The Checkup: How Sitting Can Actually Help You Lose Weight — Seriously!

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• We’re constantly hearing about how terrible sitting is for us, but one time it might be a good idea to sit down instead of move around? When you’re eating. A new study found that women who sat down while they ate instead of eating on the go ended up snacking way less afterward. So go ahead, take a seat. [Huffington Post]
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When It Comes to Slimming Down, Low-Fat Diets May Beat Low-Carb Diets

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If you are over the low-fat diet versus low-carb diet debate, join the club. It seems, when it comes to weight loss, the two realms of eating are constantly battling for the winning spot. And a new study published in Cell Metabolism shows low-fat diets might be on the winning end for now, TIME reports. According to TIME, researchers studied the effect of a low-carb diet versus a low-fat diet when it comes to weight loss and found that when folks went on a low-fat diet they burned more fat than when they were on a low-carb diet.

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How I Ate Pastries Every Day on a Trip to France and Didn’t Gain Any Weight

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If you’re at all concerned about watching your weight, traveling is typically a danger zone: You eat out for every meal, you might not have great access to fruits and vegetables and, oftentimes, you aren’t able to keep up with your normal exercise routine. So when I found out I was going to be in France for nine days this summer with my family, of course I was thrilled, but at the the same time, alarm bells started going off in my head. I’m very health-conscious but, at the same time, enjoying food is so important to me. I face this to-indulge-or-not-to-indulge dilemma enough at home in Philly, so I wondered, How would I ever be able to truly enjoy the famously decadent French cuisine without packing on pounds?

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Expert Advice: The 3 Key Ingredients to Lose Weight Without Losing Muscle

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The weight-loss industry has us believing that losing weight fast is a goal worth achieving, but all weight loss isn’t created equal. With fast weight loss comes even quicker muscle loss, which can be detrimental to your health and fitness goals, since muscle is necessary for burning calories. Moreover, weight loss occurs as a result of consistent action over time. What you should be thinking about, instead of losing weight fast, is losing weight without sacrificing muscle. Below, the three key ingredients to help you lose weight without losing muscle mass.

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The Checkup: One Really Good Reason to Shower at Night Instead of in the Morning

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• If you are one of the many sleep-deprived people on the planet (you’re far from alone), you might want to try skipping the morning shower session and taking a warm shower at night instead. Why? Before we go to sleep, our body temperature cools, but most of us don’t actually make it to bed during this process so our body ends up cooling too much, and this out-of-whack temp disrupts our sleep. A warm shower helps to prolong the pre-sleep cooling process, leading to better shut-eye. [Huffington Post]

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The Checkup: The 10 Biggest Weight-Loss Mistakes, According to the Pros

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• If you’re looking to lose weight, you’re going to want to make sure you aren’t falling into any of these traps. Think sabotaging your efforts with a quick (and calorie-packed) grab-and-go lunch because you didn’t plan ahead and make a mason jar salad, keeping your weight-loss goals a secret, and more. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: How to Tell if You’re Losing Weight Without Ever Looking at a Scale

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• If you’re trying to lose weight, the scale can be pretty frustrating because the truth is, your numerical weight can fluctuate for many reasons that you can’t control. It can be more informative, and definitely more encouraging, to measure your weight-loss progress in these scale-free ways, like taking periodic selfies and feeling how well your clothes fit. [SHAPE]
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9 Weekly Podcasts for Every Type of Health Nut

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I’ll say it right off the bat: I’m a big fan of the podcast. It’s like a free on-demand radio show you can listen to while driving your kids around, on your morning commute, or, my personal favorite, while running. Listening is a great way to stay up-to-date on whatever interests you. And whatever your interest, there’s a podcast talking about it. For the fit foodies among you who haven’t tapped into the podcast scene, here: a podcast to satisfy every type of heath nut. They’re all free to subscribe and air a new episode every week. Enjoy!

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The Checkup: One Big Common Mistake Not to Make When Trying to Lose Weight

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• We all know that too much of a good thing — say, brie (Mmmm) — can be bad. But too little can be a bad thing, too. Restricting yourself too much from the foods you love is a common weight-loss mistake: much of the time it totally backfires and leads people to give up on their healthy-eating goals altogether. So eat a cracker with brie (or a bite of dark chocolate, or a piece of pizza) every now and then — for your waistline’s sake. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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