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Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Window of time within which its best to do each days eating (such as 8a.m. to 5 p.m.)

If you want to stay lean and trim, at least according to a student of lab mice.

Mice who ate whenever they wanted gained more weight and/or showed an increase in diabetes symptoms, even though they ate the same number of calories as the mice in the time-restricted group.

The time window advantage held up across a variety of diets, including high-fat, high-fructose, and high-sucrose.

(Source:Salk Institute for Biological Studies/Cell Metabolism (Dec 2014)

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

High-intensity interval training can curb your appetite, but moderate intensity training can rampt it up. So say researchers who followed 10 overweight/obese men who measured appetite sensations and food preferences during a four-week training program (involving moderate and high-intensity sessions). Fat intake was 38% higher after a moderate-intensity session and 16% lower after a high-intensity session.

(Source: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (Dec 2014)

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

For some, running is a fun pastime; for others, it's a tiresome necessity. But no matter where you fall on the running spectrum, if you're striving to become better, then here are seven things you can do to become a better runner.

  1. Keep it consistent: If you stop running for a while, then you'll have to build your conditioning back up. So if you want to take your workout to the next level, then make sure you're staying consistent. Sign up for a race and start a training program to track your progress; you'll be able to see how much your hard work has paid off.

  2. Learn proper form: It may seem like the simplest way to work out, but running does take skill to make sure you don't leave your body prone to injury. When running, keep your head stacked over your spine, relax the shoulders, and engage your abs.

  3. Dress the part: There's no need to invest in anything fancy, but be sure to spend wisely. The perfect pair of shoes can be the difference between feeling sluggish and being light on your feet, and it can also help prevent injuries.

  4. Fuel right: Running on an empty stomach can keep you from having the right amount of energy, but eating too much can lead to cramping. Look for a small snack containing carbs and protein for sustained energy. Timing is everything, however; if you're rushing out the door and haven't eaten anything, then go for something with 15 grams of easily digestible carbs (like a slice of white bread, try not too make this a habit though, white bread is not the most nutrious).

  5. Drink water: Drinking enough water is another way to ensure you'll have a good run. If you don't drink enough water before your run (as well as during), then chances are you'll have to stop before you'd like to because of fatigue or a cramp. Make sure you drink an ounce of water for every 10 pounds of body weight about an hour or two before your workout, and watch for signs of dehydration during your run.

  6. Have a plan: It's not all about consistency; you should also keep your body challenged. Running outside instead of just on the treadmill, for example, builds your muscle to help increase speed and endurance, as does incorporating high-intensity intervals. And techniques like negative splits will help improve your overall mile time as well. Plan on doing these types of runs for the majority of your workouts if you're trying to increase your mileage or time, but be sure to incorporate easy runs into your weekly plan as well.

  7. Do more than run: Don't limit yourself to improving your pace just while you're on the road. There are many things you can do when you aren't running that can help you, like stretching after every run, strength training regularly, and getting enough sleep.

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