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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Dec 18, 2019. 13 comments

We Explain the Most Googled Diets of 2019

We Explain the Most Googled Diets of 2019

There were a lot of trendy diets in 2019, including a few even I hadn’t heard of before I started researching this list. Google published the ten most-googled diets, and we’re here to explain what they are and what you might want to know if you’re looking into them.

Two of the diets seem pretty reasonable: intermittent fasting, which is a legit hack if you’re into that sort of thing, and...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Nov 08, 2019. 11 comments

Thinness and Fitness Are Not the Same Thing

Thinness and Fitness Are Not the Same Thing

Mary Cain is not the first or the last person to be told she has to be thinner to be a better athlete, but her powerful story about quitting Nike’s running team shows just how harmful this idea can be. She says she was the “fastest girl in America” before she switched coaches and found herself told over and over to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Her performance deteriorated, as did...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Jul 31, 2019. 12 comments

The Best Apps for Intermittent Fasting

The Best Apps for Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting isn’t magic, but it works well as a weight loss tool for people who manage to stick to it. If that’s you, consider using one of these fasting trackers to remind you of start and end times and to keep tabs on how well you’ve stuck to your plan in the past.

All fasting apps are glorified timers. You tell them when you start your fast, and they’ll count down the hours until...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jun 11, 2019. 8 comments

Is a Digital Scale More Accurate Than Analog?

Is a Digital Scale More Accurate Than Analog?
Analog WeekJust because 'there's an app for that' doesn't mean you have to use it. This week we're going analog, reminding ourselves that we can live—and live _well_ —without smartphones, and seeing what's worth preserving from the time before we were all plugged in 24/7.  

We’ve all stepped on an old, analog scale and insisted the number was wrong—it must be the scale! But is buying an...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki May 14, 2019. 7 comments

How to Find Out How Many Calories You Really Burn

How to Find Out How Many Calories You Really Burn

You can punch your stats into online calculators, tweak your Fitbit settings, and meticulously track every calorie you burn, but no amount of math can tell you how many calories your body really burns in a day. To get a real answer, you need to do a little self-experimentation.

Calculators can give you a starting point

If you want a ballpark number for how many calories a person your size...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Apr 27, 2019. 2 comments

Your DNA Results Can Screw Up Your Workout

Your DNA Results Can Screw Up Your Workout

Clearly, some amount of fitness is genetic : you can’t expect everybody who follows the same workout to have identical results. It’s tempting to get tested to see whether you personally have the same genes as elite sprinters or weightlifters. But DNA tests can’t tell you much about your fitness , and it turns out that knowing your results may actually change how you feel and perform.

A recent...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Feb 20, 2019. 22 comments

Here's When It's Appropriate to Comment on Someone's Body Transformation

Here's When It's Appropriate to Comment on Someone's Body Transformation

Bodies change a great deal over time, and sometimes those transformations are dramatic. When you see a friend who suddenly looks different, there’s a strong impulse to remark on it. Sometimes that kind of comment will be extremely welcome—even expected—and sometimes it will be unappreciated and downright hurtful.

In the subreddit /r/LifeProTips, Redditor u/kermit2014 shared a story about how...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Feb 06, 2019. 13 comments

How to Track Your Weight Loss Without Obsessing Over Numbers

How to Track Your Weight Loss Without Obsessing Over Numbers

If you trying to change your body weight, sometimes you need to step on a scale to see how things are going. But it gets dispiriting to judge yourself first thing in the morning, celebrating if you lost a pound or feeling like you’ve been doing everything wrong if you gained one.

Happy Scale (iOS, free for the basic app, paid upgrade to link with Apple Health) is an app that tracks your...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Dec 05, 2018. 20 comments

Here's How Much Protein You Really Need

Here's How Much Protein You Really Need

Your muscles are made of protein, so if you’re building muscle you need to eat up. But how much protein do you really need? More than a couch potato, but less than the protein-crazy gym bros would have you believe. Here’s how to quickly calculate the real answer.

Your Complete Guide to Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet

Getting enough protein is important, regardless of whether you want...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Jun 21, 2018. 3 comments

Improve Your Self-Control With a 10-Minute Delay

Improve Your Self-Control With a 10-Minute Delay

When it’s far too difficult to deny yourself that cigarette, eating that donut, or splurging on a new coat, tell yourself to instead wait just 10 minutes before you give in. This “mini” delay in gratification will help you build more self-control over time.

I’ve read a lot of self-help advice on boosting your self-control , but this one from Kelly McGonigal’s The Willpower Instinct can be...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki May 10, 2018. 7 comments

Can a DNA Test Really Help You Lose Weight?

Can a DNA Test Really Help You Lose Weight?

We are all unique. Put a thousand people on the same weight-loss diet, and you’ll see a range of outcomes. Some people will lose a lot, some will lose a little, and a few unlucky folks will even gain weight.

Science still can’t tell us why some people lose weight more easily than others. Maybe we each have our own ideal diet, and we just have to find it. Maybe the people who gain weight on the...

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Stephanie Lee Stephanie Lee Apr 25, 2018. 3 comments

No, Running On an Empty Stomach Doesn’t Make You Lose More Weight

No, Running On an Empty Stomach Doesn’t Make You Lose More Weight

The logic seems sound: If you’ve not eaten at all and then go do an aerobic activity like running, your body will have to use up more fat and lose more weight right? While yes, you tend to use more fat during the activity, over the long-term fasted cardio alone has no additional effects on weight loss.

The guys over at Examine.com have pored over a dozen of studies that looked at the effects...

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Shane Roberts Shane Roberts Apr 15, 2018.

Get Some Protein In Your Water With Trimino

Get Some Protein In Your Water With Trimino

If you’re looking to count calories for whatever reason, have low vitamin B levels, or are just trying to drink more water, Trimino is for you.

Amazon product B014UMYVKS What Vitamins to Take, What to Skip, and How to Know the Difference

Wandering into any conversation about vitamins and other health supplements is wandering into a…

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Mar 18, 2018. 7 comments

The Mental Trick Pro Athletes Use for Better Portion Control

The Mental Trick Pro Athletes Use for Better Portion Control

If you’re trying to develop a healthier diet, learning to manage your portions is an important step. This simple rule of thumb from a nutritionist who works with pro athletes can make visualizing appropriate portions easier.

Dr. Mike Roussell, a nutritionist who works with athletes like Lakers center Roy Hibbert, explains that the pros are just like everyone else when it comes to what they...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Mar 15, 2018. 10 comments

Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight by Pledging Money to a Politician You Hate

Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight by Pledging Money to a Politician You Hate

If you’re forever setting ambitious goals and then forgetting about them, an extra kick in the butt may help you stick to your plan. That’s the idea behind TrumpYourGoals, a service that will donate your money to the politician you hate most if you fail to reach your goal.

There’s a small amount of research suggesting that attaching financial consequences to goals gives them more weight,...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Mar 03, 2018. 5 comments

Don't Ignore Advice Just Because It's Cliché

Don't Ignore Advice Just Because It's Cliché

Some pieces of advice are so common they’ve become a cliché. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re invalid. If you’re trying to improve an area of your life, don’t start with exotic new trends. Stick with the basics at first.

As advice site Barking Up the Wrong Tree explains, it’s easy to ignore cliché advice because we assume that it’s either wrong or there’s more to it than that. Yet,...

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Dave Greenbaum Dave Greenbaum Mar 03, 2018. 11 comments

Cut Carrots into Round Chips Instead of Sticks for Better Dipping

Cut Carrots into Round Chips Instead of Sticks for Better Dipping

Carrots sticks are a great snack, but aren't the best shape for dipping. They don't have enough surface area to prevent the dreaded double-dip. Cutting them into rounds solves that problem.

To make them into effective dippers, take a large carrot and cut it at a diagonal bias. That will get you the most surface area for dips like hummus. These are healthy snacks you can bring to the...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Mar 03, 2018. 24 comments

How I Lost 45 Pounds in a Year

How I Lost 45 Pounds in a Year

Every year, for many, many years, I would promise myself I’d lose weight. Sometimes I would make a little headway, but mostly I didn’t. Then in 2017, it happened. Like most huge changes, it was actually lots of little choices adding up to something big. Here’s how I did it.

Know Why You Want to Lose Weight

For a very long time, I felt conflicted about wanting to lose weight at all. We get so...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Feb 23, 2018. 23 comments

A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss

A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss

Teach 600 people to eat more vegetables and less added sugar for a year, and it turns out they’ll lose weight. There’s nothing super shocking in the DIETFITS study published today, but there’s a lot to learn about what doesn’t matter in dieting.

Here are the main findings of the study, published today in JAMA:

Low-carb and low-fat dieters did about the same. Both groups ended up eating fewer...

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Kaitlin Ugolik Kaitlin Ugolik Feb 23, 2018. 24 comments

How Diets Like Whole30 Can Lead to Eating Disorders

How Diets Like Whole30 Can Lead to Eating Disorders

We don’t often discuss the mental impact of restrictive diets like Whole30 (no “inflammatory” foods), keto (low carb, high fat) or paleo (foods supposedly eaten during the Paleolithic era). People like to tout the weight loss and mood-boosting effects of these diets, but experts say they can push some of us toward disordered eating.

The Good and Bad of the Whole30 Diet

The Whole30 diet...

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