How to Beat Sugar This Holiday Season

In its recent report, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee cited sugar consumption as one of America’s gravest health concerns. Further, it recommended that sugar make up no more than 10 percent of daily calorie intake. Other health groups concur: The American Heart Association recommends that no more than half of daily discretionary calories comes from added sugars—that’s about six teaspoons or 100 calories for women, nine teaspoons or 150 calories for men. But Americans eat way more of the sweet stuff than that: The United States Centers for Disease Control…

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How to Turn Down Food You Don’t Want

Warning: What we’re about to say might come as a surprise… We think ‘tis the season to stop being so nice! This might sound contrary to all that the holidays stand for, but here’s the thing—sometimes being overly nice means sabotaging our weight loss goals. Think about it: have you ever been guilted into eating something because you were afraid of offending someone? Ever been coerced into eating dessert because a coworker said, “I’ll only eat it if you do!” or “Let’s split!”? From office parties to weddings, social events…

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12 Winter Activities You Didn’t Realize Burn Calories

Are colder temps cramping your exercise style? Don’t sweat it! You can torch calories engaging in fun winter activities. This chart details the general amount of calories a 150-pound woman exerting low to moderate effort doing the following activities for an hour will burn: Activity Calories Burned Downhill Skiing 377* Sledding 477** Ice Skating 494* Holiday Shopping 198* Shoveling Snow 467* Snow Boarding 377* Holiday Food Shopping 198* If you’re not exactly feeling the great outdoors, or you live among the states that don’t tend to get snow, torch calories…

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One-Minute Ways to Beat Cravings—All Day Long

Temptation is everywhere—and always there. Fight it—and win—at some of the toughest times of day with these one-minute ways to beat cravings that can derail your progress. 7 a.m.: CHUG A BIG GLASS OF COLD WATER Start your day with a big, cold glass of water and you’ll burn more calories all day. In a German study, researchers found that downing 6 cups (48 ounces) of cold water increased resting calorie burn by up to 50 calories per day. And that’s not all—researchers at the University of Utah found that…

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6 Things to Do on Friday for a Weekend of Weight Loss

It’s Friday! Congratulations. On this day of celebration, the last thing you probably want to think about is talking about weight loss—you’ve worked all week and want to cut loose! While you should relax, know that the weekends can be a results-crusher after a week of great weight loss work: Studies have shown that dieters eat more extra calories on Saturdays than any other day and why, according to a study, people usually weigh in heaviest on Monday mornings—they’ve just finished a two-day binge. The solution? A weekend weight loss…

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