Lost your enthusiasm for a morning run or meeting your best friend for Zumba? These eight encouraging reasons-none of them related to a smaller waist or tighter butt-will get you back in the rhythm. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.
You'll have more spending money
It's a myth that junk food is cheap-although nutritionally there's no question that it is-particularly if you gobble it down all the time. Swap those three daily cans of soda for water and you'll save more than $500 per year. You'll hold on to more than triple that amount of cash if a box of donuts is your sugary poison. Don't let the drive-through value menu fool you: A two-pound bag of brown rice, which yields 18 servings, is just a dollar or two more than one large order of fries.
You'll dazzle at dinner parties.
Say "see ya" to awkward moments when you can't place that person who's chatting you up like a long-lost pal. When overweight women shed unwanted pounds, they recognize faces better, researchers at Umea University in
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Sat, Sep 21, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
Lost your enthusiasm for a morning run or meeting your best friend for Zumba? These eight encouraging reasons-none of them related to a smaller waist or tighter butt-will get you back in the rhythm. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Sneaky Weight-Loss Benefits that Will Get You to the Gym
These couples therapists save relationships - not just for clients, but for their pals who need help too. Now they're giving you their free, no-filter tips for a good marriage. By Sunny Sea Gold, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Advice Couples Therapists Give Their Friends
1. Your weight may be a problem, but not the way you think.
"A girlfriend admitted to me that she's been really uncomfortable with her body recently, and it's affecting her sex life. She said, 'I can't get over how big my stomach feels, and when I'm in certain positions, all I can think about is how many rolls I have.' I asked her if there was anything she does like about her body. At first she said no, but when I pushed her, she said she liked her hands, her eyes, and her breasts. So I told her to try to focus on those positive things while having sex rather than on the negative, and ultimately to try to get out of her head and into her body. Because, trust me, he is not focusing on your stomach-he's just happy to be getting laid!" -Rachel Needle, Psy.D., a psychologist at the
We didn't think you'd want to try on 300 pairs of jeans, so we recruited testers of all shapes and sizes to do it for you. Find your body type and most flattering pair right here.
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- Redbook | Love + Sex – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 4:50 PM EDT
Sometimes your sex life is so good, it can put those first newlywed nights to shame. And other times, it's, well, crickets. That's totally normal, and even better, it can be remedied with these expert fixes. By Nicole Yorio Jurick, REDBOOK.Read More »from 6 Biggest Intimacy Issues Couples Face--And How to Bounce Back
Your attraction is waning
Let's face it: You've seen your husband on the toilet, wearing boxers and socks, and picking his nose too many times to count. That sort of routine stuff is enough to make you forget what about him so turned you on in the early days, so remind yourself-and him. Nothing brings back feelings of desire more than talking about what attracted you to your partner in the first place, says relationship coach and the author of Getting Real Susan Campbell. Next time it's just the two of you, reminisce about how you first met and what you think made you fall in love. "This brings couples back to those feelings almost immediately," she says.
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There's too much
- Yahoo editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2013. It first appeared on Yahoo Shine on Sept. 19, and became one of the most popular articles of the year. Some advice: Steer clear of saying these 10 things to your man, lest you wish your relationship to falter.
To you, it's just a few words. To him, it's a short sentence that he'll never, ever forget. Here, the seemingly innocent observations that can really rock a relationship. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.Read More »from The 10 Phrases that Make Men Go Ballistic
"I really don't respect you."
"My wife and I probably use the word 'respect' about as much as we use the word 'love.' Both words were in our wedding vows," says Dave, 36, about why the R-word is just as important to him as the L-word. "And when I hear that she doesn't respect me, it's almost like her saying she doesn't love me. Luckily, she's never said it-precisely because we had a whole conversation about how we'll never throw around that word like that."
Your tummy is so cute!
"Please, call it what it is-a beer gut!"
We like to think that these haircuts offer the best of both worlds: They have the sexy swing of long locks but the breezy styling time of short hair. Ready for a down-the-middle look? Try one of these celebrity-approved styles. By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.
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You're going to like this: Certain foods have metabolism-boosting properties, helping your body torch more calories without any extra effort. The one-pan, low-cal meal here packs in five of those ingredients. So get cooking, and prepare to feel the burn. (Seriously. It's spicy!) By Marygrace Taylor, REDBOOK.
1. Warm 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté 1 chopped onion, 1 Tbsp curry powder, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tsp minced ginger, and a seeded, diced jalapeño pepper.
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2. Add 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes and their juices, 1 (15-oz) can drained, rinsed chickpeas, and the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken, shredded. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant. Makes 4 servings.
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3. Serve over brown basmati rice (keep it to ½ cup per serving) and top with a dollop of low-fat yogurt and chopped fresh cilantro.
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In his new book, Grain Brain, out today, Dr. David Perlmutter attempts to close the case on the devastating effects of gluten, carbs, and sugar on our bodies. But it's not just our waistlines that are in jeopardy, he says-these ingredients could be wreaking even bigger havoc on our brains by causing Alzheimer's, or what he calls "type 3" diabetes. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.Read More »from Are Carbs Messing with Your Brain?
In Grain Brain you make a very strong case linking wheat, carbs, and sugar with an increased likelihood of many degenerative and chronic diseases, but most definitively brain dysfunction, and namely Alzheimer's, which you call "type 3" diabetes. Can you explain the science behind the link?
The science supporting the relationship between carbohydrates and dementia is quite exciting, as it paves the way for lifestyle changes that can profoundly affect a person's chances of remaining intact, at least from a brain perspective. In a recent study published by the Mayo Clinic, those consuming a higher-fat,
- Redbook | Shine Food – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 9:58 AM EDT
Farm stands and grocery stores are bursting with produce right now, so do your duty as a good eater and take advantage of it all. Bloggers Todd Porter and Diane Cu, authors of the new cookbook Bountiful, share this easy, garden-fresh recipe.Read More »from The Cheesy Dip that Puts Fresh Produce to Perfect Use
Roasted cherry tomato and goat cheese dip
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
3 Tbsp olive oil
¾ lb cherry tomatoes
1 cup whole-milk ricotta, drained
1 medium clove garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
¼ tsp salt
Zest of 1 lemon (about 2 tsp)
¾ tsp fresh lemon juice
1 (8-oz) log goat cheese, pinched into large chunks
Bread or crackers, for serving
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1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 5- to 6-inch square or round baking dish.
2. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp of the oil with tomatoes. Set aside.
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3. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, garlic, remaining 2 Tbsp oil, parsley, salt, zest, and lemon juice.
Don't beat yourself up over breaking your diet-it turns out eating smart isn't about willpower, but managing hunger hormones that, when overstimulated, can cause the feeling of being a bottomless, insatiable pit. Take these six easy steps to regain balance. By Nicole Yorio Jurick, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Hormonal Secrets to Taming Your Appetite
Be a better stresser
The too-much-on-your-plate effect, caused by work deadlines, financial anxiety, or worries about kids, can spike stress levels and keep hunger hormones running high. "Cortisol imbalance is the biggest offender when it comes to unwanted weight gain," says registered dietitian and author of The Sugar Detox Brooke Alpert. "Sustained high cortisol levels can lead to intense cravings and binge eating, and can cause excess fat to accumulate around your belly." To avoid this not-so-fun stuff, work in these proven stress-zappers whenever anxiety is running high:
1. Do 10 minutes of a moderate intensity exercise such as walking or biking
2. Take 10 slow, deep breaths;
3. Call a funny