Diet and Fitness

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Social media technologies aren't just for keeping up with the eco-Jones', it can also be used to help motivate your workout.

By Laurel House

Forget about diet pills and green your fat burning routine with herbs and spices instead. Learn more about firing up your metabolism.

By Laurel House

Don't let a leg injury be your excuse to get fat, burn calories and tone up with a cardio workout that you can do in bed.

By Laurel House

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It's Sunday morning and you're out for a delightful brunch. You know that mile high stack of chocolate chip pancakes blanketed with maple syrup is outside of your diet, but you're just not quite sure how much.

By Sara Novak

Losing weight is no picnic. But it's not impossible. Follow these tips and tricks to actually sticking to a weight loss plan.

By Dr. Margaret McKenzie

Staying motivated to lose weight can be difficult, especially if one stops seeing results. Learn more about staying motivated with a workout routine to feel you best and lead a healthier life.

By Elizabeth Scherer

Evaluating the state of your health is a complex issue, rife with approximations, theories, and guesses. Learn about the variables that intertwine to form the mosaic of your health and well-being.

By the American Institute for Preventive Medicine

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For women, weight lifting can be as important as aerobic exercise. Learn valuable women's weight lifting exercises using our illustrated instructions.

By Lottie Olson

Though the USDA Dietary Guidelines focus on food items, it also stresses daily exercise. The government has put physical activity on par with nutrition for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Learn about the USDA exercise guidelines.

By Peggy Norwood

Arm, chest, and shoulder exercises can strengthen the upper body while easing back pain. Learn several ways to tone those regions in men and women alike.

By Lisa Faremouth

Warm-up exercises both prepare you for a workout and promote circulation by loosening up your entire body. Find out how to prevent injuries by following these steps before you begin any intense physical activity.

By Lisa Faremouth

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Check out our program for getting your legs into shape, from calves to buttocks. Use our step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations to help you learn to do these exercises safely and effectively.

By Lisa Faremouth

Stretching warms you up in preparation for doing other exercises, but it's also good for you in and of itself. Use our article and illustrations to learn to stretch the muscles throughout your whole body.

By Lisa Faremouth

Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen show you how to restock your pantry, get moving and reduce your waistline in 14 days.

By Maria Trimarchi

Don't mistake the Dukan Diet -- known as the French Atkins diet -- with French cuisine. Is this classic low-carb, high-protein diet too good to be true?

By Brion O'Connor

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Everyone would like six-pack abdominals, but what exercise is best? Here, find ab exercises listed in order from most effective to least effective.

Knowing how much exercise to lower your cholesterol can help you in more ways than one. Learn more about exercising and what the right amount is needed to lower cholesterol levels.

By Bobbie Hasselbring

With 75 to 85 percent of Americans now overweight or obese, the LA Weight Loss plan has garnered attention both for its positive results -- and criticism.

By Kevin P. Allen

In the midst of an obesity epidemic, it may seem like all things thin are in. Though we may think super skinny people are lucky, they face health problems of their own.

By Molly Edmonds

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When it comes to weight loss, burn more calories than you consume. At 1,100 daily calories, you're almost guaranteed to lose weight if you follow the Smart for Life plan.

By Brion O'Connor

Fad diets, such as the South Beach Diet or Master Cleanse, come and go. Learn more about the craziest diet trends of all time from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

HCG treatment uses a hormone that is naturally produced during pregnancy to help burn up excess fat, but it isn't all good news. Learn about the dangers of the hCG diet in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

We love comfort foods, but eat too much, and it's doubtful you'll find comfort in those tight clothes. You're ready for a change, but what's the best way to lose weight?

By Katie Lambert

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The renowned medical organization staked its name on it, so what's up with the Mayo Clinic Diet? Can you really lose 6 to 10 pounds in a week on the plan?

By Tom Scheve

If you want the P90X body, you have to follow the P90X workout -- and Diet. So what will you be eating?

By Tom Scheve