• Sweettooths on a diet can still indulge in some candy.Sweettooths on a diet can still indulge in some candy.

    Keeping candy in the house? Make sure it's the individually wrapped kind. In a Swiss study, people ate 30% less chocolate when they had to free the goodies first.

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    "Every little bit of effort helps you eat less," says study author Thomas A. Brunner, Ph.D., so stash treats on a high shelf, take one, and put the bag back right away.

    Two of our foil-wrapped faves: Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Diamonds (60 calories apiece) and Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolates (35 calories).

    If you're in the mood for a real treat, try one of our yummy slimmed-down desserts.

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    By K. Aleisha Fetters

    Every four years brings a batch of OMG moments. Here are 10 from Winter Games past that rocked the world's biggest sporting stage -- and still have us talking.

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    #10: The Bobsledding Boxer
    Early in Olympic history, the U.S.'s light-heavyweight boxer made a cameo at the Winter Games, and earned gold doing it. Eddie Eagan, who had previously won gold at the Summer Games, took a historic bobsled ride in the four-man at the 1932 Lake Placid Games. He had taken up bobsledding just three weeks earlier. As if that weren't quirky enough, the race didn't end up happening until two days after the Games had closed, thanks to a sloshy course.

    #9: The First Olympic Double Axel
    Sure, ice skating is beautiful. But let's face it, most TV spectators watch it for the double axels. The courage -- or perhaps recklessness -- of one 18-year-old skater named Dick Button made that possible back in 1948. Only two days after

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  • How the miles you log can affect medical tests.

    By Cindy Kuzma, Runner's World

    If there's one time to brag about being a runner or staying active, it's at the doctor's office--especially when your appointment includes blood or urine analyses. "Let your physician know if you are exercising heavily, and also how often and how recently you did tough workouts; it can influence how we interpret tests," says William Roberts, M.D., a family physician and medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon. If you recently ran hard--or even ran to your appointment, which Dr. Roberts's patients have been known to do--your doc might elect to reschedule some lab work. Here's a quick report of some exercise-influenced workups.

    PLUS: The 5 Health Tests You Need to Ace This Year

    Tells your doc: Whether you've had a heart attack or other type of muscle breakdown; often done if you've experienced unexplained muscle pain or weakness or chest pain or tightness

    Running's effects

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  • By Leslie Goldman

    Photo: ThinkstockWhen mini emergencies arise, like a minor burn from a hot stove or a pounding headache, antibiotic creams and ibuprofen are often the first line of defense. While these old standbys can help, research shows that more-natural cure-alls may be the ultimate win-win, producing faster relief and fewer side effects. For at-home triage, consider these healthy swaps.

    What Ails You: Sore Muscles

    Old-School Fix: Smelly pain-relieving creams containing methyl salicylate. If you're taking a prescription blood thinner, the interaction could lead to dangerous side effects. New-School Remedy: Tart Cherry Juice Sipping two 10-ounce glasses of this highly anti-inflammatory drink may be enough to ease the damage you did in yesterday's spin class. A 2010 study showed that when runners downed a glass of cherry juice twice daily for a week before a race, they reported 67 percent less postexercise pain than those who didn't drink it.

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  • Health.com

    Whether you're the life of the party, a bookworm, or a night owl, your personality plays a surprisingly large role in your ability to slim down. Follow this guide to discover your personality type and use your own characteristics to lose weight and keep it off for good.

    If you're impulsive…
    In a famous 1972 study, scientists offered young children a choice between a single marshmallow immediately or, if they could wait 15 minutes, two marshmallows. Those who waited went onto experience more success and higher SAT scores later on in life. The ability to delay gratification also relates to weight loss, says Art Markman, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Texas. "People tend to be either a 'one-marshmallow person' or a 'two-marshmallow person.'" If you're struggling with weight loss, you are more likely a one-marshmallow person. Eliminating little temptations will help: stop stocking your pantry with junk food, and avoid the break

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  • Juice is actually the perfect supplement to an active lifestyle.Juicing may seem like the realm of pin-thin models and waify types who don't mind subsisting on 1,000 calories a day, but the right juices can be beneficial to even the most active lifestyles. Yankee's first baseman Mark Teixeira says that he started trying juices because they fit into his busy schedule. "I'm on the go a lot and it's hard to sit down and make the good food decisions," he says. "The juices I consume really help my overall nutrition."

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    In the morning, he drinks a combination of grapefruit juice, lemon juice and orange (Juice Press's "Glo"). "You wake up thirsty and dehydrated, and it's refreshing," he says (full disclosure: Teixeira is an investor in Juice Press). "The citrus and vitamin C give me energy and it's filling but not ultra heavy." This juice with a side of oatmeal is the perfect breakfast according to Teixeira, who likes to eat about half an hour before he hits the gym.

    After a workout, Teixeira turns to liquid

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  • The best portion control tips for easy and fast weight loss.

    To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume, which inevitably means one thing: portion control. But you're not necessarily doomed to a growling stomach until you reach your goal. "Portion control doesn't mean you have to eat tiny portions of everything," says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, author of The Portion Teller Plan: The No-Diet Reality Guide to Eating, Cheating, and Losing Weight Permanently. "You don't want to feel like you're on a diet, but you have to eat fewer calories."

    Here are 7 easy ways to cut portions, trim calories, and lose fat without counting the minutes until your next meal.

    Health.com: 16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast

    Start with a glass of H2O
    Drink 16 ounces (a big glass) of water before you eat, suggests Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet. Filling your belly with water will naturally make you less likely to overeat, she says. Plus, some symptoms of dehydration may

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  • Amy Spencer, author of the new book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss, shares 9 things you can do--for free, and in five minutes or less--to feel instantly happier right now. REDBOOK.

    1. Bring greenery inside. I wish I could display a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers in my home very day, but let's get real: who has the money or the time to keep that up? So I turn to this faster and more frugal idea: Clip some greenery from the outdoors and bring that in. Sure, peonies are nice, but so are small branches of an evergreen. Studies have found that gazing at greenery can help hospital patients heal faster, can lower crime and can enhance creativity, as it symbolizes abundance and calm. Yet another way to "go green" and get happy at the same time.

    2. Freshen up what's on your fridge. Overhaul the hub of your house by switching up what's on that one simple surface. Clean off what's been there for years, then pin it full of different postcards, photographs,

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  • By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Amy BarychkoAmy BarychkoFollow the money and you'll find it going into the cushy pockets of the supplement industry, now estimated to be a $30 billion behemoth-and that's just for the U.S., where more than half of adults use dietary supplements and about 40 percent pop a multivitamin every day.

    Enter "Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," a recent Annals of Internal Medicine editorial that's threatening the industry's bottom line. The authors (who hail from Johns Hopkins, the University of Warwick, and the American College of Physicians) examined the benefits of existing studies on multivitamins and found that, really, there are none.

    "We believe that the case is closed," wrote the researchers. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough."

    Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., research associate at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, takes it one step

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  • Source: Celebs Can't Stop Doing This Treadmill Workout, and Neither Can We!

    It didn't take much convincing to see why Sandra Bullock, Amanda Seyfried, and Kim Kardashian all flock to Barry's Bootcamp - 15 minutes into my first class, I was in love. The hour-long mix of high-intensity treadmill intervals and circuit training left me a sweaty mess, and I was already planning my next class on the way out of my first.

    While nothing beats the full 60-minute class, the running segments are a workout on their own. For days when strength training isn't in the mix, we have a 30-minute treadmill workout from Barry's Bootcamp trainer Alycia Stevenin to give you a taste of what the class is like. You'll move through sections of intervals, hill work, and sprints, which will challenge both your endurance and speed. While the workout is meant to be done as a whole, you can easily pull out any section and repeat it four to five times if you'd prefer to focus on a specific area.

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