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During times of stress the body produces more cortisol, a hormone that allows the body to store fat, increases blood pressure, and can even weaken the immune system.

Next time you're lifting weights try sitting on an exercise ball rather than a weight bench. Doing this will improve your core stability by working your abdominal and stabilizer muscles at the same time as strengthening the muscles you are targeting by lifting.

You can reduce the amount of fat in your gravy by dropping ice cubes into your baking tray, which the fat will stick to, and then removing them.

While pink and yellow grapefruits have the same amount of calories and sugar, pink grapefruits have 40 times the amount of the antioxidants beta-carotene and lycopene compared to a yellow grapefruit.

Looking for another quick and easy exercise for the car or while you're waiting in line? Pull your shoulders back so that you're bringing your shoulder blades together. This will strengthen your back and stretch out the muscles in your chest. It also encourages correct posture.

Workout on the way home, or at the office by contracting your abs and holding them for 10-15 seconds. Do this repeatedly throughout your day.

Approximately two thirds (67%) of American adults are overweight or obese. (being overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 30, and being obese is defined as having a BMI of over 30)

Approximately half of all Canadians are either overweight or obese. (being overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 30, and being obese is defined as having a BMI of over 30)

Do you have an "ICE" number in your phone? The acronym "ICE" stands for In Case of Emergency and, should anything happen to you, could assist those trying to help you in contacting a loved one. Just enter "ICE-Mom", "ICE-Tim" etc. as the contact name in your cell phone and their phone number.

Like those tasty vanilla soy drinks? Try making your own by adding a few drops of almond or vanilla extract to a regular soy beverage. Your home-made version will have fewer calories and less sugar.

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