You eat right, and exercise regularly, but that final plateau is feeling insurmountable. Get over the hump with this simple, 10-move routine from celebrity trainer Amie Hoff, who suggests repeating each exercise for one minute with 30 seconds in between, and doing the circuit twice, three to four times a week. More good news: You don't even have to leave the house to see big results. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
Losing that last 10 pounds isn't just about counting calories, because stress plays a big part in weight management. Many women have an extra "stress weight donut" around their middle due to the chronic overstimulation of the stress hormone cortisol (a chemical that triggers your body to hold onto belly fat). This workout not only decreases stress, but also raises your heart rate to burn body fat while at the same time challenging muscles. The result? A powerful exercise cocktail that helps lower cortisol and increase muscle, which will help you keep the weight off for good.
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You eat right, and exercise regularly, but that final plateau is feeling insurmountable. Get over the hump with this simple, 10-move routine from celebrity trainer Amie Hoff, who suggests repeating each exercise for one minute with 30 seconds in between, and doing the circuit twice, three to four times a week. More good news: You don't even have to leave the house to see big results. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Lose the Last 10 Pounds Workout
Sexy, sophisticated, sweet - these celebrity 'dos (with quick tips on how to get them) will help you love your hair all over again. By Kim Tranell, REDBOOK
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If you've ever even thought about dressing up your dog, October 31st is the time to go for it. Yes, they're a little nutty, but how can you say no to anything this cute? By Kelsie Blazier, REDBOOK.
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Speed up your metabolism without even moving. Here's how. By Jessica Girdwain, REDBOOK.
Have a chocolate stash.
In a study from the University of California, San Diego--a.k.a. our favorite study ever--researchers found that eating chocolate frequently was associated with a lower body mass index. In fact, people who ate five servings of chocolate per week weighed roughly five to seven pounds less than chocolate abstainers. The researchers explain that antioxidants found in cocoa called polyphenols may enhance metabolic function. To reap the benefits without a caloric downside, keep your fix to about an ounce a day. No food scale? Lay a credit card over your average chocolate bar; that's your portion.
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Here's a reason to obey your thirst: "When you're dehydrated, cellular functions slow down and your metabolism starts to get pokey," says Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian in Los Angeles. Yes, you can slim down
What happens when partners in love join forces in business? They develop coping skills every couple can use. Rick Mari -- who works all day, every day, with his lovely wife, Ilene -- shares the wisdom. REDBOOK.Read More »from 8 Survival Tips from a 24/7 Marriage
Know when to punch out
When you work together, the first thing to go is pillow talk. You're in bed, trying to power down for the night, but your mind inevitably races over the day's accomplishments, tomorrow's deadlines. The worst was when we lived in a two-bedroom apartment with no home office. The master bedroom was our office, so the last thing we saw before going to sleep at night was a whiteboard with a to-do list--an arrangement I'd put on your "to-don't" list. But you needn't be writing partners for nuts-and-bolts shop talk to creep into the bedroom when you should be relaxing. Or romancing. We made a rule: no business conversations in bed. Instead, we talk about funny things our boys said that day, or come up with ideas for dream family vacations. I'm not saying we
These women say breast cancer made them happier, braver, more inspired. But changing your life can happen without a health crisis. Use their lessons to live like a survivor, starting now. By Sunny Sea Gold, REDBOOK.
Say the love
"When I was going through chemotherapy, another survivor told me that breast cancer was the 'best thing she would never wish on anybody.' I now know what she means. Facing the possibility of dying freed me up from sweating the small stuff. Before breast cancer, I wasn't as forthcoming with my feelings toward my friends and family. Now I say what's in my heart. When a friend of mine was having a difficult time in her life, I told her how brave and courageous I thought she was. There's no reason why we shouldn't share these things with the people in our lives, even when no one is sick." --GRETA BESENDORFER, 42, diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer seven years ago
Tell people what you're going through
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Everyone's telling you something different when it comes to which supplements you should pop - and which ones you should stop. Here, advice you can trust. By Kim Tranell, REDBOOK.
Which one of these is worth taking?If you buy into health headlines, your medicine cabinet may be full of bottles bought based on news of disease-fighting, symptom-easing superpowers…and then abandoned when conflicting reports emerge. "Supplements can be helpful to fill in a gap in your diet," says Carol Haggans, M.S., R.D., a scientific consultant with the National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements. "But if you think that taking a vitamin or mineral is going to prevent certain diseases like cancer or heart disease, there's just no good evidence that's true." To complicate matters further, some recent research has found that supplementing may do more harm than good. To sort through the hype and the horror stories, start with this quick primer on what experts say you do and don't need.
The verdict: Yes
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Finally, you can give up the whole "no emotions" thing at work. Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson, co-authors of How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know, explain why women's leadership styles are the style of the future. Get ready for a serious confidence-boost. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
You know how to use rewards effectively.
There are two ways of creating a reward system, one that spotlights the individual, and the other that heeds the team. A man might offer his standout employees a trip or a cash bonus while a woman is more apt to give rewards based on group performance. That may mean you're not going to Vegas this weekend, but in the long run, prizing everyone's contribution leads to a culture of individual growth and greater dedication overall. "It's the idea that we all have the same goals, the same set of requirements, and will all benefit from this," explains Henderson.
You include everyone in the conversation.
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Science is finally catching up to you, and worrying about the pooch around the middle. Check out the latest headlines, and how they could help you slim down where it matters. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Biggest News in Belly Fat
Measure your waist
Having a muffin top not only makes you more likely to hide under bulky sweaters, it also ups your odds of everything from Type 2 diabetes to heart disease. BMI, or body mass index, a common tool for gauging whether you're overweight, may not be as good of an indicator of your health risk as measuring your waist circumference, according to new research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France. "BMI doesn't take muscle into account, which weighs more than fat," says Matthew Daniels, a certified personal trainer and founder of Asylum Fitness. "Your hip-to-waist ratio is a much more accurate predictor of health risks because where you carry your fat is more important than how much body fat you have overall." Women whose ratio is .08 or greater are at
Sometimes - through no fault of your own - the pudge just won't budge. These surprising culprits may be to blame. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 7 Sneaky Reasons Your Body is Holding on to Fat
Your thyroid is out of whack.
If the scale is creeping up, but your eating and exercise routine hasn't changed, it's a good idea to ask your doc for a TSH (or thyroid-stimulating hormone) test. Your thyroid hormones help regulate your metabolism, and in those with hypothyroidism, the body produces too little of them. Other symptoms include being tired all the time and hair loss. The good news is that you can work with your doctor to help get your thyroid - and metabolism - back on track, or begin taking a pill such as Synthroid.
You're feeling "blah."
Smile! Happiness may be a surprising weight-loss wonder. Worms given a boost of serotonin, a chemical linked to improved mood, cut their fat levels by up to 50 percent, finds a study in Cell Metabolism. "Serotonin signals the brain to speed up metabolism, which hinders fat storage in both worms