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While weight-loss surgery is a tool that can help you lose weight, success after surgery requires making a series of healthy lifestyle changes, including establishing a fitness routine and following a healthy diet. Learn more about nutrition, exercise, and how you can improve your health and overall wellness as a weight-loss surgery patient.

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Anti-inflammatory foods that can help you lose weight

Anti-inflammatory foods that can help you lose weight

Inflammation is your body’s way of reacting to trauma, and is a vital part of the healing process when you become sick or injured. For example, when you fall down and skin your knees, the redness and sensation of burning that follows is your body’s way of mending and healing itself. However, inflammation can also occur inside of your body, especially when you consume drugs, chemicals, and other toxins that don’t naturally belong inside the human body.

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You’ll smile at these 9 new fitness trends

You’ll smile at these 9 new fitness trends

You’ve heard of some interesting workout routines, and maybe you’ve tried one or two. When it comes to exercise, you’ve got to enjoy it, so why not add a little fun into the mix? We know you’ll smile when you read about the following new fitness fads.

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8 easy weight-loss hacks

8 easy weight-loss hacks

Visit any social-driven news media website such as Buzzfeed or Mashable, and you’ll find numerous articles that feature life “hacks.” When used in this context, hacks are easy, quick solutions to problems. When it comes to weight loss, most individuals want the easiest and fastest possible solution. Losing weight through diet and exercise alone often takes months or years, depending on the amount of excess weight you need to lose. Unfortunately, since excess weight can trigger a slew of serious health problems, not everyone has the time and patience to spend years working toward their weight-loss goals.

However, the following eight weight-loss hacks could help you reach your weight-loss goals even sooner!

1. Drink more water

If you’ve grown up drinking sodas, fruit juices, and energy drinks, you might find water too boring. However, water is highly important for weight loss, as it offers a number of health benefits, such as more frequent bowel movements, the lubrication of joints, the flushing out of toxins and wastes, and much more. Drinking more water throughout the day can also reduce hunger and cravings. Toss out all other drinks, and stick to drinking water as much as possible. Adding some lemon, orange slices, or cucumber to your water will add some extra flavor that may motivate you to drink more.

2. Stick a mirror on your refrigerator door

Research shows that those who post mirrors on their refrigerators are less likely to make poor decisions in regards to diet and nutrition, since it reminds them about their weight-loss goals. If you’re prone to snacking or visiting the kitchen regularly out of habit, stick a mirror on the door of your refrigerator.

3. Use smaller plates and glasses

Smaller plates can trick you into eating smaller portion sizes, whereas larger plates can indirectly influence you to fill up and cover the entire plate with food. Pack away your larger plates, and just stick to using small snack plates and thin drinking glasses to lose weight more quickly.

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Exercising more often could be better than eating less

Exercising more often could be better than eating less

You’ve heard people say that dieting is more effective than exercise at helping you lose weight, and you’ve also heard that exercise is more effective than dieting. What’s the correct answer? A new study from the University of South Carolina weighs in on the debate, showing that most of Americans’ diets improve throughout life, while people are exercising less often.

“It is well known that US men and women gain weight and fat as they age,” concluded the researchers. “However, to our knowledge, this is the first study to comprehensively document age-related trends in weight status, physical activity, and diet quality using a representative sample of US men and women.”

The study was published in the Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise journal, and involved nearly 5,000 Americans. Researchers used the long-running National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a federally funded research project, to analyze and conclude that exercise trumps dietary changes when it comes to losing weight as we age.

“The current investigation found that … age-related increases in BMI and waist circumference are likely to be explained by the age-related decline in physical activity,” the study said.

Read more about this study on NEWSMAX.com.

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5 effective ways to get rid of your cankles

5 effective ways to get rid of your cankles

Everybody gains and loses weight differently, which can be frustrating for individuals who want to lose weight in specific problem areas. For example, if the majority of your excess weight seems to lie in your thighs and buttocks, you may feel a bit jealous of those who weigh more than you, yet somehow have skinny legs and a small behind. On the other hand, if you like wearing tank tops but feel self-conscious about your arms, you might feel upset about the fact that you’ve lost weight everywhere else except your upper arms, which have come to resemble batwings.

“Cankles” is another common problem area for many people. “Cankles” is the urban, contemporary term used to describe unusually thick ankles, or ankles that lack definition to the point where they look like part of your calves. You may feel that your ankles look unsightly and unattractive, or find that it’s difficult to wear boots and other shoes that extend past your ankles.

However, it’s important to know that cankles aren’t always caused by weight gain, though weight gain is often a factor. Check out these five effective ways to get rid of your cankles.

1. Lose weight

This step may seem like a no-brainer, but losing weight through diet and exercise are the best steps to take if you want to get rid of cankles. In most cases, cankles occur due to gravity pulling down fat stores toward the ankles and calves, especially if you’re often on your feet working, shopping, or doing housework. Try doing more exercises that specifically target your calf muscles, such as running, jumping rope, or doing sets of jumping jacks.

2. Prevent fluid retention

If your body is retaining water for any reason, your ankles will be one of the first places that become swollen and bloated. Fluid retention can be caused by excess sodium intake, pregnancy, or even prescription medications. Start drinking more water to flush sodium and other waste out of your body, and ease up on the sodium in your diet by eliminating processed foods. In the meantime, wear compression socks, which can help relieve swelling.

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