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  • EVOLUTION COULD EXPLAIN WHY STAYING SLIM IS TOUGH

    EVOLUTION COULD EXPLAIN WHY STAYING SLIM IS TOUGH

    It's not easy maintaining a healthy weight. Even when you manage to drop a few pounds, they often return. Why would the body seem to encourage obesity? New research suggests the answer lies far back in human evolution, with an anti-starvation mechanism that primes the body to store fat. The key to this mechanism is a protein dubbed "RAGE," according to New York University (NYU) scientists working with mice. They believe RAGE evolved to help keep ancient humans from starving when food was scarce. But today, in times of plenty, there's a glitch at work: RAGE is produced to combat...

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  • EAT THE RAINBOW & LOSE WEIGHT

    EAT THE RAINBOW & LOSE WEIGHT

    Eating The Rainbow: Why Eating a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables Is Important for Optimal Health. In fact, the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables have enormous healing powers...

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  • LOSING WEIGHT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    LOSING WEIGHT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    The greatest challenge we all face in the summer is how to lose weight during the holiday season and not fall back and gain the weight successfully lost. The holiday season is usually a period of weight gain because of the overabundance of food, parties, and tempting treats as well as the increased stress and busier schedules that goes with the holidays. Here are some holiday weight loss tips to help you during the holiday season. With the right healthy foods and some discipline, you can make it through the holiday season without adding excess weight; feel livelier, healthier and happy....

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  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER ONE TOXIN FOR YOUR HEART IS?

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER ONE TOXIN FOR YOUR HEART IS?

    Seventy-five percent of Americans report they’re exposed to moderate or high levels of it. We encounter it nearly everywhere: in the office, at home, in traffic—even (maybe especially?) at school drop-off. And it can be toxic. It’s stress. Skyrocketing stress levels seem like a symptom of modern living. But the body’s stress response is actually quite old, rooted in a time when stressors tended to be life-threatening. Today, our stressors tend to be less serious. (No matter how harrowing your commute feels, you’re probably not spotting a saber-toothed tiger on the B train.) But the stress response, once triggered, is...

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  • ARE YOUR FRIENDS JEALOUS OF YOUR NEW BODY?

    ARE YOUR FRIENDS JEALOUS OF YOUR NEW BODY?

    You've given up most of those high-calorie foods you used to love. Exercised every day, even when you didn't feel like it. And finally, it's all paying off: You're edging toward your weight loss goal -- and looking pretty terrific! At the same time, you've encountered what seems like a surprising lack of enthusiasm from some of your family and friends -- maybe even your partner -- about your new look. As unusual as this may seem, experts say it's actually quite common to receive some unexpected reactions when you dramatically change your appearance. "Human beings are hard-wired to resist...

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  • HOW YOU CAN 'REPROGRAM' YOUR TASTE BUDS TO LIKE VEGETABLES

    HOW YOU CAN 'REPROGRAM' YOUR TASTE BUDS TO LIKE VEGETABLES

    Don’t say no to that asparagus just yet. New research suggests people may find the taste of bitter green vegetables more enjoyable if they eat them more often. Christopher Gardner’s son was the typical picky eater. He knew what he liked and knew what he didn’t like. That suddenly changed right around the time he became a teenager. He began liking “adult” foods and became more adventurous. Gardner was surprised at how abruptly the change came about, but, as a nutrition science PhD-holding researcher and professor at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center, he was glad to see his son embrace...

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