When I first started working out, I signed up for a gym that offered small-group personal training. We met three or four times a week, and the weight sessions rotated between high-rep, low-weight days; low-rep, high-weight days; and "normal" days (somewhere in the middle). The trainers would tell us that switching up the exercises like this kept our muscles from getting used to each workout, which could cause us to plateau. By "confusing" our muscles like this, we'd see steadier gains.
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Lemon and Ginger Ice Pops
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The recipe calls for only 3/4 cup of sugar (serving size is 10 pops), but you can totally reduce it if desired--most of the flavor comes from the lemon juice and fresh ginger. This sour/spicy combo is refreshing and low-cal.
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Dark Chocolate Cake Pops
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For the moments when you're craving something sweet, keep this in mind: These delectable little pops—made with black beans—clock in at just 105 calories. (Or you could also try the 140-cal Starbucks version.) Plus, studies show that cocoa levels in dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol and reduce belly fat. Huzzah!
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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn
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While we're on the subject of dark chocolate: Melt a few squares in the microwave for a minute or two, then add it to the top of a full bag of 100-calorie microwave popcorn for a satisfying—and guilt-free—treat. (Sea salt optional.)
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Grilled peaches, FTW. This recipe calls for a blend of goat cheese and mascarpone, but you could sub in low-fat cream cheese for a 150-calorie treat that still combines everything you love about summer. (Bread! Grilled fruit! Sugar!)
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Whether your flavor of choice is lemon, raspberry or pistachio, this light and airy French confection will actually set you back only 120 calories. The tricky part? Portion control.
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Creamy Chocolate-Avocado Ice Cream
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This homemade low-cal recipe will hit the spot, but if you prefer your ice cream store-bought, it's always better to splurge on full-fat versus low-fat. Here's why: You're actually much more likely to overdo it (i.e., eat the whole pint) if it's missing real ingredients like full-fat dairy, according to studies.
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One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
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Or if you're going dairy-free, this light and refreshing purée is everything you ever wanted in a dessert...minus the guilt.
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When they're pissed off, some people need to go into a quiet corner, zen out, and ~chill~ to calm down. Other people need to rage—hard. If you're the latter, you know taking your anger out on the gym can be a godsend. Barry's Bootcamp trainer Rebecca Kennedy knows what's up with that; that's why she cooked up this "eff-the-world" workout for your anger-management and pleasure.
Not being old enough to have participated in the Jane Fonda glory days of the leotard-as-workout-wear, my first experience wearing one to the gym was under slightly different circumstances: a costume party. For Halloween, my whole kickboxing class at the Y decided to go full 80s. There's nothing I love more than dressing up, so I went all out with a gold lamé leotard over leggings—belted, of course—high tops and sky-high hair.
Yoga has a natural remedy for just about everything, and PMS (and the cramps that come with it!) are no exception. Whenever you start to feel bloated, blue, achy, or crampy—and you know your cycle is on its way—try these poses to nurture your body and get you back to feeling great.
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