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Ways to make someone feel loved, besides saying it

“I love you” translates intimacy between ourselves and others, but the expression is so common that it can lack the meaning it’s intended. When saying and hearing it becomes automatic and expected, its power becomes dulled in our brain’s limbic system, where we process love. Psychologist Abraham Maslow created a …

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Where fat goes when you lose weight

Even the 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers we surveyed shared this surprising gap in their health literacy. The most common misconception by far, was that fat is converted to energy. The problem with this theory is that it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions …

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How an overweight shelter dog saved Eric O’Grey’s life

When he wasn’t traveling for work as a salesman for GE, the 51-year-old rarely left his San Jose, California, apartment. He took insulin for type 2 diabetes and about 15 other medications, including anti-depressants and weight-loss drugs. “My entire life was an exercise in minimizing my movement. I just felt …

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6 common mistakes new runners make

Given that it’s so easy to take up the sport, a lot of beginners jump right into running without actually knowing what it takes to establish a healthy routine. Many make a number of common mistakes, which can interfere with training or lead to injury. If you’re just starting out, …

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How to break carb cravings, once and for all

The truth is, despite the popularity of low-carb diets, which often send the message that we should drastically cut back on this food group, carbohydrates are some of the most important things we consume. They are key to regulating blood sugar and providing energy throughout our bodies. Without them, our …

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Is dark chocolate healthy?

Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa solids, which contain compounds known as flavanols. At high levels, cocoa flavanols have been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve cognition and possibly lower the risk of diabetes. Dark chocolate has the highest amount of cocoa flavanols; milk chocolate has less, …

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Is cheese healthy?

“Cheese does contain some important nutrients, including calcium and protein, along with vitamin B12 and zinc. However, the calories can add up quickly if you aren’t mindful,” said Kelly Pritchett, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Softer cheeses tend to have fewer calories than …

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Fighting salt and sugar cravings, with spicy food

Research has shown that simply spicing up your diet may help you consume less salt and possibly less sugar, while potentially improving your health even beyond the reduction of salt and sugar. There is more consistent evidence that spicy food helps curb salt cravings than sugar. In a study involving …

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A New Year, new food resolution: Water

Being adequately hydrated can help to ward off fatigue, keep hunger at bay and boost metabolism. “It keeps your body running efficiently, allowing it to work smarter, not harder,” said Caroline Passerrello, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Consider the calorie savings, too: If …

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