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Why Cheating On Your Diet Is Actually Good For You

Cheating on your diet is the easiest (and most finger-licking delicious) way to lose weight—and not just because, without it, resolve crumbles like a mouthful of red velvet Oreos. Or, better yet, call it a splurge, a treat, refeeding, or anything that doesn't convey the fact that you are doing something wrong by indulging. "When people see eating as black and white that could be dangerous," says Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness training studios and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Being 100 percent "on" or "off" your diet sets you up for see more
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8 Foods That Help Improve Your Memory

Forgot what you're looking for? Bad with names? Writing down a lot of lists but then misplacing them? Like most people, you're experiencing some memory loss—and growing older doesn't help matters. Luckily, researchers all over the world are scouring the earth looking for ingredients that might organically improve human recall. Scan the menu of ingredients below and, if you make the right diet changes, you too could develop a champion's memory. see more
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Health Myth: Does Working Out Cause You To Break Out?

What good is a chiseled physique if it's covered in blackheads and puss-spewing pimples? Oh, and don't forget those huge cysts that feel like face-eating tumors. Unfortunately, a lot of guys' faces, backs, and chests revert back to puberty when they man up in the gym, says Jeremy S. Fenton, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. But, while breaking a sweat is linked with acne, it's not sweat that's actually causing it. It's how you deal with it, Fenton says. see more
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Is Your Cardio Workout Messing With Your Muscle Growth?

The question: I know cardiovascular exercise is good for your heart and blah, blah, blah, but when I'm really hitting it in the weight room, won't cardio just wreck my strength gains? The expert: Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., CSCS-D, assistant professor of exercise science at Lehman College and the assistant editor-in-chief of the Strength and Conditioning Journal The verdict: Well, it depends what you mean by "strength." If you want muscles that are versatile enough to not only fill out a shirt but help you cross a marathon finish line, cardio will boost your strength gains. If you just want big see more
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Ditch the Weights and Pick Up Some Sandbags

A loaded barbell being hoisted might be an impressive sight (Google: "Jackman, Hugh, dead lift"), but one-dimensional moves don't belong in your workout. Barbells and dumbbells are static—sandbags, on the other hand, fight back. Though they appear to be one of the least-threatening tools in the gym, they can humble even the most avid exerciser. see more
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Diet 101: Four Personal Trainers on How They Eat

Yes, personal trainers hit the gym for a living, but they also know what the right things are to eat in order to keep themselves looking ripped—as well as what foods boost energy and increase strength. If you have ever wanted to know what gets your fitness professionals those awesome abs or enviable shoulders, then come with us as we look inside the pantries of four of the country's top trainers. We'll get their cheat sheets on what they nosh on for breakfast, preworkout, and post-workout and their favorite guilty pleasures. see more
Fashion

Lululemon Is So Much More Than Yoga Pants

It's no secret that athletic apparel has made the jump from niche market to an integral part of the broader fashion conversation. Brands like Public School, Tim Coppens, Dries Van Noten, and Lanvin (to name only a few) have lifted fabrics and design flourishes that were once appropriate only for your workout and incorporated them into their own higher-end offerings. Of course, there's a whole slew of brands—think Nike and Adidas—who make a bulk of their wares with gym-bound athletes in mind. But expect to hear a lot more from a relative newcomer, Vancouver-based Lululemon in the future, more than see more
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Vices: How, Exactly, Sugar Wreaks Havoc on Your Body

On Your Skin The problem: Jowls and wrinkles may be the result of eating too many processed foods. As sugar digests, it bonds to collagen and impairs the molecule's function (a process called glycation). High-fructose corn syrup causes about 10 times more glycation than glucose, the sugar found in starches. The solution: Rebuild collagen by eating lysine, which is found in fish, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Or get a really great wrinkle cream. see more
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Is It Really the Worst Thing if Your Knees Go Past Your Toes When You're Working Out?

Climb a set of stairs. Bend down and tie your shoe. Sit your butt down on the toilet. Chances are your knees just went past your toes. So why can't they when you're in the gym? Exactly. "Knees aren't exploding all over place because knees are going past toes in daily life," says strength coach Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S. "And they aren't in the gym." see more
Fashion

Science Confirms (Again) That Tightie Whities Are Bad for Your Balls

If you wear briefs and you want to have kids someday, you're not going to like reading this post. Our brilliant friends at FiveThirtyEight have confirmed yet again that if your underwear keeps your testicles too close to your body, your sperm count will absolutely plummet. see more
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