If your first thought is excitement that it's finally nice enough to hit the beach, and your second is panic that you have to don a swimsuit, we're with you. Make the process a little less painful with these bloat-beating, belly-fat-melting foods. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
Nosh on a cucumber salad
The next time you feel puffy, add natural diuretics-foods that help nix water retention-to your shopping list. For a triple-dose that will help you shed extra water-weight, toss half of a sliced cucumber with one-quarter cup parsley and one tablespoon lemon juice, suggests Molly Morgan, RD, author of The Skinny Rules: 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows.
Go for a fruity treat
Dehydration, which plugs up your digestive tract, can actually poof out your belly, says Morgan. Constipation and bikinis don't mix, so avoid getting parched by noshing on fruits-they're natural hydrators since they're at least 60 percent water. Melons and papaya are especially good because they also contain
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If your first thought is excitement that it's finally nice enough to hit the beach, and your second is panic that you have to don a swimsuit, we're with you. Make the process a little less painful with these bloat-beating, belly-fat-melting foods. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 8 Tummy-Flattening Foods to Eat This Summer
Don't let the summer heat cloud your fashion judgment. Some of these garments and trends might sound good in theory, but in reality, everyone should stay far, far away. Please understand that we're only doing this for your own good. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
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Yes, you can wear a bikini! Whether you identify with Olive Oyl, Marilyn Monroe, or someone in between, we've found the perfect swimsuit for you. By Julia Malacoff, REDBOOK.
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We know how it is - you'd rather sneak one more episode into your Friday Night Lights marathon than deal with your hair. These cute 'dos take an instant to create, so you'll even have time to stop for a latte on your way to work. By Julia Marino, REDBOOK.
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 9:54 AM EDT
To feel full longer, build muscle, and yes, drop pounds, chowing down on lots of protein in the A.M. is key. If you're bored with your morning meal, try these fresh recipes. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from Eat These Protein-Packed Breakfasts to Lose Weight
Buckwheat pancakesBuckwheat pancakes
Instead of using a typical pancake mix that includes enriched, bleached white flour and sugar, make healthier flapjacks by following this recipe, which contains 13 grams of protein, from Eating the Alkaline Way by chef Natasha Corrett and nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson.
Eggs, lentils, and spinach
Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body, lost 25 pounds of fat when he changed his diet. One tenant he stands by: Resting metabolism increases about 20 percent if your breakfast calories are at least 30 percent protein. His favorite consists of eggs, lentils, and spinach. Whether you prefer your eggs hard-boiled and eaten separately or scrambled and mixed with the other ingredients, you'll still absorb the essential nutrients that they contain. To get 31 grams of
Family vacations are great, but time away with you best friends is an emotional necessity, too. To make sure you pick a place worth your cash, we've scoured the country for the top spots to relax, bond and try new things (I.e. cocktails.) If you "forget" your phone in the room, we promise we won't tell. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Best Girlfriend Getaways of 2013
The Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, SCCharleston, SC
Charleston is one of the best girlfriend-getaway destinations for so many reasons-a rising food scene, some of the prettiest colonial-era streets, and an easygoing culture that accepts nightly partying as the norm. Try the responsibly-sourced, low-country farm-to-table fare at Husk, and grab the famously delicious and dense coconut cake at Peninsula Grill. Then enjoy the surprisingly forward-thinking side of the city with a detoxifying hour-long session on the amethyst bed at Seeking Indigo, a wellness center and boutique located on King Street, and founded by an a New York refugee in serious need of a lifestyle change. We suggest booking a
Gone are the days of cheap liquor and discount beer; it's time to graduate to some more sophisticated versions of your old favorites. REDBOOK.Read More »from The Cocktails You Loved in College — All Grown-up
Stoli Lemon KissInstead of a Lemon Drop...
Stoli Lemon Kiss
1 part Stoli
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
3/4 part simple syrup
Dash of grenadine
Build the first three ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir and top with grenadine.
Instead of a Jack and Coke...
Pedro Cardamom Collins
1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
.5 oz Cardamom Syrup.
75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Shake and strain into Collins glass with ice. Fill with club soda, garnish with a lemon wheel.
Created by John McCarthy, Greenwich Project.
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Instead of a Slurpie and Vodka...
1 scoop of softened sorbet
1 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
4 oz Prosecco
Shake Solerno and sorbetto in a cocktail shaker without ice. Pour into a martini glass or Champagne coupe and top with chilled Prosecco.
A sprinkle of freckles is sweet - but age spots and brown patches are signs of serious sun damage. Don't worry, you can give them the slip. By Cristina Mueller, REDBOOK.Read More »from Say Goodbye to Age Spots
Starting in our mid-30s, sun exposure can cause some skin cells to go into overdrive and create too much pigment, resulting in those dark buggers called sunspots (or age spots). "Women who are fair or Asian are the most susceptible," says Valerie Callender, M.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. Other times, revved-up cells cluster together and cause melasma, which creates brown or blue-gray patches. "It's more common in women with darker skin, women on birth control pills, and pregnant women," says Amy Lewis, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. Okay, so we pretty much all get some kind of spots, but new treatments can even out your skin and help keep it clear.
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- Redbook | Summer Grilling – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
Feeling anxious about what to eat can sabotage a summer cookout, and that's no fun at all. Let us do the worrying for you, and slim down your grill fest with these skinny swaps - they're so simple, you hardly have to think about them. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Ways to Cut Hundreds of Calories at Your Next BBQ
1. Be sides savvy
Take advantage of fresh and tasty seasonal produce while slimming your waist: Trade a side of traditional creamy potato salad for sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions tossed with fat-free Italian dressing and you'll save yourself 258 calories.
2. Dip wisely
Instead of coating greasy chips with fat-packed sour cream, try serving baked tortilla chips or better yet, whole-wheat pita wedges with low-fat refried beans and chunky salsa. The swap makes a big - 109 calories to be exact - difference. Bonus: It's a tasty way to sneak in an extra serving of veggies.
3. Load burgers with flavor, not fat
These sneaky ingredients will make chicken or turkey burgers taste so much better, not to mention up their healthiness
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 1:55 PM EDT
By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Breaking News: Workouts Are Now Down to Four Minutes
Can you tell we're excited? A new Norwegian study has found that you may be able to get real benefits from as little as four minutes of exercise, less than the length of some songs on your playlist.
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Previous research has found that interval training for 16 minutes prompted the same changes in muscle cells as 90 minutes of moderate cardio activity. Now, in a further attempt to buck the, "I just don't have time" excuse, we've done one better.
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Researchers split 26 overweight, sedentary but otherwise healthy middle-aged men into two groups: those who ran on a treadmill at 90 percent of their maximum heart rate for four-minute intervals separated by three minutes of recovery, and those who did one, equally strenuous four-minute run. After 10 weeks, both groups benefited equally, increasing their endurance by an average of 10 percent, improving metabolic and