The Checkup: Why Paper Cuts Are Always So Much More Painful Than They Look

• Fact: When you get a paper cut on your finger, it hurts — really bad. But complaining about a paper cut can make you feel like a wimp, because, they’re usually so darn tiny. But know: The pain from that tiny cut is not all in your head. Apparently, our fingers are more sensitive to pain than most other areas of the body, which is why the littlest paper cut can make you cry like a baby. [Men’s Health] Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Regain Weight You’ve Lost, According to a Dietitian 

• Talk of losing weight only to gain it back — and then some — has been all over the place for the past week, thanks to new research about “The Biggest Loser.” Here, a dietitian dishes on what she considers to be the top five culprits when it comes to regaining weight. Hint: They have a lot to do with how you think about weight loss. [Washington Post] Read more »

The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient to Make a Better (and Healthier!) Margarita

• The time has come, friends: It’s Cinco de Mayo. So, we’re pretty sure you have a margarita or two in your near future, and it should probably be this healthier take made with fresh ginger, pineapple, lime, tequila and — here’s the secret ingredient that gives it a nice fiber punch plus a creamy consistency — avocado. Happy guilt-free sipping! [Well + Good] Read more »

The Checkup: You Can Stop Drinking Skim Milk Now, New Study Says (Hallelujah!) 

• True story: When I was in elementary school, I would go to one of my friend’s houses and drink, like, six glasses of whole milk in a single playdate. I’m sure her parents hated me, but my house was a skim-milk-only kind of house, and we all know skim milk leaves a lot to be desired. So good news for everyone who’s been drinking it forever: You can stop now. A new study of over 3,000 adults found that those who consumed more full-fat dairy were, surprisingly, 46 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who ate less of it. [Real Simple] Read more »

Your Daily SEPTA Ride Is Good for You (This Is Not a Joke)

Most days, I don’t think my commute on the El is doing much for my life — I mean, aside from upping my gratitude for Purell and providing me with some great dinner-party stories. (“One time, on my way home from work, a human being barked at me — yes, like a dog — for 15 minutes straight.” That is a true story.) But a new study published in the Lancet found that taking public transportation to work instead of driving actually does do you some good, at least when it comes to your waistline, Fast Company reports. Read more »

The Checkup: Why Hearing This While You Eat Could Mean Good Things for Your Waistline

• There is nothing worse than sitting on the train into work and listening to a stranger chew every last bite of their on-the-go breakfast. That said, hearing yourself chew might be a good thing — at least for your waistline. A new study found that people who could hear themselves chew while eating ended up eating less than those who listened to loud music while eating. So next time you have a sad desk lunch, try doing so sans your usual lunchtime podcast. [TIME] Read more »

The Checkup: How Counting Calories Can Sabotage Weight-Loss Success

• Last week, certified health coach Jolene Hart told us she’s not into counting calories, and focuses on the quality and nutrient content of foods instead. And here, a registered dietitian echoes her anti-calorie-counting philosophy: She says, for one, science shows counting calories can cause a spike in cortisol levels which is linked to belly fat (no thanks). And two, not all calories are created equal, so if you’re looking to lose weight, counting calories to do so can easily backfire. [Health] Read more »

The Checkup: The Fruits and Veggies That Will Help You Lose the Most Weight, According to Science

• Everybody knows that fruits and veggies are good for you and can help you keep your weight in check. But new research narrows in on exactly which fruits and veggies do the best job. Surprise: It’s the ones that are high in flavonoids, which also happen to be red in color. [TIMERead more »

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