Most Popular Health Posts Of 2013

From exercise to diet to medical matters and placenta pizzas, we're always happy to help hack your health. These are the 10 most popular health posts from Lifehacker in 2013.

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How The 5:2 Diet Could Be Tricking You | Lifehacker Australia

The “new” weight-loss strategy known as the 5:2 diet has been receiving much attention in the media since the book The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting — Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer was launched late last year. But does it really work? Surinder Baines examines the evidence.


How To Cook And Eat A Placenta | Lifehacker Australia

WARNING: The following article contains images that some people may find disturbing. What has been seen cannot be unseen…


10 Simple Things You Can Do To Be Happier, Backed By Science | Lifehacker Australia

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. I would love to be happier — as I’m sure most people would — so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are 10 of the best ones I found.


10 Health Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked By Science | Lifehacker Australia

Everything makes you fat! Gluten-free food is the key to eternal youth! You need to poop 10 times a day or you’ll die! You’ll find tons of equally ridiculous health claims around the internet, and you’ll actually believe some of them. Today we’re taking a look at 10 common myths and uncovering the truth.


Researchers Says This Is The Single Most Efficient Exercise Regime | Lifehacker Australia

Pressed for exercise time? Australian scientists claim to have discovered the exercise technique that burns the maximum amount of fat with the least amount of work.


How To Survive Magpie Swooping Season | Lifehacker Australia

September is the peak of Australia’s own version of “home-grown terrorism” (as memorably described to me by a distraught and bleeding school principal, valiantly attempting to protect his pupils), when a small but conspicuous proportion of magpies throughout the country begin to attack otherwise innocent passersby. It is certainly the most significant human-wildlife conflict in the towns and cities of this country.


This Seven-Minute, Research-Based Workout Exercises Your Whole Body | Lifehacker Australia

Don’t have an hour or even 20 minutes to exercise each day? You might not need it. This routine of 12 exercises is a complete workout based on the latest fitness research — and it only takes seven minutes.


Is It Bad To Have Sex With Your Cousin? | Lifehacker Australia

Marrying your cousin might sound icky, but it’s perfectly legal in many countries, including Australia and New Zealand. According to a new large-scale study, the risk of siring offspring with birth defects is actually relatively small; around the same as all expectant mothers over 34.


Is Porn Actually Bad For You? | Lifehacker Australia

What does science have to say about the impact of pornography? As University of Sydney academics Spring Chenoa Cooper and Gregory Zimet explain, the answer is: probably not what you think.


These 12 Videos Show The Proper Form For A Seven-Minute Workout | Lifehacker Australia



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