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25 Science-Backed Ways to Be Happy

Oct 7, 2014 - If you re happy and you know it, clap your hands! Even as children, we re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness and it s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Plus, cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health benefits. While it s hard to define especially since it varies from person to person , some experts describe happiness as a combination of life satisfaction and having more positive emotions than negative emotions, while others view it as consisting of three parts feeling good, living a good life, and feeling part of a ... more.

Fitness Habits Successful Exercisers Have in Common

Oct 6, 2014 - Do you ever pass a runner or cyclist on the street and wish that you had their get er done attitude? What is it about these dedicated exercisers that sets them apart from the millions who have yet to establish any kind of workout routine? Do they benefit from an enviable amount of willpower or are they in possession of an exercise gene that makes working up a sweat second nature? While the jury is still out on whether the will to exercise is passed on from parent to child, there are a few things that dedicated exercisers have in common. Here s a list of healthy habits that separate those who do from those who don t. They exercise early. Veteran exercisers know that the earlier they get their workout in, the greater the chance it ll get ... more.

Morning Light Linked to Weight Loss

Oct 5, 2014 - If you re looking to lose weight, try heading outside for 20 to 30 minutes every morning between 8 am and 12 pm. That s the recommendation made by a recent study from Northwestern University s Feinberg School of Medicine, where researchers found that people exposed to bright light in the morning have a lower body mass index BMI than those who get most of their light exposure later in the day. Researchers believe morning light may help synchronize the body s internal clock, speeding metabolic function. But what if you can t get outside during those hours? Study co-lead author Kathryn Reid, a research associate professor in neurology, says that artificial light may be beneficial if slightly less so as well. We found the magic number for ... more.

8 Habits That Are Messing With Your Metabolism

Oct 3, 2014 - You exercise, and you try to eat right. But unfortunately you may still be slowing down your calorie burn and your weight-loss efforts without even realizing it. Lauren Slayton, M.S., R.D., author of The Little Book of Thin explains the little-known metabolism wreckers that are holding you back and how you can burn more calories ASAP. You Don t Drink Enough Water Your body needs fluids to perform all of the functions it needs to, says Slayton. And when it s not performing those functions as well, it s not burning as many calories. Something else to keep in mind A lot of the calorie burn from drinking water comes from your body working to bring cold water to 98.6 degrees so drinking hot water with lemon or hot tea all the time won t be as ... more.

Put an End to Emotional Eating

Oct 2, 2014 - Here s a trick question Why do people eat? On a basic level, you might say you eat to survive Food provides fuel for the body. But in truth, we eat for lots of reasons, said Susan Albers-Bowling, PsyD, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center and author of Eat Q Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence. Many times people eat to feed their feelings both happy and sad. When feelings affect when, what, and how much you eat, it s called emotional eating. However, emotional eating can often lead to overeating. When you eat to satisfy your emotions and not your physical hunger, it can be hard to stop even if your stomach is full. Emotional Eating Triggers Emotional eating patterns can start when you re very ... more.

Torch Fat Fast: The 10-Minute Plyometric Workout

Oct 1, 2014 - Right about now you re probably itching to spend less time cooped up in a gym and more time having fun outside. A plyometric routine will boost the efficiency of your sweat session. These explosive moves give you more bang for your buck they re intense and they work several muscles at once, says Kira Stokes, the creator of the Stoked 360 class for Reebok Sports Club NY in New York City. Your heart rate stays elevated the entire time you re exercising, so you burn more calories, even after your workout is over. Do the six scorchers on the next page as a circuit twice through for 10 minutes just three days a week. Then go out and play! Plie Squat Jump Targets abs, butt, and legs - Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, ... more.

How Your Smartphone Can Help You Lose Weight

Sep 30, 2014 - Washington Want to shed those extra pounds? Turn to your smartphone! Your smartphone may make it easier for you to lose weight by providing access to new apps which contain exercise logs and nutritional databases, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that information technology, such as smartphone applications, can help dieters integrate healthy behaviour changes into their daily lives. Your smartphone may make it easier for you to lose weight by providing access to new apps which contain exercise logs and nutritional databases, a new study suggests. Current weight loss recommendations are essentially the same as they were decades ago, but each generation has to learn how to manage modern ... more.

5 Surprising Foods That Are High in Sodium

Sep 29, 2014 - We all know that a diet high in sodium isn t good for our health, but do we really understand how much is too much? Apparently not, according to new research from the American Heart Association. The new report that surveyed a representative sample of 1,000 American adults found that most Americans believe sea salt contains less sodium than table salt wrong! and that almost half believe that the main source of salt in their diet comes from the salt shaker wrong again! . In fact, nearly three-quarters of sodium comes from processed foods in the American diet. While you probably know that fast food, canned soup and microwavable meals are high in salt, we put together a list of five foods that are surprisingly high in sodium. No more getting ... more.

Fat-burning foods to boost weight loss

Sep 29, 2014 - While we d all like to believe that losing weight is just a matter of eating fewer calories, sometimes it s not that simple. When it comes to weight loss, eating the right kinds of foods can be just as important as simply eating smaller portions. Some foods can help keep your blood sugar stable, preventing you from crashing and craving a sugar fix, and others can help you feel fuller longer or even encourage fat loss. Coconut oil Coconut oil has been making headlines as a new superfood and some believe it can help you lose weight, too. Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which are metabolized differently than the long-chain fatty acids found in most fats. These medium chain fatty acids are used first and foremost for energy ... more.

Study: Almonds can help weight loss and Improve heart health

Sep 28, 2014 - Eating a handful of almonds per day could bring on many health benefits, according to recent studies. Six new almond-related research studies have highlighted the effects of almond consumption on overall diet quality and health status, abdominal adiposity belly fat , measures of appetite and satiety, and cardiovascular risk factors. The findings are to be presented in San Diego at the American Society of Nutrition ASN s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2014 EB. The conference attracts an international audience of approximately 13,000 leading scientists specializing in various health disciplines. Presenting new research to this audience of scientists and health professionals is critical ... more.

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