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The next time you take a bite into, well, anything, think about how much sugar you’re ingesting. Chances are, you have no idea just how much sugar is in your meal because food makers are working really hard to be sure it remains a mystery. With Halloween creeping up on us this week, John Oliver decided to dissect the sugar industry for his viewers on Last Week Tonight.

There’s no doubt you’ll be totally shocked at the tricky formulas and food labels companies use to conceal the amount of sugar that’s contained in their products. Check out Oliver’s witty investigation into the substance, and try not to freak out. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to resist a sugar overload and avoid the unhealthy truth behind many foods.

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Don’t get weighed down by bags of Halloween candy this year; blast calories and get in the spirit with a fun and festive workout that requires one piece of equipment that you’ll definitely have at home – a pumpkin! Instead of focusing on the chocolate, candy corn, and other spooky confection at your fingertips, celebrate with a workout that will tone your legs, abs, and arms. There’s no need to fear Halloween anymore when you have this workout on your side.

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If there’s one thing that can send a diet to its grave, it’s the tantalizing aroma of fresh pizza. This food favorite – while delicious – is not always the healthiest option, but with a little creativity and a lot of love, it can be transformed into a guiltless slice of heaven.

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Don’t let back pain keep you down! Here are six exercises that will keep your spine healthy and your core strong. This five-minute workout will teach you the essentials for maintaining a better back, from flexible hips to strong abs. Press play, get ready to stretch and strengthen your back, and feel relief. More from C9 by Champion.

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Despite what popular diets say, carbs are not the enemy. But if you’re on a weight-loss mission, a diet that’s heavy in calorie-dense carbs is not going to support these goals. Luckily, many experts agree: you can have your carbs – and eat them, too! – just make sure it’s for breakfast.

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Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper tells his clients on the ranch to “front load their carbohydrates.” Many people ask Bob if they should be cutting carbs entirely, but he completely disagrees, since “your body needs carbs for fuel.” When you eat carbs earlier in the day, however, “you’ll know you’ll have time to burn them off” with exercise.

Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson also recommends that his clients skip carbs later in the day – especially if they’re getting ready for an important event! Foods like rice, grains, pastas, oatmeal, and potatoes make your body retain water, “which blurs, to a certain degree, definition and muscle separation,” he says.

Manhattan-based nutritionist and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski explains the science backs up these celebrity trainer claims. Our bodies’ circadian rhythm, or “internal time-keeping system,” plays a huge role in “metabolic and hormonal changes over 24-hour cycles.” Carbohydrate metabolism fluctuates around the circadian cycle, meaning that “[carbs] are burned more efficiently in the morning than at night.” For clients trying to lose weight, she recommends that the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) is breakfast; the rest of your meals should be “trending smaller as the day goes on.”

Not sure what constitutes a healthy carb-laden breakfast? Keep reading for some of our favorite recipes.

Apple-Quinoa Bake: 44.3 grams

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Whip up this gluten-free quinoa bake featuring soft, cinnamon-spiced apples; plump raisins; and crunchy almonds. Bake a batch ahead of time, so you can enjoy this healthy breakfast all week long.

Superfood Pancakes: 58.6 grams

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Inject some greens into your favorite breakfast! These spinach, banana, and blueberry superfood pancakes might have an earthy hue, but don’t fret – they do not taste too “green.” Even better, they’re full of fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate.

Harley Pasternak’s Breakfast Smoothie: 71.9 grams

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It’s not just about the bread – smoothies can be a healthy source of carbs from all that fresh fruit. Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak recommends this apple smoothie made with just a few ingredients to many of his clients. This recipe packs major nutrients and vitamins to get your day off to a good start.

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Crisco was originally developed using hydrogenated vegetable oil. Research has now confirmed that these synthetic hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats) are bad for our health and have linked their regular consumption with a variety of …
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Our latest POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition box is here! Get ready for the second annual Special Edition Must Have Fall Style box. We can’t wait to share our editors’ chic essentials in fashion and beauty for Fall – the season of style!

Last year’s Special Edition Fall Style box featured brands you love, like Stila and Cynthia Vincent, and we can’t wait to surprise you with what’s in store this year.

We have a limited quantity, so hurry on this Special Edition and order now!

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Our latest POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition box is here! Get ready for the second annual Special Edition Must Have Fall Style box. We can’t wait to share our editors’ chic essentials in fashion and beauty for Fall – the season of style!

Last year’s Special Edition Fall Style box featured brands you love, like Stila and Cynthia Vincent, and we can’t wait to surprise you with what’s in store this year.

We have a limited quantity, so hurry on this Special Edition and order now!

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