6 Secrets for a Faster Metabolism

Health + Wellbeing: “6 Secrets for a Faster Metabolism”

TIME

If Metabolism 101 were a class, you’d be the teacher’s pet: You never skip breakfast—you know a little food in the a.m. kick-starts the day’s calorie burn. And you don’t crash diet, either, because that leads your body to hang on to Every. Last. Calorie. Ready for the advanced course? We found out what real people with high metabolism do right. Adopt their ways to shrink your waist and get in peak shape.

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Eat the correct number of calories

Science time! Metabolism is the chemical process in the body that converts the food you eat into fuel. The result: You get the energy that keeps you going each day. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the number of calories per day your body naturally burns at rest, says Louis Aronne, MD, an obesity specialist at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Knowing…

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You Asked: Should I Do The Insanity Workout?

Health + Wellbeing: “Should I Do the Insanity Workout?”

TIME

The name alone is a challenge—a dare. You’d have to be insane to attempt this workout. Of course, that’s a big part of the appeal. If the exercise is “extreme” or “crazy,” you assume the body benefits will be dramatic. And they may be—just not in the ways you’d expect from checking out the workout’s promotional materials, which emphasize weight loss.

While it’s continually changing, the latest iteration of “INSANITY” is a 60-day program composed of 30-minute bouts of very high-intensity aerobic and resistance exercise, to be completed six days a week. While research has linked physical fitness gains to Insanity-style interval workouts, the evidence that these programs lead to weight loss is anything but rock solid.

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“We’ve shown that when it comes to cardiovascular fitness and function, greater intensity leads to greater adaptations,” says Todd Astorino, PhD, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at California State…

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Diane von Furstenberg: Less is sometimes more in an age of so much choice

Culture + Style: “Less is Sometimes More in an Age of So Much Choice” -Diane von Furstenburg

Fortune

Consumers have more choice than ever, with everyone from retailers to cereal makers widening their assortments dramatically to reach a broader clientele.

That is especially true in the world of fashion, with retailers such as luxury department store Saks focusing on building out low-price outlet stores to win frugal shoppers, and brands like Coach [fortune-stock symbol=”COH”] widely expanding their shoe and clothing selections to be less reliant on handbags.

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The result in the aggregate has left consumers overwhelmed and often bewildered by an embarrassment of riches. And so as customers navigate an endless array of products and potentially become blasé, pulling back a bit might be an answer to safeguarding one’s aura of luxury, according to one of fashion’s biggest luminaries.

“For me the focus of this year is about the product—making less and make it better,” said Diane…

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6 Signs You’re Not Working Out Hard Enough

Health + Wellbeing: “6 Signs You’re Not Working Out Hard Enough”

TIME

Although any kind of physical activity is better than nothing, some workout plans are better than others in terms of overall effectiveness. While you may think you’re getting a good workout by spending an hour reading a magazine on the stationary bike, the truth is, if you’re leaving the gym with your make-up still perfectly intact, you’re probably not working hard enough.

But a fresh face isn’t the only way to tell you aren’t getting in a good gym session. If your workout isn’t working any more, one of these five reasons could be to blame.

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You’re not monitoring your heart rate

Whether you’re on a cardio machine or doing some high-intensity interval training (HIIT), your heart rate should fluctuate between 75% of your maximum when you’re just starting out, eventually building to 100%. (To roughly determine your maximum heart rate, subtract your…

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6 Steps That Can Prevent 70% of Heart Attacks

“6 Steps That Can Prevent 70% Heart Attacks”

TIME

How much of your heart health is in your own hands?

A lot, it turns out, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. And it helps to start early: Young women who follow six healthy activities can all but heart-attack-proof themselves.

The study looked at questionnaire data from a large number of nurses over two decades. They were all around age 37 at the start. The researchers identified six healthy behaviors important for heart health, none of which will come as a surprise: not smoking, having a normal BMI, getting at least 2.5 hours of exercise each week, watching television seven or fewer hours a week, having a healthy diet and limiting alcohol to a drink or less per day.

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Women who stuck to all six guidelines had a 92% lower risk for coronary…

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14 Bay Area Slang Words We All Need To Start Using

Culture + Style: “Bay Area Words of Wisdom”

Thought Catalog

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I went to San Diego State thinking it would mostly be surfer bros and Southern California natives like myself, but boy was I wrong. This whole new culture was full of Baydestrians from The City or The Town, people from Sactown, and others from San Jose who were conflicted as to whether or not they could claim ‘The Bay.’ I’m a huge fan of language and culture, and the reality is the Bay Area has some of the most unique vernacular in the United States, and when used properly, it’ll make your life easier and more fun:

1. Hella

Let’s start with the most obvious one. Hella can be used as an adverbial substitute for ‘very’ or as an adjective in place of ‘a lot of.’

Adverb: “I’m hella tired.”

Adjective: “There’s hella people here.”

2. Tryna

‘Tryna’ is – as you might assume – a shortening of…

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