Each year, we bring you thousands of health tips and tricks to make getting fit, slimming down, and living happily a little bit easier. Now that 2012 is upon us, revisit some of our fave findings of the year (in no particular order).
Eat these Ã¢â‚¬Å“bad-for-youÃ¢â‚¬Â foods again. Did you nix steak, eggs (yolks included), peanut butter, and more in the hopes of conquering your bathroom scale? Well, you really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to. New studies show that these former weight-loss foes are actually good for you when eaten smartly. Moderation is the key to allowing these foods back into your lives and back onto your plates.
Read the full story: The New Food Rules
Protein is the best energy-booster. Ditch sweet snacks when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re reaching that 3 oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock slump. Unlike protein, sugar will only give you a temporary spike of energy, meaning youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll crash shortly after drinking that soda. Determined to have the sweet stuff? Pair it with protein: A study from the University of Cambridge shows that eating protein with sugar can counteract the negative effects of sugar.
Read the full story:Ã‚Â Boost Your Energy, the Right Way
Stop smoking. No, seriously, stop. One cigarette alone delivers 4,000 chemicals straight into your organs. So with the 10 puffs and five minutes it takes to smoke the average cigarette, you invite formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon monoxide (the same stuff found in car exhaust), and more icky substances, to make themselves at home in your body.
Read the full story: Your Body on Smoking
There are 10 simple ways to prevent breast cancer. One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Scary stat, right? Luckily, research shows that there are a ton of simple lifestyle habits that can up your defenses. An example? Think positive. Research from Ben-Gurion University in Israel shows that optimistic women may be 25 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than their Negative Nancy counterparts.
Read the full story: Protect Your Twin Set
Having sex regularly can make you physically healthier. As if you need another reason to slip between the sheets, studies show that new, surprising health benefits come from a good romp. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be thrilled to learn that sex not only counts as cardio, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll also make you sleep more soundly, get sick less often, look younger, and more. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not to love?
Read the full story: The Health Benefits of Sex
12 reasons to hit the weights. A key to a longer and healthier life, weight lifting will also help you rock that bikini like never before. But only about a fifth of women strength train two or more times per week. So run into the weight room, stat. We promise you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look like a muscle head.
Read the full story: Lose Your Fear of Lifting