A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us strive to achieve in time for bathing suit season, but endless crunches and ditching all your favorite foods until July 4th isn't the right--or fun--way to do it. A sculpted core and trim tummy can be attained by incorporating small changes into your day, like holding in your abs while you walk and adding the right healthy fats to your diet. In our lean belly guide, you'll get diet and exercise tips that will help you eliminate hard-to-reach ab flab and reveal a sculpted, sexy midsection. Here, learn 25 ways to flatten your belly by summer.
Take Your Gossip Session On A Walk
Instead of catching up with friends over food and drinks, suggest a reunion on the move-you're likely to work out 104% harder if you have an exercise buddy. Suggest a weekly walk-and-talk session, form a friendly fitness club, or take advantage of gym specials together. You'll motivate everyone to get moving while you grow even closer.
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A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us strive to achieve in time for bathing suit season, but endless crunches and ditching all your favorite foods until July 4th isn't the right--or fun--way to do it. A sculpted core and trim tummy can be attained by incorporating small changes into your day, like holding in your abs while you walk and adding the right healthy fats to your diet. In our lean belly guide, you'll get diet and exercise tips that will help you eliminate hard-to-reach ab flab and reveal a sculpted, sexy midsection. Here, learn 25 ways to flatten your belly by summer.Read More »from 25 Ways to Flatten Your Belly by Summer
Bite into these low-cost, high-taste lunch solutions.
What's the best thing since sliced bread?
What you put between the bread! From smokey barbecue beef to roasted veggies to creamy chicken salad, you'll love these lunches from the first bite.
They're affordable, too. Brown-bagging your lunch can save big bucks over time, and each meal here costs less than $2 per serving.
For healthy eaters who usually opt for salad, these sandwiches come sans guilt. Almost every combo here is less than 400 calories, the perfect size for any woman who's worried that bikini season is around the corner.
Apple, Gouda & Crispy Prosciutto Panini
$1.74 per serving
Who needs a fancy panini press? Simply transform your ordinary skillet and spatula into a panini maker. Pile on the ingredients, and then toast both sides of the sandwich in the pan until it's golden brown. Press down on the sandwich with your spatula; the sizzle will tell you it's almost ready!
Transform your home into a healing, relaxing zone with these little home makeover ideas. Here's a good reason to do some low-cost redecorating: The choices you make can result in enhanced mood, less stress, and better sleep. To turn your space into a healing haven, follow these easy 10 decorating tips for a stress-free home.Read More »from 10 Decorating Tips for a Stress-Free Home
Healthy Home Secrets You Haven't Tried
IN THE ENTRYWAY
1. Create a feel-good focal point. The first thing you see when you enter your home should be something you love, whether that's a piece of art, a vase of flowers, or a special souvenir, says Stephanie Roberts, author of Fast Feng Shui: 9 Simple Principles for Transforming Your Life by Energizing Your Home. "A beautiful first impression helps you relax from the get-go."
2. Organize daily debris. If you see old newspapers on the floor and bags of Goodwill donations waiting to be dropped off, you're going to think obligation, not relaxation. "Piles of stuff at your entryway send the message that there's more mess and chaos inside, and who wants to walk into that?" Roberts says. "Have a designated
Get your kids in the kitchen with these quick and healthy dinners your family will eat up
Recipes by Lori Powell
Get Your Kids Moving With These All-American Family Recipes
A Family Feast
First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her mission to bring more green to the American dinner table, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we're partnering up with Mrs. Obama for Prevention's very first "Kids Get Cooking" day. And to start you off, we lightened up 6 of your family's all-American favorites. Each recipe features tons of veggies and lean proteins, plus easy and safe ways to turn your kids into healthy little sous chefs. Once you're cooking up a storm go to prevention.com/kids-get-cooking to download a White House chef's recipes, post photos of your family cooking together, and enter to win prizes. Now let's get cooking!
Mac & Cheese "Muffins"
This version of an American classic is packed with veggies and fits perfectly in your little one'sRead More »from Quick, Healthy, Kid-Friendly Dinners
If you suffer from chronic pain, you probably think you have two options: pop pills or tough it out. But medical doctors are increasingly turning to natural alternatives--like acupuncture, yoga, and even hypnosis--to help their patients feel better. In fact, pain is now among the most common reasons Americans turn to complementary and alternative medicine in the first place. To find out what works, we polled a handful of our top experts, including the grandfather of integrative medicine Andrew Weil, MD, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Whether you have lower-back pain, neck aches, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, to name only a few, we have the scoop on what therapies can offer you relief--without drugs.Read More »from 8 Proven, Natural Ways to Beat Pain
What it's good for: Back pain, osteoarthritis, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, neck pain, and surgery-related discomfort.
What the experts say: Sure, massages feel great, but they provide
If you're what researchers call a short sleeper (measured by how long you sleep each night--5.5 to 6 hours or less qualifies you), you'll have trouble losing weight, no doubt about it. In a 7-year study of 7,022 middle-aged people, Finnish researchers found that women who reported sleep problems were more likely to experience a major weight gain (defined as 11 pounds or more).Read More »from 5 Ways Sleeping Less Makes You Gain Weight
You know that sleep and weight gain may be linked, but why is that? Here's what the new research has revealed, and why lack of sleep could be stalling your ability to lose weight and keep it off:
How to Lose Weight All Day Long
1. Sleep less, burn less.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers had a group of men sleep for 12 hours a night but didn't allow them to sleep the next night, and then had them eat an opulent buffet the following morning. Then the researchers measured the subjects' energy expenditure--the calories you burn just by being. When the men were
What does moderation really mean when it comes to your favorite foods?Yes, you can have your cake (or pizza, or cheeseburger) and eat it, too. But you need to learn what "moderation" really means. Here's how.Read More »from 10 Healthy Ways to Splurge
You already know that a too-strict eating plan can backfire, resulting in a blowout binge or, worse, throwing you off the wagon altogether. But when it comes to allowing yourself a little leeway, moderation is key. But what does "moderation" really mean? For gourmands, a cheeseburger a week might seem reasonable; for health nuts, maybe it's one every 3 months--minus the cheese and bun. To find out who's right, we turned to Sarah Krieger, RD, and Joan Salge Blake, RD, who are spokespeople for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Why You Shouldn't Start Your Diet On A Monday
Step one: If you're overweight or have health concerns--especially heart disease or diabetes--talk to your doctor. This advice is based on an average 2,000-calorie diet, consumed by American adults at a healthy weight.
Step two: "Take a look at how active you really are.
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 8, 2012 11:30 AM EST
What are you risking by not sleeping enough?You deal with the fallout of not getting enough sleep by feeling a little groggy every morning. But what you may not realize is the domino effect at work here, and it's much more dangerous than just feeling tired. Increasingly, researchers tell us, it's clear that "short sleeping" can get us into plenty of trouble with our health. Insufficient sleep is linked not only to obesity--which brings its own set of health issues--but also to a host of other maladies. Here's a sampling of health problems you might bring on by skimping on sleep.Read More »from 6 Major Health Problems You Can Create by Shorting Yourself Sleep
Why Is Sleeping So Important?
In a 2010 study published in the journal Sleep, researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine reviewed data from 30,397 people who had participated in the 2005 National Health Interview Study. They discovered that those sleeping fewer than 7 hours a night were at increased risk of heart disease. In particular, women under 60 who sleep 5 hours or fewer a night have twice the risk for
Heart Health Weeknight Meals Everyone Will Love!
These 6 quick and easy main dishes are so delicious, you'd never know they were good for you too.
Think a heart-healthy diet means nothing but steamed vegetables and brown rice? These mouthwatering recipe ideas are low in saturated fat and include everything from pork chops to beef chili, all full of heart-helping ingredients.
What's more, you can bake, simmer, and stir-fry a delicious, nutritious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Try one of the six recipes tonight!
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Apple Skillet
This one-skillet chicken recipe reduces saturated fat to just 2 grams by using skinless chicken and lower-fat bacon. Sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and apples add extra nutrients and plenty of taste.
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Apple Skillet
WORK TIME: 30 MINUTES / TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES / SERVINGS: 4
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2" cubes
4 tsp olive oil
3 slices Read More »from 6 Heart-Healthy Weeknight Dinners
Can't drop those extra pounds? These surprising explanations can help you reach your goals. You've spent the last 7 days putting in your best effort to lose a pound or two. But your weekly check-in with the scale reveals (again) that you can't get your weight loss mojo in motion. The good news is that the problem probably isn't your willpower. You may be making common mistakes that even inveterate dieters fall prey to. These are seven surprising reasons your weight loss plan isn't working. Get the facts and get back on track.Read More »from 7 Reasons Your Diet's Not Working
50 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds
1. You aren't eating enough.
You may need to bump up your calories to stoke metabolism. When you dip below about 1,200 calories per day, not only are you not eating enough to get all your nutrients, but your body slows metabolism in order to hold on to precious calories, says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, author of The Doctor's Detox Diet. Also, if you skip meals to lose weight, your body could lose its ability to feel full. Blame evolution, which has designed our bodies to resist famine and not the buffet table. For example,