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What 'Net Calories' Really Means

When you track calories to try to lose weight, some apps try to be helpful by giving you ‘net calories‘, a number that takes your food and exercise into account. But this can be supremely confusing, and to make it worse, each app calculates it in their own way.


Pack The Best School Lunch By Thinking In Threes

Like any meal, the key to a good packed lunch is balance. A school lunch should be healthy, tasty, and easy enough that you (the parent) actually has time to pack it and ‘thinking in threes’ can help make this a reality.


Little Known Perks Of University Fitness Centres

Fighting off the freshman fifteen doesn’t mean your choices are limited to treadmills and weights. University fitness centres are filled with surprising, fun amenities to help you get in shape, develop healthy habits, and even de-stress before a big exam. Best of all, for many students it’s all free or heavily discounted.


Talk To Your Kid About Healthy Habits Instead Of Weight

Even if your teen needs to lose weight, talking to them constantly about their weight isn’t the best strategy to help them to be healthy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Focusing on weight or appearance can push kids toward eating disorders. Instead, it’s better to forget about the scale and just help your kid to develop healthy habits.


Sports Drinks Are Mostly Pointless

Sports drinks seem like they should be healthy. Athletes endorse them, and they don’t have the same “liquid lolly” reputation as the Pepsi a few shelves over. But how helpful are they to serious and casual exercisers? Not very, it turns out.


Why You're So Hungry After Swimming

If you always feel ravenous after you get out of a pool, rest assured — it’s not just you. Exercise works up an appetite, but swimming is extra hunger-inducing because it cools down your body.


How To Eat Healthy When Your Roommate Eats Like Crap All The Time

If you’re trying to eat healthy in university, there are a lot of forces working against you: A tight budget, limited choices in the university food court and, of course, your friends and roomies. Here’s some help eating well around your Pac-Man roommate.


Five Foods You Should Always Avoid At The Supermarket

Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley. Known as discretionary foods, all five are high in either added sugars, saturated fat or salt. Discretionary foods provide kilojoules but not many nutrients. Here’s an overview of what to avoid.


What It Actually Takes To Get A Flat Stomach

There are all kinds of trainers, videos and products that say they can get you a flat stomach in no time, but there are no shortcuts to six pack city. It takes a lot of work, discipline and time.


The Things That Are Most Dangerous For Cats To Eat, And Why

Cats may not chow down on garbage like dogs do, but they get into their share of people food, houseplants and other weird things. Here’s why certain ordinary-seeming items are dangerous to cats, and what you can do about them.


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