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August 17, 2011 - 11:17am

You gotta love fiber. Not only does it keep your GI system running smoothly and your heart healthy, it also can keep you from outgrowing your pants. Yes, fiber is a well-known natural slimming aid. While it helps you feel full, fiber has no calories. So if you fill up on high-fiber foods you crowd out less-healthy foods, Larry Tucker, Ph.D., of Brigham Young University, told EatingWell. The recommended daily value for fiber is 25 grams of fiber per day. Of course, this is one nutrient for which more (from whole foods) is better.

No need to slam back fiber-supplement drinks to get more. Instead, boost your intake by making simple trades that, at the end of the day, really add up. (Check out these ...

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July 27, 2011 - 11:12am

My grandfather passed away last month. He was 95—and independent, healthy, funny and mentally sharp, till the very end. My grandmother (his wife of 70 years), 91, is alive and well. At my grandfather’s funeral services, I marveled at the number of folks—family and friends—in their late eighties and early nineties who came to pay their respects. My grandpa had lived a good, long life. A lot of the people in his community seem to be enjoying that same healthy longevity. What’s the secret?

Sure, good genes have a lot to do with how long you’ll live. So does chance (my mother’s mom,...

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July 13, 2011 - 12:56am

When you’re trying to lose weight there’s nothing more affirming than seeing the number on the scale move steadily down, day after day. But what happens when your weight loss stalls?

You stop feeling so motivated—which can lead to slip-ups and the sort of downward spiral you don’t want. Don’t let that happen. Instead, give yourself credit for hitting this next level, then change your game plan. Try one of these tried-and-true methods for breaking through a stubborn weight-loss plateau:

Must-Read:...

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July 12, 2011 - 11:03am

A friend recently asked me which is a healthier choice: whipped butter or a buttery spread. Having a master’s degree in nutrition, I get a lot of nutrition questions, but I hadn’t been asked this one before.

Must-Read: Is high-fructose corn syrup really worse than sugar? 13 of the biggest food and nutrition myths busted
Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which is worse?

Without looking at the labels, I really couldn’t give her a good answer, so I hit the supermarket to compare products. I...

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June 27, 2011 - 11:00am

I have a master’s degree in nutrition. I’ve spent the last dozen years as a health writer, interviewing experts and then telling women how to eat healthfully in all sorts of scenarios: when they want to lose weight, when they’re training for a marathon, when they’re looking to lower their cholesterol or boost their bone density and, yes, when they’re expecting.

Related: Pregnant? 11 Important Diet Dos

But it wasn’t until I got pregnant with my first son...

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