• Olive oil is a superfood, but only in moderation.

    It's no secret that restaurant dishes are loaded with hidden ingredients and calories. That's why home-cooked meals are a good idea for anyone watching their weight. Conquering the kitchen is a great first step, but if you haven't eaten out in months and the scale still won't budge, it might be time to take a closer look at your cooking habits. Below, a few mistakes that could be derailing your weight-loss plans.

    Using too much oil
    Yes, olive oil is a 'good' fat. But the kitchen staple is also crazy-dense calorie wise - a single tablespoon clocks in at 120 calories. That may not sound like a lot, but if you're not paying attention, it's easy to use as much as three times that amount. Sticking to that single tablespoon allowance can be especially hard with vegetables, since they tend to absorb oil quickly. A helpful trick? Lightly steam your veggies (or protein) to cook them through before adding them to a stir-fry.


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  • Celebrate Wear Red Day and protect your heart with these five red heart-healthy foods.

    By: Beth Carson

    It's not quite Valentine's Day yet, but it is the time of year for flowers, candy and hearts. And we're not just talking about the chocolate variety. February is also American Heart Month, and this Friday, February 7 is the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Wear Red Day, celebrated over the past 10 years to bring continued awareness to what is still the #1 killer of women today -- heart disease.

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    Once thought to be an "old man's disease," this silent killer is to blame for the deaths of almost 1,100 women a day. That's nearly one per minute, taking the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease doesn't discriminate based on age or race either, affecting women as early as their 20s and across ethnicities.

    The good news, though, is that cardiovascular disease is preventable. And one of the easiest ways to guard your heart is by loading up on whole, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.

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  • The elliptical: Yay or nay?

    Are you spending hours working out every week, and not getting the results you want? Chances are you might have a bad habit or two when it comes to exercising. Never fear, there's a quick fix for even the most ingrained workout no-nos. Check out these 7 workout habits you should drop: Not only will ditching these help you lose the pounds, they will help you become a more efficient exerciser.

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    1) The elliptical. I'm not a fan of the elliptical. Not only is it the most boring piece of equipment in the gym, it is also extremely ineffective. First off, the elliptical doesn't use a natural body motion to work your body. Workouts that use natural motions like running, bending, or jumping are much more effective at toning muscles. Sure, the gliding motion of the elliptical burns calories, but that's about it. It is also easy to slack off on the elliptical. With the treadmill you at

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  • Protecting yourself is even easier than you thought.It's American Heart Month and tomorrow, February 7, is National Wear Red Day, when you can wear your concern about the country's number-one killer on your sleeve. Literally. A quarter of deaths each year are due to heart disease (much more if you count all the related diseases such as stroke, hypertensive kidney failure and disability due to aging arteries). While there have been significant improvements for men, research shows that women are not faring as well in the fight, and that high blood pressure might be the reason for the divide.

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    Fortunately there's good news. There are many things you can do right now to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range well into the future. And wait! It gets better! You're probably doing a lot of them already and without even realizing it.

    If you are a spin class junkie… you're doing more than burning crazy calories and toning your legs. You're also getting a great cardiovascular workout. With

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  • NBCWhen "The Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson revealed her 105-pound body on Tuesday night after dropping an astonishing 155 pounds from her 5’5" frame, the world collectively gasped. Her transformation, which visibly shocked the show's judges, quickly triggered a heated debate about how much is too much when it comes to weight loss.

    On Wednesday, 24-year-old Frederickson, told Us Weekly that she was thrilled about her new slender frame. "I’ve never felt this great, and it’s very exciting! Now I’m really at maintenance mode, so now it’s gonna be about doing a yoga class this day, a spin class this day, and I think I’m going to try dance classes because I don’t have a lot of rhythm, but I think it’d be fun to just add totally new things in!"

    "The Biggest Loser," in its 10th year, is shot over a seven-month period and pits overweight contestants against each other in the reality TV weight-loss competition show. At the beginning of each season, contestants are grouped into various

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  • The Problem with the Latest The Problem with the Latest

    Reality shows like The Biggest Loser are wildly successful because people can relate to them. Millions of viewers tune in every week to literally watch these people's sweat and tears. Its popularity is likely attributed to the vast number of viewers who are going through the same struggle, namely with weight. But because this show has been on year after year and has a reputation for amazing transformations, people are watching it for reasons that go well beyond weight loss. Sure, they likely seek inspiration from the contestants and learn about diet and weight loss from the shows' trainers as they instruct their teams, but it goes much much deeper than that.

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    We all know that to lose weight you have to pay attention to what you put in your mouth and devote dedication to physical activity. But if that were simply all it was about, it'd be easy. The show would be boring (and unnecessary). What it's really about is the

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  • Find snow, solitude, and shopping on a fun winter getaway.

    Jackson, WyomingJackson, Wyoming
    Winter wildlife safari
    In winter, there's nothing like hitting the slopes in Jackson, Wyoming. However, there's more to this snowy valley than skiing. Mingle with the thousands of elk on the nearby National Elk Refuge by two-horse open sleigh. Then head back into town and discover its Western ranching roots.
    One perfect day in Jackson Hole

    Mammoth, CAMammoth, CA
    Low-key ski scene in Mammoth, CA
    New flights to an Eastern Sierra mountain will revolutionize your ski weekend. No chains required.

    The mountain is king at Mammoth, and pulling into Mammoth Lakes, 8 miles from the airport, is the proof. Since there's no central downtown, it's easy to have an "are we there yet?" feeling, but gems can be found if you look around. Download a map at visitmammoth.com.

    Hood River, ORHood River, OR
    Ski on the cheap in Hood River

    Just an hour from Portland, Hood River offers a buzzing restaurant scene and proximity to Mt. Hood, all at an affordable price.
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  • For the lazy girl in all of us, here's a guide on how to stay slim.
    By Nicole Catanese

    Eating clean and consistent workouts are proven to boost metabolism, increase muscle (and therefore after burn) as well as blast fat. But if the Polar Vortex has you skipping both in the name of maintaining mental and stay warm sanity, here are simple no-gym-in-sight alternatives so that you can keep the scale in check until spring strikes.


    While the sweet nectar won't zap fat on its own, what The Honey Diet claims is that it helps keep your waist trim by helping to shut down sugar cravings. So essentially, if you are drizzling the sweet stuff onto snacks, or salads or even taking it straight up throughout the day, in addition to cutting out refined carbs and increasing your veggie and protein intake, the result is an even keeled blood sugar level. And the result: you're more apt to stay in check when it comes to your food choices because you're cravings no longer have a Read More »from The Lazy Girl's Guide to Staying Svelte
  • By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster.com
    How to cheat on your diet and still lose weight!Fact: Diets can be mind-numbingly boring. Between eating the same things almost day, abstaining from what we love, and limiting our intake on so-called "bad" foods, it's no wonder that most dieters experience astronomical failure rates. Another fact: There are ways to buck the system when it comes to casual dieting by-for lack of a better word-cheating once in a while.

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    We're not talking about claiming a regular table at your local McDonalds, but rather making informed decisions about the foods you crave. Here, we've highlighted exactly how to cheat on your diet, and still lose weight in the process.

    1. Memorize the calorie count of your favorite food. Knowledge is power, and memorizing exactly how many calories are in that slice of pizza can help you mentally manage what you eat the rest of the day. Even if you're not on a diet per se, this tip is still a good one, as it'll allow you to make wise choices with

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  • Sure, you're all about Team USA now that the Olympics are kicking off, but how many of the American athletes – specifically, some of the amazing female athletes – do you know much about? (Considering Lindsey Vonn is injured, Gabby Douglas is only allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics, and there aren't a ton of household names yet, it's understandable if the answer is zero). To get you started, here are five women who've overcome plenty – from financial troubles to serious injuries – to make it to Sochi and make us proud. Check them out and cheer them on.

    Emily Scott (Getty Images)Emily Scott
    Age: 24
    Sport: Speedskating
    Why We're Rooting for Her: Hundreds of strangers helped her get here.

    After Scott's monthly stipend from the U.S. Speedskating organization was cut from $1,900 to $650 last year, the Springfield, Missouri, native was forced to apply for food stamps, but she also got creative, turning to the crowdfunding site Gofundme.com to raise money to continue her training and hopefully make it all the way

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