Dr. Mehmet Oz-bestselling author, TV personality , and renowned heart surgeon-struts into the studio for his SHAPE cover shoot and greets his wife, Lisa, 48, a mother of four and herself the author of a bestseller, with a kiss and a tight squeeze. The spark of excitement between them is palpable even after 26 years together. "I've always thought Lisa was sexy," says Dr. Oz. "I brag about her all the time. "
They even "met cute" in a charming spin on an old-fashioned arranged marriage . Their parents introduced them when Lisa was in college and Mehmet was attending medical school. They dated for six months before deciding to tie the knot, and got married two and a half years later.
If, like us, you're asking, "Can this marriage really be so storybook perfect?" Lisa sets the record straight. "No relationship is flawless," she says. "But if you're committed and willing to put the work in, it can thrive." Despite a quick courtship, two over-the-top busy careers, and four energetic kids,
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- SHAPE magazine | Love + Sex – Fri, Oct 21, 2011 4:39 PM EDT
Dr. Mehmet Oz-bestselling author, TV personality , and renowned heart surgeon-struts into the studio for his SHAPE cover shoot and greets his wife, Lisa, 48, a mother of four and herself the author of a bestseller, with a kiss and a tight squeeze. The spark of excitement between them is palpable even after 26 years together. "I've always thought Lisa was sexy," says Dr. Oz. "I brag about her all the time. "Read More »from Dr. Oz: 5 Tips for Lasting Love, Health, and Happiness
Another day, another recall, it seems. We've got up-to-date information on some of this year's scariest recalls.Read More »from The Top Food Recalls of 2011
1. March 2011: Lean Cuisine Meals
Food-borne illness: None-but there were red plastic pieces found in the meals.
Foods recalled: Approximately 10,260 pounds of Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatball entrees that were packaged in October 2010 and were shipped to stores east of the Rocky Mountains.
Outcome: There were no reports of serious illness.
2. May 2011: Organic sprouts
Food-borne illness: E. coli
Foods recalled: While no specific foods were recalled, those traveling to Germany were told to avoid eating raw lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, and cucumbers.
Outcome: In Europe, more than 2,200 people were sickened and 22 were killed. Four Americans who were traveling in Europe were also sickened.
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3. August 2011: Ground turkey meat
Food-borne illness: Salmonella
Foods recalled: Although no direct company link was reported
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 19, 2011 4:28 PM EDT
Halloween is almost upon us! Need a fun idea for a costume? Why not try one of these hilarious fitness-inspired costumes? If nothing else, your friends will get a big kick out of it!Read More »from 5 Fun Halloween Costumes Inspired by Fitness Icons
1. Jane Fonda: Pouf your hair, shimmy into a shiny leotard and dance tights, and don't forget the legwarmers! Jane was as much a style icon as she was (and is) a fitness icon!
2. Jack Lalanne: The granddaddy of all fitness was a hit in his zip-front one-piece jumpsuits. Add a headband and a glass of juice if you really want to make it authentic.
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3. Olivia Newton-John: Sure this cutie had lots of movie rolls that are fun to dress up as (Sandy from Grease, anyone?) but who can forget her adorable pink-and-red exercise combo from her Let's Get Physical video? She even makes the fem-mullet look sweet.
4. Cher: Three words: black lace unitard. Don't think. Just do it. Add a long curly black wig and by the end of the evening you'll have your own entourage of fans. (Didn't know
Add these to your food today and spice (ha) up your food in a healthy and flavorful way!Read More »from 5 Tasty Fall Spices To Add To Your Diet Today
1. Cinnamon: Cinnamon was considered an affluent and elite spice in the middle ages, nutritionist Karen Langston says, and it's no wonder! "Cinnamon is loaded with manganese, fiber, calcium, and iron, making it the perfect spice to add to your meals. It's also a natural appetite suppressant that decreases blood sugar, manages insulin, and revs up your metabolism." Experiment with different varieties of cinnamon: try Chinese cinnamon in meat rubs, Ceylon cinnamon with fruits, yogurt, or ice cream. We love it in this dessert recipe for apple cinnamon crepes.
2. Nutmeg: Nutmeg is low in sodium and cholesterol and high in fiber and manganese, which is a catalyst for breaking down fats and cholesterol, an important process for weight loss, Langston says. Just be sure to use it in small doses, as larger amounts (full cloves) could be toxic. Sprinkle some in this slimmed-down comfort food recipe for
Most of us have at least a few things we'd change about our bodies if we had the chance. But no matter if you're at your ideal weight or if you have quite a bit of weight to lose, you can learn to love the weight that you're at right now. It may sound hippity-dippity, but the more that you can begin to love and respect your body as it is now, the easier it can be to choose healthy behaviors that will allow you to get to your weight-loss goals or maintain your weight.Read More »from 3 Tips to Love the Weight You're At Right Now
So how do you start loving the weight you're at? With these tips of course!
1. Focus on what you love. Nobody is perfect, but instead of focusing on what you don't like about your body or your weight, switch your attention to what you do like. This switch in focus harbors self love and acceptance. Need ideas of what to love about your body? See what other SHAPE readers love about themselves.
2. Nix negative self talk. Do you talk to yourself like you would your best friend? If not (and most of us don't), start paying
A latte here, a sweetened iced coffee there -it's hard to think that your trips to the coffee shop could be impeding your weight-loss goals, but those extra calories can add up quick!Read More »from 3 Tips to Lighten Up Your Coffee-Shop Order
In fact, it takes just an extra 100 calories a day to gain a pound a month. Although many coffee shops have lightened drinks, they still might not be your healthiest option when it comes to getting your cup of Joe. Read on for our top tips for enjoying the coffee shop guilt-free!
1. Order a cup of black coffee. Skip the specialty drinks at the coffee shop altogether, and instead order a cup of plain, black coffee. Not only is it cheaper, it's virtually calorie-free. If you like sweetness or a little milk, add it yourself so that you know exactly what's going in your cup of coffee shop java!
2. Get the smallest size. Sure, it's cheaper to buy in bulk, but do you really need it? When ordering custom coffee shop drinks, it's best to stick to a small portion size. All good things in moderation!
3. Order your
Every morning when you pop that big pill do you proudly think about how healthy you are? You might want to think again. It appears that not only do your vitamins not protect you from disease, but they may be shortening your life in and of themselves.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota analyzed data from the Iowa Women's Health Study of 38,000 women during the past 30 years and discovered that "women who took supplements had, on average, a 2.4 percent increased risk of dying over the course of the 19-year study, compared with women who didn't take supplements," even after adjusting for factors like age and calorie intake.
Scientists think the problem lies particularly in ingesting too much iron, vitamin A , and folic acid, adding, "Most supplements contain higher amounts of nutrients than would be derived from food, and it is known that several compounds can be toxic in higher amounts, especially when consumed for a long time, as some of these accumulate to body."
By SHAPE diet doctor Mike Roussell, PhD.Read More »from Should I Count Calories or Carbs?
Low-carb, low-calorie, no-carb, no-calories. Everybody's been on one of those diets, and I think we can all agree that for the most part, that's why they're called diets- they don't, you know, actually work. But if you're trying to lose weight, how important is it to watch your calorie count? Is it healthier to monitor the amount of carbs you're consuming, instead? We went to the SHAPE diet doctor to get the answer. Here's what he had to say:
If you had to pick one, I'd pick reducing and controlling carbohydrates. Focusing on carbohydrates instead of calories is preferred because when you restrict carbohydrates in your diet, you will eat fewer calories overall.
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Back in 2006, a group of researcher sat down to answer the ubiquitous question-what works better: a low- carbohydrate diet or a traditional calorie-restricted, low-fat diet? They found five tightly-controlled studies that met their
Did you know these following five things about Pilates? We didn't! Read on for five fun facts about this popular workout.Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know About Pilates
1. Pilates original name? Contrology! "Mr. Joe Pilates, the inventor, intended it to be about the art of control, an exercise method where you control your body, mind, and muscles," says Alycea Ungaro, personal trainer and founder of the Real Pilates studio in New York City. The moves he designed focus on core muscles in the "powerhouse" (abs, pelvic floor, lower back), proper alignment of the spine, and awareness of breath.
2. Mat moves are vintage Pilates: Joe Pilates' original sequence of 34 mat exercises is still going strong in studios nationwide. The hundred, the roll-up, single-leg stretch, double-leg stretch…some of us can recite these in our sleep. "Trends like Yogalates and Piloxing (Pilates-boxing) tend to be short-lived," Ungaro says. "Now I see a return to authentic Pilates, the 34 original mat exercises from soup to nuts."
3. You can do Pilates on a
Say goodbye to boring crunches and hello to flat abs with these five moves.Read More »from 5 Moves for Flat Abs Fast
1. Weighted bicycle: According to a San Diego State University study, the bicycle is one of the most effective abs exercises you can do, and this weighted version will have your rectus abdominus working overtime.
How to do it: Start lying on your back with both knees bent. Extend your arms overhead, bending your left arm behind your head and holding onto your right arm, just above your elbow, with your left hand. Bend your right knee and press your right foot on the inside of your extended left leg (left leg should be off the floor and low). Lift your right shoulder off the floor and turn it in towards your left leg, while you lift both legs up about 45 degrees. Lower back to start position, that's one rep. Perfrom 15 reps on each side.
Bonus tip: Exhale as you perform the movement, and think of drawing your belly button in deeper to your spine on the hardest part of the move.
2. Open knee tucks: This move