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People love low-carb diets because they can help you slim down relatively fast. Most of us eat too much processed food and desserts anyway, so cutting those out helps us lose weight and feel better, registered dietitian Heather Caplanexplains. So they work in the short term, but in the long run, the low-carb approach does have some drawbacks.

“Eventually, if you omit all carbohydrates, there are metabolic implications, especially if you omit fat at the same time,” says registered dietitian Ellie Kempton. “Even if you choose to emphasize fat and limit carbohydrates, you still need enough carbohydrates to fuel the brain, adrenal glands, and thyroid, all three of which are crucial for energy, sleep, and weight.”

Both of these nutritionists are all for cutting out highly processed carbs and sugar, but warn that extreme low-carb dieting can only work for so long. Instead they say we should:

  • Slow down to eat - Kempton suggests spending at least 20 minutes eating your meal to ignite your metabolism and slowing down will help you notice when you’re actually full.
  • Eat more intuitively - Mindless snacking can lead to unwanted pounds, so Caplan says tuning in can help you eat better and take in fewer calories.
  • Replace, don’t restrict - Denying yourself everything won’t help as much as finding a healthier swap for what you’re craving. Instead of sugar, Kempton suggests trying dates or raw honey. Instead of pasta, she suggests zoodles - noodles made from zucchini.
  • Snack wisely - Find healthy ones you like so you’re more likely to grab and eat them. Nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt, and roasted chickpeas are all nutritious and tasty options.
  • Manage your stress - High stress can lead to weight gain, so finding ways to manage yours can help you manage your weight, too.

Source: Women's Health


Some say this is the most wonderful time of the year. For them, it’s not Christmas that’s best, but when Pumpkin Spice Lattes hit Starbucks and we kick off fall. And those folks must love the fact that pumpkin spice has moved from a seasonal coffee flavor to all kinds of foods, drinks, and even makeup and toiletries. So for the lovers of all things pumpkin spice, these are the pumpkin spice-inspired beauty products you’ll want to check out.

Source: Hello Giggles


Sometimes when you send your S.O. to the supermarket for you, they don’t come back with exactly what you asked for, even if it was written down. So one woman in India decided not to take chances when her hubby did the grocery shopping for her - she made him an incredibly detailed shopping list that’s now gone viral.

Era Londhe tweeted a photo of the extremely detailed list she handed her husband, which even included little drawings of the onions, spinach, and potatoes she wanted, as well as specific directions for choosing the best produce. She even gave him instructions about how to pick tomatoes and spinach with “no holes,” and drew a diagram in case the words didn’t make it clear.

The list got lots of attention from Twitter and Reddit users, most of them giving her props for her efforts and commiserating with her situation. Some even asked her to post more of her shopping lists online.

Londhe’s husband, Gaurav, even got in on the comments. When someone asked if his wife writes out all of her husband’s shopping lists like this, he admits that yep, they’re just as detailed. Since it’s working so well for her, maybe we should start using a list like this for our partners:

According to a recent survey, 16% of folks plan to dress up their animals this Halloween:

Top Ten Halloween Costumes For Pets

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Hot dog
  3. Dog, lion or pirate
  4. Bumblebee
  5. Devil
  6. Batman character
  7. Ghost
  8. Cat
  9. Witch
  10. Star Wars character

Source: USA Today


  • A new survey reveals that how you sleep may actually reveal a lot about who you are
  • The survey also uncovered that how you sleep may actually reveal a lot about who you are. For example:
  • The “Leftie Lounger” - The most common sleep position (36%), folks who tend to sleep on the left are more likely to have college degrees, with most leftie sleepers falling within the ages of 45 and 54. 
  • The “Right Side Relaxer” - Makes up about 34% of sleepers, and they tend to be smokers and coffee drinkers, with most falling between the ages of 35 and 44
  • The “Stomach Slumpers” - Those who fall asleep face down land at about 12%, and tend to be the heaviest drinkers, and range in age from 45 to 54.
  • The “Freestyler” - Only about 10% of people fall into that category, and they are most likely to work in utilities. They tend to range in age from 35 to 44, with about four-fifths of them are actually female.
  • The “Star Fish” - Certainly the least popular sleeping position at only 8%, it is usually adopted by single folks who don’t share a bed, ranging in age between 25 and 34. They are also likely to work in transport and logistic positions.

Source: The Daily Mail


A new survey reveals that how you sleep may actually reveal a lot about who you are. For example:

  • The “Leftie Lounger” - The most common sleep position (36%), folks who tend to sleep on the left are more likely to have college degrees, with most leftie sleepers falling within the ages of 45 and 54. 
  • The “Right Side Relaxer” - Makes up about 34% of sleepers, and they tend to be smokers and coffee drinkers, with most falling between the ages of 35 and 44
  • The “Stomach Slumpers” - Those who fall asleep face down land at about 12%, and tend to be the heaviest drinkers, and range in age from 45 to 54.
  • The “Freestyler” - Only about 10% of people fall into that category, and they are most likely to work in utilities. They tend to range in age from 35 to 44, with about four-fifths of them are actually female.
  • The “Star Fish” - Certainly the least popular sleeping position at only 8%, it is usually adopted by single folks who don’t share a bed, ranging in age between 25 and 34. They are also likely to work in transport and logistic positions.

Source: The Daily Mail

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