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January 20, 2017 - 9:19am

I'm a morning exerciser. Sometimes it's hard to set my alarm for an early wake-up (and not hit snooze when it goes off). But I work out because I love the way it makes me feel—stronger, faster, healthier, less stressed, the list goes on. Regular exercise does more than help you lose and maintain your weight. It also helps keep your brain sharp. And, studies indicate that people who regularly exercise live longer. Since I want to get the most out of each workout I eat breakfast after my workout.

If you hold off on breakfast until after your workout, you'll likely burn more fat. A small 2015 study published in EBioMedicine found that exercising pre-breakfast helped men burn about 250 more fat calories per day, compared to when they did the same workout post-lunch or post-dinner. Plus, other research found people who fueled up with a...

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January 18, 2017 - 9:49am

You've seen the headline: "Sitting is the new smoking." Study after study on sitting habits had linked sitting too long with earlier death—­regardless of exercise. So what can you do if you sit for too long? New research from the University of Cambridge changes the story.

Reviewing 16 studies spanning 13 years and compiling data from over 1 million people, the researchers found that one hour of moderate-intensity exercise a day (such as brisk walking or casual biking) can eliminate the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, or sitting for more than eight hours a day. This is the first systematic review of the topic. The researchers say that, individually, the studies may have been too narrow to capture the impact of exercise. Collectively, however, the benefit comes through.

The one caveat: if you spend five or more hours...

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January 5, 2017 - 9:35am

After a bit of "KIND" nudging (via a citizens' petition filed a year ago by KIND snacks), the FDA is redefining the criteria foods must meet to use "healthy" on a label, and is seeking suggestions. Here are mine.

Featured recipe: Shrimp Pad Thai Salad

1. Healthy food promotes health.

"Health" is notoriously challenging to define because being healthy manifests itself in different ways—from how one feels to mood and mental health to disease risk factors detectable only with a blood test. But here's my assertion: health is a state of general vitality combined with a good probability of longevity. This includes a low risk for chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, cancer) and low likelihood of risk factors (e.g., high...

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January 4, 2017 - 12:02pm

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2017, released earlier this month, ranked 38 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the seventh year in a row): the DASH diet.

Try It: Healthy DASH Diet Recipes

The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo, Whole30 or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their...

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December 27, 2016 - 2:45pm

I can't believe 2016 is almost over. It certainly was a big year. Food wise, we saw cauliflower everything, avocado toast start to pitter out (although it's still popular), doughnut shops take hold, and smoothie bowls everywhere. So what's coming up for 2017? I asked EatingWell's editors what healthy food trends they're seeing on the horizon for next year. Here's what we predict will be hot next year.

Bean Pastas

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1. Bean Pastas

Although 2016 was the year of the pulse, beans are going to be even bigger in 2017. We have tried grain-free bean pastas (made from only bean flours) that are really...

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