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Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

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    By Shaun Dreisbach, Glamour magazine

    Cynthia Sass, R.D., tells what's fast, what's healthy-and what's both.

    1. A Juice Fast
    Answer: No. "I have yet to know one person who has done a juice fast and kept the weight off," says Sass. "You'll gain it back when you eat real food again."

    Related: 12 Secret Signs He's Into You

    2. The Master Cleanse
    Answer: No. "Subsisting on a mix of cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon juice is like an extreme juice fast-but it doesn't contain any substantial food. At least with juice you're getting some calories and antioxidants."

    3. Going Raw
    Answer: Maybe. "All the veggies you eat certainly keep your overall calories low, but I've also known people to gain weight on raw diets because they eat so many nuts and seeds. It's also really hard to stick with!"

    4. Cutting Out "White" Stuff
    Answer: Yes. "Refined foods like white flour and sugar have been stripped of vitamins and minerals, not to mention fiber-which leaves you with a more compact gra

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  • Bring a buddy to the gym with you.

    Bring a buddy to the gym with you.

    Feeling lazy or down? We've all been there! For the days when dragging yourself out of bed and into the gym seems impossible, we've got simple tricks and tips from some of our favorite fitness gurus that will help to make it a little bit less painful:

    1. Bring a buddy: Get accountability partners. Your journey to fitness is a lot more fun and fulfilling when you have others to take the journey with. I have awesome people urging me on.


    -Gilbert Gatchalian, Beachbody coach


    2. Consider the aftermath: Don't think about whether or not you feeling like going to the gym right now. Just think about how darn good you're going to feel afterwards, and get moving to the gym now. Don't cheat yourself out of feeling incredible or looking good. Feelings are temporary. Once you get going, you'll feel so much better.

    -Michelle L. Butler, holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor


    RELATED: Experts Reveal: 15 Small Diet Changes for Big Weight Loss

    3. Keep it real: Begin with

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  • About one third of all American adults are taking care of their ill or disabled relatives, the National Alliance for Caregiving estimates, and that number is expected to grow as more people find themselves sandwiched between their own young kids and their rapidly-aging parents. Obviously, it's a stressful situation, but according to the American Psychological Association's latest report on stress, it's even tougher than most people think. Caregivers (who are usually women) are more likely to report stress than the general population -- and they're more likely to suffer from chronic illness themselves, even though they're the ones taking care of people who are chronically ill.

    Related: Can your kids 'catch' your stress?

    In the newly released report, "Stress in America: Our Health at Risk," 1,226 U.S. residents ranked their stress levels and discussed their beliefs about stress and health. While the average stress rating dropped slightly since 2010 -- from 5.4 to 5.2 on a 10-point

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  • By Jessica Smith

    Boost your daily burn with these gym-free activities.

    Related: 10 Ways to Beat Bloat

    1. Stand Up

    standup

    Standing is an effortless way to burn more calories, says Kevin Asuncion, a certified personal trainer and founder of Movemo, a mobile personal training company in Los Angeles, Calif. "Standing requires tensing of muscles, shifting, and fidgeting-all things that require energy." Stand up for 10 minutes out of every hour during your eight-hour workday, and you'll burn off an extra 100 calories.


    2. Give Your Partner A Massage
    massage

    Burn off 100 calories and earn some bonus points by giving your partner a 20-minute massage. Hopefully he'll reciprocate!


    3. Take Your Coffee Break On Foot
    coffee

    Got a Starbucks close to the office? Walk there instead of driving. You'll burn 100 calories with a 20-minute (round trip) break for coffee. Just be sure to keep your coffee 'skinny' to avoid drinking all those calories back.


    4. Update Your Facebook Status
    facebook

    Believe it or not, surf

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  • Timing your workouts and meals may be the secret to your weight loss success

    Timing your workouts and meals may be the secret to your weight loss success

    Understanding and working with your body's natural hunger and sleep rhythms will vanquish cravings, increase energy, and help you lose more weight.

    It's not just what you eat or how much you exercise that matters; it's the timing of each component that is the true secret to weight loss success. Research shows that our bodies' inner eat-and-sleep clocks have been thrown completely out of whack, thanks to all-day food cues and too much nighttime artificial light. The result: You're caught in a "fat cycle": a constant flow of hunger hormones that makes you prone to cravings. By tuning in to your body's natural eat/sleep schedule, you can finally say good-bye to your belly.

    The Perfect Day of Eating


    Drop Around The Clock! Follow this hour-by-hour slim-down schedule to control hunger hormones, banish cravings, and get trim and toned--fast!

    6 TO 8 AM: GET MOVING.
    Within a half hour of rising and before you eat breakfast, do 20 minutes of cardio. Research has found that exercising be

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