Where do you feel aches and pains in winter?Freezing temperatures, icy winds and slippery snow aren't just bone-chilling: They can also wreak havoc on your body in surprising-and avoidable-ways. From sadness to eye strain, backaches to foot pain, here are 7 ways that the winter can make your body ache, and what to do to feel better fast.
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1. Dry winter air
Is there a more frustrating-and uncomfortable-winter woe than dry skin? Our skin is hydrated in two ways: from the healthy fats and water we ingest and by drawing in moisture from the air. But when the air gets drier, there's less for your skin and lips to absorb, making chapped, flaky skin seem all but inevitable. Licking your lips makes the problem worse, and can trigger other issues, such as painful cold sores. What's worse, rough, dehydrated skin can ultimately crack or bleed if it's not cared for correctly, leading the way to a potential infection.
The Fix: "Develop the habit of caring for your skin on a daily basis," says Barbara
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Where do you feel aches and pains in winter?Freezing temperatures, icy winds and slippery snow aren't just bone-chilling: They can also wreak havoc on your body in surprising-and avoidable-ways. From sadness to eye strain, backaches to foot pain, here are 7 ways that the winter can make your body ache, and what to do to feel better fast.Read More »from 7 Sneaky Causes of Winter Pain
Are you guilty of these 6 bad snacking habits?We do it in the car, on the train, in front of the TV, on the phone, and even in bed. For too many of us, snacking has become so automatic that our brains barely register the hand-to-mouth motion. And it's not as if we're all reaching for diet-friendly apples: A 2010 study from the University of North Carolina found that most of us eat nearly 600 calories a day--roughly a third of our food--in snacks rather than meals.Read More »from 6 Snack Habits to Break Now
"The business plan of the modern food company has been to put their foods on every street corner, making it socially acceptable to eat 24-7," says David Kessler, MD, former commissioner of the FDA and the author of The End of Overeating (Rodale, 2009).
The result has been a nutritional disaster. In their natural state, whole foods may be high in fat or sugar, but they're rarely high in both. Today we have man-made snack foods with a tantalizing combination of fat and sugar rolled into one. "Foods have become so 'hyperpalatable' that they're now capable of hijacking our
Follow these tips to beat the New Year's fitness crunchYou know the drill this time of year: If you want a bike in Spinning class you practically need to sleep out on the sidewalk like an Apple obsessive on the eve of a new iPhone launch. For committed fitness aficionados, the month of January means navigating throngs of recently resolved newbies at the gym. But for those embarking on a new workout regimen, the crowds can be more than annoying: For some, it's enough to derail their whole plan to get in shape. Whatever your situation, you are likely to confront a lot of new faces at the gym, hogging the treadmills and crowding the classes. Here are some tips from the experts to help you get your sweat on regardless of the masses.Read More »from How to Work Out in a Crowded Gym
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"Get up early and exercise before work," says Jenna Bergen, fitness editor for Prevention magazine. Yes, it's tough to wake up earlier than necessary, but you'll be rewarded with a quiet gym floor and your pick of the machines. Why? Peak hours for
Timing your workouts and meals may be the secret to your weight loss successUnderstanding and working with your body's natural hunger and sleep rhythms will vanquish cravings, increase energy, and help you lose more weight.Read More »from How to Lose Weight All Day Long
It's not just what you eat or how much you exercise that matters; it's the timing of each component that is the true secret to weight loss success. Research shows that our bodies' inner eat-and-sleep clocks have been thrown completely out of whack, thanks to all-day food cues and too much nighttime artificial light. The result: You're caught in a "fat cycle": a constant flow of hunger hormones that makes you prone to cravings. By tuning in to your body's natural eat/sleep schedule, you can finally say good-bye to your belly.
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Drop Around The Clock! Follow this hour-by-hour slim-down schedule to control hunger hormones, banish cravings, and get trim and toned--fast!
6 TO 8 AM: GET MOVING.
Within a half hour of rising and before you eat breakfast, do 20 minutes of cardio. Research has found that exercising before
Have you ever dreamed about losing big? Plenty of us will shed 5 pounds here, or 10 pounds there, but what does truly significant weight loss feel like? What does it feel like when you find yourself 100 pounds lighter?Read More »from What it Felt like to Lose 100 Pounds
We took a closer look at The Biggest Loser contestants who've dropped 100 pounds to find out what it felt like and gain some inspiration.
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Matt Hoover, Season 2
Starting Weight: 339
Matt Hoover, the winner of Season 2, was the first contestant to cross the 100-pound mark while on the ranch.
In week 11 of his season, Matt lopped off 10 pounds for the week to put him at 230, down from his starting weight of 339 pounds. Before his transformation on the show, Matt said, "I couldn't stand myself, therefore I couldn't stand anyone around me. I had quit on myself and was just slowly plodding through life." That all changed and his 100-pound milestone reinforced that change.
He would go on to win his season with a total 157-pound loss
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 22, 2011 1:29 PM EST
What did you learn in 2011?From the truth about cholesterol to natural anti-aging tips for beautiful skin, here are the top lessons we uncovered at Prevention while reporting on 2011's health, fitness, nutrition, beauty, and weight-loss news. Read on for ideas on how to live your healthiest, happiest life.Read More »from 10 Best Things We Learned About Our Health in 2011
8 New Year's Resolutions You'll Stick with in 2012
Lesson #1: Fat-free products are so-o-o over.
You need some fat in your diet, even if you're trying to lose weight. The Institute of Medicine recommends that it make up 20 to 35% of your calories. It's the kind of fat that counts. Limit saturated fats, and avoid trans fats in your diet (both kinds can cause health problems), but find a spot for some monounsaturated fats--MUFAs (pronounced MOO-fahs), for short. MUFAs come from the healthy oils found in plant foods such as olives, nuts, and avocados, and may boost metabolism. A report published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a MUFA-rich diet helped people lose small amounts of weight and body
How do you handle arguments during the holidays? If this is supposed to be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," then why can't you get through a single mall trip or holiday party without wanting to punch your spouse? The couples and families you see in movies may be caroling with the neighbors, smooching under mistletoe, and wrapping gifts in a state of yuletide bliss, but that's not real life. For most people, schedules only get tighter and wallets just seem to get thinner between Black Friday and New Year's Day. That added pressure can damage your relationship, sucking the fun out of the festivities and sowing the seeds for resentment in the year ahead.Read More »from How to Get Through the Holidays Without Fighting
It doesn't have to be this way. We asked top relationship therapist Argie Allen, PhD, how to navigate some of the most common pitfalls that cause rifts between couples over the holidays. With her tips, you'll be able to enjoy that glass of eggnog--without wanting to throw it in your husband's face.
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Do any of these surprising Christmas allergies trigger you?When you wheeze through your fa-la-la's and your nose rivals Rudolph's, it's a little tougher to feel jolly. Although allergies peak in the spring and fall, the holidays may surprise sensitive sufferers with a gift of unexpected triggers, from dusty decorations and potent potpourri to even-say it ain't so-the Christmas tree. Here are seven yuletide allergens, and expert tips to help you stay focused on shopping and wrapping, not sneezing and scratching:Read More »from Are You Allergic to Christmas?
Get 4 Fast Fixes for Holiday Health Problems
1. Trigger: The tree
That's right-the one and only, the centerpiece of all things Christmas, that perfect fir you found hiding in the lot of freshly-cut trees that's now twinkling with the lights you spent hours untangling-may be to blame for your stuffy nose, watery eyes and rash-y skin. "Mold is the biggest problem with live Christmas trees," says Marilyn Li, MD, an asthma and allergy specialist with the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. "Often, they
Just when you thought Grandma's Christmas sugar cookies and hot buttered rum were the worst waistline wreckers out there, these 12 holiday foods from around the world may, er, take the cake. Full of butter, sugar, and notoriously fatty ingredients, the only thing these international foods are giving this holiday season is the gift of girth. See what deep-fried, gravy-layered dish takes first prize for the worst holiday food in the world.Read More »from World's Top 12 Worst Holiday Foods
Classic Cookie Recipes Made Lighter
1. Germany: Schäufele
It's no secret that Germans love their meat, and Schäufele, a southern German dish, does this country proud. This fatty, often cured, pork shoulder dish is made at least two different ways: In Franconia, it's seasoned with salt, pepper, and spices, put in a casserole dish, and covered with root vegetables, onions, and beer. Afterward, it's smothered with gravy and served with potato dumplings and cabbage. In Baden, it's simmered in a bath of wine, water, vinegar, onions, and herbs for hours,
You don't have to go on a deprivation diet or spend hours exercising to ward off disease and be your healthiest self!Staying healthy can feel like so much, well, work (think: logging hours at the gym and whipping up nutritious meals from scratch). However, there are plenty of small moves that you can make in your everyday life that will have big health benefits. We've rounded up 15 practically zero-effort ways to fight disease, whittle your waist, lower stress, and more. Bonus: Many of these good-for-you moves feel good, too. So say sayonara to the old adage, "no pain, no gain" and try these tips today.Read More »from 15 Lazy Changes that Ramp Up Your Health
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Lazy Move #1: Protect Your Ticker By Snoozing
Need a good excuse to grab your comfiest set of pajamas and hit the sack? Skimping on shut-eye may do more than make you cranky or unproductive-it also boosts your risk of a heart attack. According to one Norwegian study, people who reported that they did not wake up feeling refreshed in the morning had a 27% higher risk of a heart attack, those who had trouble staying asleep almost every night in the last month