 body parts multiple times.

    "Some locations required the use of a mirror and an erect posture during stinging (eg, buttocks)," he wrote in his amusing paper on the matter. He rated the painfulness of each sting on a scale from 1 to 10, and found

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  • The lesser of two evils is still evil.

    If you saw Mark Bittman's column in the New York Times declaring "Butter Is Back," you might think that the medical community has reversed its position on the dangers of saturated fat. Well, we certainly haven't, and neither have our colleagues.

    There is solid data that the five food felons-trans fat, added sugars, syrups, non-whole grains and saturated fat-promote inflammation, heart disease, stroke and cancer. No ifs ands or buts about it. The highly publicized March 2014 meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine does not change this. Saturated fat, from butter, four-legged animal fat (including milk), poultry skin, and coconut and palm oils, is bad for your health. Period.

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    However, if you substitute trans fat or simple sugars or syrups for butter, then yes, butter might be the lesser of two (or three) evils. Over the years, consumer fear of saturated fat has created a plethora of products that sell because they're touted as

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Courtesy of AMCCourtesy of AMC Despite what Betty Draper on Mad Men may lead you to believe, it's way less common than ever before to see people smoking on television. And according to new research, that could be one reason behind the drop in smoking rates in the U.S. over the past few decades.


    Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed tobacco usage during more than 1,800 hours of TV dramas between 1955 and 2010, as well as looking at the decline in smoking rates during that time and other factors that may have contributed to the drop.

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    They controlled for the rise in cigarette prices over that time and a 1971 TV and radio cigarette ad ban, and they estimate that the decline in smoking on TV has contributed to an annual smoking decrease of two packs per adult.

    "We were surprised by the size of the impact," study author Dan Romer, Ph.D., associate director of the Annenberg Center, told SELF.

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