The Checkup: 6 Healthy Foods That Are Sneakily Sabotaging Your Workouts

• You might think you’re doing yourself a favor by loading up on a super-fiber-packed late lunch (hello, filling foods!) before hitting your after-work SoulCycle class, or by downing a LaCroix to hydrate leading up to a workout, but spoiler alert: You’re not. Here, six healthy foods and drinks that can totally screw with your workouts by causing bloat, energy slumps and more symptoms you definitely don’t want to hit you during a workout. [Men’s Health]

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Playing Catch-Up: Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About Coconut Oil

If you’ve been anywhere on the internet recently, you’ve probably witnessed the collective tizzy over coconut oil that started after the American Heart Association said the pantry staple for health enthusiasts isn’t quite as healthy as you might believe. So what’s the deal? Is it good for you? Bad for you? Every other headline seems to imply something different, causing lots of confusion — hence the collective freak out. Not to worry, though! We’re here to help you play catch-up by breaking down the internet chatter. Below, what you need to know about coconut oil (and why you don’t need to be freaking out).

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The Checkup: Pee Is NOT the Answer to a Jellyfish Sting — This Is

• If you’ve ever suffered through the humiliating experience of being peed on at the beach, I’m so sorry — that really wasn’t necessary, new research published in the journal Toxins shows. Apparently, pee, a folk remedy for jellyfish stings, at best doesn’t work to ease the pain of a sting and at worst makes things worse. Vinegar, it turns out, is a much more effective — and appropriate — answer to the problem. So throw some in your beach bag. [Science of Us]

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The Checkup: Why This Counterintuitive Weight-Loss Tip Works 

• When you’re trying to lose weight, your goal with your workouts might be just that: To lose weight. But trainer Tony Gentilcore makes a good point: Replacing your thoughts of weight loss (seriously, forget it!) with another purpose for exercising — a goal separate from the simple aesthetics-focused goal of weight loss — like finally being able to do a pull-up, could be the key to actually reaching your weight-loss goals in the end. [Women’s Health]

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The Checkup: Why Everyone Is Suddenly Obsessing Over Sourdough Bread 

• A new study pitted sourdough bread, often touted as a lower-glycemic and therefore healthier option, against white bread and found — dun, dun, dun — that the whole “sourdough is a low-glycemic option” might not be as clear-cut as we previously thought. In fact, for some in the study, consuming sourdough bread actually made their blood sugar shoot up more than plain ol’ white bread did. Gasp! [The Atlantic]

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How When You Eat Breakfast and Dinner Affects Your Waistline

I am, without fail, always the first person to fall asleep at a sleepover. Things that should never be drawn on someone’s face have been drawn on my face more times than I care to share. Recently, at an adult slumber party — a PG one, guys. Get your heads out of the gutters — as all my girlfriends made s’mores, I snored next to them, asleep on the cement in my friend’s backyard. I was only mildly inebriated, swear.

Because I have always been a grandmother in terms of my sleep habits, I’ve long romanticized the idea of staying up late to settle down for dinner and a glass of wine around 10 p.m., like I live in Barcelona or something. But now I have validation that my inability to stay up (and/or eat) past 9 p.m. might actually be a blessing: A small new study out of the University of Pennsylvania looked at how the timing of meals affects health, and the news isn’t great for late-night eaters.

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The Checkup: The Game-Changing Mealtime Tweak to Try at Lunchtime

• If you’ve been known to shovel whatever is on your plate into your face in seconds, barely tasting what you were putting in your mouth, you’re not alone. But becoming just a little bit more mindful (I know, insert eye roll here — but hear us out!) as you eat can totally transform how you quickly you chow down, potentially impacting your portion sizes (heyyy, slimmer waistline). And if you don’t know what the heck “eating mindfully” even means, not to fear: This exercise will get the ball rollin’. [Washington Post]

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The Checkup: What to Know About Infrared Saunas Before Sweating In One

Infrared saunas, which use infrared light to heat the body from within rather than warming it from the outside in, have become quite the craze in the health and wellness world, thanks in part to some hefty health-boosting claims. (The word detoxification comes up a LOT.) But some digging done by the Atlantic’s Kelly Conaboy shows that, while infrared saunas are certainly a lovely experience, from a health perspective, you may not be getting all you’re promised. [The Atlantic]

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