What Will Soda Do When It Has Its Way with You for 2 Weeks?

Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes — and the more soda people drink the more likely these outcomes. The deniers keep arguing that association isn’t proof that one actually causes the other, although when epidemiologic studies show a link again and again, and the mechanism of harm is plausible, it is actually pretty damning evidence. That’s how we proved smoking cigarettes caused disease (there never was a controlled study asigning people to smoking and comparing them to controls). But there’s nothing like controlled experiments, especially double blind placebo controlled ones, to prove cause and effect. Read more

The Fat in Your Body Controls Your Mind – Really

An enzyme secreted by the body’s fat tissue controls energy levels in the brain, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings, in mice, underscore a role for the body’s fat tissue in controlling the brain’s response to food scarcity, and suggest there is an optimal amount of body fat for maximizing health and longevity.

The study appears April 23 in the journal Cell Metabolism. Read more

4 Reasons to Strength Train as You Get Older

When many people think of exercise, the first thing that comes to mind is aerobic training, such as walking, swimming or cycling. While cardiovascular training is most often associated with better health and longevity, more recent research also evaluates the benefits of strength training beyond the typical result of improving muscle mass.

To maximize your fitness program, strength training should be an equally important partner to aerobic training. This partnership will help these two routines benefit one another, and the end result will be a more balanced approach to fitness with enhanced results. Read more

Red Wine Fight Cancer?

In the war against cancer, we’ve taken many steps forward, thanks to science and treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. But the disease has also found a way to fight back. Some tumors can develop a resistance against chemotherapy, which is why certain scientists are focusing their efforts on creating more chemosensitization drugs. Think of these medications as a chemotherapy assistant: They help to make chemotherapy drugs work more effectively by counteracting the tumor’s resistance on a cellular level. Read more

11 Ways to Reach Your Goal Weight

 

Jeans don’t lie. You knew you let yourself go a little bit, and after throwing the stupid bathroom scale away because it said you were (insert red-flag number here), you went for the true test—slipping on your favorite denim pants. Ugh. Not being able to pull them past your thighs sure does tell you something. If you’re at a loss as to how to begin, here’s a no-fuss, straightforward, 11-step guide to losing weight.

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Your Brain Doesn’t Want You to Keep Weight Off – Fight It!

There’s nothing quite like the rush of seeing the number on the scale drop. When you’ve been pouring effort into living a healthy life, results are just the push you need to stick to your habits. But that weight-loss high is a major factor in that surprisingly bummed feeling you might get after you reach your goal weight. Shift into maintaining rather than actively shedding pounds doesn’t feel quite as validating, which can lead to weight creeping back on before you realize it. We asked Michelle Segar, Ph.D., behavior-change expert at the University of Michigan and author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness what’s behind this frustrating phenomenon and how you can stop it in its tracks.

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How Pitch Perfect 2’s Anna Camp Gets in Her Workout Zone

“When I exercise, I zone out and collect my mind for the day ahead,” says the actress, who appears in Pitch Perfect 2 (in theaters May 15). Her tote of choice is just as chill: a pale-blue Adidas classic.

Bag your gym equipment like Anna does with this Adidas Team Speed Dufel ($45, ebags.com) and the items below. Read more

3 Easy Steps to Help You Relax

April is National Stress Awareness month, when the U.S Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) urges Americans to refresh and recharge their bodies and minds for a healthier lifestyle. The HHS website suggests a number of simple activities like taking a walk, doing yoga, having a cup of tea, or practicing meditation as methods for combating stress and adds, “While you can’t avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it.” Read more

6 Sneaky Ways to Beat Food Cravings

Why does it always seem that the minute you decide to clean up your diet and make healthier choices the food cravings kick in? It’s been weeks, maybe months, since you’ve wanted a candy bar, but now it’s all you can think about. The mind is a very strong “muscle”—but it can be trained. First, it helps to understand why cravings occur, then you can use some unexpected methods to conquer them.

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5 Moves. Low Impact, High Intensity Workout

Get all of the body-shaping benefits of high-intensity training without the impact with this no-equipment-needed workout

High intensity interval training (aka HIIT) is making major headlines lately for all of its incredible benefits, including maximum calorie burn (both during and after a workout), anti-aging effects (did you know it can help boost your body’s natural production of human growth hormone?) and belly-fat-blasting power. There is no doubt that HIIT is a super effective way to work out, but many typical high-intensity moves, like squat thrusts, burpees, tuck jumps, etc., can not only be tough to do, but they can also be tough on the joints too—especially if you have existing conditions or previous injuries. The good news: You don’t have to jump to get your heart rate into the HIIT zone. The following low-impact moves can help you pump up your fat-burning potential without the impact. Read more

Why You Look Tired, Even When You’re Not

Show of hands if this sounds familiar: You get the recommend eight hours of sleep and wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day—but when you go to look in the mirror, you realize with horror that you’ve got some massive dark circles under your eyes. What the eff? Sadly, even if you get plenty of shuteye every night, there are plenty of other reasons you may still look tired. Here’s the deal:

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Pot Yoga, a.k.a. Yoganja, Is a Thing That Exists

It’s 420—a.k.a. the unofficial holiday of the weed enthusiast—and whether or not you partake, we’re guessing you don’t associate “marijuana day” festivities with a healthy lifestyle. But some people have begun mixing their favorite exercises with more, um, recreational activities. Case in point: 420 yoga, or the increasingly popular act of supplementing your poses with pot.

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Panic Attacks: Healthy Tips for Coping

About 6 million American adults experience a panic attack every year. Panic attacks are bi-products of anxiety that occur regularly or intermittently. Either way, they are frightening to say the least. Panic attacks can cause major disruptions in people’s lives and left untreated, may cause deterioration of social and occupational functioning.

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