Munching on this could help you blast your belly fat!Flat, toned abs are right up there with Ryan Gosling's digits-every chick with a pulse wants them. If you're looking to lose belly fat, try these expert tips. They target that pesky pooch to score you abs so tight, could bounce a quarter off of them.
By Kelly Thore
1. Exercise in Bursts
Awesome news: Turns out that marathoning for an hour on the treadmill isn't only boring as hell, but it doesn't even really give you that great of a workout. Experts say that if you're trying flatten your abs, one of the most effective methods is actually interval training, which means incorporating short bursts of high-intensity burnouts into whatever you're doing, whether that's running, squats, whatever. And bonus-it'll keep you burning calories for up to 16 hours post-exercise. Um, we'll take it.
2. Stretch, Then Crunch
The most common mistake you're probably making when doing abwork is jumping in without limbering up, which causes you to do most of the work with your hips and back. See, your
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Munching on this could help you blast your belly fat!Flat, toned abs are right up there with Ryan Gosling's digits-every chick with a pulse wants them. If you're looking to lose belly fat, try these expert tips. They target that pesky pooch to score you abs so tight, could bounce a quarter off of them.Read More »from 12 Ways to Lose that Stubborn Belly Fat
The guys clue us in on what to do on a first date.First dates can be tricky. That's why we got the guys at ModernMan.com to spill their advice on the first date tips they wish women knew. (Um…we're totally shocked by No. 5.)Read More »from 7 First Date Tips from Men You Need to Know
1. Be Decisive
Don't say stuff like "I don't know, what do you think?" or "It's up to you" constantly. That doesn't mean you have to make all the decisions, but you should definitely have some input. So if he gives you some options for where to go on your date, pick one. It saves you both from that awkward back and forth.
2. Handle the Bill Gracefully
When the bill comes, wait for him to make a move for it. When he does, reach for your purse/wallet and continue the payment process until he says "I've got it" (and then say "thanks" and drop it). If he doesn't say it, you'll have to split it. But don't say, "Can we split this?" or "I'd really like to split this" because he may think you actually mean it.
3. Wait for Him to Get in Touch Afterwards
Is it fair? No. But after the first date, resist
Office of J. Crew's Jenna Lyons.To be successful, you have to be a little chic," advises Heather Clawson, blogger and author of Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work. After visiting the offices of successful business leaders, Clawson learned that how your desk is set up can really influence how you perform at work. If you're itching for a promotion, check out her insider tips.Read More »from How Your Desk Can Get You Promoted
By Michelle Ruiz
Studies have shown that flowers help put people in a great mood. Clawson found that fashion gurus like J. Crew's Jenna Lyons boost productivity with fresh flora and fauna.
Make a Mood Board
Tack inspirational images right where you can see them, like fashion designer Chris Benz. If it's right in front of you, you're always striving for it-whether it's something that moves you or to remind yourself, 'I want a vacation on that beach.'
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Display the Write Stuff
"It's nice to have notes and cards to remind you of great achievements," Clawson suggests. One fashion insider
Yes! An excuse to drink chocolate milk!Experts say what you eat before a workout can have a major impact on how easy (or freaking hard) your gym sesh ends up being. Nosh on these power-boosting snacks an hour or two before you break a sweat to max out your workout.Read More »from What You Should Eat Before a Workout
By Korin Miller
A Pear and Pistachios
Pears are high in fiber, which slows down your digestion and makes you feel fuller longer (so no mid-workout hunger pangs). Pistachios are also high-fiber and help keep your blood sugar regulated-nosh on 1/2 ounce, or about 24 nuts.
It seems random, but studies have shown that a little caffeine before a workout (100 milligrams or so) can give you a boost. Splash in a little skim milk for added protein and make sure you're hydrated.
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A Whole Wheat Pita, PB, and a Banana
This snack is a winner because it gives you a healthy balance of protein (from the peanut butter) and carbs (from the banana and pita)-leaving you with a shot of energy when you need it most. The protein
Your friends might be tainting how you view yourself.You know how your friends can pick you up when you're bummed out? Yeah, they can also make you feel crappy about your bod.Read More »from How Your Friends Influence Your Body Image
By Korin Miller
New research from Mount Alison University in Canada found that how women think their friends feel about their bodies influences their own body image. So, if you have a friend who is always griping about her love handles, you're more likely to worry about your extra padding, too-even if you don't have any.
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In the study, researchers surveyed women on how often they talked to their friends about weight loss, exercise, appearance, and eating. They also checked in on the women's body image and whether they felt peer pressure about their weight.
Here's the crappy part: Researchers found that the more women felt pressure to be skinny, the more likely they were to worry about their bodies-even if they had great figures. Even worse, their body worries mirrored the ones that they thought their friends
You go, Claire McCaskill!Beyoncé sang it and so it must be done: Girls rule the world-especially after last night's landmark election, which delivered key victories for women candidates across the country.Read More »from Meet the New Female Senators
By Michelle Ruiz
In addition to re-electing a pro-choice president and shutting out politicians who spewed venom about women's rights (we're looking at you, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock), voters helped make history in the U.S. Senate, electing four new female senators and reelecting six more. A total of 19 female senators will take their seats in the 113th congressional session, the most ever (!)
Among the ladies doing Susan B. Anthony proud are:
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The Democratic Senator from Missouri and advocate for women's health triumphantly held on to her seat, beating Rep. Todd Akin, who drew ire with his vile "legitimate rape" comments.
The Harvard Law professor ousted Republican incumbent Scott Brown in the
Here are some dating tips you should probably ditch.Paul Carrick Brunson, matchmaker and author of the new relationship book, It's Complicated (But It Doesn't Have to Be), IDs the dating advice and myths that are total B.S.Read More »from 5 Dating Myths You Need to Know
By Casey Gueren
Myth No. 1: It's All About Quality, Not Quantity
Brunson says he sees the same thing happening online and in real life: Women will go on a few dates with a guy and only pursue someone else when things start to fizzle, while men cast a wider net and casually date several women at once. "There's no need to be committed from day one," he says. "A guy needs to prove that he's worthy of your undivided attention before you give it to him."
Myth No. 2: You Should Ditch the Checklist
Writing down (or at least thinking about) what you're looking for is actually a good thing-it keeps you focused on what's really important to you in a long-term boyfriend (such as he wants to get married eventually, likes kids, dislikes prison...you know, the little things). But here's the deal: Most of us end up loading that
These tips will help you view yourself in the best light.We love how Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera have talked up how much they love their bods. Want to steal their body image? Try these quick and easy tricks. They'll help you eat better, exercise harder, and love your bod more, so you can feel crazy-confident 24/7.Read More »from 15 Ways to Get a Killer Body Image
By Malia Griggs
1. Before you leave your apartment in the morning, take a moment to strike a ridiculous (-ly attractive) pose in the mirror. It's silly, but it's good to take a moment and remember how hot you are when you're just out of the shower and freshly primped for the day.
2. Skip diet products. These types of food leave you feeling unsatisfied because they usually don't fill you up. Stick to real, non-processed foods to satisfy your cravings.
3. Don't go more than three to four hours without a meal or snack. You'll get super hungry and freak out and eat everything in sight when you finally have a second to settle. And then you'll just feel nasty and bloated. Try an apple with peanut butter, whole-fat cheese with a
Do the windmill!Yeah, you're probably not after six-pack abs, but a flat stomach? Um, yes please. Patrick Frost, a trainer at Barry's Bootcamp, swears these exercises will give you one in no time.Read More »from 6 Tricks to Get a Flat Stomach Fast
By Korin Miller
1. The Elbow Plank
Pull your body into a plank position, and then lower yourself onto your elbows. Keep your shoulders over your elbows, make sure your abs are flat, and clench down there like you do when you do your Kegels. Remember to breathe but don't allow your stomach or lower back to drop. Hold this for 60 seconds.
2. The Side Elbow Plank
Start in the same position as the elbow plank, then turn your body to the side so that your hips are stacked above each other and straighten your arm that's in the air. Hold this position for 60 seconds and add a hip pulse after you've held it for 30 seconds. Then flip and do the same on the opposite side.
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3. The Basic Crunch
There's a reason why crunches are an oldie but goodie: They're great at flattening
This will get you going.No doubt you're all about using condoms and practicing safe sex-and you should be. But experts swear that eating right can also boost your sexual health. Nosh on these foods to keep your boobs, uterus, va-jay-jay, etc, working right.Read More »from 10 Foods that Help Your Sexual Health
By Korin Miller
1. Plums and Peaches
These delish fruits are packed with antioxidant polyphenols that may help kill breast cancer cells.
2. Vitamin D
Some studies show that foods rich in Vitamin D-eggs, salmon, shitake mushrooms, and tuna-can help keep your breasts healthy and lower your risk of breast cancer.
3. Probiotic Yogurt
Yeast infections suck…and they happen when there's an imbalance of bacteria in your vagina. The probiotics in yogurt can help restore the bacteria and stave off infection.
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These nuts are great for your breast health. In a study from the Marshall University School of Medicine, one group of mice was fed two ounces of walnuts each day and a separate group was fed