Ted Morrison/Fitness MagazineFor many women, dieting equals food restriction. Snacks? They usually get eliminated in the name of saving calories. But snacking when you're watching your weight is actually a good idea. "[When dieting,] people often wait too long in between meals, so by the time they eat, they're so hungry, their portions or choices are out of control," says Linda McLachlan, RD, CDN, a New Jersey dietitian with Nutrition Matters, LLC. "Snacking helps keep you satisfied and wards off cravings." Here, seven low-calorie snacks to help you with your diet goals.
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Homemade Trail Mix
"Diet-friendly snacking doesn't necessarily have to be low-fat," says McLachlan. What's more important: Portion size. A homemade trail mix of walnuts, mini chocolate chips, and raisins is a snack that's satisfying (thanks to the sweetness and fat) and healthy for a dieter if portion sizes are kept in check. "Mix a palm full of walnuts with a pinch of chocolate
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Ted Morrison/Fitness MagazineFor many women, dieting equals food restriction. Snacks? They usually get eliminated in the name of saving calories. But snacking when you're watching your weight is actually a good idea. "[When dieting,] people often wait too long in between meals, so by the time they eat, they're so hungry, their portions or choices are out of control," says Linda McLachlan, RD, CDN, a New Jersey dietitian with Nutrition Matters, LLC. "Snacking helps keep you satisfied and wards off cravings." Here, seven low-calorie snacks to help you with your diet goals.Read More »from 7 Healthy Snacks for Diet Success
Laura Doss/Fitness MagazineBy Richard LaliberteRead More »from Lifesaving Foods: The Anti-Inflammation Diet
During the last several years, researchers have been quietly piling up evidence to support a truly groundbreaking idea -- that there may be one common link between many seemingly unrelated health conditions. That link is inflammation, an immune-system response that causes a stubbed toe to swell and an infection to bring on a fever. In fact, it's become the medical buzzword of the moment, and for good reason. Studies have shown that people with chronic inflammation are at a high risk for certain health problems, including heart disease and cancer, says Lisa M. Davis, PhD, a research associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health's Center for Human Nutrition. Many researchers believe that ongoing inflammation -- caused by a variety of factors -- is one of the reasons that seemingly healthy people develop heart disease and diabetes, and experts estimate that it may be behind 15 percent of all cancers. Inflammation may also be linked to autoimmune diseases --
Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesBy Amy FishbeinRead More »from Pregnancy Mistakes Even Smart Women Make
When you're expecting, everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should and shouldn't be eating, drinking, and doing, making it hard to separate fact from fiction. "There's so much information available that it's easy to misinterpret what you hear and read," says Michael S. Broder, MD, author of The Panic-Free Pregnancy (Perigee, 2004). Here, five surprising slipups and how to stop them from harming your -- and your baby's -- health.
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1. You stick with your pre-pregnancy sleep schedule.
Five to six hours may have seemed like plenty before, but the physical changes of pregnancy zap your energy. Research in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that women who averaged less than six hours of sleep nightly during their ninth month had longer labors and were more than four times more likely to have a C-section than those who slept longer. "Women with a chronic sleep debt may not have the energy to get
Keep this list handy when buying a treadmill.By the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from 3 Tips to Buying a Home Treadmill
In a recent FitnessMagazine.com poll, 31 percent of respondents said that if given the choice of any machine, they would add a treadmill to their home gym. But how do you pick one? Here's what Fred Waters, who runs Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com, looks for:
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1. A powerful motor. It should have at least 2.5 continuous-duty horsepower.
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2. Ample room to walk or run. Lengths can vary hugely. If someone six-foot-two or taller is going to run on your machine, it should be at least 58 inches long. Otherwise, 54 inches is fine.
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3. A mid-range price tag. While cheaper models are tempting, you often get what you pay for. Plan on spending between $1,000 and $1,300 with an extended warranty. Check out bizrate.com and shopping.com for brand reviews.
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Skip the cleanse and get healthy naturally.By Amy AhlbergRead More »from 7 Healthy Ways to Detox
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
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