The Checkup: How to Trick Yourself Into Working Out More 

• Fact: mind games are not just for Tinder. Sometimes, you’ve got to play them with yourself. Case in point: This science-backed trick to convince yourself to work out more. Simply put, it’s all about telling yourself before your workouts that working out leaves you feeling great — even if it really leaves you feeling like a soggy dishtowel. Fake it ’til you make it, you know? [Science of Us]

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The Checkup: The Seemingly Healthy Foods to Boot From Your Pantry, Stat

• If you load up on dried cranberries in your salads — because how bad can dried cranberries be? They’re berries! — you’re going to want to stop. A quarter-cup serving boasts a whopping 30 grams (!!) of sugar. And don’t even get us started on big-brand green juices, which can be loaded with sugar and completely lacking fiber. Here, all the seemingly healthy foods that actually don’t deserve a spot in your pantry. [Prevention]

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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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2017’s Best Diets for Weight Loss, According to U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report just released its annual Best Diets Rankings, in which they rank the 38 most popular diets out there right now. The victor in the Best Diets Overall category is no surprise: the DASH Diet, which aims to lower blood pressure but can double as a weight-loss diet, took first place for the seventh year in a row. Yes: The seventh.

But given it’s the first week of January, we’re guessing many folks reading this aren’t just looking for the best diets, but the best — key words — weight-loss diets. (’Tis the seasons, after all.) Well, not to fear, they ranked those, too. And no, Paleo did not take the lead, so you can keep the gluten in your pantry. Check out the best diets for weight loss, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, below.

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The Checkup: The Classic Cold-Weather Mistake That’s Ruining Your Sleep 

• If you plan on going home tonight and curling up under your giant down duvet, buttoned up in flannel PJs, with your thermostat set to a nice and toasty 71 degrees, you might want to rethink your plan: According to sleep researchers, one big mistake people make in the winter — that ends up screwing with their ability to fall asleep, losing out on valuable ZZZs — is getting a little too warm in bed. In fact, your thermostat should be set somewhere around a cool 65 degrees. [Byrdie]

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The Checkup: The Problem With Eating Avocado Toast for Breakfast

• According to dietitian Leslie Langevin, the ideal weight-loss breakfast includes protein, fiber and healthy fat. And avocado toast, my friends, doesn’t quite make the cut, since it’s lacking in the protein department. The nice thing is, it’s an easy fix: Throw a scrambled egg or some hemp seeds on top and you’ve got a bangin’ breakfast that your waistline will appreciate. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: The Drink You Should Start Every Morning With (No, It’s Not Coffee)

Lemon water is what’s UP. Not only is a great for your skin, drinking a warm cup of it first thing in the morning kick-starts your digestive system, supports weight loss, and balances your body’s pH levels. Plus, drinking it makes you feel like Gwyneth Paltrow for a few precious minutes every morning, and who doesn’t want to feel like Beyoncé’s BFF for a little bit of their day, every day? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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