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The Treats Can Be the Scariest Part of Halloween

As every year, millions of American kids will go from door to door this week, dressed up in imaginative costumes, asking for chocolates and candy. As every year, adults will be happy to comply, filling entire baskets and pails with the kind of stuff that we all know is not good for the health of anyone, let alone growing youngsters. Obviously, a once-a-year-occasion can hardly be blamed for the childhood obesity crisis we are facing, not just in the United States but increasingly around the globe. However, the ever-growing consumption of sugary foods and drinks, resulting in an array of chronic illnesses not traditionally associated with children, such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer, is a serious worry.

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For Lasting Weight Loss, Go Fast or Slow?

Shedding pounds too rapidly has long been considered by experts as a recipe for short-lived success, almost inevitably leading to reoccurring weight gain. A better approach was thought to be losing one to two pounds a week, enough time to let the body adjust and make the changes permanent. But the idea that slimming down at a reduced rate produces better outcomes long-term may be delusional, according to a new study that found no differences for participants in so-called crash diets by comparison to their counterparts who took a slower pace.

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Drink Your Morning Joe

When I was growing up, drinking coffee was considered a not-so-good habit. Not terribly bad like smoking, but certainly not healthy. Over time (and with additional research) that view has changed. It turns out that your morning brew may do a lot more for you than just taste good and give you a boost. In fact, a daily cup or two may offer some real health benefits.

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Why Some People Can Eat More Without Getting Fat

Life is unfair when it comes to weight management. Some people gain or lose body fat more easily than others. Unfortunately, fat gain or loss is not as predictable as we would like it to be. The fact is that people vary greatly in their susceptibility to gain or lose body fat in response to over- or under-eating.

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Healthy Pantry Essentials

A well-stocked pantry is essential to ensure you can create healthy and delicious meals at a moment’s notice. What’s more, having a kitchen stocked with good-for-you options can help you peel off unwanted pounds. That’s because home-cooked meals typically amount to smaller portions and fewer calories than restaurant food, less saturated fat and added sugars than in processed and ready-to-eat items, and more fruits and vegetables than in most dishes you get served away from home.

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