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Reach Your 2014 Weight-Loss Goals: Score 500-Calorie Dinners, Free!

Written on January 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm , by

It’s a new year, so it’s time for some new goals. And fresh recipes. ‘Cause seriously, making the same healthy dinners over and over again can get boring really fast. So what’s a girl to do?

I suggest helping FITNESS celebrate a milestone we’ve reached on Instagram – posting 500 photos (and sharing them with more than 24,000 of our favorite readers)! OK, so it’s not the biggest milestone EVER, but we like to think the pix we post are full of helpful tips, fun food and bursts of motivation to help you reach the next level of awesome. And the comments and hearts you leave behind (we heart you too!) tell us we’re on the right track, but you want more – so that’s what we’re going to give you!

First, head to Instagram and follow us (you can find us @FitnessMagazine) so you can get daily doses of inspiration like the ones mentioned above. Then visit our Facebook page to find a month’s worth of our fave 500-calorie recipes to save on your computer or print for your recipe book. Now it’s time to start cooking! 500-calorie dinners in honor of 500 photos? I say that’s a pretty sweet deal. And now I’m hungry, so I’m going to check out some ideas myself. Happy New Year!

More from FITNESS:

Health-Food Fight: The Healthiest Buys at the Grocery Store

Comfort-Food Dinners Under 450 Cals

10 Exotic Superfoods for Women

Fit Links: How Before and After Pics Are Really Made, A Twist on Stuffed Veggies and More!

Written on August 30, 2013 at 11:23 am , by

Stuffing fresh foods with other good-for-you ingredients? We approve.

This week’s fit links from around the web:

  • Hate those gimmicky before/after photos that come with every quick-fix weight loss ad? Us, too. Which is why we love that personal trainer Mel V took matters into her own hands, and posted on Instagram how she created the “I Dropped a Crazy Amount of Weight” images in 15 minutes. - MelVFitness
  • The best city to snag a healthy meal at work? Washington, D.C., you win-Fox News
  • If you think running is enough to counterbalance sitting at a desk all day, you’re wrong. Here’s why sitting is being dubbed the new smoking. – Runner’s World
  • ‘Tis the season of weddings. We love these fun pre-bachelorette party baskets for your bride-to-be (Psssst: We spy a copy of FITNESS in there!) -Peanut Butter Fingers
  • Instead of peppers on your pizza, put the pizza in your peppers! (Say that five times fast) We’re loving this Italian twist on the stuffed veggie. -Healthful Bites

Instagram #BetterBikiniBody 31-Day Challenge!

Written on July 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm , by

Nobody loves a challenge more than us, but this time we’re turning the tables – and offering YOU a challenge. To keep you working hard all summer long – we know you’re ready to flaunt that bikini body – it’s time to get social. After all, why just tell us about it when you can SHOW us? So without further adieu, we present: our #BetterBikiniBody 31-Day Instagram Challenge!

How it works: If you’re not doing so already, follow us on Instagram. Refer back to our 31-Day challenge photo, or save it on your phone so you know the “theme of the day.” After you know your theme, go crazy with interpretations! Post a daily themed photo using the hashtag #BetterBikiniBody and #fitnessmagphoto. We’ll be sure to regram our faves!

Not sure what to do? It’s OK, we love gathering inspiration before sharing our own artwork, too. Simply click on the hashtag to see what your fellow FITNESS fans are posting that day. My idea of “How I Sweat,” (Today’s theme, ehem) for example, is different from Editorial Assistant Lauren – I went running this AM (check out my sweet compression socks) while she’s tackling a barre class! And don’t be afraid to get creative – no one’s requiring you to take themes literally!

Got questions? No worries – leave a comment here or on our Instagram account and we’ll do our best to get back to you!

Happy ‘Gramming!