By: Julie Meyer, RD
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By: Heather Hurlock
Try just one of these tips each day and you'll feel better and get fitter and smarter in just one month.
1. Reboot Your Brain
Mundane tasks, such as entering data into a spreadsheet, can switch your mind into default mode, making you more likely to mess up within about 30 seconds, scientists say. Feel like you're operating on autopilot? Snap out of it by going for a quick walk down the hall. Related: Strength Train Your Brain
2. Get Sappy
Spending just 30 minutes a day consciously thinking of a loved one can promote mental and emotional well-being, say University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Cultivating the feeling of love and compassion stimulates the brain to make new connections and neural pathways. Related: The 7 Things You Should Never Regret
3. Grab Some Garbanzos
People who regularly consume beans typically weigh six pounds less than those who don't, even though they take in more daily calories. Researchers believe this may be because the legume
By: Kenrya Rankin
Last spring you reached your goal weight and celebrated by hitting the beach in a bikini. Then your job got stressful, you had trouble finding time to work out, and your cruise vacation had a round-the-clock all-you-can-eat buffet. Now when you step on the scale, you realize there's no way you're going to fit into the dress you bought for your friend's wedding next month unless you start dieting...again.
We're betting that this scenario sounds all too familiar. Yo-yo dieting -- or weight cycling, as experts call it -- is practically a national pastime. An estimated 54 percent of people in the United States are currently trying to shed pounds, fueling a $59-billion-a-year industry of supplements, books, and packaged foods that promote weight loss, according to Marketdata Enterprises, a marketing research group. But our efforts don't stick. Most of us will regain almost all of what we lost, according to research, which is why the typical dieter tries a new plan four
By: Colleen Oakley
Even the most confident women have self-conscious moments. Nancy Redd, a FITNESS advisory board member and the author of Body Drama, details how to deal with bouts of insecurity.
You're Nervous About...Your High School Reunion
How to snap out of it: Make a list of what you've achieved since graduation. "You may not fit into your old acid-washed Levi's, but concentrating on your successes shifts the focus from how you look to what you can do," says Redd.Related: I Did It!: "I'm Thinner Than I Was in High School."
By: Jenna Bergen
Ditch the diet! We'll show you how a few simple food swaps will help you trim a little here and there but slim a lot, all without missing a bite.
Follow these brilliant tips to scale back your calorie intake...by the hundreds! From breakfast tips to dessert ideas, get some great ideas that will make your diet totally doable.
1. Make your own parfait instead of buying one. Use a cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt, a half cup of sliced strawberries or blueberries, and a quarter cup of Kashi GoLean Cereal. Save: 151 calories
2. Share your favorite brunch dishes with friends. "Split a 500-calorie waffle and a 600-calorie omelet four ways," says Leslie J. Bonci, RD, FITNESS advisory board member and director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "You won't overindulge or feel deprived." Save: 225 to 325 calories
Related: No More Excuses: Breakfast Recipes for Every Morning
3. "When ordering eggs, ask for them to be cooked dry,"
By: Lynya Floyd
Stick out your tongue, refuse to answer work e-mail, carry a lot of cash. Sounds risky, but these "bad" behaviors may be the key to a less stressful life.
We asked experts in everything from finance to romance for their take on when you should shake off conventional wisdom. Here, their tips on when it's okay to color outside the lines.
The Rule: Don't go to bed angry
Break it because...endlessly rehashing a disagreement only amps up agitation. Sometimes, the smartest strategy is to set the fight aside and let tempers cool. Peter Post, author of Essential Manners for Couples, recommends that you learn to recognize when you're getting nowhere and then just "put the argument out of its misery." It can be as simple as saying "I'm sorry we're so mad at each other, but I still love you" or even "I don't want this to be a huge issue." Then pick up the subject again when you've calmed down. "One couple I know sticks their tongues out at each other at the end of a fight," says
By: Jeanette Moninger
If you don't eat red meat or snack after 8 p.m., it's time to loosen up. The secret to losing weight is finding your happy medium (or medium rare). Get ready to break a few rules and lose weight, too.
Rule #1: Swear Off Red Meat to Cut Calories
Smarter strategy: Enjoy an occasional hamburger for the protein -- and yumminess -- it provides. "Protein takes longer to digest, so it keeps you full," says Jonny Bowden, PhD, a weight-loss coach and author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Red meat gets a bad rap because certain cuts (like those labeled "prime") are high in artery-clogging saturated fat. So keep it lean with "round" and "loin" options (as in top round, sirloin, and tenderloin) and ground beef that's 5 percent or less fat. Eat no more than two servings, or five ounces, of lean meat daily (a serving is about the size of a deck of cards) and no more than 18 ounces a week. Vary your options with other protein powerhouses, like fish, poultry, and beans.
Workout by Bob Harper, trainer on TV's The Biggest Loser and creator of the Bob Harper Inside Out Method: Body Rev/Cardio Conditioning DVD
So long, jiggly arms! These moves use your upper body to stoke your calorie burn so you can rock a little black dress all season long.
What you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
This workout is a circuit; perform the first set of each move, then complete the remaining moves before doing the second set. VIDEO: Watch This Workout
Weighted Jump Rope
Targets: Arms, abs, butt, and legs
By: Linda Sharp
You can have Destiny's Child "Independent Women" as your ring tone, know how to change a flat tire, and file your own taxes, but every now and then a girl needs a support system. Here, ten people you'll always need (and want!) in your life:
1. A boy friend. As in platonic male pal. While he'll never replace your girlfriends for late-night Ben & Jerry's gossip sessions, having a Ben or Jerry in your life can be just as beneficial. With him, you're free to sport your dowdiest duds, have a heated political discussion (without fear that it will carry into the bedroom) and even belch out loud. He'll be your plus-one at parties and the third wheel when you need a buffer. And his insight is especially helpful for all those "Why" questions, such as, "Why are men so...?" "Why did he...?" and "Why won't he...?" Related: The Single Girl's Survival Kit
2. A born-to-shop pal. This sartorial sidekick will not only help you find flattering outfits amid the chaos of your closet,
By: Dorothy Foltz-Gray
When the sun is shining and grill is hot, it's hard to resist a juicy burger and some yummy sides. Here, simple moves that will let you eat your BBQ without feeling guilty later.
You Want: A Hamburger (4 ounces, 484 calories)
Hey, it's only patriotic to have at least one!
Related: 7 Recipes for a Low-Cal Cookout
Burn It Off This Way: Play Ball!
Any pickup game of ball, as long as it's active, can burn off that burger. If there are kids handy, play kickball, suggests Cassandra Corum, a fitness and wellness expert in Los Angeles. Calories burned: 400 to 500 in an hour.
Related: Our Best 8 Stability Ball Exercises
You Want: Two Hotdogs (220 calories)
For one day, forget about the nitrates, the sodium, and think about baseball, and corner stands, and, well, your picnic.
Related: Healthy Sandwich Recipes
Burn It Off This Way: Pilates
Thirty minutes of Pilates will burn off the dogs, says master Pilates instructor Matt McCulloch, co-founder of Kinected, an