The Checkup: How This Common Weight-Loss Tactic Is Backfiring on You

• Just typing the words “counting calories” makes me die a little inside. It makes eating sound like … work. Yuck. And good news: Nutrition pros say you’re probably better off not obsessively counting calories if you’re trying to lose weight, for a whole slew of reasons. To name a few, it’s impossible for calorie counts to be truly accurate (which means the tactic can backfire and lead you to over-consume calories), and it distracts from what’s actually important when it comes to food (think: getting protein and healthy fats). [Furthermore]

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The Checkup: The Unexpected Side Effect of This Common Yoga Pose

• We all know yoga can double as therapy, but what you might not know is this: There’s one pose in particular that is known to be the king of all kings when it comes to emotional-release poses (read: poses that bring on the water works). That pose, my friends, is fire log pose. So next time you’re in need of a good cry, just hop on your mat. [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: Wait — How Much Avocado Is TOO Much Avocado?

• Healthy fats have been getting lots of love lately — avocado toast is on just about every menu, and who doesn’t have, like, seven different nut butters in their pantry? But how much healthy fat is too much healthy fat? Turns out, according to experts, the number to stick to is about 70 grams per day. (Psst: An avocado takes up nearly half of that.) [Furthermore]

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The Checkup: A Full Year’s Worth of Totally Doable Weight-Loss Tips

• BuzzFeed is an unlikely treasure trove of weight-loss tips. And being the kind people they are, they’ve compiled a bunch of their useful weight-loss posts full of totally doable tips — think: ban mindless couch eating (done!) — into a GIANT master list featuring 333 doable weight-loss tips. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, maybe read a tip a day as food for thought. Skipping weekends (because you gotta give yourself a break), that’s a full year’s worth of tips to take in! [BuzzFeed]

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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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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: How to Choose the Best Beer for Your Waistline 

• Because warm weather means barbecue season has arrived, and with barbecue season comes beer: Here, a registered dietitian dishes on the quick trick to estimate the calories in any given bottle of beer (multiply the alcohol percentage by two, then multiply that by the ounces of beer), plus the best beers to reach for if you’re watching your weight. [Women’s Health]

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