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  • Health tips to help you get fit--and get ahead--at the office
    by Caroline Schaefer, DETAILS

    A mere 10 minutes of daily on-the-job exercise boosts blood flow to your brain and preps you for that slim-fitting suit. Pairing quick bursts of cardio with muscular-endurance exercises revs your metabolism and fat burn, says Josh Stolz, a trainer at Equinox in New York City. Squeeze this regimen into your workday:

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    1. Twisting Lunges
    With arms at your sides, take a deep step back with your left foot, then pivot so your left heel is perpendicular to your right foot, and rotate your body 180 degrees to face behind you. Lower your hands toward the floor, keeping your left knee in line with your left ankle. Reverse the motion to repeat on the opposite leg. Do five reps on each side.

    2. Planks (above)
    Hold the starting stance of a push-up for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat three times. Then try a side plank (transferring all your w

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  • "Diet starts Monday!"

    That is my go-to excuse when I'm nabbing a second cupcake or polishing off a bag of Doritos.

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    My silly excuse may not be original, but then again, whose excuses for gorging on junk food really are? How many times have you played along when your friend tried to justify that "chocolate is actually good for you" and "wine totally helps your heart health."

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    At least those have some scientific backing. Most "It doesn't count if . . ." explanations are downright ludicrous. That's why someone finally put some of them into one hysterical supercut. A few highlights from the viral video:

    "It doesn't count if you're watching that bit in 'The Notebook' when it's raining," or "It doesn't count if you drink green tea afterwards," and "It doesn't count if you've just been to the gym, are going to the gym, or are just in gym clothes."

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  • Reggie Casagrande/Fitness Magazine

    Reggie Casagrande/Fitness Magazine

    By the Editors of FITNESS Magazine

    Skipped a few workouts? You may need to boost the calorie burn on your next workout. Our experts have tips and tricks to help you burn more calories the next time you lace up your sneakers.

    Related: 10 Tone-Up Tweaks to Get a Better Burn

    Your Workout: Power Walking
    If you normally power walk: 3.5 mph pace = 243 calories/hour

    Then add... A Weighted Vest Carrying the extra load requires more calories per step but won't alter your form, like carrying dumbbells can, trainer Jari Love says. We found one for $70 at walkvest.com.

    Bonus Burn: 45 more calories/hour

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    Your Workout: Running on the Treadmill

    If you normally run on the treadmill: 6 mph pace = 640 calories/hour

    Then add...
    An Incline Alternate 5 minutes running flat and 10 minutes running on a 3.5 percent to 6.5 percent incline, maintaining the same speed throughout, trainer Keli Roberts says.

    Bonus Burn:
    74 more calories/hour


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  • by Tiffany Tse

    Warm, filling, flavor-packed soups and stews are the perfect antidote to chilly winter days. Skip canned soups that are packed with sodium and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients and try one of these easy recipes . Each pot simmers with good-for-you nutrients and offers a satisfying, low-calorie meal.

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    Northwestern-style Lentil Chili

    Northwestern-style Lentil Chili

    1. Northwestern-style lentil chili: This hearty and healthy stew gets added zing from a dash of chili powder, but the recipe's real all-star ingredient is a humble legume: lentils! The fiber-rich lentil is low in fat and helps keep the calorie count down (191 calories per serving).

    Olive oil cooking spray
    1 c. diced onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    4 c. low-sodium V8
    1 potato, washed and diced
    1 c. dry lentils
    1 c. carrots , diced
    2 tsp. chili powder
    6 tbsp. nonfat sour cream

    Generously spray a large pot or Dutch Oven with olive oil spray or use a teaspoon of ol

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  • We're bombarded with food facts and fallacies around every corner -- from our families ("Eat your margarine"), fad-diet books ("Bread is the root of all evil"), the nightly news ("Milk saves the world!"), and, of course, the Internet.

    "People are extremely confused about what to eat," acknowledges New York-based physician Jana Klauer, M.D., author of "How the Rich Get Thin." She and other prominent nutrition experts help us set the record straight, exposing seven myths you might have heard -- but shouldn't believe.

    Myth: A calorie is a calorie.
    In fact, our bodies can distinguish one type of calorie from another. "We handle fat calories, carb calories, and protein calories differently," says Andrew Weil, M.D., author of "Eating Well for Optimal Health." "Some tend to be stored as fat; some tend to be digested more quickly." Knowing the distinction (and, moreover, eating accordingly) can help ease blood-sugar woes and protect your health.

    Take simple carbohydrates such as sugar, whit

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