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FITNESS & WELLNESS


How Americans can lose a lot of weight without giving up a single calorie
The Washington Post
You've heard for years that the French and Japanese are much thinner than Americans because their diets are so much better than ours. A new mathematical model assesses why that is and how much thinner Americans could be if they changed their eating habits. According to the study, conducted by agricultural economists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Americans could cut 2.57 points off their average Body Mass Index score by adopting a Greek (Mediterranean) diet; 2.13 points by eating like Finns (the Nordic diet); 1.96 by adopting a French diet and 1.48 by eating like the Japanese.
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With exercise, breaking routine into smaller chunks can help
The Wall Street Journal
Twice-a-day workouts might seem extreme if you aren’t a professional athlete. But there are benefits to breaking up one long routine into two sessions. “Most of the world today has become sedentary,” says Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, medical director of Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center at Beth Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Emerging research suggests that sitting throughout our workday could be detrimental to our health.”
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Exercise at the office: Finding time to make time
The Wall Street Journal
Some people overcome the midday slump at work with caffeine. Shelly Fireman re-energizes by hopping on the elliptical machine in his office. Fireman, in his late 70s one of New York City’s most successful restaurateurs, puts in double workout sessions on most days. “I make time for it because I want to stay alive. And to stay alive I need to take away some of the stress in my life,” says Fireman, founder and chief executive of Fireman Hospitality Group, whose high-traffic Manhattan eateries include Bond 45, Brooklyn Diner, Red Eye Grill and most recently Florian.
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Fitness motivation: The real secret to total transformation
By Jeff White
For many of us, getting in shape is difficult, and staying in shape is even harder. We work so hard to get the results we want, only to lose those gains as soon as we get them. Then there are those who get so frustrated they quit because they think they will never reach their fitness goals. It is estimated a whopping 50 percent of people who start exercising quit within the first six months. Getting in shape seems to be getting more and more difficult, but why?
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The instant effects of diet and exercise
U.S. News & World Report via Yahoo News
Part of the challenge in healthy living is that you see the effects gradually. That can be frustrating when you’re working hard in the gym and sticking to your diet. But whether you see it immediately or not, your body responds the moment you begin making healthier choices. These changes can reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, all while making you feel better.
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DIET & NUTRITION


10 superfoods that can help you achieve more restful sleep
The Huffington Post
When we think about the main things that keep us healthy, like nutrition, sleep and exercise, it's easy to envision them as parallel highways, with what we do in one lane having little effect on another. But as scientists continue learning about the complex biological processes that keep us running, it's becoming clear that these roads to health are far more intertwined than we may realize.
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Adding added sugar to food labels: Of calculus, caveats and hope
U.S. News & World Report
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the United States Food and Drug Administration called for a change in nutrition facts labeling. The agency is proposing that, in addition to calling out the total grams of added sugar on nutrition facts panels, that total also be compared to a daily reference value of 50 grams and expressed as a percent daily value.
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Don't want to diet? Choose your food like you'd choose your outfit
The Huffington Post
Katie Seaver writes: I help women stop dieting and learn how to trust themselves around food. It's an amazing process, but also a very challenging one. One of the most common questions I get asked is: "If I don't use a diet or some other external 'system' of eating to decide what I should eat, how should I decide?"
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The 8 healthiest cheeses to eat
The Huffington Post
Whether it's paired with wine or melted over a burger, cheese is where it's at. And not just because eating it makes life worth living. Cheese is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in nutrients including protein, phosphorus, and don't forget calcium, says Jim White, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of Jim White Fitness training studios. It's the number-two source of calcium in the average American's diet.
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'That Sugar Film' looks at impact of a diet filled with hidden sugar
Today
Damon Gameau, actor and director of "That Sugar Film," tells Kathie Lee and Hoda about his experience eating 40 teaspoons of added sugar every day for 60 days and why he did it. He's joined by TODAY diet and nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom to examine how much sugar can be concealed in "healthy" foods and says that people need to understand where sugar is hidden "so they actually know what moderation means."
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


When the big toe becomes a big problem
By Heidi Dawson
The big toe joint. Also known as the first metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTPJ. It's not something most of us ever really think about. However, if you're someone who suffers from knee pain, hip pain, lower back pain or tight calf muscles, maybe you should be paying a little more attention to it. This is especially true in runners and even those who walk any distance regularly, for exercise or not. What I'm really referring to here is the ability of the first MTPJ to extend — that is, bend backward.
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A better treatment for Alzheimer's: Exercise
NBC News
Exercise can prevent Alzheimer's disease, and now research shows it works as a great therapy, as well. Vigorous exercise not only makes Alzheimer's patients feel better, but it makes changes in the brain that could indicate improvements, researchers told the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. "Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain," said Laura Baker of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, who led one of the studies.
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The surprising connection between healthy living and hearing
By Patricia Sarmiento
I'm a self-diagnosed health nut. I love reading articles, tweets and blog posts about healthy living. My motto has always been that the more I know, the better I’ll be able to take care of my family. They're all very familiar with the routine. But I have to admit that in all my time worrying about things like heart health and cancer prevention, I overlooked a very important part of wellness — our hearing.
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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


Scientists have synthesized a new compound that 'mimics' exercise: Could a workout pill be far behind?
The Washington Post
Ever fantasize of being able to see the benefits of exercise without having to, you know, work out? If so, research from Britain's University of Southampton gives a glimpse of what may be possible in the future. Ali Tavassoli, a professor of chemical biology, and Felino Cagampang, an associate professor in integrative physiology, reported that they had synthesized a molecule that acts as an "exercise mimic" by tricking cells into thinking they have run out of energy.
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Nourish creates daily nutritional supplements based on users' needs
Gizmag
While some people take off-the-shelf supplements, others use products that are formulated to their own unique nutritional needs. According to the folks at Boston-based startup FitNatic, however, that's still not specific enough. Their Nourish device keeps track of its user's states of health and fitness, then serves up nutritional supplements that are custom-blended on a daily basis.
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FAST FACTS
"When it comes to weight loss, there's no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run."
-CDC


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