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How NOT to Get Fat This Holiday Season: Advice from Health & Fitness Professionals

Mara Feil, certified nutritional consultant, board certified holistic health practitioner, standupphealth.com "Never, ever, go to a party, cocktail event, business dinner, charity event, etc. hungry. No one's willpower is strong enough to resist trays filled with temptation, and just a few mini bites adds up to the calories and sugar. Eat a substantial snack filled with protein and fiber before arriving at your event and you'll be able to stick to your diet much more easily." "Also, with so many open bars and passed cocktails during the holidays, it's hard to keep track of how many drinks you've had. Every see more
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What's Better For You, Free Weights or Strength Machines?

Let's get one thing out of the way right now: There's not going to be any "one method is better 100 percent of the time" here. Both free weights and resistance machines can help you build strength, size, and generally get fit. They do, however, each have unique sets of strengths and weaknesses. That's because free weights move freely forward and backward, side to side, and up and down, explains exercise scientist, Ed Hulit, CSCS, project manager at Technogym, which designs and produces top-of-the-line free-weights and machines. That's all three dimensions, my friends. Weight machines, however, are fixed to see more
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Why You Need to Stop Stretching Before You Work Out

Think about your routine before you go on a run. You probably bend over and hold a toe touch? Pull your arms across your chest? Rotate your torso to the left and then to the right? see more
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An All-Natural Alternative to Coffee That's Actually Good for You

Caffeine addiction is a very real problem for me. I start my coffeemaker before I get in the shower. Two cups are downed before I head out the door. I try to avoid a third before lunch but am almost never able to resist the lure of a RedEye as my own start to loll around 3:30 p.m. Needless to say, it might be time to cut back. Trouble is, I don't want to. I like the ritual of preparing each cup, feeling the steam on my face, the warmth between my hands. (Okay, I'll stop waxing poetic before you see more
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7 Performance-Enhancing Snacks Created for Athletes, by Athletes

When it comes to nutrition, no one knows how to properly fuel and hydrate before, during, and after your workouts better than the pros. And conveniently, a handful of elite athletes also happen to have science and nutrition backgrounds. Put these brains-plus-brawn busybodies in the kitchen and a host of new nutrition products emerge. Here are just some of the latest products that were created by athletes, for athletes. see more
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10 Things You Don't Know About Turkey

You're going to hear a lot of turkey talk in the next few weeks, and most of it will sound familiar. Yeah, you've heard the myth that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the symbol of America. (Not true.) And, sure, turkey meat does make you sleepy. (But not why you think it does.) But there's no way in hell you knew more than two of the following 10 facts about the ungainly but delicious bird that brings us together once a year. see more
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Can You Out-Exercise Bad Eating Habits?

"I work out so I can eat whatever I want." Consider those the famous last words uttered by formerly thin guys everywhere. "A lot of people think if they eat an extra 300 calories they can work it off, but that's not the case," says Holly Lofton, M.D., director of weight management at NYU Langone Medical Center. Why? Well, while exercise can certainly help mediate the damage done by a less-than-healthy diet—granted you have a job and a life outside of the gym—there aren't enough hours in the day to work off the foods that a lot of guys eat see more
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Coffee: Wellness Elixir or Health Hazard?

For a beverage whose devotees are called junkies, coffee has managed to earn a reputation as a veritable health food: In recent years, studies have found that coffee can do everything from boost your mood and sharpen your brain to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and certain cancers. A new Boston University study even found that drinking coffee can help protect your teeth from periodontal disease. see more
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Is Canned Food Actually Better for You Than Raw Produce?

For years, nutritionists and health experts have stressed that we should shop the perimeter of supermarkets or at local farmers' markets. But the middle rows—the aisles with canned fruits and vegetables—are finally getting their due. As it turns out, buying produce off the shelf isn't bad at all: The canned stuff can be just as healthful as its fresh counterparts—sometimes even more so. see more
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Do You Really Need to Cool Down After a Workout?

The Expert: Exercise physiologist Marta Montenegro, CSCS, SFN, NSCA-CPT The Answer: Back in grade school, sweatpants-wearing PE teachers taught us that the cooldown was vital to preventing muscle soreness, upping flexibility, and speeding recovery and that it would improve our performance the next day. see more
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