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7 things that can stand in the way of weight loss

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Certain habits can hinder your attempts to lose weight - and keep it away.
If you've changed your eating habits to focus on healthier foods and taken your workout seriously, you can expect to lose weight. However, the reality is that despite what you may have believed, weight loss is more complicated than calorie consumption versus calorie consumption. If you are trying to lose weight, check these habits that may interfere with your efforts.
1. You save on protein.
If you normally eat a muffin or avocado toast for breakfast, you may need to increase your protein intake. Research has shown that a high-protein breakfast can help alleviate hunger, so you may be less tempted to have a morning snack.
Protein is also important at lunch and dinner. If you routinely eat salads or sip gazpacho without accompanying protein - such as boiled egg, yogurt, beans, meat, poultry, or fish - over time, this can lead to a decrease in muscle tissue, which means that your metabolism will slow down and mak…

35 Lower-Body Exercises to Shape Your Legs - and You Can Do Them All at Home

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If you're a home workout warrior, we've got good news: you don't necessarily need dumbbells, barbells, or any kind of gym equipment to sculpt and shape your body. We gathered some of the most effective lower-body exercises that will tone your thighs, lift your butt, and build strength in your lower back, all equipment-free: you just need your own body and the dedication to put it to work! Check out the moves ahead and incorporate them into your workouts to feel the results for yourself.Related: 30+ Exercises You Need to Do ASAP If You're Working on Booty Gains

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If Mental Illness Makes It Harder For You to Do Your Job, There Are Laws in Place to Help

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One in five Americans experiences mental illness each year, and for many, it's a lifelong struggle. Conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder can make work challenging, but many employees are hesitant to ask for help navigating the workplace because of the stigma surrounding mental illness and out of fear that they'll face consequences. Fortunately, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) offers protections for both physical disabilities and mental illness. Here's what you need to know.What Rights Do You Have Under the ADA?The legislation prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. In the workplace, this means that your mental illness cannot be factored into decisions about hiring, firing, salary, and promotions. Additionally, "if an employer knows that an employee has a disability and needs a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job, …

I Can't Stop Laughing at Serena Williams Playing Tennis Against Herself in This TikTok Video

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Apr 29, 2020 at 3:58pm PDT I miss watching sports and witnessing my favorite athletes compete and annihilate records. It seems like Serena Williams is missing the competition, too, but from the looks of her latest TikTok, she's still competition ready. Williams created a video of herself rallying against - who else? - herself, and it's arguably one of the funniest and greatest rallies in tennis history.In the video, "Written, directed, produced, and starring Serena Williams," we see her sporting her 2016 Wimbledon look as she goes up against herself in her 2013 US Open look. The rally and videography are epic, and it really feels like you're in the stands watching her compete. At the end of the match, 2013 Williams tells her competition, "You're tough," as she lies on a lounge chair, then 2016 William joins her and replies, "You're not so bad yourself."This…

5 Myths About Washing Your Produce

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Fruits and vegetables are the VIPs of your healthy diet. They’re loaded with immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants while also being low in calories. But in the midst of this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you worry: is that apple or pear contaminated? Will I become infected if someone with the disease touched my greens? Should I be washing my produce?Right now, there’s no evidence of food being associated with the transmission of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Taking precautions when you prep your produce is important to keeping your family safe and healthy. However, there are many myths circulating about the best ways to wash them. 5 Tips to St…

7 Simple Stir-Fry Recipes That Are Anything but Boring  

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Stir frying, which is a Chinese cooking technique that involves cooking food in hot oil—traditionally in a wok—has become very popular in American culture. After all, it’s an easy way to prepare home-made meals that the whole family will enjoy. Of course, as with any dish or cooking style, the ingredients that you choose make all the difference in the health factor of your meal. While you may think that healthy stir-fry recipes might be lacking in flavor and creativity, we have created some that are anything but boring!Here are seven stir-fry recipes that you have to try: 1. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry >One of our favorite stir-fry recipes, Chicken and Broccoli is always going to be a classic. And our version is simple to make and will easily become a go-to recipe in your family. With a simple Asian-style sauce, juicy, bite-sized pieces of chicken and a nutritious blend of broccoli, bell peppers and onions, this is a complete meal that everyone will gobble up. Served with fiber-r…

It's Not You, It's Me: How to Break Up With a Therapist When It's Just Not Working

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"Come on, Perri, just do it. Rip the band-aid off," my mom instructed me before I pulled the nerve-wrecking trigger that is breaking up with a therapist. The year was 2018 and I had just moved into a new apartment. I had been seeing a new cognitive behavioral therapist for about seven months, and with all the financial and time constraints that come with a major life change, I made the decision to temporarily end therapy. Of course, everyone's situation is unique. For me, it was a stable time of my life emotionally and mentally, so I didn't feel it was an irresponsible decision to put it on hold.The moment I came to the realization I was going to end therapy was the moment the tough part began: the conversation. I am not a confrontational person, and like most tasks I do for the first time, I spent hours Googling tips on "how to break up with a therapist," as if there was some email template to copy and paste. Spoiler alert: there is not, but there is a pro…

Weight loss can help head off lasting damage caused by fatty liver

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common cause of liver disease in the United States, and is estimated to affect up to a quarter of adults in the world. It is defined by excess fat accumulating in the liver and usually occurs in people with obesity, high blood sugars (diabetes), abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, or high blood pressure. These disorders often run together and as a group are called metabolic syndrome. The “non-alcoholic” part of “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease” is important to distinguish it from alcohol-related liver disease, which can also cause excess liver fat.How fat can damage the liverIn some people, the excess fat sits in the liver but may not cause any liver damage. However, in about one in 20 people, excess liver fat triggers chronic liver inflammation. This condition is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH (“steato-“ means relating to fat and “hepatitis” means liver inflammation).As with other liver disease, such as viral hepa…

BBG's Kayla Itsines Has a New At-Home Ab Challenge For You - Grab 1 Dumbbell!

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by KAYLA ITSINES (@kayla_itsines) on Apr 27, 2020 at 4:30am PDT Target your core with this at-home workout from BBG creator Kayla Itsines. She shared it on her Instagram page with the caption, "I challenge you to give this a try. All you need to complete this workout is a dumbbell (or screw top milk carton filled with water or sand) and enough space to lay down a mat."Kayla said, "These are some of my favorite ab exercises to do at home because they require minimal equipment but maximum effort." Get ready to target all areas of your core.Related: BBG's Kayla Itsines Shared This Intense Full-Body Workout - All You Need Is a Chair! At-Home Ab ChallengeEquipment needed: One light to medium-weight dumbbellDirections: Complete three rounds of the following four-move workout.Ab bike and toe tap: 20 reps (10 each side)Bent-leg raise and flutter kick (1:4): 10 repsSide plank and hip lift: 20 reps (10 each side)Russian twist (feet …

Strengthen Your Arms, Legs, and Abs With Kelsey Wells's 15-Minute Equipment-Free Workout

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You don't need access to a gym in order to get in a quality workout. To help you train no matter where you are, Kelsey Wells, NASM-certified, Sweat app trainer and founder of the PWR and PWR at Home program, created this quick, total-body workout that will leave you feeling energized and stronger once it's over. "I hope this helps women understand that they don't need any gym equipment to get in an intense strength-training session," Kelsey told POPSUGAR.Not only will this workout work your upper and lower body, it's also going to elevate your heart rate so you can get in some cardio as well. This workout may only be four moves, but Kelsey said she selected compound exercises to target multiple groups of muscle at once. If you're ready to get started, grab your water and continue reading.Kelsey Wells's 15-Minute Equipment-Free Full-Body WorkoutEquipment needed: a yoga mat (optional)Before getting started, Wells said to complete three to five minutes o…

A Doctor Explains the Anatomy of a Hangover - Here's Why You're in Pain

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If you're contributing to the spike in alcohol sales since staying home (guilty!), you may have had to fight off a hangover or two.You've also probably noticed through trial and error that there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to hangover prevention.Even the college cardinal rule of drinking - liquor before beer, in the clear - won't protect you from the painful aftermath of a rowdy Zoom happy hour."It is the rate of drinking that is directly related to hangovers," Dr. Nadia Khan, MD, internal medicine at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, admits - not necessarily the combination of alcohol you consume.Dr. Khan defines this as "binge-drinking" or consuming around four to five drinks in about two hours.Related: What Hangover Remedies Really Work? We Asked a Registered Dietitian "Drinking more slowly is less likely to cause a bad hangover," Dr. Khan adds.Instead of strictly monitoring how you're combining alcohol, it coul…

Swap Running For This Cardio Workout You Can Do in the Tiniest of Spaces

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You can get in a challenging, sweaty cardio workout without setting foot outside - or even outside your living room.Move the coffee table aside, and secure a small space for yourself - simply the length of a yoga mat should do it - get in a warmup, then follow this 15-minute circuit created by Jenna Langhans, an NASM-certified personal trainer in New York City.Complete all six moves, then repeat the entire circuit three times through. Take breaks as needed, and remember to listen to your body.Inchworm to Two-Shoulder TapsWith feet hip-distance apart, hinge at the waist until hands touch the floor (bending knees as much as you need to hit fold-over position).Walk hands out to full high plank, shoulders in line with wrists.Tap hand to opposite shoulder two times, keeping hips square to floor.Walk hands back to fold over and stand up.Perform 10 reps.Squat JumpsStand with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance.Relaxing ankles as much as possible, bend knees while sending hips back an…

Is Hand Sanitizer as Good as Soap? And More Questions Answered by a Handwashing Expert

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Handwashing is important every day, but it's especially crucial during a pandemic like the novel coronavirus to help keep you and others safe. "The simple act of handwashing with soap is still the best defense that we have against coronavirus," Myriam Sidibe, PhD, a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and recognized handwashing expert, told POPSUGAR. The coronavirus is an enveloped virus - there's a protective layer around it - and washing with soap and water removes this envelope, causing the virus to die, she said.Soap can help fight a lot of other "outbreak pathogens and common global killers like diarrheal disease and respiratory infections," Dr. Sidibe explained. In fact, handwashing with soap can reduce diarrheal rates by at least 40 percent, she noted, and reduce respiratory infections by somewhere in the mid-20-percent range.News flash! Soap has been around forever - since 2800 BC, Dr. Sidibe said - and it is extremely effective at killing g…

Plug Your Favorite Song Into This Generator For a Handy Guide to Washing Your Hands

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It goes without saying that you should always be washing your hands, regardless of what health concerns are floating around in the world. However, with the prevalence of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it's more important than ever to wash your hands extra thoroughly. You should be washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if you're bored of singing "Happy Birthday" (twice!) every time you're at the sink, a UK teen developed a site that generates handwashing instructions set to whatever song you want.When you go to WashYourLyrics.com, you can put in the name of the song and artist of your choice, and the site will give you a poster of instructions paired with lyrics you can sing - whether in your head or out loud, it's up to you - to help pass the time. We plugged in Harry Styles's monster hit "Adore You," and look how fun and easy it now can be to wash your hands!The instructions are pulled straight from the NHS hand-washing instruct…