By: The editors of FITNESS Magazine
Fear of putting on pounds shouldn't stop you from trying to kick the habit: Two recent studies show that female quitters aren't any more likely to gain weight than the general population and that repeated nicotine use may actually increase your appetite. Robin Mermelstein, PhD, a smoking-cessation researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, offers these tips:
Related: How to Eat for a Healthy Heart
Tip #1: Use a Nicotine-Replacement Patch
Studies show that women who use patches or gum are less likely to gain weight. "Both of these will help reduce feelings of hunger as well as cravings for cigarettes," says Mermelstein.
Related: The Heart Disease Prevention Guide for Your 20s, 30s, and 40s
Tip #2: Compensate for the Drop in Metabolism
"Nicotine causes the body to burn about 200 more calories a day," says Mermelstein. Fight the dip by leaving a bite or two of food on your plate at each meal and adding a brisk 15-minute walk to your day.
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By: The editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from 3 Tips to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 11, 2011 5:53 PM EDT
By: The editors of FITNESS magazine
Looking for something sweet without the lingering feeling of guilt once you lick your fingers clean? We scoped out the healthiest sweet snacks from the grocery store, tasted and approved by editors and nutritionists.
Related: FITNESS Healthy Food Awards: Healthiest Foods from the Store
Funley's Original Stix in the Mud
Get your sugar fix without going overboard. The luscious chocolate cookie clusters are individually wrapped for easy portion control.
Calories per 3 clusters: 170
Related: 4 Reasons to Eat Chocolate on a Diet
Glenny's Creamy Vanilla Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats
They taste as good as the classic version -- but with more fiber and fewer calories.
Calories per snack cake: 100
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Dove Roasted Almonds Covered in Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate
You'll go nuts (like we did) for this sweet and salty treat.
Calories per 13 pieces: 210
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By: Sandra GordonRead More »from 6 Little Lies That Can Ruin Your Health
Is it so bad to have a second piece of cake or to skip a week of exercising when you feel overwhelmed by work, kids, life? The experts say no, as long as you don't convince yourself that it's always okay. "We all need an occasional break from being 'good,'" says Carol Kauffman, PhD, a coaching psychologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "If rationalizing that you can be 'bad' here and there becomes a pattern, though, it can sabotage all your stay-well efforts." To help you counter these "little killers," we've dissected six common self-deceptions. Here's how to defy denial and keep your health on course for the long run.
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Lie #1: "I can have two glasses of wine a day, research should it's healthy."
Reality Check: One drink a day can slightly reduce your chances of heart disease, but make that two glasses daily and your breast cancer risk can rise 25 percent. Your odds of ovarian and esophageal cancer go up as well,
By Lynda LiuRead More »from 7 Energy Drainers and How to Fix Them
Ask any woman the one thing she wants more of, and energy will most likely top her list. While getting more sleep would seem to be the obvious solution (Americans average seven hours of sleep a night), daytime exhaustion has a host of other, often surprising, causes -- all of which are easily treated. "In many cases, low energy can be traced to a certain behavior and fixed in a few weeks," says Martin Lipsky, MD, a professor and chair of the department of family medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. (If fatigue persists without explanation, however, talk to your doctor. It could be a sign of a more serious illness.)
Related: Healthy Habits That Zap Your Energy
Want to get your energy back? Here are seven reasons why there's less pep in your step, plus the easy fixes that will get you up and running.
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Reason #1: You Don't Exercise
At least 30 minutes of a sweat-inducing
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- FITNESS Magazine | Parenting – Tue, Jul 5, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
By: Kristina GrishRead More »from Fit to Be a Mom? Expert Advice to Boost Your Fertility
You eat right and workout regularly, so conceiving should be a cinch, right? Not quite. Recent research shows that though your gym routine may improve your health, reduce stress, and keep your weight in check, working out too much can result in lower fertility. So how do you know the difference between a healthy workout and going overboard? We went straight to the experts to find out.
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The Guideline Gap
"We've known that weight is an important factor in fertility, but considering the role of exercise is a recent phenomenon in Western medicine," explains Robert Brzyski, MD, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and chair of the ethics committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Preliminary research suggests that regular workouts may actually improve reproductive function: A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology concluded that women who exercised 30
By Donna Fennessy
Make a mental checklist of all the things you do to keep yourself healthy. It's a good bet you thought of your workouts, your good-for-you diet, and maybe even a daily vitamin. But if keeping up with medical tests isn't on your list of healthy behaviors, you're falling into the mistake that many fit women make: thinking regular exercise plus smart nutrition exempts you from getting routine exams. To truly keep your body healthy, here are the tests you need to get for your 20s, 30s, and beyond.
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In Your 20s...
TEST: Eye ExamRead More »from 6 Medical Tests Every Woman Needs to Get
WHO TO SEE: Ophthalmologist
WHY: Many eye problems, such as glaucoma and retinopathy, are detected only via exam. Plus, checkups can help pinpoint related health concerns, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
HOW OFTEN: At least once between the ages of 20 and 29 and twice between ages 30 and 39. Wear glasses or contacts? Take meds that affect your vision? Got diabetes? Go
Worried about your workouts going out the window for the upcoming holiday weekend? Fret not, we're here to help! Below, BBQ-friendly fixings to let you enjoy the rest of summer without letting empty calories get the best of you.
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Dark Chocolate Banana S'mores
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Nonstick cooking spray
2 just-ripe bananas, peels on, halved lengthwise and stems trimmed
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
12 graham cracker squares
1 3-ounce bar dark chocolate, broken into 6 squares
DirectionsRead More »from 3 Guilt-Free Grilling Recipes
1. Heat a grill to medium and mist with cooking spray. Place the bananas cut side down and grill until lightly marked, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip bananas and brush tops with the melted butter. Grill cut side up 3 minutes more. Transfer bananas to a plate, remove peels and cut into 1/3-inch slices.
2. While bananas are grilling, place 6 of the graham cracker squares on top of
Don't let the lack of heavy metal fool you. These equipment-free firmers sculpt killer curves. "Using gravity and your body weight as resistance can be just as effective as what you can do with any dumbbell, machine, or barbell," says workout designer Tom Vincent, a trainer at Juliet Kaska's Zen Fitness in West Hollywood who routinely puts his clients through their paces in the park. "You use multiple muscles in these moves, meaning a larger calorie burn in less time." Stick with this workout or pair it with pool sessions, taking a day off in between to allow muscles to recover. Do two sets of each move, leaving little rest between sets to boost your fat burn.
What You'll Need: A park bench and a tree
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Targets chest, shoulders, triceps, and abs
- Stand with feet hip-width apart, 3 to 4 feet behind a bench, and lean forward to place both hands on top of seat back slightly more than shoulder-width apart.
By: Hallie LevineRead More »from 5 Ways to Banish Belly Bloat
We've all been there: days when you feel as bloated as the blow-up Shrek in the Macy's parade. Okay, sometimes you know that having that third helping of your sister's peach cobbler wasn't the best idea. But when you're eating right and exercising regularly but still can't zip up your skinny jeans, what gives?
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"One of the main causes of bloat isn't how much you eat; it's eating certain foods that are difficult for your stomach and intestines to digest," explains Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a dietitian in Sarasota, Florida, and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "These substances then pass into your colon, where bacteria feed on them, producing the gas bubbles that make your stomach swell up." About 20 percent of adults experience bloating, according to one study from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, but "anecdotally that number is much higher. Most women I see in my practice complain about bloat at one