Eat Healthy: Add Butternut Squash to Your Diet

With the summer months fading into the distance, it's time to change up our eating habits without adding on the pounds.  The drop in temperature means fall is
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Get The Most Out of Your Abs With this Science-Based Ab Superset Workout

Have you ever wondered if the ab exercises you're slogging through are really the best ones to be doing?  Should you be doing crunches?  Or should you move to
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Top 5 Most Fattening Foods -- Is Your Favorite on the List?

You've probably heard it a thousand times.  You're eating that?  That's fattening.   Or you flip open the latest fitness magazine to see a list of foods you
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Barre-Inspired Booty Burn Workout Video

Butt, buttocks, backside, derriere or booty  -- whatever you want to call it, we all want to have a nice one.  *cue sound of a needle scratching over a vinyl
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Is Your Smartphone Hurting Your Workouts?

Are you sabotaging your workouts by bringing your smartphone to the gym or having it nearby wherever you're working out? Not only can a smartphone be a major
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Top 13 Tips to Avoid Vacation Weight Gain

You've heard of the freshman 15 -- those mysterious 15lbs that appear during your first year at college.  But what about the 'vacation 5'?  Doesn't it seem like
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How to Make Rice in the Microwave

How many times have you made rice, only to find that most of it sticking to the bottom. Or worse yet, you forget the pot on the stove and before you know it
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Challenge Yourself: 5 Steps to a 30 Day Lifestyle Makeover

When it comes to weight loss and getting fit, making several changes at once can be not only intimidating but confusing too. Add in wacky, fad diet rules -- it's Tuesday, can I eat fruit and yogurt together? -- and it's no wonder people give up and revert back to bad habits.

When you make small changes that feel right for you, these changes become sustainable. They become changes that you can live with for the rest of your life. They become a habit.

A while ago, I came across a TED Talks video by Matt Cutts, head of the webspam team over at Google. He proposes trying something new for 30 days. 30 days is enough for you to create a habit -- and enough time for you to discover that a particular habit isn't right for you. It's also enough time to help you break a habit.

Watch the video and then read on as I show you how to create your own 30 day lifestyle makeover to either make or break your weight loss and fitness habits.
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Jazz Up Your Chicken with These Easy and Delicious Marinades

Warning: Not for vegetarians or vegans! If you don't eat meat, read this article instead.

One of my favorite lean proteins is chicken. It's easy to cook; you can toss it into a salad, add it to soup, eat a serving with a plateful of vegetables or make a yummy chicken sandwich loaded with spinach and tomatoes.

But when you eat the same kind of food over and over again, you run the risk of getting bored. And what happens when you get bored? You make bad food choices, that's what.

Losing weight or going on a 'diet' doesn't mean eating plain food. You need to take advantage of the abundance of flavors available to you.

What I do is marinate my chicken to give it a different flavor each time. Plain, flavorless chicken? Not in this house!

Here are five chicken marinade recipes that will have you asking, "Please, sir, can I have some more?"
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How Can I Reduce My Belly Fat?

"How do I get rid of belly fat?"

"How do I get rid of the fat on my thighs?"

Those are two frequent questions over at FitWatch.com. It's what's called 'spot reducing' -- as in, you want to 'reduce' fat in one specific 'spot.'

The thing is, as much as it would be awesome to do a few sets of crunches and burn the fat right off your belly, the truth of the matter is this: you can't spot reduce.

That's right, you can not spot reduce. Let us all have a moment of silence to digest this sad, sad fact.

Your body decides where to burn the fat through a complex process -- and the areas with most fat tend to be the last place where the fat seems to come off.

Kind of like when you're emptying a swimming pool with a deep end and a shallow end: as you empty the water, the shallow end will empty out first, while the deep end will take a while longer. In this case, the "deep end" is usually places like our belly, thighs, hips and buttocks.

Another way to look at is like peeling an onion. Take one layer off, the onion gets smaller. One more layer off, and the onion get smaller still.

But does this mean that you can't get rid of the fat on your belly, thighs, hips and butt? No! It just means you need to keep working at reducing your body fat until you reach a normal body fat percentage.

The best way to reduce your body fat is by creating a calorie deficit through healthy eating and exercise. A calorie deficit means eating fewer calories than your body burns in day.

Here are the four numbers you need to know to plan your attack on fat and reach your normal body fat percentage.
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