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Easy to Prepare Lean and Green Asian Shrimp Stir Fry

Watch Stacy Hawkins of TimeSavorGourmet.com as she demonstrates how to prepare a delicious Medifast "Lean and Green" Meal: Asian Shrimp Stir Fry!

“Lean and green” is a term coined by Medifast diet. Medifast users eat a "Lean and Green" meal as part of their 5+1 Medifast daily eating program. But "Lean and Green" is also a saying that has become a part of our life and daily routine over the last few years.

Stacy’s Medifast Lean & Green recipe is full of flavor and color. Her delicious recipe justifies her fame as "Queen of Lean and Green."

The most important thing is to have a well-stocked refrigerator or pantry where you can dig in and find ingredients, simple ingredients which would aid cooking and preparation at home. Running to the super store for every small item would leave to chaos and confusion and thus you may not be interested in cooking or eating the dish again.

How to Regain Pre-Pregnancy Confidence Without Exercise

Body image has always been an issue when it comes to the female of the species. It is one of the reasons the fashion industry can get away with charging hundreds of pounds on singular items, and why the cosmetic market is worth billions – women love to pamper themselves and put in the effort because when we look better, we feel better.

For a lot of women this can become difficult after giving birth. Although they embrace a ‘bump’ with the upcoming excitement of their new-born child, the aftermath of this is not quite so admirable. Inevitable as it is, women are still unhappy with how they look after the baby has made its grand entrance into the world.

Body image gets worse after a baby

In fact, according to a survey by BabyCenter.com, a whopping 64% of the 7,000 new mums surveyed confessed that their body image had gotten worse since having a baby. Even those that had since lost their baby weight still weren’t happy in their new skin.

Rev Up Your Workout: 4 Fitness Apps to Get You Fit for the Beach

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to get in shape to show off your beach bod to the ladies. But just how do you do that? That's where we come in. We've put together our favorite four apps designed to get you in shape so you'll be looking stylish in your boardshorts in no time flat.

Check out our top four choices for men's fitness apps:

Men's Health Workouts -$1.99

The Men's Health Workouts app, available for the iPhone and Android, gives you access to exclusive workouts created by athletes, strength coaches, and fitness experts from around the world. The app lets you view step-by-step workout instructions, full-color photography, easy tools for logging your performance, and even the ability to share your results by emailing them to yourself or your workout buddy. To make sure you don't move too quickly, the app has a timer which you can use to time your cool-down periods. When you're ready to go again, tap the screen and start again. There are also several add-on packages if you'd like to focus on your core, upper arms, etc.

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A Summer Fat Stripping Routine Any Couch Potato Can Do - Going Back to the Basics

I have a secret that probably 99% of this audience will relate to: I used to be a coach potato. A very proud couch potato that shrugged off summer. Who needs to look good? That's for the young boys. I'm older now, with a family and a lot of things to do ...right? Abs are for the young crowd...right?

My Epiphany

I realized that health, more than anything else, is worth fighting for. It's not that anything major happened to me -- I just got tired of walking past the mirror and feeling like there was a second blob attached to me for life.

You've been there, I'm sure, so you know what I mean. Well, I like to get scientific. You know that annoying guy that's always telling you facts, figures, and alternate viewpoints? That's me.

I have a feeling that there are actually a lot of people that are in my shoes. They're dreaming about a better body, but they might not be sure how to go about it. SO I decided to create a kick start program, broken down into zones, that really focuses on giving you the type of lifestyle where fat burning is just part of the program.

A Few Differences

This isn't about a crash diet. I don't believe in those. I yo-yo dieted for years and gained so much belly fat I feel like my belly has its own zip code. But this isn't about me; it's about you. So let's go!

How To Reduce Cellulite With Underwear

The terrible truth when it comes to cellulite is that no one is safe. Chances are, if you’re a woman who has passed puberty you will most likely suffer from cellulite at some point. In fact, 80% of the over 20s will fall victim to cellulite regardless of their size or shape.

It is often assumed that larger women are more likely to have visible cellulite due to an increased body fat level but this simply isn’t the case (although, by lowering the level of body fat, you can diminish the problem) However, it has been determined from a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that those who have dieted – and yo-yo dieters in particular – can have significantly worse cellulite.

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So what can be done? The problem is that there is no current ‘cure’ and no overnight miracle cream for the problem. Cellulite is the dimpled appearance in skin as a result of fatty deposits underneath the surface of skin. Prevention is key in this area and a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet can help reduce the chances of obtaining the ‘cottage-cheese’ catastrophe.

There are plenty of methods currently on trial in order to remove cellulite although none have been medically backed.

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How to Get Ripped: 7 Things to Remember

Every year I see dozens of people who want to get ripped, but fail to reach their goals. The truth is most people fail because they don’t have the right information. Below we will discuss 7 of the critical things that you need to know to get a ripped muscular body.

1. Getting Ripped Does Not Only Involve Weight Loss

Most people think that getting ripped is synonymous with losing weight. The truth is that this is only half of what it involves. When we say that someone gets ripped, we also talk about putting on muscles. It is a complex procedure that can only generate positive results when we see the importance of putting on muscle mass and dieting.

2. You Have to Take Your Workout Seriously

I sometimes go to the gym and see some people doing one round of exercises and then resting for 10 minutes. There are also some that talk more than work out. You should not be one of them. When you go to the gym, you need to be focused on your exercise routine. Try to give it your best every single time. I also recommend a nice carbohydrate filled drink or meal 90 minutes before each workout to give you the energy to top your previous results.

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Gardening: An Invigorating Activity that Will Keep You in Shape Without “Exercising”

Are you looking for a way to improve your physique and improve your overall health without having to endure boring gym exercises? Gardening is an activity that just about anyone can participate in and enjoy. Planting a garden in your backyard or participating in a community garden is a fantastic way to burn calories without taking notice that you are actually exercising.

Gardening as a Healthy Addiction

If you currently find yourself sitting in front of the television for hours at a time eating junk food and living a relatively sedentary lifestyle, taking up the hobby of gardening is a great way to turn your life around. There are garden enthusiasts around the world who will be pleased to tell you that they are happily addicted to their hobby.

When you compare the hobby of gardening to surfing the Internet, watching excessive amounts of TV, and eating unhealthy foods, there’s no comparison as to what addiction is better for your health. There’s also no contest as to what hobbies will keep your waistline trim and which ones will add on the pounds.

Exercise Promotes Weight Loss By Improving Your Sleep, Studies Find

You probably know that diet and exercise are important parts of losing weight. And while sticking to both of these may be difficult, two new studies show that doing one makes the other easier, and gives you a better night’s sleep at the same time.

Exercise Improves Sleep

A recent study by Paul D. Loprinzi and Bradley J. Cardinalat has shown that getting 150 minutes of exercise a week leads to better sleep. This study involving 2,600 men and women showed that just two and a half hours of exercise a week resulted in a sixty five percent improvement in sleep quality. This is important as over a third of Americans have problems falling asleep or feeling tired during the day.

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The sixty five percent relates to the decrease in feelings of being overly sleepy during the day for subjects who were physically active. Other benefits of the minimum weekly exercise were decreases in leg cramps while sleeping, and reduced problems concentrating when tired.

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How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work for Weight Loss?

Apple Cider Vinegar is a folk remedy that has been used for centuries on many ailments including weight loss.

The vinegar is made from fermenting apple cider and contains acetic acid, potassium, pectin, copper, zinc, sodium, selenium, manganese, magnesium and iron. It is also a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.

When talking about apple cider vinegar for weight loss it is important to note that we are talking about organic apple cider vinegar with the mother. The mother is the stringy cloudy bits that gather at the bottom. Distilled and perfectly clear vinegar has all the nutrients stripped out and will not do the job.

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How Does It Work?

The science on how apple cider vinegar works for weight loss is unclear. Several studies have been done on distilled white vinegar, where preliminary findings showed evidence to support the weight loss theory. However there have not been any good studies done on the effect of apple cider vinegar.

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Medifast Diet Pros and Cons - Medifast Review

Before you get on Medifast, you may want to know the pros and cons of this diet program. As I love to research diet programs, I looked at what Medifast users say about this doctor-endorsed diet. I read many comments in blogs and forums and I made a list of the pros and cons. But first, let me tell you the basics of Medifast.

Medifast Basics

The Medifast diet has over 70 choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. Each meal is low fat and has a low glycemic index. The diet is not limited to only overweight people who are healthy otherwise. The program also caters to individuals who suffer from conditions like Type 2 diabetes and gout.

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