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The best weight-loss advice comes from those who’ve been there, so if you need some inspiration, check out our favorite tips and words of encouragement from a few of our Before & After stars. They’ve got smart advice and tried-and-true tricks to help you continue to see results. There’s bound to be a tip here that will get you excited about your own progress!

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Even if you have a gym membership, now is the perfect time to take your workout outdoors. Even so, heat can get the best of you, even when you have dreams of killing it in your next outdoor workout. Instead of having to cut your sweat session short, make sure you have this checklist in mind before you go out and work out.

  1. Go when it’s cooler: Don’t wait for high noon to hit to venture out on a run. Go early, or schedule a predinner jog to stay safe and hydrated.
  2. Drink early (and often): Before a hot-weather workout, you’ve got to get ready to sweat. Drink 15 to 20 ounces of water an hour or two before your workout so you’re not filled with liquid when you start out – that can lead to uncomfortable cramps that can also put a damper on your workout. Bring along a water bottle or FuelBelt, and sip six to eight ounces of water every 15 minutes if you’re sweating a lot.
  3. Protect yourself: Staying out of the sun doesn’t exactly work when you’ve got a six-miler ahead of you. Minimize damage by always slathering on sunscreen (check out the safest sunscreen picks here) and wearing a hat or visor as well as sunglasses that don’t slip off when you move. You can also look for well-ventilated gear with UPF to further deflect those hot rays.
  4. Cool off: Speaking of gear, you should become very familiar with the word “sweat-wicking.” Showing up in old, all-cotton clothes when temps are high can leave you a sopping mess just minutes into your workout. Go for technical gear, from your shirt to your socks – and don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a lot to fill your wardrobe with technical gear that works. This affordable Summer workout gear does what you need and doesn’t cost too much.
  5. Think electrolytes: Now’s the time to eat salty foods or take a swig of your sports drink. If you sweat a lot during a hard workout, it’s important to replenish those electrolytes fast. Take along a sports drink or other electrolyte replenisher (like Nuun rehydration tabs in water) if your workout is going to last more than an hour outdoors.
  6. Know when to stop: Pushing though pain and fatigue is part of challenging your body and seeing results, but you should also know when it’s smarter and safer to stop. If you feel extra thirsty, dizzy, weak, or have heart palpitations, you may be dehydrated and need to stop.
  7. Switch it up: Dreading your next hot-weather run? Try something cooler instead. Cycling is a good option when you want a cardio workout and it’s hot outside; it feels breezier than running on the hot pavement. Or, opt for a swim at the local pool to get your cardio and cool off at the same time.

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Whether you’re en route to Bonnaroo in Tennessee or you have another fun festival on the horizon, head to the event prepped with these healthy products in tow. Keeping these healthy items on hand will keep you feeling safe, healthy, and ready to rock all weekend long.

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It might be tank-top weather, but toned, strong arms are always in season. If you just can’t seem to see the muscle definition you’ve been working toward, you’re in luck. We’ve spoken with some of the most respected fitness experts in the country to talk about what really works. Whether you’re a gym rat, a barre or Pilates fanatic, or even a yogini, there’s a tip here to help you maximize your workout, so you can reveal (and celebrate) your strong and beautiful arms.

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Feeling uninspired, intimidated, or self-conscious at the gym? This checklist will help you stop worrying and start focusing on feeling great and having fun. Remember this list before your next gym trip to help you have the best workout ever.

  1. Have a plan: Don’t just get to the gym without knowing what you want to do. Psych yourself up for the challenge by planning your workout beforehand, then get excited to power through your plan and check it off your to-do list. If you need ideas, our printable workouts are perfect to take along.
  2. Look good, feel good: Take time to figure out what you’re going to wear to the gym before it’s time to rush off for class. If you have an outfit you’re proud of and is flattering, you’ll be more likely to step onto the gym floor feeling confident and putting in more effort. Investing in a few key workout basics will help you design a workout outfit to be proud of. Feel naked without makeup? A swipe of lip gloss or some waterproof mascara never hurt anyone’s workout.
  3. Sweat it out: Had a bad day, full of stress from your to-do list, or feel like you need an attitude boost? An intense workout may be just what you need to feel better. Exercise boosts endorphins and helps lower stress levels, so give it your all, even when you’re not into it, to feel better fast.
  4. Find a go-to hairstyle: You need your hair out of your eyes and sweaty tendrils kept at a minimum, but finding a hairstyle that works and looks cute will help you to stop focusing on what you look like and more on what you’re doing. Try a high bun and a headband, a braid across the crown of your head, or more hairstyles that look good while you work out.
  5. Think positive: When you’re new to the gym, self-conscious about your appearance, or just intimidated overall by the workout experience, negative thoughts are bound to happen. But if you let them get to you, they’ll start to affect your workout. Take a few minutes to breathe deeply and let go of any stresses before you start working out – remembering one of these fun fitness motivational quotes can help!
  6. Zone out to your own music: The truth is, no one is really watching what you’re doing at the gym – but it can feel like the opposite if you’re trying out a new workout or venturing into the weight room for the first time. To get your mind off what you think people are thinking about you, turn on a killer workout playlist that will motivate you and get your mind on your workout.
  7. Bring a fit friend: Personal trainers can be expensive, but a friend who’s passionate about fitness and loves sharing new workout ideas? Just what you need to tackle anything unfamiliar at the gym. The right knowledgeable workout buddy will challenge you while also showing you the ropes, so ask around to see if any of your friends want to meet up at the gym instead of a happy hour.
  8. Focus on form: It’s better to get it right than hit a number incorrectly – you’ll see more results faster if your form is correct. Whether you’re in class or on the floor, station yourself near a mirror so you can periodically make sure your back isn’t hunched over and your shoulders are relaxed when you do your moves. Knowing you’ve mastered the art of the deadlift or push-up is definitely a confidence boost.
  9. Think about how good you’ll feel: Not every day feels like a gym day, but sometimes you just gotta do it. Instead of focusing on how much you don’t want to work out, nix the delaying, and just get it over and done with – you’ll feel so much better after you’re done if you feel like you put in an effective workout.

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Regular exercise is great for building muscle and losing fat, but if you want to see real weight-loss results, what you eat matters. But dropping pounds isn’t about depriving yourself - it’s about choosing the right foods that satisfy without the calories. These 25 foods make the cut; check them out below!

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Those who had gastric bypass dropped the most weight, some saw their type 2 diabetes disappear, studies found


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A lot more isn’t usually much better. In reality, we’re studying that when it arrives to physical exercise, quick may be the way go - but only if the intensity is turned up a notch. 1 way to attain this aim is to maximize your time and initiatives by rolling strength and cardio into one particular move. Each of these exercises operates the total physique, leaves your heart racing, and does not need a solitary piece of equipment. See how a lot of reps you can do of every single in a single moment, then begin such as these in your lunch-split schedule or earn a gold star by busting them out following your subsequent run!

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