Peter Tak/FITNESS MagazineBy 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 next couple of weeks,
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Along with all the disease stomping, heart reviving, baby delivering, and overall people healing they do, doctors have another full-time job: keeping themselves healthy. Scratch that -- keeping themselves healthiest. So instead of peeking into their medical practices, we looked at what they actually practice -- in their own lives. Use personal strategies and insider tips from the best medical pros to supercharge your health this year.
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How to Head Off a Headache
Start double-fisting beverages the minute the throbbing begins. "I'll have a bottle of water in one hand and a coffee in the other," says Jennifer Ashton, MD, author of Your Body Beautiful. That's because many headaches are caused by dehydration, while caffeine is known to curb them. If the drinks don't alleviate the pounding in an hour, she pops ibuprofen.
Take a Time Out
"As soon as I feel an illness coming on, I go to sleep for at least nine hours," says Hilda
James Michelfelder and Therese Sommerseth/FITNESS MagazineBy Jenna Autuori-DedicRead More »from Burn More in Less Time: Rev Your Reps
"It's not how long but how strong and intense you're making your workouts," says celebrity trainer Jackie Warner, the author of 10 Pounds in 10 Days. "The mistake a lot of people make is doing too much of the wrong kind of cardio." Want to burn more calories in half the time of your regular routine? Incorporate these speedy fat-melting strategies at your next sweat session.
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Get set to sweat and sculpt with Jackie Warner's 18-minute cardio acceleration session. Complete this routine three times and you're guaranteed to need a towel when you're done.
0 to 5 minutes
Do 15 reps of each of these moves:
15-pound-dumbbell squat: Hold a dumbbell in each hand with arms by sides and palms in, then squat.
10-pound-dumbbell lunge: Hold a dumbbell in each hand with arms by sides and palms in, then step right foot forward, bending right knee 90 degrees. Return to standing with feet together; repeat with left leg.
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
Jonathan Kantor/FITNESS MagazineBy Rebecca BrownRead More »from Meds Not to Mix: Your Guide to Taking OTC Drugs Safely
With all the meds on the market these days, it's tough to keep straight what is safe to take and what isn't unless there's an MD at the end of your name. Here, the way prescriptions, OTC pills, and even food can interact with each other.
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Grapefruit Juice and OTC Antihistamine, Fexofenadine (Allegra)
A study conducted by the University of Western Ontario in Canada revealed that grapefruit products and some citrus fruits, like oranges, contain chemicals that can affect various medications in your body, often times causing the medicine to stay in your body longer. "In grapefruit juice, it is thought that naringin, a flavonoid compound naturally found in the fruit, interferes with the absorption of some drugs," says Joseph S. Bertino Jr., Pharm.D and associate professor of pharmacology at Columbia University. "Grapefruit juice turns on a pump in the small intestine that blocks some drugs from moving through
Claire Benoist/FITNESS MagazineBy Sally Kuzemchak, RDRead More »from The Truth About Saturated Fats
For years you've been told that the saturated fat you eat is public enemy No. 1 in the battle against obesity and heart disease. Turns out, it may actually be -- gasp! -- good for you.
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Good Fats Versus Bad Fats
I was a card-carrying skinny-latte-drinking low-fat girl. I ordered frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, grilled chicken instead of steak, and I snacked on low-fat cheese and reduced-fat crackers. With a family history of high cholesterol (my own number hovered slightly beyond the healthy range), I figured that limiting saturated fat was smart.
But in the past couple of years I've made some changes. Inspired by the movement to eat locally, I started shopping at my farmers' market: I bought a quarter of a grass-fed cow and stocked my basement freezer with the beef, which I ate once a week. I also splurged on local bacon sometimes. When my store was out of skim milk, I discovered I preferred creamier 1
Cedric Angeles/FITNESS MagazineBy Dana HudepohlRead More »from Find Your Backbone and Survive Tough Times
This woman fell six stories and nearly died, but didn't let the disaster keep her from dancing. Learn how to harness your grit and resilience so when the going gets tough, you get tougher than ever.
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Weather the Storm
When Mississippi native Nicole Marquez, a 25-year-old aspiring dancer and actress in New York City, returned home from an audition in 2008 to find herself locked out of her apartment, she went to the rooftop to improvise a way in through a window. That's the last thing she remembers. The next day, the building's super found Nicole unconscious in the alleyway six stories below with a broken neck, back, pelvis, and ribs and a collapsed lung. She coded three times in the ER, and the doctors didn't know whether she would live, let alone walk again. Yet she persisted through seven months of intensive therapy in the hospital, and today, Nicole, who has a metal rod running along her spine, is not only
Chris Gallo/FITNESS MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet
These 10 superfoods are proven, expert-beloved disease fighters and energy boosters. Add them to your meals and get on the fast track to a super-healthy body.
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Why They're Healthy:
-- Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase "good" HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.
-- Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.
Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.
Why It's Healthy:
-- One medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and almost 200 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C -- two essential bone-building nutrients.
-- The same serving also helps stave off numerous cancers.
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
Bonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBy Stephanie DolgoffRead More »from As Seen on TV: Fitness Infomercial Gadgets to the Test
Whenever I watch an infomercial, I sit there rapt, as the woman on the screen struggles with the same traumas of being female that I do: lopsided boobs, bra bulge, unwanted facial hair (as if any such growth other than your eyebrows is wanted, really), an avalanche of plastic lids tumbling out of her cabinet, and blobby upper arms that flap like grand-opening flags outside a car dealership, to name a few. Her moments of unutterable frustration are always filmed in black and white. Then, just as when Dorothy lands in Oz, we see a burst of Technicolor as our heroine employs the cheesy-name miracle gadget that instantly solves her problem.
So when FITNESS asked me to indulge my craving for infomercial products to my heart's content, I was thrilled. Now I could satisfy my curiosity as well as yours. Here's the lowdown on what made me fitter, as well as what reaffirmed the adage "If it sounds too good to be true, it's not worth $19.95 plus shipping and handling."
John Herr/FITNESS MagazineBy Andrea BartzRead More »from Fat-Proof Your Life
I was headed to the DMV to renew my driver's license, and I had to walk past a food court to get there. Even though I had just eaten lunch, the smell of pizza and Chinese food was making my stomach rumble, and I could practically feel my pupils turning into tiny cheeseburgers, cartoon-style. Ninety minutes' worth of paperwork later, I was slathering extra frosting on a Cinnabon. "We're continually being offered calorie-dense food in big portions, and we don't have to work hard or spend much money to get it," says Barbara Rolls, PhD, the author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. "If you wanted to fatten someone up, you couldn't design a much better environment than the one we live in." And a lot of Americans are succumbing: 33 percent of adults are overweight and 36 percent are obese. But there's good news: You can beat the odds and ditch extra pounds. Here, the 10 hurdles standing between you and your goal weight -- and how to tackle every one.
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Mickey Burton/FITNESS MagazineBy Paige GreenfieldRead More »from Hormones Gone Haywire?
They're your body's secret weapon: Hormones keep your heart thumping, your digestive system churning, and your brain sharp. "Whenever you feel off, your hormones could be the cause," says Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. They can get out of kilter when you're stressed, tired, or eating poorly and create all kinds of havoc. Here, five signs that your hormones have gone rogue -- and how to get them back on track.
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You're Tired All the Time
"If you're logging eight hours in the sack and still waking up groggy, low progesterone levels could be stealing your sleep," says Sara Gottfried, MD, the author of The Hormone Cure. Progesterone naturally plummets with menopause, but it can begin dropping as early as your thirties, when your ovaries start releasing fewer eggs. Because the hormone regulates your internal thermostat, a low level of it may cause your body