Eat these foods to stay svelte, beat bloat, and feel great in your swimsuit all summer long!
Leafy greens1. Leafy greens: "Not only are leafy greens a great way to add volume to your meals without the calories, but they are chock full of nutrients (vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber) and easy to incorporate into your day," says Mary Dinehart-Perry, a registered dietitian and clinical trials director for Zone Labs, Inc. She recommends swapping out iceberg for spinach in your salads, adding mustard greens or collards to your soups, or dishing up a side of sautéed kale to fill up, fight disease, and look fab in your bikini.
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Peppermint2. Peppermint: "Peppermint works to reduce bloating and indigestion and soothe the GI tract all around," says Rachel Berman, registered dietitian and Director of Nutrition for CalorieCount.com. Try mixing up some iced peppermint tea or add a few mint leaves to your water.
Red bell peppers3. Red bell peppers:
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Eat these foods to stay svelte, beat bloat, and feel great in your swimsuit all summer long!Read More »from The Best Foods to Eat for a Bikini Body
Who wears short-shorts? You do, of course!Summer is just around the corner, so grab a pair of dumbbells (heavy enough to fatigue your legs within about 15 reps) and get ready to sweat! This workout combines lower-body strength moves and cardio bursts to help you burn fat and build lean muscle for even more gorgeous gams.
Complete 1 set of each exercise back to back, without resting between moves. If you have time and energy, repeat the full circuit one more time.
Warm up1. Warm up: To prepare your body for the workout , cross your arms over your chest and do a set of 20 easy squats, gradually building your range of motion as your legs get warmed up.
Curtsy lunge2. Strength move: Curtsy lunge:
Reps: 15 on each leg
How to do it: Stand with feet together, holding dumbbells. Cross your right leg back behind your left on an angle and bend both knees about 90 degrees, reaching your arms down on either side of your left leg. Stand up out of your lunge and tap the ball of your right foot on the inside of your left heel.
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by Jené Luciani
Is your medicine cabinet halting your weight loss?Did you know that the medicine that's calming your anxiety or the one that's helping dull the pain from that toothache could be making you fat? So says Dr. Joseph Colella, weight loss expert, bariatric surgeon, and author of Skinny People Just Don't Get It.
We asked the doc to pinpoint four common medicines and their bulge-inducing side-effects. Read on to find out if any of them are in your medicine cabinets.
1. OTC painkillers: Next time you reach for a pill to cure common aches and pains, you may think twice.
"Another tricky and surprising class of medications that is an appetite stimulant is the group known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, commonly known as aspirin, Ibuprofen, and naproxen, to name just a few," Colella says. "These medications are often used for joint pain or arthritis and often result in a low grade gastritis or inflammation of the stomach. This irritation tends to simulate 'hunger pangs' which is why it'sRead More »from Is Your Medicine Cabinet Widening Your Waistline?
By Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Should You Wear Spanx to the Gym?
Would you wear shapewear to the gym?Lose 10 pounds in four weeks! Drop two dress sizes this month! We're all familiar with the attention-grabbing taglines that go along with products and plans designed to get you the trim and toned body you've always wanted. Here's one you haven't heard: Have five kids in 10 years! That's what I did, and trust me, there is no trimming or toning involved. Quite the opposite, in fact. I'm not trying to knock my body--I'm strong, healthy, and generally pretty happy with myself--but you can understand why the idea of fitness shapewear (i.e. Spanx for sweating in) is so appealing to me. In fact, it's so appealing that I own no less than 18 separate pieces of athletic gear promising to lift, tighten, tuck, and even tone my trouble zones.
I'm not the only one intrigued by these products. Almost every major brand, including Fila, Reebok, and Champion is coming out with their own line of toning tops and shaping shorts (and pants, jackets, and undies), not to
Turning back the hands of time-it's a quest for many women who simply refuse to age gracefully. And with all that's available aesthetically (Botox, wrinkle creams , etc.), the visible signs of aging can be erased altogether. But what about on the inside? Are there ways we can beat the clock for life when it comes to overall physical and mental health and well-being? Dr. Jennifer Landa, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD and author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women says yes.Read More »from Forever Young: 5 Ways to Beat the Clock for Life
"Staying young and beautiful forever used to be science fiction, but fiction is rapidly becoming fact, thanks to new medical advances," Landa says. "Yesterday's advances focused on disease management; today's new frontier is staving off sickness and aging altogether."
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Feed your brain with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. 1. Feed your brain: What you put in your mouth can affect your mind. And it's important to start eating right as early as your teens and twenties to stave off mental stress. According to
Think you know what it takes to have clean teeth and a healthy mouth? You'd be surprised which of your habits could be harming your oral hygiene. Here are five habits to break today. Go ahead, smile--your teeth will thank you!Read More »from 5 Oral Hygiene Habits to Break
Don't brush too hard!1. Brushing too hard
Using a firm-bristled toothbrush and too much pressure to clean teeth can permanently wear away protective enamel (triggering tooth sensitivity and cavities) and cause receding gums. Instead, use a soft brush and gentle, circular scrubbing motions for two minutes at least twice a day. When buying a toothbrush, consider that compact heads move most easily around small mouths and long, flexible handles are best for reaching back molars.
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Using the wrong toothbrush can damage your gums. 2. Using the wrong toothpaste
Some toothpastes, especially those designated "tartar control," are too abrasive. Anything that feels gritty does a lot more than clean teeth; it can erode enamel and cause receding gums. Fluoride is the only ingredient you need. Dentist
Kelly RipaDo you ever wonder what celebrities really eat? We managed to snag some time with Kelly Ripa, and she gave us a peek into her daily diet. Read on for all the healthy foods (and one not-so-healthy snack), she won't give up!Read More »from What Kelly Ripa Eats (Almost) Every Day
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Greek yogurt1. Greek yogurt: Ripa adds fresh blueberries and pistachios to her favorite Fage Greek yogurt for a quick and healthy treat that's good any time of the day-and always in her fridge. "I also like to make my own lavender honey. Just get dried lavender, put it in honey and let it sit. It becomes lavender infused. So you get salty, sweet, and a little tang. It's very good. It's my dessert, my breakfast , everything!"
Goldfish crackers2. Goldfish crackers: Kelly Ripa always keeps a box of the adorable and delicious Pepperidge Farm crackers in her pantry. "It's a wonderful snack that I'm addicted to," she says.
Cheese3. Cheese: What's one thing Kelly Ripa just can't live without? "I will never give up cheese! I gave it up a couple of years ago for Lent
By Elizabeth Goodman Artis
I grew up in Center City Philadelphia in the 1970s, an enclave of clog-wearing moms and bearded dads. I went to a school run by peace-loving Quakers, and even my own mother, more preppie than hippie, went through a phase of growing alfalfa sprouts on our kitchen counter. Of course I rolled my eyes at all of it, but looking back, many of the food and lifestyle choices these aging hippies espoused were spot on. Here are five ways the "me" generation got healthy living right:
Tofu burger1. They dug tofu: The first time I ever had a tofu "burger" was at a backyard barbecue thrown by a friend's vegetarian parents. It was literally a slab of tofu an inch thick, thrown on the grill and then stuffed between a hamburger bun. While this was not the most creative way to make a burger substitute, you can't argue with its healthfulness, especially when compared to red meat.
Studies show that tofu, which is produced from soy beans and is the only plant-based food that is aRead More »from 5 Healthy Habits the Hippies Got Right
Gena Lee NolanYou might remember her as one of those red-swimsuit-wearing hotties running in slow motion on the hit 1990's show Baywatch. These days, Gena Lee Nolan is on a crusade to save lives just like her character-but it's not on the beach. Nolan is one of 22 million Americans who suffer from weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and other symptoms caused by poor thyroid function. Behind the scenes of her hit TV show, no matter how little she ate and how much she exercised, Nolan continued to gain weight. Her once-silky blonde hair became dry and brittle, and she was constantly tired.
After a long journey, the actress discovered she suffers from Hashimoto's disease, in which the immune system attacks and eventually destroys the thyroid. It took more than 10 years-not to mention the development of increasingly frightening symptoms-for doctors to discover what was really wrong with her.
In honor of today, which is World Thyroid Day,Read More »from Could You Have a Thyroid Disorder?
Guacamole is a good source of monounsaturated fat. You already know that nutrients like fiber, protein, and monounsaturated fats are necessary to sustain long-term health. Now, our Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, phD, outlines the best ways to add 8 of these super nutrients to your diet so that you can optimize your weight-loss progress.
1. Monounsaturated fats: Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with monounsaturated fats will help you slim down by shuttling fat away from your midsection (See my Ask the Diet Doctor column on this topic for a more in-depth explanation).
Where to get it: Avocados, Macadamia nuts, and olive oil are great sources of monounsaturated fats. They also come packaged with great nutrients such as antioxidants (in olive oil), fiber (in avocado), and B-vitamins (in macadamia nuts).
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Green tea contains EGCG. 2. EGCG: EGCG or Epigallocatechin gallate is an antioxidant found in green tea (and put in most weight-loss supplements available today). EGCG can increaseRead More »from 8 Super Nutrients for Weight Loss