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The rumor mill says that if a person were to intentionally swallow a tapeworm their excess pounds would simply melt away. But what's the truth about the 'tapeworm diet'?
Hypertrophy is just a super-science-y way to say you're building muscle. And there are lots of ways to do it.
The ubiquitous and beautiful Sanskrit word has meaning beyond the mat.
Pushups are a great upper-body exercise that people often do wrong. So what's the right way to perform a pushup and what are some variations?
Squatting has a ton of benefits and can actually strengthen a lot of your inactive muscle groups.
The keto diet is high in fat and low in carbs — ideal for quick weight loss, but not necessarily for keeping it off.
They're probably the bane of your middle school memories. So why do we still subject kids to these humiliating physical fitness tests?
Lots of people believe that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day helps to speed weight loss. But what does science say?
A small study found that just by eating breakfast later and dinner earlier, people could lose twice as much body fat as those who did not. But could they stick with this diet?
A lectin-free diet bans beans, grains and even some veggies. So is this the next cure-all fad diet?
It turns out that people who are both healthy and obese are rarer than you might think.
Compared to sports drinks, bananas might be tops at helping us power through workouts and heal faster on the other end.
Why is it so hard to keep weight off after losing it? One study suggests it's because your body wants you to put it back on.
New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.
A quick workout before or between flights would be a nice way to get energized, especially if there was a gym conveniently located at your terminal. So why aren't there more gyms inside U.S. airports?
Hot yoga may not be as beneficial as once thought, a new study suggests.
Workout trends are changing, as younger people are less into the gender divide of classes for women and weightlifting for men.
There are nude bike rides, naked yoga sessions and even the occasional bare-it-all Crossfit sesh. Would our bodies be more efficient without clothes getting in the way?
A study showed that weight loss messages are more likely to work when both are actions ("eat more veggies," "do more exercise") rather than if one is an action and the other is an inaction ("eat more veggies," "eat less fat").
It's a popular dieting trend but in this first long-term study, researchers found mixed results on the effectiveness of alternate-day fasting.
Worrying can be detrimental to a person's health, but — in the right amounts — it can also promote well-being.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator on your way to the office, and you might not need that morning cup of joe for energy. (You'll probably still want it, though.)
Emotions can get the best of you when you're in corpse pose. The reason why is somewhat of a mystery, but science and yogis have some pretty good guesses.
Links between inactivity and heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer are still solid though.
Biologists in San Diego have pinpointed a hormone in roundworms that could one day be the key to fat-burning drugs.