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Use A 'Reverse Diet' To Raise Your Metabolism After Aggressive Dieting

Aggressive diets like juice fasts or extreme calorie reduction may sound tempting, but they can leave you with a sluggish metabolism. This makes it more difficult to maintain your new weight. If you’ve suffered from the effects of a prolonged overly-aggressive diet, here’s what you can do about it.


Ask LH: Are Smoothies Healthy?

Dear Lifehacker, I love smoothies and figure they’re pretty healthy. After all, they’re mostly fruit, sometimes even with some leafy greens and protein. But I have friends who won’t touch the stuff, saying smoothies have so much sugar they’re basically confectionery. What’s the deal? Aren’t smoothies healthy?


Sports Foods May Not Be Better Than Real Food For Recovery

The companies that sell post-workout drinks and snacks would love you to believe that post-exercise nutrition is an exact science, and that you need specific nutrients in specific ratios from specific products to recover and perform your best. Recently, a study tested that idea, pitting sports recovery products against a McDonald’s meal — and the fast food worked just as well.


How To Combat Diet And Exercise Self-Sabotage With Mindfulness

You’ve stuck to your diet today and you feel unstoppable…until your co-worker hands you a cupcake. “It’s just one” you rationalise, devouring every gram. Guilt sets in. The once promising day is ruined, but not until you polish off a large pizza and a dozen cookies. Does this sound familiar?


Create Higher Protein Versions Of Common Foods For More Diet Success

Sometimes, it’s hard to get enough protein without feeling like you need to eat an entire antelope. Instead of raiding the fridge and eating 10 meals a day, try creating higher-protein versions of the meals you already love.


Beyond Probiotics: Can You 'Hack' Your Microbiome?

Trillions of tiny creatures call your body home, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and others. They’re not always bad news, and in fact, our health depends on having a thriving collection of microbes. Which leads to the obvious question: can we hack our health by hacking our microbiome?


Eight Sneaky Tricks To Get Your Children To Eat Healthy Food

A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in salt. But as many of us know, getting children to eat what is good for them can be easier said than done. So how do you get your child to eat a healthy diet?


How To Keep Your Diet Healthy This Easter

As you tuck into your crème eggs, dark chocolate bunnies and scrumptious hot cross buns this Easter long weekend, remember that decadent treats and weight management don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.


Keep A Fitness Journal To Prevent Excuses

Making fitness excuses is like farting in public. Whether you like it or not, you’ll probably do it at some point. By keeping a fitness journal and understanding the psychology behind excuses, you can catch them before they develop.


How To Determine The Number Of Calories You Should Eat To Lose Weight

When you start a diet, determining how much to eat can feel a bit like playing calorie roulette. Many people turn to a calorie calculator, but they can greatly overestimate the amount of food that you need to lose weight. Here’s how to calculate your own target.