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More Cheese, Please

First off, most cheeses are naturally gluten-free, and popular brands that have any potential for cross-contamination will clearly list so on their ingredient list. Problem is, a lot of cheesy recipes tend to include gluten. Not these party dip recipes. Read on for ways to enjoy dips with cheese—and without gluten—at your next party. (Psst...Here's how cheese can prevent weight gain and help your heart. Yes, really.)

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The Bodyweight Exercises Every Woman Should Master for Superior Strength

In her time as a top trainer—which includes whipping contestants (and couch sitters) into shape for NBC's The Biggest Loser for the past two years—Jen Widerstrom has identified a short list of mega-exercises that pave the way to a super-fit body. They are no-equipment classics but also the ones she witnessed many women struggle to nail with textbook form.


Strictly speaking, your chest should graze the floor each time you lower for a push-up. If you tend to fudge it, you're not alone. "Our center of mass is our hips," Widerstrom says. (For men, it's their chest.) "That's why our legs are tenacious as hell, but we lack upper-body strength." The good news is that you can use your more powerful butt and legs to help propel this full-body move. At the same time, build your upper-body strength and dial in that full range of motion with Widerstrom's three-step progression. (Then tackle this 30-day push-up challenge to perfect it.)

1. To perfect the pressing motion and strengthen your chest and arms, do a barbell bench press (dumbbells won't cut it here because you move them separately, unlike the floor). Start with an empty bar, then add weight as needed. Lie faceup on a bench with feet flat on the floor. Grab the barbell with an overhand grip with hands shoulder-width apart. Straighten arms above chest to start. Lower bar to graze chest, then press back up. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

2. Incline push-ups get your core involved and take you through the full motion but without all your weight. Do full-range push-ups with your hands on a sturdy bench or box and your feet on the floor.Do 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps.

3. Hand-release push-ups give your body a moment to recover and reset half- way through each rep while also developing your strength out of the bottom of the push-up from a dead stop. Start on floor in plank position. Lower body fully onto floor. Lift hands briefly, then plant them on the floor again and push-up to plank position. Do 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps. "Even my contestants on Biggest Loser with 80- to 100-plus pounds to lose learn how to do real push-ups this way," she says. "Sometimes they have to peel up from the floor, but it's much better for their muscles and mechanics than dropping the knees."

The Perfect Push-Up: Start on floor in plank position with your hands below your shoulders and feet 8 to 12 inches apart (for a strong base). "Imagine you can flip a switch that turns on the muscles from your shoulders, chest, arms, abs, butt to legs," Widerstrom says. "Visualize lighting up those muscle groups that will carry you through the movement." Then begin to lower, bending your arms so there's a 4- to 6-inch space between your elbow and rib cage, to ensure more muscles pitch in. "Bring your chest between your hands instead of lowering your face to your hands, which will allow you to activate more chest muscles." Once your chest brushes the floor, power back up to plank.

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