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One large holiday meal will not make you gain 5 pounds, it is the week of eating the leftovers after Christmas that will put on the pounds! Get back on track this week, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, go for a walk, drink plenty of water, and give away the leftovers!

- Celebrity Nutritionist Lisa DeFazio

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Study Reveals How America Is Losing Weight

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How is America Losign Weight

And most, unfortunately, are just relying on dieting!

A Gallup pole of the 52% of American adults who have successfully lost weight at some point in their lives revealed they were more likely to make various dietary changes than try good old fashioned exercise!

Results showed that 31% of those polled named non-specific exercise as their strategy for losing weight, while 23% named non-specifically eating less.

However,

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How The Bachelorette Lost 10 Pounds To Look This Good

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This season's Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert, looks FANTASTIC on the cover of the most recent issue of Life & Style Magazine.

However, the reality romantic revealed she had to do some work to get her body into the great shape that it is now, ESPECIALLY after having her heart broken by Brad Womack in last season of The Bachelor.

She revealed she put on 10 pounds after some serious emotional eating, admitting:

“I was eating everything in sight. When you’re stressed out, you kind of just throw it back.”

To gear up for her turn as the ABC heartbreaker, she turned to a healthy, balanced diet and lots of exercising, saying:

“I don’t drink as much, and I don’t eat as many desserts as last time. Now it’s fruits, vegeta­bles, salads and chicken — staying healthy…I teach dance classes — jazz and hip-hop — so I get a good mix of exercise types”

She also takes advantage of combining weights and aerobics in Bodypump classes, which can burn up to 600 calories in an hour!

As you can see above, all of her hard work has DEFINITELY paid off and Ashley knows it too! In her interview for the magazine, she shared, "It’s a new, enlightened me. I’m happy. I’m in such a great place right now!”

[Image via Life & Style Weekly.]

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29 Healthiest Foods

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29 Healthiest Foods

It seems like every magazine and website has their own version of the “healthiest foods” list. And each list has different foods on it.

But that doesn’t mean they’re not helpful. Use them more as guidelines and suggestions for foods you should be eating more of.

Here’s part of a list compiled by Belly Bytes. Check out the rest of the list here.

1. Apricots
“The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. The body also turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which may help ward off some cancers, especially of the skin. One apricot has 17 calories, 0 fat, 1 gram of fiber. Snacks on them dried, or if you prefer fresh, buy when still firm; once they soften, they lose nutrients.”

2. Avocados
“The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. One slice has 81 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. Try a few slices instead of mayonnaise to dress up your next burger.”

3. Onions
“The Power: Quercetin is one of the most powerful flavonoids (natural plant antioxidants). Studies show it helps protect against cancer. A cup (chopped) has 61 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Chop onions for the maximum phytonutrient boost, or if you hate to cry, roast them with a little olive oil and serve with rice or other vegetables.”

4. Artichokes
“The Power: These odd-looking vegetables contain silymarin, an antioxidant that helps prevent skin cancer, plus fiber to help control cholesterol. One medium artichoke has 60 calories, 0 fat and 7 grams of fiber. Steam over boiling water for 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice on top, then pluck the leaves off with your fingers and use your teeth to scrape off the rich-tasting skin. When you get to the heart, you have found the best part!”

5. Quinoa
“The Power: A half cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, more than any other grain, plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. A half-cup has 318 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. Add to soup for a protein boost. Rinse first, or it will taste bitter.”

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