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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…

This App Is Helping People From Marginalized Communities Find Therapists With Compatible Backgrounds

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Socioeconomic status, cultural mistrust, and racial differences are a few factors inhibiting people from marginalized communities from receiving therapy, but Eric Coly, CEO and founder of the Ayana Therapy app, is changing that. "The premise of the concept is based on my wanting to help a friend of mine that was not able to access a counselor. It was not for a lack of trying, it was more because there seems to have been a scarcity of Black women counselors," Coly told POPSUGAR. In tandem with that, Coly said he faced debilitating depression and was inspired to create a product that was "self-healing in a rather cathartic way," which ended up propelling his passion for the app. "And then it morphed into realizing that after I did my research, it was indeed a quick need for such a product," he said.
The name Ayana means "mirror" in Bengali, which Coly said represents the familiarity people will find within the app from language to one's backgro…

Autoimmune lung disease: Early recognition and treatment helps

A man who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) five years ago sees his rheumatologist for a follow-up visit. Fortunately, his arthritis is well controlled through medication. He can walk and do all his daily activities without pain. But over the past six months, he’s been feeling short of breath when climbing stairs. He has an annoying dry cough, too. COVID-19? That’s ruled out quickly. But a CT scan of his chest reveals early fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs, most likely related to rheumatoid arthritis. “I can finally walk normally, and now I can’t breathe when I walk!” says the frustrated patient, whose next step is a full evaluation by a pulmonologist.What is autoimmune lung disease?This man’s experience offers one example of an uncommon but potentially life-altering complication associated with rheumatic or autoimmune diseases, including:rheumatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease that primarily affects the jointssystemic sclerosis (scleroderma), a fibrosing disorder that…

This 195-Calorie Vegan Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Offers Almost 14 Grams of Protein

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Although thankfully there are a gazillion different vegan ice creams available nowadays, and you can even find dairy-free options at local ice cream shops, a lot of them still contain a lot of sugar. If you want a naturally sweetened frozen treat that tastes just as luscious as ice cream, make this cherry "nice" cream.Made with just four ingredients - frozen cherries, frozen banana, unsweetened vanilla soy milk, and plant-based protein powder - this treat comes together in about five minutes and tastes so fresh, creamy, and sweet, you'll want to make it again and again.Vegan Cherry Protein Ice CreamFrom Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR FitnessIngredients2 cups frozen cherries
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
1/3 cup vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder (I used 1 serving of vanilla KOS, which has 20 grams of protein per serving)
Toppings optional (chocolate chips, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, or granola)DirectionsAdd the frozen cherries,…

A Sleep Doctor Explains Why You Might Feel Groggy or Sick After Taking a Nap

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Naps are glorious. Lying down in the middle of the day can help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your afternoon. But if you ever wake up feeling more exhausted - or even sick to your stomach - you may need to reevaluate your sleep habits.Most commonly, the fatigue stems from sleeping too long. "This can occur when the person naps long enough to get into deep sleep, what we call stage N3 sleep," Benjamin Nager, MD, a neurologist at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, told POPSUGAR. "If you wake from a nap and were in stage N3 when you awaken, then you are likely to experience 'sleep inertia,' or a feeling of being half asleep after waking."To prevent yourself from feeling tired, try setting an alarm to wake up earlier. "Power napping or napping for no more than 15 minutes prevents a person from getting into the deep stages of sleep that leave you feeling as though you are still half asleep after the nap," Dr. Nager said. Some people may b…

Try These Resistance Band Moves If You Don't Have Dumbbells at Home

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Resistance bands are great for home workouts because they're easy to store and travel with, and can be used at all levels of fitness. Plus, they can be used instead of tools you may not have access to at home, like dumbbells.ACSM-certified personal trainer John Ford agrees: "The main reason I love [resistance bands] is their versatility. There are literally hundreds of different exercises I can do for different muscles, groups of muscles, and compound movements. I can simulate a lot of the moves I would typically use machines or free-weights to do in a gym."Just because resistance band and dumbbell exercises can be interchangeable doesn't mean they have identical techniques, though.Bands don't depend on gravity to create resistance, as free weights do, Ford says. That means bracing your muscles for resistance at the end of band exercises instead of at the beginning of a dumbbell move. Controlling muscle movements as you return to the starting position of a resist…

Win A 12-Week Weight-Loss Journey

iLiveLite2Gain is a 12-week programme designed to help you reach your weight-loss goals by equipping you with expert-led tools and tips to change your life.The post Win A 12-Week Weight-Loss Journey appeared first on Women's Health.

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Boost Your Joint Health With These Inflammation-Fighting Foods

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I've turned to ginger to help soothe my horrible period cramps, and I've limited my dairy intake to ease my sinus congestion. Simply put: I'm all for using food as medicine to prevent and manage aches, pains, and annoying ailments.While I'm very thankful I don't suffer from any serious joint issues, I do deal with exercise-induced pain in my knees and ankles, so joint health is always top of mind for me. I like working certain foods into my daily diet to help keep my joints in great shape. To learn more about how food affects joint health, I reached out to Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Real Nutrition and a Daily Harvest nutritionist partner.Good news: what you eat can play a positive role in your joints' overall health, but in different ways. "Some joint pain comes from inflammation of the joints and the areas around it. By cutting out inflammatory foods and including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, you can decrease the inflammation around th…

South Africa Has Embarked On Its First Clinical Trial For A COVID-19 Vaccine

If there’s one thing that everyone is waiting for, it’s a COVID-19 vaccine! Here's everything you need to know about the SA clinical trials.The post South Africa Has Embarked On Its First Clinical Trial For A COVID-19 Vaccine appeared first on Women's Health.

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How to Avoid Foggy Glasses When Wearing a Face Mask, According to an Ophthalmologist

Try these simple strategies to prevent glasses from fogging with a face mask, from using anti-fog wipes and soap to shaving cream and a metal clip.The post How to Avoid Foggy Glasses When Wearing a Face Mask, According to an Ophthalmologist appeared first on Women's Health.

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New Balance’s Clearance Sale Section Is Packed With Winter Essentials

New Balance is offering great deals in its clearance sale section. They just restocked with winter essentials like leggings, tops and shoes.The post New Balance’s Clearance Sale Section Is Packed With Winter Essentials appeared first on Women's Health.

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How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron, According To A Celebrity Hairstylist

Harry Josh, the celebrity hairstylist to Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss and Priyanka Chopra, shares the easiest tutorial for curling hair with a straightener.The post How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron, According To A Celebrity Hairstylist appeared first on Women's Health.

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What Is The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique And How Do You Do It?

The 4-7-8 breathing technique involves inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 7, and exhaling for 8. It can help you fall asleep and relieve stress and anxiety.The post What Is The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique And How Do You Do It? appeared first on Women's Health.

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The CDC Is Recalling 3 Bagged Salad Mixes in Midwest For Possible Cyclospora Contamination

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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is recalling three bagged salad mixes that may be linked to a Cyclospora outbreak in the Midwest, the agency announced on June 23. Cyclospora, a parasite that affects the intestinal tract, can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramping, and loss of appetite in infected people. (Here's the full list of Cyclospora symptoms.) It can take up to two weeks for symptoms to begin. The recall affects Arkansas and states across the Midwest, with the CDC releasing specific guidelines by state and salad brand:ALDI Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and WisconsinHy-Vee brand 12-ounce bagged Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and WisconsinJewel-Osco Signature Farms brand 12-ounce bagged Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Indiana, and IowaSo far, 122 people with Cyclospora infections have reported eating bagg…

"Now Is the Time": These WNBA Players Are Opting Out of a Season to Fight For Racial Justice

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The WNBA season is set to start in late July, but at least three players will be opting out and using their time to fight for racial justice.Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery, and Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud have all spoken out about their decisions to sit out the 2020 season to focus on social reform. It will be the second straight season missed by Moore, considered to be one of the most accomplished basketball players of all time, who has focused her efforts on criminal justice reform. Cloud and Montgomery have both come forward in the last week to announce their own decisions. "I have a responsibility to myself, to my community and to my future children to fight for something that is much bigger than myself and the game of basketball," Cloud (above) said in a statement.During discussions on the WNBA's return, players were wary of starting play during a pandemic and in a moment where social justice issues are at the fore…

Vegans, Get Excited! Trader Joe's Has a New Dairy-Free Almond Milk Yogurt - But Is It Good?

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As a plant-based eater, shopping at Trader Joe's is a pure delight, because there are so many options. And I'm not just talking about some new frozen veggie or variety of apple (but seriously, have you tasted the Envy apples?!). Those are exciting, but I'll actually squeal out loud in the store when I see a new vegan alternative to non-vegan products - like ice cream or veggie burgers.That's why I was so overjoyed to see this new dairy-free almond milk yogurt. It has a decent amount of protein - more than Trader Joe's Cashew Milk Yogurt - but does it taste good? Keep reading for more details on this new offering - and note from my taste test.Related: 9 Creative Ways to Use Trader Joe's Vegan Pesto (Pasta Is Just the Beginning!)

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Get Sweaty With Jeanette Jenkins's Total-Body Circuit - You Just Need One Set of Dumbbells

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jeanette Jenkins (@msjeanettejenkins) on Jun 23, 2020 at 4:59am PDT Grab a pair of dumbbells and your positive attitude and follow along to this total-body circuit workout from celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins. It's made up of 10 dynamic moves to strengthen your legs, butt, core, arms, and back.Total-Body Dumbbell and Cardio CircuitEquipment needed: a set of medium-weight dumbbells.Directions: Jenkins said to complete each of these 10 exercise for 30 to 60 seconds for two to three sets. If you do 60 seconds for three rounds, that's an 18-minute workout!Lateral triple stepDumbbell hollow hold with flutter kickExtend arms overhead dumbbell hollow hold with flutter kickGoblet squatFront kick and touch groundStationary lunge and shoulder pressSingle leg deadlift and back rowPush-up and squat and shoulder pressSide kick to squat touch downSquat jacksRelated: No Equipment Needed to Grow Your Glutes! Celeb Trainer Shares 7 Best Bodyweight …

Craft the Most Delicious, Healthy Smoothies With These 32 Trader Joe's Ingredients

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Your unconditional love for Trader Joe's and your passion for perfectly creamy, delicious smoothies is about to bond big time in your blender. As if you needed more reasons to love Trader Joe's - they already have the yummiest vegan foods, the best healthy snacks, the most essential freezer staples, and the products you need for being an amazing meal prepping machine - they also have the best ingredients for making smoothies. Throw these into your cart, then into your blender, and you'll be sipping happy. Read on to see what ingredients blend well together and check out some of our favorite smoothie recipes, ahead!- Additional reporting by Lauren HaranoRelated: Reese Witherspoon Shares the Filling Green-Smoothie Recipe She's Had Every Day For 9 Years

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Get Your Body Moving and Shaking to This Badass "Rain on Me" Cardio Dance Routine

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Put your hair into a high ponytail because this cardio dance workout set to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain on Me" already has us working up a sweat. Since its release, the catchy song has inspired an entire TikTok dance craze that challenges people to recreate Gaga and Grande's moves from the video, but this choreography routine kicks the challenge up a notch with a few extra moves. From high jumps and fist pumps to hip rolls and full-body shimmies, this routine has us feeling like we're in a music video. See the dance video here, and if the song is still stuck in your head, check out this full-body workout set to "Rain on Me" to squeeze in a few more cardio-friendly dance moves.

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Remember These Air Squat Rules During Your Next At-Home Workout

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The air squat, also known as the bodyweight squat, is one of the most common workout moves - you'll likely find a set or two in most of the strength or HIIT classes you stream.But just because a workout move is well-known, great for beginners, or popular, doesn't necessarily mean it's easy or that there's no room for error. When you're in an actual gym or studio, your trainer is there to catch your air squat mistake, but unfortunately, that personalized correction isn't always there when you're in your living room doing your own thing. So, to help you fine-tune this powerhouse move, we reached out to obé fitness instructor and NASM-certified personal trainerWalter Kemp.First, you should know the benefits of actually performing the move. "The main muscles targeted when doing an air squat are in the lower body: gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius, also quads, hamstrings, and calves," Kemp says. "But, if done properly, the core can be another …

Daily decisions about risk: What to do when there’s no right answer

Let’s face it: there’s still a deadly virus out there and it’s not going away anytime soon. And that means we all must make a lot of decisions that involve personal risk. And for many of these daily decisions, there’s no single right answer: no Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, World Health Organization recommendations, or expert advice exist. And as more places lift restrictions keeping people at home, more questions arise:Is it safe to go to the grocery store? And, how often is okay?How safe is it to fly on a commercial airline? Get a haircut? Go out to dinner?Should I avoid a friend whose daughter works someplace where someone tested positive?A new CDC guideline on venturing out shares ways to lessen risk for certain activities: frequent handwashing, wearing a mask, keeping your distance, and other familiar protective measures feature prominently. While helpful, the guideline won’t tell you whether it’s okay to visit your cousin, drive cross-country, or get a massage.Ba…