Why This Woman Is Celebrating Her 18-Pound Weight Gain While Recovering From an Eating Disorder 

She gained weight—and also a healthier, happier life, as she shares below. Blake Bakkila May 25, 2018 Not long ago, 22-year-old Lucia López weighed in at 112 pounds. López, who lives in Spain, was suffering from orthorexia, an eating disorder characterized by a fixation with healthy eating. She was also obsessive about her workouts and devoted herself to cardio. RELATED: How to Help a Friend With an Eating Disorder But two years ago, after realizing her lifestyle was unhealthy and self-destructive, she bravely made some changes. She now weighs in at…

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This Woman Gave Up Her Restrictive Diet and Intense Exercise Regimen–and Feels Happier and Stronger Than Ever

 Unhappy and angry, this influencer tried eating more and working out less—and she’s never felt better. Blake Bakkila May 25, 2018 Personal trainer Courtney Black used to pretty much live on veggies and kill herself doing tiring workouts. No surprise, her diet and food regimen made her “unhealthy, unhappy, and angry.” Less than three years of deciding to eat more and switching up her exercise routine, the UK resident took to Instagram to share a few transformation photos and explain how her decision to stop restricting her food intake and overdo it at the gym has now made…

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Following These 10 Steps Can Slash Your Cancer Risk by 40% 

A new report shows that obesity is linked to 12 different types of cancer—and by maintaining a healthy weight and healthy habits, you can dramatically reduce your risk.  Amanda MacMillan May 24, 2018 Maintaining a healthy weight—and making other smart lifestyle choices, like including limiting processed meat and alcohol—can reduce a person’s cancer risk by up to 40%, according to a new report by the non-profit World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The WCRF updates its recommendations for cancer prevention once every 10 years. The new guidelines, which will be presented…

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Sleeping In on the Weekend Might Actually Be Good For You

New research suggests sleeping in is actually a good idea–but experts say a consistent sleep schedule is still your healthiest option. Amanda MacMillan May 24, 2018 In today’s day and age, many of us aren’t sleeping as much as we should: We stay up late, burning the midnight oil (or streaming the midnight Netflix), but are still forced to wake up early, thanks to all of those societal obligations—like work and school and spin class—first thing in the morning. So when the weekend rolls around, it can be tempting to…

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The First FDA-Approved Migraine Prevention Treatment Changed My Life

Andrea, 36, works in a community health center in Missouri. She was part of a clinical trial studying Aimovig, the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraine, which was approved by the FDA last week. The monthly injection is expected to be available soon and will cost $575 per month, though depending on insurance coverage, out-of-pocket expenses will vary. As told to Sarah Klein May 24, 2018 I don’t remember ever not having headaches. In grade school, I always had ibuprofen in my purse. I don’t specifically remember when I…

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Every Question You Were Afraid to Ask About Tapeworms, Answered

Parasites in general are a disturbing thought, but for some reason tapeworms are especially freaky. Here’s the truth about these unsettling infections. Maria Masters May 24, 2018 Parasites in general are a disturbing thought, but for some reason tapeworms are especially freaky—hence the Internet firestorm over NHL prospect Carson Meyer. For months, the 21-year-old was losing weight and feeling exhausted. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him, after 10 blood tests, including for mono. Finally, a 25-inch, orange tapeworm came out of his body, People reported. “I was freaking…

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The Simple Strategy That Helped This Instagram Star Shed 83 Pounds

Tameika Gentles overhauled her eating and exercise habits and shed 83 pounds. As told to Anthea Levi May 24, 2018 I never worried much about my weight until it almost made me flunk out of college. As a sophomore, I had only a few minutes to get from one class to another on the opposite side of campus. At 223 pounds, I couldn’t book it like my classmates. Instead, I huffed and puffed along. Thanks to a strict professor who locked the door as soon as class started, I missed…

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Making No-Knead Bread Is So Much Easier Than You Think—and You’ll Use It in Meals All Week Long

It’s my #1 go-to food for quick lunches and dinners. Alex Van Buren May 23, 2018 Whether you consider carbs your nemesis or you love a nice, expensive loaf of bread, most of us consider baking our own bread an impossibility. Maybe you buy a $6 loaf from your favorite bakery every week, or always have a $4 baguette around, but you think those bakers are geniuses. I was in the latter category for a long time. I’d buy fancy bread as well as those fat Kaiser rolls from the…

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This Woman Used to Hold Her Breath to Make Herself Look ‘Fitter’ on Instagram—Here’s Why She’s Not Doing That Anymore

She’s done with posing and is embracing body positivity. Blake Bakkila May 23, 2018 As a fitness influencer, 20-year-old Mary Jelkovsky regularly posted social media images meant to inspire others. What her followers didn’t know, however, is that she was actually lacking body confidence. Feeling pressure to look a certain way, she would pose and angle her body so she appeared fitter and thinner than she really was. Jelkovsky has come clean, and she’s decided she’s done comparing herself with her fellow #fitspo influencers. On Tuesday, she took to Instagram to explain why…

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This Woman Celebrated Her 135-Pound Weight Loss by Posing in the Same Dress Two Years Later

Making these four food changes helped transform her body.  Blake Bakkila May 23, 2018 “Same dress, 135 pound difference.” That’s how 24-year-old Laura Morgan began the caption of a dramatic before-and-after selfie she posted this week. The side-by-side photos reveal just how much her body has changed since she launched her weight loss journey two years ago. “When you look at these pictures, you see a win because overall, you get through the hard times, you get through the struggles and you become stronger and it pushes you towards success,” she continued. “I’m grateful for…

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