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Can Fat-melting ‘Hot Pants’ Help You Lose Weight?

Science says being cold makes you burn more calories. But many women now swear by Hot Pants. Shorts or capris that make you sweat. These pants have one woman raving that she dropped two dress sizes. See full article here: Science doesn’t seem to back up this theory but if it can help you lose inches and decrease the look of cellulite it might be worth a try.

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You Should Have A Breathalyzer App

Will we finally get an answer to the age old question, “Does size really matter”? Out of all of the myths about drinking alcoholic beverages, there may actually be some truth to this classic tale. The theory behind this is that a person that weighs more will need to consume more alcohol to exceed the legal limit as what a smaller person would need. A one hundred and ten pound woman versus a three hundred pound professional football player, will be going head to head in a drinking competition. To test this myth, and to see what does happen to each of them as they continue to drink alcoholic beverages from beer, to shots, and including an innocent glass of wine and test their score on their breathalyzer app with the BACtrack Mobile Pro.

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Calories and Nutrition of Fruits and Vegetables

Dieting has always been the most efficient means to lose weight and to maintain a healthy lifestyle that will keep the weight off after. However, it is also one of the most dreaded tasks for most human beings. In fact, approximately 62% of Americans begin a diet each year, but most of them are deemed unsuccessful, due to the fact that they are often plain difficult. Most of this stems from a lack of understanding when it comes to matters of portion control or the right foods to eat. Some believe that certain fruits must be avoided simply because of the fructose, but fail to understand that they are missing out on not only a tasty snack, but one packed full of nutrients that will further benefit their diet. Even if you do not consider yourself a dieter, it is still important to understand the appropriate serving size of certain fruits and vegetables, their calories, and the general benefits of eating them. Continue reading

Should I Warm Up or Stretch First Before Exercising?

It may be that you always assumed, or were misinformed by others, that you should always stretch first before warming up for your home exercise session. This is a common misconception, and perhaps, it is a natural assumption. People think, “During warm up, I’m moving my muscles, so I should stretch them before moving them.” In reality, however, research and experience agree that warming up should always precede stretching. Continue reading

Why Follow A Meal Plan?

The familiar adage “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” was never more appropriate than when you’re trying to establish a healthier or more economical routine! You may be trying to achieve your ideal weight, avoid foods which cause allergic reactions or rein in your food expenses. No matter the reason, creating a meal plan gives you a visual aid to keep you on track. Written meal plans save time and money, allow you to plan ahead and will give you a sense of accomplishment. Think of your meal plan as the road map to your goal. You wouldn’t drive across the country without some kind of navigational assistance, so don’t set out on the road to a physically or financially healthier you without a plan! As with any long-distance trip, you’ll need to break it up into manageable segments. For purposes of this article, you’ll be working with a seven day time frame. First, you’ll determine meals according to the guidelines you’ve chosen. Your next steps are shopping for ingredients and, when practical, preparing food ahead. Regardless of your ultimate goal, saving money is always a plus, so when planning your meals, remember to check your coupons and grocery store circulars. Continue reading

When It Makes More Sense To Rent A Home Instead Of Buying

The American Dream of owning a home is not exactly the trend anymore. Statistics show that renting is on the rise largely due to employment changes. The best way to decide whether to rent or buy is to consider if you will be with the same job for at least 5 years. The cost to move is expensive for various reasons.

Another reason to rent is if you can’t afford at least a 20% down payment. Most of the money you pay will go toward interest not the principle. Rent may also be cheaper than a mortgage. In which case it’s recommended to save the money you would have otherwise spent on a mortgage and save it for a potential down payment.

Housing markets being high in certain locations is also a good reason to rent. Long commutes to work would be a good reason to rent closer to places of employment. Low credit scores can make buying more difficult. Being able to make your own repairs and upkeep are also things you must consider when buying a home.

Renting in a new area gives you time to get to know the town. You get to know the neighborhoods, the restaurants, the churches, the general community you’ll be living in. It gives you time to decide exactly where you might be happiest to settle down.

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Maternal Instincts

An experimental study has shown that maternal instincts can give the offspring a leg up in life. Stephen Proulx, an evolutionary biologist, is the study’s author and the hermaphroditic worm is its subject. The study is published in PLOS Biology.

It is known that environmental factors like maternal weight can affect fetus size and the transfer of nutrients and hormes during pregnancy can affect offspring development. We know that natural selection is a force which drives species development and on an individual level. The researchers were able to produce sixty generations of the worm to look at two variations in the maternal environment. They looked at the effect of a normal vs. an anoxic maternal environment. Mothers who lived in a normal oxygen environment were able to provide a cushion to reduce the stress to the oxygen deprived embryo.

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How To Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring time is here, and it is time to not only clean your house but also clean up your finances! This article suggests several ways you can start to clean up your finances immediately. Dealing with student loan debt? Try the loan service CommonBond that can lower your rates and save you money in the long run. Use one of several programs, such as Mint or Personal Capital to scrutinize your household spending and increase your savings potential. Take a closer look at all of your insurance policies. Maybe you can afford to take a plan with a lower rate that doesn’t cover as much. Finally cut down on clutter by shredding documents and bills that are over a year old, giving you more space to focus on your current situation and peace of mind.

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