It's totally addicting to watch the contestants on The Biggest Loser hit the scale each week. Season 7 winner Helen Phillips lost an astonishing 54 percent of her body weight (plummeting from 257 pounds to 117), she dropped from a 46DD to a 34C bra size and shrank a full shoe size (to a 10). That takes dedication. Healthier meals and physical exercise, like these easy ones, can work wonders.
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But once she settled into "normal" life back home, how did she keep the pounds off? It wasn't easy. "The show was over, there was no more Ranch, and I realized I was now the Biggest Loser winner - and the pressure was really on," she recalls. "I would lie awake at night and think, What if I gain the weight back? What if I slip back into my old ways?"
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So "getting healthy" became a family affair. "We eat fresh, unprocessed food that grows on trees and in the garden, plus chicken, fish, and lean meats," says Phillips, a former
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It's totally addicting to watch the contestants on The Biggest Loser hit the scale each week. Season 7 winner Helen Phillips lost an astonishing 54 percent of her body weight (plummeting from 257 pounds to 117), she dropped from a 46DD to a 34C bra size and shrank a full shoe size (to a 10). That takes dedication. Healthier meals and physical exercise, like these easy ones, can work wonders.Read More »from How a "Biggest Loser" Winner Stays Skinny
These fashion necklaces, all less than $55, add some bling around the collar - without the ka-ching. (Related: Dress Better for Less)Read More »from 7 Great Statement Necklaces
Channel Chanel with Spring Street's pearl and metallic mix necklace ($54).
Where to buy: Pearl & chain necklace, $54, Spring Street; artisangemsboutique.com.
Bodega's ribbon-tie bib ($45) glitters with sapphire-style gems.
Where to buy: Bib necklace, $45, Bodega; bodegashoppe.com.
Slinky oxidized swags overlap on Laila Rowe's drapey collar ($14). (Related: Save Money on Clothes)
Where to buy: Chain necklace, $14, Laila Rowe; lailarowe.com.
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A blossom bauble adorns Loft's coral-colored strands ($50).
Where to buy: Coral necklace, $50, Loft; anntaylorloft.com.
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Silver and silk cords entwine on Express's braided beauty ($30).
Where to buy: Braid necklace, $30, Express; express.com.
Go glam in Bodega's rhinestone-studded stunner ($44).
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Your honey bought you a Valentine's bouquet (sweet!). Make those cut flowers last longer with these simple steps from Kate Law of proflowers.com:Read More »from How to Keep Flowers Fresh
Fill a vase with lukewarm water and add the included flower food. Cut off stems on an angle with a sharp knife to create more surface area for the water absorption. Place the vase out of direct sunlight in a cool, non-drafty spot. (Related: Make a Valentine's Day Vase)
Refresh the water and trim stems 1/2 inch every other day. In place of flower food, fill the vase with half water, half lemon-lime soda-the sugar will feed the blooms while the acidity will keep flower-life-shortening bacteria at bay. (Related: Unique Flower Arrangements)
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1. There's a tape measure in the examining room.
Your waistline provides a better indication of your heart disease risk than a height/weight measure does. The number to watch for: 35 inches. Anything over that puts women at highest risk. (Related: All About the Flat Belly Diet)
2. She asks you about exercise.
Along with eating well, being active can help cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 50 percent. So your doctor should question you about your workout habits - and make sure your program is challenging enough to help your cardiovascular system. (Related: Find the right workout routine for your lifestyle)
3. Your blood tests include high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.More Health and Fitness Advice Read More »from 3 Ways to Know if Your Doctor is Heart-Smart
Cholesterol and "regular" CRP tests provide a good window on your heart attack risk, but the high-sensitivity version is better. And it's a far more accurate predictor of your chances of a stroke. (Related: Will these foods lower your cholesterol?)
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When your fashionable extras are thoughtfully arranged, finding just the right thing to complement an outfit is a snap. To start: Sort not just by type, but also by color or occasion (e.g., work, play, fancy), depending on how you dress. If chunky pieces are overtaking dainty jewelry holders, think outside the box: Try mug trees to hold bulky bracelets; wall-mounted hooks for hefty necklaces. Earrings and rings will fit into divided, stackable foam trays, which you can tuck into a drawer or larger container, while day-to-day items can stay out, without getting lost, on an attractive landing spot.
What to Keep, What to Toss
- Keep special-occasion purses stocked with a few helpful items that are easy to forget: a mirror to check your makeup, a small amount of cash, business cards, a brush or comb. But avoid storing anything that could cause a mess: makeup, gum, candy, or potentially leaky pens. Related: How to Organize Your Purse
- Toss accessories you no longer wear - but
When you get all the basics into line - blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, waist size, and not smoking - you can reduce your odds of having a heart attack or needing bypass surgery by 80 percent, says Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., medical director of the Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. And knowing your particular vulnerabilities lets you target risk-cutting strategies that will help most.
Measure your middle. A tummy pooch, even if you're not overweight, signals the presence of vicious visceral fat - blubber wrapped around internal organs that pumps hormones, inflammatory chemicals, and fatty acids to your heart, liver, and all your cells. This fat raises blood pressure, makes cells resistant to insulin, and accelerates the growth of gunky plaque in artery walls. How big is too big? In one Harvard study of over 44,000 women, a waist measuring 35 or more inches doubled the risk of dying early from heart disease, compared to one of less than 28Read More »from Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?
Luckily, with so much passion locked inside us, there's a lot to unlock. It's just a matter of finding the right key. For most couples, being married makes being passionate together more difficult, not less. Admitting this is happening is the first step toward making it stop. You can change your sex life this week. Pick one item from this five-point plan and try it out. Have your husband pick another for next week. You'll be on your way to married sex that works.
1. Assume you don't know everything about each other sexually.Read More »from 5 Ways to Put the X Back in Married Sex
Very often a husband and wife can be married for many years without ever telling each other what they find most exciting in bed. This is partly because many people remain painfully embarrassed about their sexual needs. But it's also because too much is at stake - namely, the emotional bond between husbands and wives - to gamble it on fulfilling a need that might be seen as odd, selfish, or simply beyond the comfort level of their partners for life. And
Find out how to wow him with our best ways to create sexy hair and makeup looksRead More »from 12 Date-Night Hair and Makeup Tips
1. Fake Fuller Hair
Mousse is unbeatable for building body - but tough to apply. Plopping it on deposits too much in one section; rubbing it in your palms first deflates its airiness. Try this trick from celebrity stylist Nathaniel Hawkins: Squirt a dollop onto a vent brush and stroke it through your hair. The product will slowly leak through the brush's openings, distributing it from root to end. Our pick: Tresemmé Tres Mousse Extra Hold ($4, drugstores). (Related: How to Fight Back Against Thinning Hair)
2. Completely Change Your Look
Hair extensions can make you look like a different person -- which can be fun for a night on the town with your guy. If your hair is shorter, attach several long hairpieces underneath your hair, then use a large curling iron to make big waves. (Related: Add Instant Volume, Length and Shine to Your Hair)
3. Go for the Gold
Mix a touch of liquid highlighter, like Benefit's
When you're a mom of tweens or teens, days can go by in which your chief form of exercise is shifting your right foot from the gas pedal to the brake. Even if you're not constantly carpooling, it can be hard to fit in workouts between your job, caring for aging parents, and checking in with your husband once in a while. But exercise is particularly important in these years: It works to counteract the slowdown of your metabolism, which tends to start in your 40s, and it helps you avoid weight gain. (Related: The Best Diet to Boost Metabolism)
Alas, working out won't necessarily lead to a dramatic drop in pounds, but research suggests it's key for holding the line - and that may be enough to protect your heart. A study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that overweight adults who maintained their weight, gaining no more than five pounds over 15 years, were less likely to have unhealthy changes in their glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure thanRead More »from Your Guide to a Healthy Heart in Your 40s
Get SmartRead More »from Your Guide to a Healthy Heart in Your 30s
You know that your kid's unfinished fries and burger do not qualify as a heart-healthy diet. Ditto for birthday cake, cheese puffs (even if they're organic), and all the other fat-laden, artery-clogging fare you may encounter as a mom of young children. But your biggest heart hazard may be in your head, not on your plate. "Women in their 30s often think they're too young for heart disease, even though they've already developed serious risk factors," says Sarah Samaan, M.D., a cardiologist at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, TX. In fact, as many as 60 percent of women under 40 have at least one high-risk factor, such as smoking, elevated cholesterol, or obesity - which triples their heart attack odds. To lower those chances, you need to know where you stand. Almost 20 percent of women have never had a blood cholesterol test, although the American Heart Association recommends one at least every five years starting at age 20 (see "Your Checkup Checklist," below). You still have