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Ann Olson is a health writer and full-time frugalista currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Saving money is her passion, and she'll cut any corner in the pursuit of becoming passively wealthy. She's also a diet expert and amateur bodybuilder who credits her active lifestyle for keeping her healthy and happy.

10 Strength Training Exercises for Women at Home Without Equipment

By Ann Olson

woman exercise dipsWhen you engage in strength training, the exercises don’t just affect your muscles. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), it can also have major effects on your physical health, such as reducing blood pressure, improving cholesterol, and reducing your risk of diabetes. Better yet, it can also improve your ability to perform daily activities, such as lifting boxes or moving household items – all because it improves your strength, coordination, and flexibility.

Traditionally, people strength train with dumbbells and barbells, which you’ll commonly find in fitness centers. But what if you don’t have access to a gym?

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How Many Calories Should I Eat to Lose Weight?

By Ann Olson

calorie counting chart appleYou want to lose weight, so you’re planning to cut calories. But how many calories do you actually need to intake to effectively lose the pounds?

People often fall for common diet myths and make the mistake of eating too few calories for their bodies, which can lead to deprivation, metabolism slow-down, and, in some cases, unwanted binging.

To lose weight effectively, it’s important that you eat in a caloric deficit manner that is appropriate for your body type, activity level, and weight. To do this, you must determine your ideal caloric intake, using the same foolproof methods nutritionists use to assist their clients.

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5 Celebrity Fad Diets & Weight Loss Plans That Don’t Work Long-term

By Ann Olson

It seems like celebrities are constantly on the craziest diets. One week, they’re gorging on baby food to get slim; the next week, they’re eating cookies or fasting to strip away the weight.

Clearly it works – celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga have maintained their petite physiques using these methods. Here’s the bigger question though: Is it safe? Better yet, should you try these diets? For safety’s sake, the answer is no.

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How to Deal With Depression & Anxiety Naturally Without Medication

By Ann Olson

dealing with depressionYou’re feeling sad, unmotivated, and just don’t have the energy to visit friends or family members. Sound familiar? These signs – and many more – are signs of depression, a serious mental condition that can turn your mood and motivation upside down. If you feel this way, you’re not alone: 15 million Americans suffer from depression annually.

Unfortunately, with the U.S.’s economic turmoil, we all can’t afford to see special therapists or receive state-of-the-art treatment to fix our moody blues. So if you can’t pay your way to good help, what can you do?

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5 Warning Signs of Unhealthy Crash Dieting & Eating Disorders

By Ann Olson

diet mistakes to avoidYou’ve probably heard it before: A friend or family member loses weight by going on a crash diet, detoxing, or eating too few calories. Or perhaps you’ve tried to lose weight by severely restricting your diet, to the point of feeling miserable or weak. Unfortunately, due to the unhealthy eating habits they promote, these diets can lead to deprivation, binging, or eating disorders.

So how do you figure out if your diet habits are healthy or unhealthy? There are a number of signs that may indicate you’re on the wrong track to weight loss.

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How to Curb Hunger & Suppress Your Appetite – Feel Full on a Diet

By Ann Olson

hungry woman plateIf you’ve ever dieted, you know how hard it is to stay committed, especially in the wake of constant hunger pangs. Despite eating right and keeping your calories under control, your stomach still growls constantly, which makes you crave food – and tempts you to overeat.

So how do you combat these unwanted pangs of hunger? There are a number of foolproof ways to stop hunger and eat well, all while dieting yourself down to a slimmer, tighter physique.

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4 Celebrity Dieting & Workout Tips to Avoid

By Ann Olson

gwyneth paltrowCan eating nutritious foods remove toxins from your body and kick-start your metabolism? Should you do endless strength-training repetitions to lengthen your muscles? These are just examples of some of the diet, fitness, and weight loss myths that celebrities – and celebrity trainers – have recommended, despite the cries of protest from doctors and nutritionists who simply don’t agree.

So how do you separate fact from fiction? It may be impossible to cull all the wealth of poor advice supported by celebrities, but knowing some of the key myths is important to help you on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

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How to Create Your Own Free Home Workout Plan & Exercise Routine

By Ann Olson

free exerciseExercise programs and personal trainers have two things in common: They’re good for getting you in shape and for zapping your wallet. If you’re strapped for cash, gym memberships aren’t necessarily better either. Even nationwide chain gyms charge monthly fees that can quickly add up, especially if you’re working out with your partner or family.

Luckily, you can work out without a gym membership and utilize at home exercises without equipment to get in shape. Use your creativity and the items you already have at home to get a good workout. Furthermore, use free exercise programs online to personalize a unique workout program according to your interests, abilities, and what you have on hand.

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7 Herbal & Natural Supplements for Weight Loss That Don’t Work

By Ann Olson

diet supplements that don't workImagine a diet supplement that can instantly shed pounds and fat, and give you your dream body: firm abs, slim waist, and more. And it’s natural!

In concept, it sounds like a dream come true – until of course you actually use it and discover the supplement does nothing to shrink your waistline, perhaps even producing unpleasant side effects.

Unfortunately, there are many diet and weight loss myths to avoid. Despite what they may claim, most diet supplements do not work, including herbal and all-natural supplements. “Natural” isn’t necessarily an indicator of efficacy here, nor are herbs always safe. And just because a supplement is popular does not mean it’s effective.

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Top 5 Diet & Weight Loss Myths vs. the Real Facts

By Ann Olson

debunking diet mythsSo-called diet “experts” can often offer confusing and conflicting advice. Simple carbs are the cause of your expanding waistline one week; fruits and sugars are  the culprits the next. A low-fat diet is key to losing weight – or is it a low-carb diet?

Dieting advice is mind-bogglingly complicated and ever-changing. It can lead you to make poor decisions about what you eat, and even prevent you from reaching your weight loss goal.

While you can’t always rely on diet experts to offer wisdom, here is something that never fails: Advice from peer-reviewed scientific studies. Using science-proven facts, many common dieting mistakes and myths can be dispelled. Once you are aware of these facts, you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle

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