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5-Minute Finishers: How To Speed Progress

No matter the skill—torching body fat, improving flexibility, or increasing muscle size— you’re going to have to put in the repetitions. Lucky for us, this process can be accomplished by adding 5-minute finishers—simple workout circuits—to the end of your program.

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“Food Hate” Is The Problem

I read an article the other day about the foods dietitians hate. It was designed to be an appetizer of healthy information, but — for me — it was a main course of facepalm. You know what I want to see? Diet experts finally provide guidelines that meet people where they are and include the foods we all eat into plans for maintaining good health, building muscle, supporting weight loss, or whatever the goal might be. 

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What Everyone Gets Wrong About Artificial Sweeteners

Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? We get this question all the time. First and foremost, it needs to be said: diet beverages have an undeserved bad reputation. They’ve been blamed for everything from making you gain weight to messing with your hormones. And, study-after-study tries to pardon the beverages without any luck.  Plenty of […]

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Quick Warm-Up Routines That Will Change How You Exercise

Here’s something you won’t hear many trainers admit: A long workout warm-up — you know, the type that asks you to foam roll, stretch, or otherwise activate every muscle imaginable — can backfire. Before you think we’re railing against common advice for the sake of being counterintuitive, we’re not saying warmup exercises are bad. We’re […]

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The Surprising Health Benefits of the 5-Minute Walk

The idea of keeping it simple is something that is embraced in almost every area of life — except exercise. Unless a behavior is extreme or challenging, it’s assumed that it won’t work.  Believing this reality is not only likely to lead to injury and burnout, but it’s also a big reason why so many people […]

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The Art and Science of Foods That Fill You Up

The hardest part of dieting is not the self-control or reduced calories that are part of any weight-loss plan. It’s the seemingly cruel way that your body fights against you to make you hungrier than ever and push you towards the foods you’re trying to avoid.  As you reduce calories and — more importantly — lose […]

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What No One Tells You To Look For In A Healthy Diet

Each week, we review feedback from coaching clients and readers of the site and our emails. One of the most common frustrations is figuring out what to eat, specifically knowing what to look for in a healthy diet. The reason for the struggle is that it’s not clear where to begin to fix the problem. […]

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What to Eat Before and After a Workout

You might want to think twice before you rush to slug down another post-workout smoothie. Your pre-workout routine of oatmeal and fruit? It might not be helping in the way you think. And the extra BCAAs you’re drinking during your workout? The real impact is likely only on how much money you have in your […]

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Is An Alkaline Diet Really Healthier?

Of all the ways you can easily become confused by what foods are “healthy,” the most common is the cruelest. The diet industry loves to take a concept that you understand on a basic level, and then twist science to make it seem that certain foods are dangerous to your health. The manipulation of fear […]

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