Skip the cleanse and get healthy naturally.By Amy Ahlberg
We're all looking to turn over a new leaf when it comes to our health, but going overboard with rigid resolutions or impossible regimens isn't going to net you lasting results. Instead, try these expert tips on how to really stop succumbing to some of your worst vices, whether you're hooked on sweets, junk food, late nights, or even harsh skin scrubs.
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Think artificial sweeteners are a diet "do" because they contain no calories or sugar? Think again. Studies suggest that regular consumption of artificial sweeteners like aspartame (found in diet sodas) may actually lead to weight gain, says Rachel Beller, RD, founder of the Beller Nutritional Institute. It turns out they can trigger our bodies to crave sweets and sugar. Beller advises cutting back gradually: "If you were using three packets in a cup of tea or coffee, for two weeks cut down to two packets, then cut down to just one packet for the
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Skip the cleanse and get healthy naturally.By Amy AhlbergRead More »from 7 Healthy Ways to Detox
Crunch with Alternate Leg ExtensionWorkout by Erica Gragg, coauthor of Bikini BootcampRead More »from The Best Tummy Toners for Your Fitness Level
Anyone can lose belly bulge and sculpt fab abs with these fast-acting moves.
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1. Crunch with Alternate Leg Extensions
Lie faceup, with knees bent and feet on floor hip-width apart. Interlace hands behind head. Simultaneously lift head, neck, and shoulders and extend left leg so that it's 1 to 2 feet off the floor. Hold for 5 seconds. Bend knee back in as you lower upper body to start. Repeat on right side. Do 20 crunches, alternating sides.
Toe Drop2. Toe Drop
Lie faceup, arms at sides, palms down, knees bent 90 degrees so calves are parallel to the floor. Engage abs and slowly lower left toes to touch the floor. Lift foot back up; repeat on right side. Do 25 reps, alternating legs.
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Crisscross AbsIntermediate Moves
1. Crisscross Abs
Lie faceup with legs extended. Bend right knee. Place left hand beside left hip, palm down. Lift
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 19, 2012 11:10 AM EST
Pretty, yes, but does it fit?Eight out of 10 women are indeed wearing the wrong bra size, according to Linda Becker, founder of Linda's lingerie boutiques in New York City. "Women's breasts change size and shape numerous times throughout their lives due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy and aging," she says. Yet most of us assume that our bra size stays the same.
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1. Measure the diameter of your rib cage, putting the tape directly underneath your breasts. If the number is below 33, add 5 inches; if it's 34 to 42, add 3 inches; and if it's above 42, add 2 inches. That's your band size.
2. Then measure the fullest part of your bust. (Wear a bra when you do this; even if it doesn't fit correctly, it will give you some lift and provide you with a more accurate measurement forRead More »from Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra Size? 5 Steps to Find Out
Karen Pearson/Fitness MagazineBy Marisa Fox, photographs by Karen Pearson
FITNESS celebrates real women -- active, confident, of all body shapes and sizes. Read their stories, get inspired, and discover the joys of being uniquely you.
"I love my post-baby body"
"I never felt self-conscious about my body when I was pregnant, and I've retained that sense of awe. I've lost all but three pounds of the baby weight; things aren't quite like they were, but that's okay, because look at what I have."-- Kristin Dale, 38, schoolteacher, with Julia, 18 months
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Karen Pearson/Fitness Magazine"I love my cleavage"
"I'm never going to be skinny or have an athletic build, but I've done well with what I have. I don't need a push-up bra to get cleavage. It's truly a blessing to live in a healthy body."Related: 12 Ways to Show Off Your Body
-- Maiysha Simpson, 30, plus-size model
Karen Pearson/Fitness Magazine"I love my shoulders and collarbone"
"There are the obviously sexy parts of your body, and then there's the subtle curve ofRead More »from What Women Love About Their Bodies
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 18, 2012 11:45 AM EST
Keep your muscles healthy with weekly strength training sessions.By Alyssa Shaffer
These cross-training strength moves will help you run faster and reduce your risk of injury. Do two sets of these moves twice a week [once on a rest day] to train your supporting muscles, reduce the risk of injury, and up performance, says coach Blake Boldon of the online training group Run S.M.A.R.T. Project.
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Targets: Hips, butt, quads, and hamstrings
- Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms overhead, palms facing each other.
- Lunge forward with left leg, bending knees 90 degrees.
- Step back to start position; switch legs and repeat.
- Do 20 reps, alternating legs.
Targets: Back, abs, butt, and hamstrings
- Start in plank. Lift right leg; lower. Lift left leg; lower. Do 5 reps each side.
- Flip over to face up, legs together and extended, arms bent by sides, forearms on floor, torso lifted.
Don't let these myths fool you.By Dana HudepohlRead More »from 5 Birth Control Rumors -- Busted!
Putting off getting on the pill or any other birth control method due to fear of gaining weight, roller coaster emotional swings, or something else? We talked to the docs to break down the most common rumors associated with practicing safer sex.
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MYTH: Birth control causes weight gain.
FACT: Only the shot has been linked to putting on extra pounds. In a recent study, women taking oral contraceptives did not gain more than those using a nonhormonal form of birth control. Their body fat increased and lean muscle mass decreased slightly, but researchers say this is less likely to happen in women who exercise and eat right.
MYTH: Suppressing your period is unhealthy.
FACT: "Using birth control to skip your period is safe, and it may even help protect your health," says Rebecca Allen, MD, of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. "The less frequently you menstruate because of birth control, the lower your
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 17, 2012 11:29 AM EST
Relieve pain instantly with these acupressure techniques.By Amy FishbeinRead More »from Press to De-Stress: 7 Acupressure Cures for Aches and Pains
Use this self-acupressure guide to cure headaches, menstrual cramps, hangovers, and other aches and pains, as well as to relieve stress.
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Pressure Point Therapy
Acupressure -- applying pressure to certain points on your body -- can help ease headaches, hangovers, menstrual cramps, and more. The theory behind it: We all have energy flowing through us called chi, and when chi gets blocked, symptoms result. When you gradually put pressure on key areas and hold, you unclog that energy and tension, alleviating discomfort. Acupressure can also trigger the release of endorphins, neurochemicals that help relieve pain, explains Michael Reed Gach, PhD, director of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California.
How much force you use and how long you apply it depends on your level of discomfort, says Don Phillips, a licensed acupuncturist with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. If you're in a lot of pain, start with light
Find out how the stars get red-carpet ready.By the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from Red Carpet Secrets to Looking Slim
Remember the gold backless, sideless, and nearly belly button-baring dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the Golden Globe Awards? It's nearly time to ogle sculpted celebs in sequins again: The awards show is this weekend. We grilled celebrity nutritionists Christine Avanti, author of Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads, and Ashley Koff, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member, to find out how A-listers prep for those deliciously daring dresses.
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Say Pink comes to see you. What's the first thing you tell a new client?
AK: "Balance your nutrients. Every three hours, eat one serving each of carbs, protein, and healthy fat for energy without adding pounds. Still hungry? Snack on veggies. They have enough bulk to send the 'I'm full' message to your brain."
What if she shows up just a few days before a big event?
AK: "To look as lean as possible, I suggest a nutrient-rich liquid diet -- smoothies made with plain coconut
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 12, 2012 12:18 PM EST
Will Halle snag the title for Best Body again this year?Celebs knocked it out of the park at last year's Golden Globes with their tight, toned bodies and rock star confidence. Who will steal the show this year? Take a look at our favorites from the 2011 show and see our predictions for best bodies this year, assuming they show up!Read More »from Then and Now: Best Body Predictions at the 2012 Golden Globes
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Best Body on the Red Carpet: Halle Berry. Great legs, toned arms, slim and shapely. She is one hot mama.
Predicted This Year: Charlize Theron
Related: 9 Effective Ways to Get Your Best Body This Year
Best Back: Anne Hathaway. She gave a great rear view in a dress that showed off her gorgeous, sculpted back. No wonder she wasn't afraid to take it all off in Love and Other Drugs.
Predicted This Year: Julianne Hough
Sexiest Shoulders: Claire Danes. The Golden Globes winner was pretty awesome in pink, showing off her beautiful shoulders.
Predicted This Year: Kristen Wiig
Best Toned Arms: Amy Adams. This new mom has obviously been hitting the weights and was
Congrats on your little bundle of joy, B!By Jocelyn VooRead More »from The Top 10 Beyonce Songs to Workout To
In celebration of the Blue Ivy, we're sweating it out at the gym to Beyonce's greatest hits this week. Here's what we're listening to:
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"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyonce
"Crazy in Love" - Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
"Freakum Dress" - Beyonce
"Bootylicious" - Destiny's Child
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"Check on It" - Beyonce feat. Bun B & Slim Thug
"Jumpin', Jumpin'" - Destiny's Child
"Survivor" - Destiny's Child
"Naughty Girl" - Beyonce
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"Baby Boy" - Beyonce feat. Sean Paul
"Independent Women Part 1" - Destiny's Child
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