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March 12, 2014 - 9:26am

It’s hard to beat the ease of opening a jar (unless, of course, it’s screwed on super-tight) to help bring pasta night together in a flash. To find a sauce that’s good for you, here’s what you need to know.

1. Calorie counts
Who knew something that’s predominantly tomatoes could vary so greatly? Sauces on the shelf have anywhere from 40 to 110 calories per ½-cup serving, depending on how much oil is added and how thick the sauce is.

2. The variations
Different flavors by the same brand can have very different ingredients and nutrition stats, so check the labels even when choosing between almost identical-looking sauces.

3. Money matters
You get what you pay for. The premium brands ($7-9) we tested had cleaner ingredient lists and tasted better than the $3...

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February 5, 2014 - 1:10pm

If you really want to see that number on the scale drop, what you put in your mouth matters most. People who simply cut calories to slim down lose about 2 pounds a week, says a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. At the same time, people who exercise but don’t restrict calories drop less than half a pound each week.

Why doesn’t physical activity produce the same pound-dropping results as calorie restriction? One thought is that though exercise burns calories, it doesn’t rev your metabolism, says a study in Obesity Reviews. It also doesn’t prevent your metabolism from slowing as you lose pounds. As you slim down—via any method—your metabolism slows incrementally with your weight loss and, despite what many believe, exercising doesn’t keep that from happening. As you lose weight, you burn fewer...

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January 30, 2014 - 8:00am

There are times, like after a food-filled vacation or a big holiday, when I feel like my typically healthy diet needs a bit of a refresh. Instead of skipping meals, feeling guilty or drastically cutting calories—habits that can be detrimental to your health—try making some small changes to each meal to get back on track without a diet overhaul. Here’s a daily plan with tricks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that will save some calories and help you get right back on track.

See: Is doing a cleanse a good idea?

Breakfast: I always start my day with a healthy breakfast—but when I’m trying to restart my healthy habits, I use a few tricks to cut calories without missing out on any of my favorites....

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January 28, 2014 - 10:49am

Nancy Roscigno, a 47-year-old interior designer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, lost over 20 pounds with her girlfriends. Here’s how she did it— and how you can too.

What was your biggest challenge for losing weight?

I had a very hard time making the right food choices. I grew up in a large Italian-American family and though I’ve been cooking since I was a kid, the food—and the portions—weren’t always healthy.

What was the key moment you decided you wanted to lose weight?

I wasn’t happy with the number I saw on the scale, and I felt a huge responsibility to provide good choices and be the healthy role model that I wanted to be for my kids (now aged 21 and 19). When I ate better, my family ate better.

My girlfriends and I had been walking together in the neighborhood almost daily and...

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January 15, 2014 - 10:20am

Imagine if there was a food (or category of foods) that could single-handedly lengthen your life.

Well, such a wonder food may actually exist.

A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), showed that people who ate a 1-ounce serving of nuts seven or more times each week had a 20 percent lower death rate than those who didn’t eat any.

It’s important to note this was merely an observational study, and not one where researchers controlled which group of participants ate nuts (and how much) and then studied who lived longer. Yet the positive findings in this study support the abundance of other data demonstrating the health benefits of eating nuts, including lowering risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.

For example, another recent study—this one published in Metabolism—showed men and...

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