.You might blame your weight gain on your lack of motivation, wavering willpower, and a few too many bad food decisions. Don't get us wrong; those things matter. But there's another culprit you should also consider: your neighborhood. Whether you make your home in the suburbs, a city, or a rural area, where you live can make it easier--or much harder--to put your weight loss goals into action.
Maybe a lack of sidewalks and bike paths leaves you scratching your head over where to work out. Perhaps your area is short on grocery stores but packed with fast-food chains, or your neighbor's car alarm keeps you up all night, derailing your early-morning jog. Tally up a few of these instances and you could have a hometown problem that's interfering with even the best weight loss intentions.
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"In my experience it makes a huge difference where you live. Everyone can find a way to overcome their circumstances, but people who live in the suburbs where there
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- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Tue, May 29, 2012 9:56 AM EDT
.You might blame your weight gain on your lack of motivation, wavering willpower, and a few too many bad food decisions. Don't get us wrong; those things matter. But there's another culprit you should also consider: your neighborhood. Whether you make your home in the suburbs, a city, or a rural area, where you live can make it easier--or much harder--to put your weight loss goals into action.Read More »from 6 Ways Your Neighborhood is Making You Gain Weight
Why your cheese isn't vegetarian--and 6 other shockersWhen pink slime oozed into public consciousness, we all scrunched our noses. What was this mystery substance--a food additive made of beef trimmings that are heated, compressed into blocks, and then exposed to bacteria-killing ammonia--hiding in processed meat? It also got us thinking about what other shocking ingredients go undercover in our grub. Our research revealed some surprising secrets that rival--and possibly even beat--pink slime. Steel yourself for our list. And just a suggestion: Don't read this during your lunch break.Read More »from 7 Grossest Things in Your Food
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1. Shellac In Your Candy
Lovers of movie-theater concessions, beware. Nearly everything behind that glass case is steeped in, well, beetlejuice. The hard, shiny shells on candies are often made from shellac, a resin secreted by the lac bug. You may know shellac from its more famous work in varnishes and sealants, but it's also a mainstay in pill coatings, candy, coffee beans, and even the waxy sheen on apples and other fruits
A few wrong moves on the grill can come at a cost to your health. Luckily, our cookout fixes are easy--and result in even more delicious barbecue fare. Read on for 4 quick food tips.Read More »from 4 Tips for Safer Summer Grilling
1. Start With A Soak
Marinating meat in a mix of vinegar (or lemon juice), fresh herbs, and garlic--as we did with our pork--adds flavor and helps prevent the formation of carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). If the mixture contains oil, be sure to let the excess drip off the meat (or pat it dry with a paper towel) to avoid flare-ups.
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2. Get Finicky About Fat
Before grilling the skirt steak in our Asian BBQ wraps, we took the time to trim any excess fat. The smoke caused by fat dripping onto the hot grill contains other harmful chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). And don't press down on your burgers--you want to keep the juices in the patties, not in the flames.
3. Avoid Overcooking
Don't char your meat. Scraping off burned parts won't get
What really happens to your good intentionsIt's the same old story: You start out your day with the best of eating intentions but, by lunchtime, that candy bar's starting to sound really good. And dinner? Well, let's just say the pizza delivery guy asked you to come to his wedding. Just as the last few miles of a marathon are the most arduous (or so we hear), your healthy-eating habits tend to break down as the day wears on, finds a new survey by the digital health company Massive Health.Read More »from Why Your Diet Tanks at Night
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Using an app that lets users send in photos of their meals, Massive Health tracked the eating habits of thousands of people over five months. The results? Most of us hit the wall in our daily race to eat well. In fact, the foods you eat for dinner are nearly 16 percent less healthy than what you ate for breakfast. And get this: For every hour that passes during the day, the healthfulness of the foods you eat drops 1.7 percent.
"These findings don't surprise me," says Manuel Villacorta, RD, author of Eating Free. People
These light beef, fish, and chicken recipes are high on health-not a pat of butter to be found-and full of fresh spring flavors!
By Lori Powell
You should be enjoying the nice weather-not stuck inside cooking for hours. Here are three recipes using spring's best ingredients that get on the table and in hungry tummies in 40 minutes or less.
Grilled Steak And Onion Rings On Garlic Bread
20 Minutes or Less
Grilled Steak And Onion Rings On Garlic Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4
How It's Healthy: A cancer-fighting salad pairs with lean steak and low-fat garlic bread.
1 lb trimmed skirt steak
2 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
4 slices (1/2" thick) French bread
1 red onion, cut into rings
1 clove garlic, halved
3 c arugula
4 radishes, cut into matchsticks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
Prepare lightly oiled grill for medium-high heat.
Brush steak with sauce. Grill steak, bread, and onion, turning, about 4 minutes. Rub warm bread with cut sides ofRead More »from Fast Summer Time Dinners
- The Editors of Prevention | Summer Kick-Off – Mon, May 7, 2012 3:18 PM EDT
Top dermatologists answer all your burning questions about sun protectionIf we lived in pristine, temperature-controlled labs, SPF 15 would be adequate--if not optimal--protection against sunburn (caused by UVB rays) and skin aging and cancer (caused by UVA and UVB rays). But we live in the real (sweaty, splashy, windy) world, and we don't use as much sunscreen as we should. In fact, the protection most of us get from SPF 15 is more like SPF 3 to 7. That's why the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum SPF 30. It's great advice, but it doesn't clear up all the sun-safety confusion. So we asked the experts to solve your toughest quandaries, one by one.
What's the highest SPF that's legit? I heard it's 50, so why do I see products with much higher numbers? --Veronica Walters, 33, Bensalem, PA
If you apply sunscreen correctly (see next question below), SPF 50 offers the maximum protection necessary. You're seeing SPF 80 and even SPF 110 on shelves because of "marketing, marketing,Read More »from Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sun Safety
See what your anger style says about you—and find healthier ways to express your emotionsTicked off. Fed up. Enraged. Call it what you will, but we've all been there. Anger is part of being human, says Norman Rosenthal, MD, professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School. "Problems start when you bottle it up, react now and think later, or feel that a destructive response is justified just because you're furious," he says.Read More »from What Kind of Angry Are You?
In fact, both flying off the handle and wallowing can take a toll on your health, increasing pain perception, depression, and your risk of heart disease. But a healthier response can soothe stress, lower your risk of heart problems and depression, and improve your relationships. If that all sounds too good to be true, get this: Experts say we can all learn to handle our anger more effectively. Here, discover the tempo of your temper--and find yourself a better rhythm.
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What Would You Do If...
Read the following scenario and pick the response that sounds closest to how you'd likely react.
You and your
Here's what to do during your waking hours for a better night's sleep. You know you should be getting your shuteye every night, but if you're like most of us, you're either not sleeping enough, waking up a lot when you do, or lying there wondering if it's too late (or, ugh, too early) to get up and turn on the TV. In fact, 60% of Americans experience sleep problems every single night. Before you write this off as another of life's unsolvable problems (or, let's be honest, just reach for the sleeping pills again) read on. As it turns out, simple tweaks to your all-day routine can prep you for a much better night's sleep. Here's what to do from the second you wrestle yourself from your warm bed in the morning to the moment you crawl back in after a long day. Follow these, and you can kiss those sheep goodbye.Read More »from How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep—Ever
20 Ways to Sleep Better Every Night
Make sleep a priority. Now, don't roll your eyes. If you want a better night's sleep, you have to get serious about it. Need convincing? A recent study found that when you're short on zzzs, you're also more likely
Get slim without the gym with this plan to move more. The biggest health hazard you're up against just might be a chair and all the time you spend sitting in it. Desk jobs, long commutes, too much TV time--all that inactivity our daily routines dictate--is about as bad for us and as fattening as a steady diet of bacon and bread. And despite what you might think, slipping on walking shoes for daily sweat sessions alone isn't enough to combat the slow slide toward sickness. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who sat for more than 6 hours each day had a 37% increased risk of premature death, compared with women who sat for less than 3--regardless of how often they hopped on a treadmill.Read More »from 15 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Lose Weight
But you don't have to go so far as to torch your couch. James A. Levine, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN has developed a program called NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis) to combat America's sitting epidemic. If you rethink all your habits and move more throughout the day,
And what you can do now to delay--or prevent--problems later "When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are to blame as well. Here, 7 diseases you can do something about today--to make sure you feel better, longer.Read More »from 7 Diseases that Strike Younger Than You Think
Typical age of diagnosis: 50s and beyond
But it can hit as early as: Late teens and early twenties
What you can do now: Steer clear of tanning salons--even occasional trips to the tanning bed can triple your chances of developing melanoma, according to the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Avoiding the sun altogether is next to impossible, so use a daily moisturizer with at least SPF 15--but many experts