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13 Ways to Boost Your Workout Intensity

Exercise programs need to be modified regularly in order to see and feel continual results, but it can be difficult to adopt and stick with a new exercise routine. The solution: A proactive plan of action that injects new life into a boring workout routine and provides motivation to do more than simply "get to the gym.” 

Here are 13 techniques that can help anyone break through a fitness plateau and find satisfaction in a challenging new exercise regimen.

Longing for the good old days…

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9 Tips for a Healthy Summer BBQ

These grilling tips can help you have a healthier cookout. Summer is synonymous with grilling for many families, and why not? When the weather is warm, we spend more time outdoors and try to stay out of the hot kitchen. It stays light longer, and the evenings tend to seem a little less jam-packed with activities than usual. 

These are all great reasons to look to the barbecue for dinner inspiration. But before you dust off that grill, we have some tips to help you enjoy the BBQ season while…

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Dealing with Temptation from Friends and Family

How do you deal with the challenge of a family member offering you a fresh baked brownie right out of the oven?

Or a good friend handing you a fork and begging you to share a large piece of cake at your favorite restaurant. It's not easy sticking to a healthy eating plan when friends and family around you are indulging. It's even more difficult when they're determined to make sure you indulge with them. 

Not to worry – the following 7 tricks will help you stay on track without putting…

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10 Prepare-in-Advance Breakfast Recipes Under 300 Calories

We’ve all heard more than once that starting the day with a healthy breakfast is great for the brain and the belly. But with all that pre-work hustle and bustle, not everyone has time to whip up a hot stack of pancakes or bake a fancy frittata.

Make your morning routine a breeze by preparing a few nutritious staples ahead of time, like hearty oatmeal cups, simple egg dishes and grab-and-go bars. Your alarm clock will thank you!


If you’re tired of…

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10 Great Ways to Handle Late-Night Munchies

After a full day of keeping willpower on high, sometimes it’s only a matter of time before we drop our guard and fall victim to the dreaded midnight snack attack. So, if willpower has wilted away by the end of a long day, here are 12 helpful tips for handling nighttime eating.


Out of sight out of mind. Yes, we can always jump in the car to grab a milkshake, but we are less likely to do that than dig into the tub of ice cream if we keep it in the house. If you have a…

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17 Great Ways to Fuel for Morning Workout

When you jump out of bed at the buzz of your alarm for an early morning workout, eating breakfast might be the last thing on your mind. But after fasting all night, your energy stores are depleted — and the last thing you want to hear during a grueling workout is your stomach growl

While simple carbohydrates found in sports drinks, energy gels and cereal provide a quick source of energy, they might not sustain you through a longer workout. Pairing these energy-boosting carbohydrates with a…

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5 Easy Ways to Burn Extra Calories All Year

Sometimes, burning calories and dropping weight is about more than just eating right and hitting the gym regularly — although, by all means, it helps a lot if you eat right and workout. But don’t forget all that time in the margins spent at your desk, at home and on the go, because within all those extra minutes and hours are opportunities to be active.

So the next time you’re faced with an elevator, take the stairs. Usually drive to work? Try biking. Got a few minutes to spare each morning…

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The Best Foods to Eat AFTER a Workout

Do you know the right foods to eat after a workout for the BEST possible results? I ask because there seems to be some confusion in the community site that I should clear up.

First, I’ll offer some very specific guidelines to follow … then I’ll give you 5 snack/meal ideas, as well as some quick and easy recipes.

These are the 3 guidelines to follow after a workout:

1. As with every meal, you should include a lean, complete protein source, such as grilled chicken breast, cottage…

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The 7 Best Vegetables for Weight Loss

Out of all the many vegetables, some of the best include the non-starchy varieties. Some quick example of non-starchy veggies includes broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, and cauliflower.

The reason is the best options for weight loss is the caloric density of the foods. Choosing vegetables with a low-calorie density can help boost metabolism and reduce belly fat as it forces you to eat fewer calories while still eating large healthy filling portions that are packed with nutrients.


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Higher-Protein Lower-Calorie Hummus

Hummus is a healthy, well-balanced food … but a little low in protein and a little high in calories.

Here’s an easy way to increase the protein and decrease the calories per serving … and ensure it’s still delicious!

Step 1. Steam cauliflower until it’s extra soft.

Step 2. Mix 2 cups of extra-soft cauliflower with 1/2 cup of your favorite hummus.

Step 3. Mix in 1/2 cup cottage cheese (or plain greek yogurt) with the cauliflower-hummus mixture.

Now, your hummus has 1/2 the…

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