Should you try the hCG diet?True story: A few years ago, a fabulously fit friend of mine was paid a substantial amount of money by a popular diet pill company to use his image in their advertising. The catch? His current competition-ready state was the "after" picture and then he had to quickly gain some weight, lose his tan, and pose pouty for the "before" shot. This kind of duplicity, along with photoshop, misleading labeling, and other trickery is rampant in the diet supplement industry and has been since the turn of the century. And I mean the one 112 years ago. That's why it was so surprising when the FDA came down hard on the hCG diet, declaring it "fraudulent", "dangerous," and "illegal." What's so bad about this particular diet supplement that makes it so much worse than all the other fakes on the market?
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HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced during pregnancy to help the baby grow, and while it has been used for
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Should you try the hCG diet?True story: A few years ago, a fabulously fit friend of mine was paid a substantial amount of money by a popular diet pill company to use his image in their advertising. The catch? His current competition-ready state was the "after" picture and then he had to quickly gain some weight, lose his tan, and pose pouty for the "before" shot. This kind of duplicity, along with photoshop, misleading labeling, and other trickery is rampant in the diet supplement industry and has been since the turn of the century. And I mean the one 112 years ago. That's why it was so surprising when the FDA came down hard on the hCG diet, declaring it "fraudulent", "dangerous," and "illegal." What's so bad about this particular diet supplement that makes it so much worse than all the other fakes on the market?Read More »from What to Know About the HCG Diet
Can chewing gum help you lose weight?By Jessica SmithRead More »from Can Chewing Gum Help You Lose Weight?
Nicotine gum can be helpful for smokers trying to quit, so what if there was a way to formulate a gum that could help you quit overeating and lose weight faster? According to recent research reported by Science Daily, the idea of using a weight-loss 'gum' may not be that far-fetched.
Syracuse University scientist Robert Doyle and his research team were able to show that a hormone called 'PPY' (that helps you feel full after you eat) can be successfully released into your bloodstream orally. PPY is a natural appetite-suppressing hormone made by your body that is usually released after you eat or exercise. It appears to have a direct affect on your weight: research has proven that overweight individuals have lower concentrations of PPY in their system (both after fasting and eating). Science has also found that it aids in weight loss: PPY delivered intravenously successfully increased levels of PPY and reduced calorie intake in both obese and non-obese test subjects.
hide batwings with this trick.When you look in the mirror, if you see something that you don't quite love or a body part you wish were larger, smaller, or simply different, you're just like every other woman out there. We all have something we'd like to change, whether it's flabby arms that appear to get more prominent with every birthday, ankles that look like an extension of your calves, or simply a "muffin top" of extra skin hanging over your jeans that was a gift from carrying your second child.Read More »from Use Fashion to Fake a Perfect Figure
There's no need to panic. Most of these so-called "figure flaws" can be cleverly fixed through fashion. Here's how:
1. Batwings (above): Many women get so-called "batwings" (aka saggy arm skin) as they age. Wearing a flowy, printed top like this one on actress Camryn Manheim is a great way to disguise them. The billowy sleeves skim over the upper arms and hit mid-forearm, showcasing your wrists, the slimmest part. You can also try a cape on for size, a huge trend this season.
Jennifer Hudson2. Cankles: Jennifer Hudson: Ah, the
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 5, 2012 4:15 PM EST
Why do our brains love making (and breaking) resolutions?It's estimated that more than half of us make New Year's resolutions. While setting a positive resolution can be a catalyst for great change, most of us know that our best intentions rarely last past February. But yet, each year the majority of us continue to set them. Turns out that our need to set New Year's resolutions is hardwired into our brains.Read More »from Why Our Brains Love Making (and Breaking) Resolutions
It all comes down to the human brain not liking to be in a state of emotional conflict or imbalance, says Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Conflict or imbalance can be physical, such as in the case of feeling pain or being sick, or it can be more emotional, such as when we feel anxiety because our thoughts don't match our reality. One common example this time of year is "I want to be a thin person but I look fat," or "I want to be a healthy person but I don't exercise, and eat junk food."
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Make 2012 the no-diet year.By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
When I work with clients one-on-one for weight management, many are caught up in diet chaos. They've tried tons of diets but still struggle with weight, feel disconnected from their bodies, tend to be either "on" or "off" (on a diet, or off, eating erratically, based on triggers like boredom, emotions, or sometimes just because a food is free or available), and they're totally overwhelmed, frustrated, and confused about what to do.
Generally my goal is to help my client reconnect with her body in a self-nurturing way, and learn an eating strategy that makes sense, feels good, soon becomes intuitive, then feels like her new normal. In short, I help people develop a whole new, healthy, sustainable relationship with food that results in weight loss, optimal health and an end to yo-yo dieting . But the first step is taking a walk down diet memory lane to examine past weight-loss approaches, with the goal of recognizing the ones that made my clientRead More »from Make 2012 the Year You Stop Dieting
Cut your sugar intakeNeed to recharge after 2011? These easy ways ( no fad diets necessary!) to recuperate will ensure that 2012 becomes your best and healthiest year yet.Read More »from 5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Body
1. Cut your sugar intake: A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, says Matt Dower, spa director at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, NY. And that includes honey, molasses, and artificial sweeteners. "If you eat more sugar, you ask your body for more insulin, straining your pancreas and wearing yourself out," he says. "In the long term, this kind of habit can cause you to become chronically fatigued, diabetic, develop cancer, and pack on excess weight.
2. Start with water: Dower also suggests you drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning. "Lemon helps re-hydrate the system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body," he
When it is okay to ignore the scale?Have you been exercising, eating right, maybe you've even lost a few inches, but when you step on the scale, (gasp!) it says you've gained a few pounds? Don't panic. "Gaining" a few pounds on the scale can be misleading, especially if you're doing all the right things. Here are four things you need to know about your changing weight:
1. Water can alter your weight by as much as 10 pounds (or more).
Think you just lost a few pounds from that serious spin class? Don't get too excited-it's just water loss due to sweat. And the amount of water in your system has a heavy influence on the number you see on the scale.
"Water makes up approximately 65-90 percent of a person's weight, and variation in water content of the human body can move the scale by ten pounds or more from day to day," says Jeffrey A. Dolgan, a clinical exercise physiologist at Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach, Fla. This is one of the main reasons diuretics are so popular-they flush the water out of your system, resulting inRead More »from When It's Time to Ignore the Scale
Steven Alan Ali wool sweater dressBaby, it's cold outside! The weather outside may be frightful, but that just means you have an excuse to bundle up in one of these chic, warm, and stylish knits:Read More »from Cozy Winter Knits We Want Now
1. Classically chic: No winter wardrobe is complete without a classic sweater dress. We love this Steven Alan Ali Wool Sweater Dress (left) ($300 at Net-A-Porter.com). We promise, it's warm, stylish, and oh-so versatile. Wear it with a pair of black or navy tights and a belt for a cozy yet polished look.
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We love these Juicy Couture gloves2. Best knit set: Complete with gloves and an extra layer of warmers, these Juicy Couture Knit Gloves and Arm Warmers (left) ($68 at JuicyCouture.com) will keep your hands super-cozy.
knitted crest cable sweater3. Preppy pick: Wear this Knitted Crest Cable Sweater (left) ($76 at Topshop.com) with any button-down in your wardrobe and a pair of jeans or slacks for the ultimate weekend ensemble this winter. It's a closet staple.
Bernstock beanie4. Bow beautiful: Here's a great way to rock the bow trend this winter. The Bernstock Speirs Bow
Lumberjackie soupWinter is the perfect time of year to put your slow cooker recipes to good use! Slow cookers (also known as 'Crockpots') make homemade meals a cinch-simply fill them with your ingredients in the morning, and by the time you get home from work, dinner is ready to be served! We rounded up some of the best healthy, hearty, and delicious slow cooker recipes you've got to try this winter.
1. Lumberjackie soup (pictured left): This vegan soup is an amazing way to enjoy winter root vegetables. Plus, it's packed with vitamins and antioxidants to help you fend off winter colds. "This recipe was created while on a camping trip when we threw whatever we had into a pot and slow cooked it over the fire for hours-it came out wonderfully so I've used this recipe many times over the years," says Chef Lauren Hooks of Lithe Foods.
Ingredients:Read More »from Healthy Crockpot Recipes to Try This Winter
7-½ cups rutabaga
6 cups carrots
1 ½ cups celery
1 ½ cups mushrooms
6 cups of fresh spinach
2 cups of cooked chickpeas
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 3, 2012 9:54 AM EST
Real readers on how they stick to their New Year's resolutionsMaking a New Year's resolution is easy. Keeping it? Not so much. So we rounded up tips from our Facebook readers to get their take on how they make a resolution--and stick to it. Here's what they had to say:Read More »from Real Women Share: "How I Stick to My New Year's Resolutions"
1. Don't try to be perfect: "Accept that it's not going to be perfect, but rather an overall picture. Success comes in overall consistency, not perfection. If you lace up more times than not, if you add up those days over a lifetime, you will be fit rather than just working out sporadically! Life happens, get back on the train! It's a lifestyle!"
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2. Make monthly resolutions instead: "I like to break my New Year's resolutions down into monthly resolutions, each month working toward the bigger goal. If my goal is to save money, one month I may resolve to track my expenses, the next to bring my lunch to work or cut back on Starbucks."
-Kimberly Rae Miller
3. Spread the word: "I tell someone what they are and write them