The Checkup: This Is Exactly How Much Fiber You Need Every Day

• If you’re looking to lose weight or banish bloat, you should probably start upping your fiber intake, registered dietitian Keri Fans says. The nutrient keeps you full and helps keep your digestive system in tip-top shape, but most of us don’t get enough. If you don’t know what enough is, that’s around 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day (or at least eight grams per meal) for the average woman, and you’re better off getting that through whole foods, like apples, pears and avocados (half of one boasts about six grams!). [Women’s Health]

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One Simple Rule Science Says Will Help You Reach Your Weight-Loss Goals

This key is avoiding temptation | DustyPixel/iStock.com

This key is avoiding temptation | DustyPixel/iStock.com

I rant about needing to save more money a lot. Like, so often that the minute my friends hear the sound “muh“ start to come out of my mouth, I can see their eyes roll into the backs of their skulls as they devise an escape plan. I don’t blame them: Anything is better than talking about someone else’s budget. Especially when said person is talking about their diminishing bank account while clutching a $7 bottle of kombucha in one hand and picking at pieces of outrageously expensive granola with the other.

And this is pretty much what I am doing at all times. Shameless, I know.

See, my (and my bank account’s) problem is that I can’t not buy the $7 kombucha if I pass it in Whole Foods. “Treat yo’self,” I tell myself … every single week. Do you know what $7 times four is? I mean, of course you do, but I’ll tell you anyway: That’s nearly $30 a month spent on KOMBUCHA. And that’s if I only buy one per week which never actually happens.

So, how do I reach my goal of actually putting more money into savings? Well, as Science of Us reports, a new study to be published in Social Psychological and Personality Study suggests that I should just avoid Whole Foods — and anywhere else that slings overpriced kombucha and the other artisanal health food products that eat away at my funds — altogether. (Insert all the bawling emojis here.)

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The Checkup: The Best Picks in the Trader Joe’s Cheese Section 

• Every time I go to Trader Joe’s I am tempted by the cold case that seems to be literally overflowing with cheesy goodness. But just as soon as I’m tempted, I’m overwhelmed. There are so. many. options. Apple pie cheddar?! Trusty Port Salut?! If you find yourself having the same mid-aisle freakout each week, take note of Bon Appétit’s list of the best cheeses at Trader Joe’s and consider your mid-aisle crisis averted. (No, Apple pie cheddar does not make the list.) [Bon Appétit]

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The Checkup: The Trick to Boost the Calorie-Burning Powers of Your Run

• If this week’s rainy forecast has you planning on squeezing in a treadmill run or two, take note of this 30-minute treadmill workout that’s designed to ramp up your run’s after-burn effects. And note: The workout can also be done outside — just make sure you pick a running spot where you won’t trample anyone when you’re sprinting all out. Sprinting, my friends, is the key. [Women’s Health]

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The Checkup: Trying to Slash Belly Fat? Start By Doing This

• We’ve got a pretty good reason for you to press snooze tomorrow morning (you’re welcome): According to dietitian Rebecca Mohning, when it comes to ditching unwanted belly fat, improving your sleep habits and reducing stress should should be the first places you start, as cortisol (that’s the stress hormone) has a whole lot to do with belly fat. In her words, in the fat against belly fat, “If you’re exhausted, it’s better to sleep the extra 40 minutes than to exercise.” You heard the woman! [Washington Post]

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The Checkup: How to Stay Energized All Day (Without Downing Buckets of Coffee)

• Fall is a comin’. And while I am overjoyed about the changing leaves and the lack of strangers’ perspiration dripping onto me on the subway, I am bummed that the sunshine-filled days will soon be getting a whole lot shorter. If you’re anticipating a dip in energy, take note of these caffeine-free tricks to stay energized throughout the day. [Women’s Health]

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