The Checkup: This Disgusting News Will Stop You From Ever Swallowing Pool Water Again 

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• We all know swimming pools are filled with pee, but pool-induced diarrhea probably isn’t something you thought you had to worry about when hitting your local watering hole. While still rare, U.S. health officials warn that outbreaks of diarrhea caused by swallowing pool water have doubled over the past few years. Guess I’ll be keeping my head above water this year. [Washington Post]

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Uh-oh: New Study Discovers Hidden Downside to Gluten-Free Diets 

If you’ve been to any grocery store recently, you know: going gluten-free is BIG right now, with reasons ranging from fear of chronic inflammation to gluten sensitivity to celiac disease. We’re not here to talk about the reasons people are ditching gluten in droves right now, though — we’re here to talk about a newly discovered unintended health consequence of doing so.

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The Checkup: Ah-ha! This Is the Best Day to Find Markdowns at Whole Foods 

• Interesting! Whole Foods food editor Molly Siegler spilled some insider sale intel to the folks over at POPSUGAR, and turns out Wednesdays — the day when Whole Foods’ sale cycle turns over — is the best day to shop the aisles for markdowns, with the chance of finding twice as many sales at once. Say whaaat? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: How Much Water Should You Really Drink Every Day?

• According to registered dietitian Amy Shapiro, the eight-glasses-a-day rule is alright — but it’s probably not accurate when it comes to how much water you should actually be drinking in a day. She says to instead multiply your weight by two-thirds and boom: That’s around how many ounces of water you should be downing a day — and it’s probably over 64. [Bon Appétit]

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6 Dos and Don’ts of New Year Dieting, According to a Philly Dietitian

It’s true: When it comes to the new year, there is new opportunity to make changes, large or small. But guess what? Every day can actually be a new day to make a change. The notion that the new year means a new you doesn’t have to be something you live by. In fact, some of us are set up for failure if we handle challenges and new goals this way. Plus, when it comes to diet, making small changes is really what creates huge rewards.

Oftentimes people think dietitians hold this magic potion to weight loss, locked in a safe place far, far away – only giving this secret potion to very few people, so they may be skinny, confident, and happy. But that is far from the truth – we don’t want to hide ANYTHING from you! We want to teach you! And we especially want to teach you that you don’t have to be skinny to be confident and happy. What you should be is healthy, both mentally and physically, so you can enjoy the moments in your life.

So today, I’m here to share some dieting knowledge with you. Here are my tips for the diet mistakes NOT to make this new year, plus a few tips for what you should do.

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Shocker: This Popular Diet Ranks Last on 2016 Best Diets List

The Whole30 Diet was to 2015 what Britney Spears was to 1998: It was everywhere and no matter how disinterested in it you were, some of its rules were bound to make their way into your brain — just like the lyrics to “…Baby One More Time” did back in the day. If you somehow managed to tune out the incessant Whole30 chatter, the idea of the diet is this: You cut out a long list of foods — sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes (including peanuts and soy) and dairy — for 30 days in an effort to identify food groups that disagree with you and to up your energy levels and give your overall relationship with food a makeover. And here’s where it gets nearly as painful as Britney’s 2007 breakdown: There are absolutely no cheats. If you dare drop a dash of cream into your coffee one morning in a pre-coffee daze, you have to start your 30 days over.

I know: It sounds awful, right? Which is why I feel like the bearer of good news telling you that Whole30 was ranked last, all the way down at number 38, on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Diets list, released today. Now, when your friends try to convince you of the wonders the diet works, you can refer them back to this post. And bad news for Paleo devotees: the Paleo Diet landed just a few spots up at number 36 on the list of best overall diets. Yikes.  Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About 2015’s Top-Ranked Diet 

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U.S. News and World Report just the announced best diet of 2015, and it’s not the Paleo Diet or the Raw Food Diet, or any of the other trendy diets you’ve probably read so much about this year. The winner is—drumroll, please—the DASH Diet.

The DASH Diet is no stranger to first place: This is its fifth year snagging the number one spot on the list. And even though the diet was originally developed to fight high blood pressure, and not necessarily as a weight-loss diet, it does help in the weight-loss department if you stick to the rules. But chances are, while you can probably recite, say, Paleo’s list of dos and don’ts, you have just about zero clue what the DASH Diet’s rules are, am I right? No worries: That’s what we’re here for.

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How 8 Philly Fitness Pros Stay On Track During the Holiday Season

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It’s only December 8th, and I can already feel my lofty fitness goals succumbing to the demands of a busy holiday season. One peek at my calendar, and I can already see that my gym plans will get derailed more times than I care to admit in the next few weeks, thanks to the endless string of holiday parties, happy hours and gatherings.

Not that I’m complaining about my suddenly busy social life—Side note: Where are all these far-flung friends the other 11 months of the year? Couldn’t we get our annual hanging out out of the way in, say, August, when I have literally nothing going on, ever?—it’s just that I can’t help but feel guilty about the fact that all the hard work I’ve put in to attain my level of fitness during my more disciplined months goes right out the window come December 1st. And, well, that’s just frustrating.

So I did what I always do in these situations: I turned to the pros and asked what they do to keep on track during the holiday rush. I reached out to some of Philly’s top fitness pros to glean advice from their personal fitness routines in hopes that they would reveal something—anything!—to help me keep my eye on the prize. Hopefully I’m not the only one taking copious notes here.

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