The Checkup: How to Tweak Your Workouts to Bust Through a Fitness Plateau 

• There is nothing worse than sticking to your gym schedule with the same level of commitment Kylie Jenner applies to her lip-plumping game (that’s a LOT of commitment, I would assume), only to see no change in your body. When this happens, chances are, you’ve hit a fitness plateau — but before you swear off the gym, do know, you can bust through it. Here, five strategies to help you start seeing results again. [Men’s Fitness]

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The Checkup: The 4-7-8 Technique to Help You Fall Asleep Fast

• Excuse me while I sound like a new mom bragging about her infant: I have always been a really good sleeper. Like, the kind of sleeper who zonks out on a plane or a train or on hardwood floor (I went to one of those weird, super-liberal high schools where we called our teachers by their first names and slept wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted) with no problem. So it’s really bothered me that over the past few months, I’ve started waking up around 2 a.m. every morning, unable to fall back asleep. If you have similar sleep issues, or trouble falling asleep in the first place, this 4-7-8 breathing technique could help you get into snooze mode fast, says integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. Hey, worth a try, right? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient That Transforms Homemade Salad Dressing 

• You’ve probably made your fair share of olive oil salad dressings with the usual suspects, like shallots and lemon zest, but have you ever thought of adding pomegranate molasses? According to this home cook, the addition turns a basic homemade salad dressing into a drool-worthy staple that will guarantee you finish ALL of your greens. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Make: The Protein-Packed Squash Soup That Will Actually Keep You Full

Butternut Squash Soup | Photo by Becca Boyd

Butternut Squash Soup | Photo by Becca Boyd

It’s time for an admission of guilt: I used to see the peeled, cubed, cellophane-covered packages of butternut squash and feel superior for buying mine at the farmers’ market and hacking it up myself. This sophomoric thinking sucked up too many minutes of my life, not to mention dulled the heck out of my chef’s knife. Nowadays, I’m happy to pay someone to do the work for me when it comes to squash (and incidentally, broccoli slaw), especially when it leads to a gorgeously healthy dinner like this.

Chockfull of protein and fiber, this stunner will easily keep you full past the usual 10 o’clock bedtime snack pangs and packs easily for a soul-warming lunch the next day. Free from dairy and gluten, this should works for many diets while keeping those healthy-eating resolutions intact.

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The Checkup: Why This Might Be the Ideal Number of Times to Have Sex Each Week 

• A new study shows that Americans are having less sex than we used to, which begs the question: Um, how much sex should we be trying to have? Well, according to research, when it comes to couples, the optimal number of times to have sex every week, when it comes to reaping the wellbeing benefits, seems to be once. (Don’t worry, though: More is perfectly fine, too — the wellbeing benefits just level off.) [TIME]

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The Checkup: This Goal-Setting Tweak Could Be Your Ticket to Lasting Weight Loss

• I think it’s safe to say that now, at the beginning of March, a good chunk of us have traded our New Year’s resolutions of weight loss or money-saving or whatever in for, well, happy hours complete with nachos. If your hand is raised, take note of the goal-setting strategy called design thinking: It forces you to dig deeper to identify the root reason for why you’re setting a goal, whether that’s weight-loss related or not, so that you actually — really! — stick with it. [Shape]

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The Checkup: The Paleo Eater’s Guide to Portable Packaged Snacks

• We’ve all been there: It’s 2 p.m. and you’re running from one meeting to the next when hunger strikes. With no back-up snack plan, you duck into the closest corner store for whatever you can get your hands on to halt your transformation into hangry monster. This option usually isn’t the healthiest. Here, nine healthy, portable snacks to keep in your bag for these exact moments. Bonus: they’re all Paleo-friendly. [Greatist]

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