• Low-cal snacks may seem like a great way to cut your daily intake, but these over processed foods can pack enough sugar to deter serious weight loss. "It is the quality of nutrients that is important, not whether a food is low-fat or low-carb," says Dr. Frank Lipman, physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. "Nutrient-dense foods are energizing and will make it easier to lose weight."

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  • Opting for artificial sweeteners can do more harm to your waistline than a 15-calories sugar packet. "Recent studies have shown that aspartame may actually stimulate appetite and bring on a craving for carbohydrates," said Dr. Lipman. Even self-proclaimed "natural" sweeteners, like Splenda, made from sugar, are actually made from chlorinating sugar. Did you want a side of swimming pool with your morning coffee?

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  • It's temping to slouch and grip the machine when you're climbing metaphorical Mount Everest on a Stairmaster, but only good posture can "prevent overloading the wrong muscles, which can lead to muscle tension, strains, sprains and other injuries," according to the doc.

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  • Skipping meals can lead to doubling up on portions later on. Dr. Lipman suggests making lunch your largest meal "because your digestion peaks at mid-day, and it should include protein to maintain alertness. Dinner should be your smallest meal, because your digestion slows down at night. Dinner should include protein, greens and a healthy grain - the carbs will facilitate relaxation."

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  • While cardio is every girl's fitness fallback, Dr. Lipman sees plenty of women ignoring strength training to focus on the treadmill. "Strength training and building lean muscle mass is essential for weight control, weight loss and good health in general. Especially as you get older, strength training becomes more important

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